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Old 09-15-2011, 02:55 PM   #1
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I am thinking of taking off my 16 inch stock jk sport wheels which are 29 inches tall and replacing them with 17 inch rubicon wheels which are 32 inches tall. I assume that after doing this switch I will gain an inch and a half of height on my jeep. Is this estimation correct? Also how much width will I gain from the tire change?

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Old 09-15-2011, 03:04 PM   #2
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How are 17" wheels 32" tall?





















Yes, you will gain 1.5" from the taller tires.

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Go to tirerack.com and look at sectional widths, here is an explanation

Tire Tech Information - Tire Specs Explained: Section Width

You'll need to look up the sectional width of your tire on it's old 16" rim, then probably the new tire on it's new rim. Depends on brand/size/rim, you didn't provide a lot of details.

Your new tire will probably be around 1.5" wider, give or take. I would imagine that since the backspace probably doesn't change (probably), that means 3/4" out and 3/4" in. That's still inside the flares, just go to a dealer and look at a stock rubicon.
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Thanks guys. Sorry for the lack of detail. Still learning.

I appreciate the help.
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Old 09-15-2011, 03:36 PM   #5
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I have a 2010 Rubicon, it came with BFG Mud Terrain T/A 255/75 R17 which is 32" tall x 10" wide
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Great. Thanks. How does adding spacers into the mix workout with rubicon wheels
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Old 09-15-2011, 06:17 PM   #7
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if you are saying you are wanting to put Rubicon Wheels and tires(255/75/17), you wont need spacers and indeed you will be about 1.5" taller than running your stock sport 16" wheels & tires..

If you are going to just switch to the Rubicon wheels, then add some other tires, you may need spacers depending on what tire size you select.
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The stock Rubicon tires are flush with the fender flares, with spacers you may have to trim the fender flares if you go off road. If your Jeep is a mall crawler like mine you should be fine.
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Honestly Echo, I would really look into getting a set of aftermarket wheels to go with any new tires you purchase. Just skip getting the OEM 17" all together. Don't let it sound to extreme for this purchase. It really isn't and the longer you have your jeep you will know why.
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Thanks guys. My issue is weighing my amount of time on the highway for work, gas mileage and the little offroading I do.
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I'm sure you can find a set of used wheels and tire on craigslist, I will be selling mine in a few weeks. I'm finally adding a 2-1/2" TF lift and 35" tires
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If your main concern is MPG and a having a tire good enough to wheel for a little off roading. Check out 33x12.5R15 on 15x8" wheels.
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I'm sure you can find a set of used wheels and tire on craigslist, I will be selling mine in a few weeks. I'm finally adding a 2-1/2" TF lift and 35" tires
What is it that you will be selling?
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If your main concern is MPG and a having a tire good enough to wheel for a little off roading. Check out 33x12.5R15 good year duratracs on 15x8" wheels. Less weight than stock 17" rubi wheels and tires and less rolling resistance but they are 33" vs 32".

Its.....a.....win.....win.
Ill go look at these now. Good looks
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Here ya go. Read the post about the weight difference and rolling resistance on these.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/33x...deo-96568.html
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Here ya go. Read the post about the weight difference and rolling resistance on these.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/33x...deo-96568.html
I was just on the phone with discount tire today trying to put together an order. Dm being sent your way.
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What is it that you will be selling?
The stock Rubicon wheels and tires
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The stock Rubicon wheels and tires
Well if I dont have anything by then and I dont decide to go after market I will entertain your sale.

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