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Old 06-20-2013, 06:40 AM   #1
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Will be picking up a new 10th ann. Rubicon tomorrow and wanted to get going on mods right away. Problem is my choices. I want to go with 35's but the books say it won't fit on a 7 1/2" stock rims and I really like tose rims on the Jeep. I can't seem to find any tire that will fit. Has anyone had any experience using a 35/12.5R17 on a 7 1/2" rim? Otherwise, I will have to sell the tire and rims and go with aftermarket. Probably the AEV Pintler bead lock.

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Old 06-20-2013, 06:49 AM   #2
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They'll fit but you'll need two sets of spidertrax spacers.

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Old 06-20-2013, 06:50 AM   #3
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They will for but not recommended. Will bulge sidewalks a lot and also will need spacers to create more backspace! Bottom line, need at least 9" wheel with proper backspace.
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It's a common set up provided you use spacers.

Just run a google image search for "JK stock wheels 35" and you'll get many, many photos.

9" wheels are pretty rare. 8" are more common and are used for 35s by the majority of folks running 35s on aftermarket wheels on this forum.

Of course, thats actually counter to what the tire manufacturers recommend, which is a 9" wheel. But the main issue they're concerned about with using a narrower wheel is even tread wear. 12.5" tires will wear more in the middle 10" or so rather than all the way across unless you go with a 9" or wider wheel.

But for jeepers, there are benefits to consider going to a narrower wheel. Namely, it functions as a "poor man's beadlock" by gripping the wheel more tightly when you air down on the trail.
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I have a 13 rubicon and like the wheels better than any aftermarket ones, so I did the same thing. I used 1.5 inch spider trax spacers and 35/12.5/17 Goodyear mtr's. A Goodyear store wouldn't mount them because it wasn't in spec by their book, so I bought them online and had a local guy mount them. I don't know how to post a pic from an iPad , but there are plenty out there. Take a second to read a spacer thread so you understand them, then it's a great setup.
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Can a 35" be installed in the jeep wheels without spacers?
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:28 PM   #7
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Will I have problems in the near future?
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:32 PM   #8
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You could go KM2's but their "street performance" is not great. Stay away from spacer combos most are not street legal and it varies by state. It is generally overall cheaper to go after market rims 16" and tires.

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