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Old 05-24-2012, 02:18 AM   #1
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Bone Stock 2012 Rubicon Unlimited

Hey everyone, just picked up a brand new 2012 Rubicon Unlimited and am pretty excited to be part of Wrangler nation. I've read around the forums a little bit and have seen some pretty sick rides and have a basic idea of where I would like to take this rig. You'll have to bare with me as I'm a total Jeep n00b, but I'd appreciate some suggestions on where to get started with the mods, given the type of look I'm after.

My jeep is black, and I love the blacked out look so I'm definitely wanting to go that route. Now originally I thought it would be pretty simple to just grab some black rims and run with the stock rubber (255 75 17), but I'm now finding out that most of the rims I like wont fit on that rubber. I'm thinking now that my budget will allow for 3 mods: new rims, new aggressive looking, bigger tires and a lift kit. The lift kit is what I'm not real knowledgeable on (sizes, necessity etc) and I should mention that I won't be doing any real hardcore offroading, but I do live in Canada where there is ridiculous amounts of snow a lot of the year.

So my task for all of you is, if you were in my shoes, or if you could do it all over again, what would you do! As well any general price quotes would be appreciated as well (mainly on the lift kits). I've looked at some rims and I like the look of the Ultra Gauntlet rims and have heard good things about the Goodyear Duratracs. Thanks!

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Old 05-24-2012, 02:35 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new wheels! As far as tires go, Duratracs are just what you're looking for based on minimal off roading, lots of snow and wet stuff and an aggressive look. You will probably want to go up to at least a 33"(285/70/17). To do that you will need spacers at least, or since u already mentioned new "black" rims, ones with proper back spacing.

Now the tough part. As far as the lift goes, it depends on what you want to spend. You can get a small spacer lift or budget boost for as little as a couple hundred bucks and clear the tires I mentioned, or you can spend around $500-$800 for the parts for a 2"-2.5" coil shock lift such as an Old Man Emu or the lift I chose, TeraFlex 2.5" Coil/Shock lift. There are also a few other highly recommended lifts out there to choose from. Just make sure you spend a few weeks researching all the aspects of this: tire ride, tire life, rim diameter, rim backspacing, lift style and ride, other parts that may be needed( adj. track bars, brake line relocaters, etc...) This is def the forum to search and ask on Good luck! OIIIIIIO

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Old 05-24-2012, 08:39 AM   #3
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I'm getting confused here.. when you say proper backspacing, what exactly are you talking about?

I'm going to get a 15x8 rim and the lug pattern for our JK's are 5x5, right? So what is the backspacing exactly mean? The tires are 33x12.50x15..
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:57 AM   #4
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I'm getting confused here.. when you say proper backspacing, what exactly are you talking about?

I'm going to get a 15x8 rim and the lug pattern for our JK's are 5x5, right? So what is the backspacing exactly mean? The tires are 33x12.50x15..
The distance between the mounting point of rim and the inner lip. Stock wheel are 6 something. 4.5 or less is recommended.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:13 AM   #5
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Hey thanks for the replies, much appreciated! I'm thinking that because wheels are cheaper than rubber and I actually dont mind the stock rubber THAT much, I'm going to order new wheels first. Can you guys tell me whether these rims will fit on the stock rubber?
Ultra GauntletOffset: 12mmBackspacing: 5.47" Bolt Pattern: 5-127
Rec. Tire Size:265/65-17
Weight: 25.4lbs.

Again, stock tires are the BFgoodrich M/T 255 75 17, thanks!
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:16 AM   #6
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Also something funny I noticed, since I picked up the Jeep on Saturday I would see other Jeep owners and the majority of them would wave, and I would kind of awkwardly wave back. Since reading around the forums I now know that waving to fellow Jeepers is customary haha. Here I was thinking that all Jeep owners are just the friendliest people around
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:08 AM   #7
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People in Patriots and Liberty's rarely wave. Just not the same.
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Old 05-25-2012, 06:23 AM   #8
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I think it has actually been proven out here. If you down size to a smaller wheel (15's) tires are typically less expensive.

So....... New tires and (15") wheels for the same or less then just tires. The new wheels have the less backspacing you need too


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Old 06-05-2012, 01:53 AM   #9
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Well I guess I should probably update this thread since I know everybody was dying to know what I decided to do :P. So I ended up going with the 17" Ultra Gauntlet wheels, kept stock Rubicon rubber as I actually don't mind the look and tread. Also ordered stubby Antenna, Mopar Gas cap, Ace Rock Rails and the visor and "button" decals from pixeldecals.com. Will post pics once everything arrives and is installed, never had this much fun with a vehicle before!
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Well I guess I should probably update this thread since I know everybody was dying to know what I decided to do :P. So I ended up going with the 17" Ultra Gauntlet wheels, kept stock Rubicon rubber as I actually don't mind the look and tread. Also ordered stubby Antenna, Mopar Gas cap, Ace Rock Rails and the visor and "button" decals from pixeldecals.com. Will post pics once everything arrives and is installed, never had this much fun with a vehicle before!
Nice to see you are making it your own, and congrats!
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:26 PM   #11
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will a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon with Aluminum 17'' Rim fit a 1989 YJ Bolt Pattern
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:06 PM   #12
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will a 2012 Wrangler Rubicon with Aluminum 17'' Rim fit a 1989 YJ Bolt Pattern
No, 89 is 5x4.5, current are 5x5 but can get spacer/adapter to make it fit, no different than running a spacer on a current for the backspace,
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:49 PM   #13
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Any pics? :)

Hey PhantomBass-
Can you post pics of your updates? I am in the same boat, Black 2012 Rubi Unlimited, want different rims and rubber, probably no lift for me though. Very interested to see your results...

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