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Old 02-22-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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Question Biggest Tires without lift

Hello everyone ,,,,,, finally got the jeep i've been wanting !!
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Now to modify !!!!!
Question ,,,,,, without a lift ( wife has a hard enough time getting into it as it is ) what is the largest tire i can run with the factory ( cause i like em') 18" wheels.
Would 33's fit if i did spacers ???
what is the general thought on spacers ??

Thanks in advance you Jeep guru's out there

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finally got the jeep i've been wanting !! 2007 unlimited Sahara
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Question ,,,,,, without a lift ( wife has a hard enough time getting into it as it is ) what is the largest tire i can run with the factory ( cause i like em') 18" wheels.
33s.

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Would 33's fit if i did spacers ???
Yes. There are other solutions too, but spacers (really "adapters") will do.

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what is the general thought on spacers ??
In my view, they're fine so long as you torque them properly and keep your eyes on them.

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There you have it. Question answered in one post!
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:57 PM   #4
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Oh, and footnote--spacers should mostly or entirely prevent 33s from rubbing areas in your wheel wells and possibly your air dam when making turns. That will suffice for your daily driving around town.

Spacers will not prevent you from rubbing your fenders when and if you go offroad and your wheels start to flex/articulate over and around obstacles.

To fix that issue, you'd need a lift or would need to get new fenders. SO, if you plan to go offroading at all AND you don't want a lift AND you want to keep your existing fenders, THEN the answer to your question is really 32s--i.e., keep with the stock size.

There's another member here on the forum who just learned this lesson the hard way. But hey, he's getting a lift now so it's not all bad.
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Thanks ,,,,,33" is what i'd like to run. Any recommendations on adapter thickness.
1" - 1.5" ??
Also would love to get everyones recommendations on tires ,,,, looking for (obviously)
the "jeep" look with more aggressive tires.
But the reality is that this will be on road 95% of the time so not looking for an MT that screams !!!
I had the Hancook DynaPro MT's on a liberty and liked them.
Your thoughts forum ??
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Old 02-22-2011, 05:19 PM   #6
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Spidertrax spacers/adapters...they are hub centric. 1.5"

Dont skimp and buy the cheap "lug centric" ones.

BFG MT's they aren't very loud on the street.. and perform extremely well in the rocks and mud.
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Yes. There are other solutions too, but spacers (really "adapters") will do.


Actually the OP was correct in saying "spacers". If you are keeping the same bolt pattern & merely moving the entire wheel outwards, you simply install a spacer.

You use an adapter when you are changinge bolt patterns.

I'm running 1.5" hubcentric spacers & love em. No issues other than the jeep gets real muddy now.

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You have to use at least 1.5" spacers. Make sure to get made in USA and hub centric. I used Synergy many like Spidertrax but both are very good. 1.5" is really the minimum because 1.25 will not be enough to cover rear lugs. Some buy 1.75" but would not go bigger then that.
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Actually the OP was correct in saying "spacers". If you are keeping the same bolt pattern & merely moving the entire wheel outwards, you simply install a spacer. You use an adapter when you are changinge bolt patterns.
That could explain it.

I've always understood "spacers" as using the same lugs, meaning that they simply shorten the amount of lug available to attach your wheels; whereas "adapters" give you a new set of lugs, regardless of whether the bolt pattern remains the same. Of course, under that set of definitions, "spacers" would be very dangerous and everything that we're talking about here would technically be called an "adapter."

BUT, I think you've convinced me. Particularly since it looks like the SpiderTrax website supports your explanation--see here. Thanks.
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That could explain it.

I've always understood "spacers" as using the same lugs, meaning that they simply shorten the amount of lug available to attach your wheels; whereas "adapters" give you a new set of lugs, regardless of whether the bolt pattern remains the same. Of course, under that set of definitions, "spacers" would be very dangerous and everything that we're talking about here would technically be called an "adapter."

BUT, I think you've convinced me. Particularly since it looks like the SpiderTrax website supports your explanation--see here. Thanks.
Actually you were correct. "Spacers" fit between the lugs and the wheel effectively shortening the lug and causing the issues for which they get a bad name. Adapters use the lugs and provide a separate set of lugs to attach the wheel to, different pattern or the same pattern.

All in all it's just an argument of semantics.
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Thanks ,,,,,33" is what i'd like to run. Any recommendations on adapter thickness.
1" - 1.5" ??
Also would love to get everyones recommendations on tires ,,,, looking for (obviously)
the "jeep" look with more aggressive tires.
But the reality is that this will be on road 95% of the time so not looking for an MT that screams !!!
I had the Hancook DynaPro MT's on a liberty and liked them.
Your thoughts forum ??
Those Hancook's took 1st place in this month's Four Wheeler mud tire shoot out.
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The guy at the 4WD store told me that Spidertrax provides an insurance policy with their spacers.

He stated that the insurance policy is why they decided to carry the spacers.

Has anyone else heard this?
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The guy at the 4WD store told me that Spidertrax provides an insurance policy with their spacers.

He stated that the insurance policy is why they decided to carry the spacers.

Has anyone else heard this?
I don't know what that means. Who's the beneficiary? You? 4wd? SpiderTrax?
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LOL, good question. I guess I assumed that I would be the beneficiary.

Actually, I was not there to buy spacers and I was way too excited about the new winch I had just purchased, to think of any questions. I had to get home and get that winch installed.
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It may just mean they've expanded their liability insurance to cover their retailers, such as 4wd. That would explain why a retailer could be more interested in SpiderTrax than another brand, and wouldn't really be of any help the consumer. I have no idea though.
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MTH, that makes sense, especially since no one has heard about it. Or, the guy was blowing smoke up my tailpipe.

When I go back to get my spacers I will certainly be asking.

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