Originally Posted by ksdindy
... Without having to buy new rims? Probably a dumb question but I'm a newbie. I've got 17 inch stock wheels and I'd like to have them stick out further than the fenders. Can I get wider tires on the same rims? Can I get taller tires too? I've heard of wheel spacers too but what are the drawbacks?
Why would you want too?
Seriously, besides splashing and throwing stuff all over the side of your Jeep, the longer the lever arm, the more strain you put on your axels.
You can gain some stability and lower the CG with a wider stance which is a good thing especially for track cars and useful in some off road situations but you also lose some positive aspects of a narrow width for trail clearance and turning ability.
If you are going for taller, and frequently wider as a result, tires you might need spacers or better yet rims with appropriate back spacing to avoid tire rub as you turn the front wheels inward in turns, as a consequence of the wider and larger tires.
THink about other mods first that make the Jeep more useful and functional for your uses, before sticking the stock tires out to the sides.