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Old 07-21-2013, 08:51 AM
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JKU tires, wheels and lift????

Taking delivery of my 13 JKU Sport in a few days. It has the butt ugly 16 inch wheels so obviously those need to come off. IMMEDIATELY!

My needs are pretty simple and the wheeling I do is light to moderate. I got the JKU with the max tow package 3.73 gears because I do plan on towing a travel trailer from time to time. Nothing large and mostly local camping with a few longer trips here and there.

The JKU will also most likely become my DD. I commute about 22 miles each way so not a real long distance but I want to keep gas milage and maintenance issues under reasonable control.

I'm trying to put together a mix of decent gas milage (so called), drivability, wheeling and looks.

Given towing and such I'm thinking 33's would probably be a better choice over 35's although everyone knows 35's look better.

I guess 33's and a 2.5 spring lift would be the way to go especially if I'm also going to add bumpers and a winch.

My only issue with that is then the tires tend to look a bit smallish. I'm used to the good ol 33x12.5x15 Duratracs and 15 inch wheels on my former TJ. Simple. All this metric stuff and the zillions of tire sizes and choices, backspacing blah blah blah confuses the hell out of me.

Any thoughts?
2013 Wrangler Sport S. Max tow, 3.73, connection package, power package, upgraded Alpine, Rough County stubby bumper mod, Rugged Ridge light bar, Ace rock sliders, Rough Country 2.5" lift, 15" MB TKO's, 33" Duratrac's, Spiderweb Shade.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:06 AM   #2
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You don't need a lift for 33's. properly backspace d wheels is it.
Want a little more clearance ? Look into a leveling kit,

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You can fit 15" wheels and 33x121.50x15 Duratrac's on your JKU. The 15" tires are less money then the bigger rim sizes and look great. Discount Tire has a lot of 15" rims that fit on the JK's. Here is a link to a thread for the 15" wheels and 33" Duratrac's.

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