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Old 03-26-2014, 02:01 PM   #1
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Can I run new tires before installing lift?

I've got a 2013 4 door wrangler and I ordered the Rough Country 2.5" Suspension Lift and Mickey Thompson ATZ P3 (305/65/17) tires. I will be running the tires on my stock rims.

What I'm wondering is if I'm able to run the new tires before installing the lift? Everything arrived today but I won't get a chance to install the lift for a couple of weeks and I'm itching to get the new tires on but not really sure if it's possible?


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Old 03-26-2014, 03:09 PM   #2
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The tires will likely rub without new properly backspaced wheels or spacers. I wouldn't wheel it but I believe those are 33's and should fit. I think I read a build thread where they put on 35s before their lift on a JKU. Like I said, on pavement, you'll probably be fine but off-road, you could rub the flares or even the body. If you put them on and they rub, you'll know for sure but I doubt you'll damage anything. Those tires aren't that big.

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Old 03-26-2014, 03:09 PM   #3
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That's a wide tire for the stock rim. I'm running 305/70/16's on a 8.5" wide rim, I think the stocks are only 7.5" wide, you are definately going to need wheel spacers or you will rub especially at that width.

You should be fine with the 33's until your lift arrives, but I would stay on the street with the Jeep or you are going to get some rubbing when flexed off road.
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:57 PM   #4
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I am picking the lift kit and wheels up tomorrow and it looks like we are going to be able to install the lift on Monday but I would like to have the place I'm getting the wheels from install them tomorrow if that will work.

I won't be going off-road with it...will be strictly on the pavement until the weather up here gets nicer. I will be doing highway driving this weekend though...would that be an issue?
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:08 PM   #5
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I wouldn't put the new tires on until you get wheel spacers, you are going to get rubbing when turning. People get rubbing with 285's on stock rims and you're almost an inch wider than that with a 305.

Spidertrax makes a high quality wheel spacer. I would get at least a 1.5" and with your 305's maybe even 1.75" spacers. This will move your tires out enough that you can turn your wheels lock to lock without any rubbing.
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