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Old 11-04-2011, 05:32 AM   #1
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33s and rubbing question

I am looking at duratrac 33s on a 15" wheel with out a lift.

My research on here tells me that I should be fine, daily driving, and I will probably run into some rubbing if I go off road and start flexing.

My question is, where is the rubbing?

Some have stated that that problem can be solved with different fenders and not need a lift. Is that correct? And which fenders if it is?

I'm looking to not get a 2.5" lift if I don't have to.

I don't think I will ever be doing any real serious rock crawling with it. Mostly snow, beach and lightish trails. Nothing that may cause me to have to replace torn off parts. I can't afford that kind of fun.

Thanks folks. I know I'm asking a lot of similar questions and I really appreciate the answers. I just (as stated previously ) can't afford many mistakes, and I also like to research this stuff.

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Old 11-04-2011, 05:46 AM   #2
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As far as the 33's go you should be fine except at full flex you might rub the fender a little. Depending on the width though you will need to make sure the backspacing is enough so they don't rub in a full turn, or add spacers.
I'm not real familiar with this issue but I have heard that some of the 15 rims don't fit around the break callipers, I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will chime in as soon as they finish thier coffee.

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Old 11-04-2011, 06:39 AM   #3
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The 15" wheels can rub on the caliper. This varies from wheel to wheel and from Jeep to Jeep.
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:02 AM   #4
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Look for a rim with 4.5 backspacing. You may need to use wheel spacers, depending on the width of the tires you want.

Check the tires and wheels section of the forum, and use the search field to find tire/wheel combos, spacer issues, etc.

Here's a little sump'n a git ya started:

15" MB 72's on a 2012 JKU
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:11 AM   #5
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I have 285/70/17 BFG tires on stock Rubicon wheels with factory height. I get rubbing on the last quarter turn of both left and right locks in the steering. I have to keep the steering wheel upside-down on the second revolution. Any farther and the tire rubs on the sway bar.
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:56 AM   #6
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I have 285/70/17 BFG tires on stock Rubicon wheels with factory height. I get rubbing on the last quarter turn of both left and right locks in the steering. I have to keep the steering wheel upside-down on the second revolution. Any farther and the tire rubs on the sway bar.
Yep! Stock wheels and that same tire size, I got rubbing as well! So, then had an excuse for wheels

Am happy with the new tires/wheels, so all and all everybody won (me and my 4x4 shop)! Spaces will not pass inspection around here!
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:07 PM   #7
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The 15" wheels can rub on the caliper. This varies from wheel to wheel and from Jeep to Jeep.
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I'm not real familiar with this issue but I have heard that some of the 15 rims don't fit around the break callipers,
This used to be true, but at this point it's settled that many 15" wheels fit. The buyer simply needs to chose the right ones. In general, alloys are more likely to fit than steel. Check out Discount Tire's website and follow up with them by PM. Pretty much every 15" alloy they have, whether by Black Rock, MB, or Level 8 will fit on every JK every time.

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I My question is, where is the rubbing?
Since you're adding new wheels with proper backspacing, you'll only rub on the fender flares.

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Some have stated that that problem can be solved with different fenders and not need a lift. Is that correct? And which fenders if it is?
Yes. Just about any set of flat fender flares would solve the problem. That would include Bushwacker, Pure Jeep, Ace, and many others. You can also trim your own fender flares, as detailed here.
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MB72 15x8 wheels with 3.75 backspacing and -19mm offset will not rub on anything under your jeep. The 33" tires you mount on them will NOT rub on anything under your jeep but WILL rub on your flares when flexing more than 2 inches without a lift.
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Old 11-04-2011, 03:04 PM   #9
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Thanks guys.

I apologize, I meant to say that I was getting the MB 72s.

Thanks again.
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:40 AM   #10
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MB72 15x8 wheels with 3.75 backspacing and -19mm offset will not rub on anything under your jeep. The 33" tires you mount on them will NOT rub on anything under your jeep but WILL rub on your flares when flexing more than 2 inches without a lift.
Mate you are talking about the 2012 yes? Coz I have heard as well that the calipers don't fit!!

I am going to try them out from a proper shop and will share feedback!

Thanks for the help
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Old 11-23-2011, 05:41 AM   #11
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This used to be true, but at this point it's settled that many 15" wheels fit. The buyer simply needs to chose the right ones. In general, alloys are more likely to fit than steel. Check out Discount Tire's website and follow up with them by PM. Pretty much every 15" alloy they have, whether by Black Rock, MB, or Level 8 will fit on every JK every time.......
For anyone else reading this, beware that this info is current for US models only which still feature an 11.5in front disc (2012 model included). Export vehicles from 2010 onwards will not fit 15in rims due to now having a 13in front disc stock.

Good for braking but sucks for wheel choice.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:29 AM   #12
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MB72 15x8 wheels with 3.75 backspacing and -19mm offset will not rub on anything under your jeep. The 33" tires you mount on them will NOT rub on anything under your jeep but WILL rub on your flares when flexing more than 2 inches without a lift.
Is some rubbing on the fenders with the sway bar connected while flexing?

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