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Old 12-28-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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New tires/rims (hopefully) soon...spare question??

I'm hopefully going to finally get some new shoes for the Jeep this Spring. As of now, I'm still debating on whether to go with 17" or 18" wheels, but I've pretty much decided that I'm going to go with 35" Duratracs for the tires.

What will be required for me to put the 35" spare on the back? Eventually, I want to get a new rear bumper with tire carrier. Is there another (temporary) solution that will get me by for now?

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Old 12-28-2012, 04:04 PM   #2
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I carried a 35" Duratrac (E-rated) on a 16x8 wheel on a Smittybilt Oversize tire carrier on mine for almost a year with no problems. However, I took the spare off when I wheeled in a couple of rougher spots, just so I wouldn't trash the tailgate.

Other than that, I had no issues with it.

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Old 12-28-2012, 04:38 PM   #3
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@maximusAF -- been toying with the same thoughts over the last week. It seems from my extensive yet minimal research (there is so much info out there) - that 17'' are the way to go. More options

Also - basic knowledge here - once you bump over the 33s you probably need a new spare holder. Again, not sure about that - but have been told a few times that 33s are fine on the stock holder
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:42 PM   #4
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I would suggest 17" wheels for that 35" tire. Rubber for 18's will cost more and if you eventually go 37's, will cost a kidney.

For a 35" tire I suggest an aftermarket carrier. A stand alone unti like OR Fab or Teraflex or a bumper with tire carrier. Some guys run 35's on their OEM carrier with no troubles but most do trash the tailgate. I wouldn't risk it.

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Old 12-28-2012, 05:02 PM   #5
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Just had the 315/70/17 duratracs installed a few weeks ago. had to order a spare tire holder as it wold not go back on (i kept the stock rubi wheels).
They look AWESOME BTW.
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Anything biggerthan a 33 will interfere wih the brake light. I just got 255/85/16s (33.3) and they just barely fit, and just hide the bottom of the light.
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I carried a 35" Duratrac (E-rated) on a 16x8 wheel on a Smittybilt Oversize tire carrier on mine for almost a year with no problems. However, I took the spare off when I wheeled in a couple of rougher spots, just so I wouldn't trash the tailgate.

Other than that, I had no issues with it.
^^ this. still on my tailgate. and if you get the TeraFlex Hinge Carrier (tailgate hinge reinforcement) it's all you'll ever need.... then you can run any bumper you want.

oh, and i wheel it on the tailgate... not the best idea.. but i do it anyways. it's held up okay.

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Anything biggerthan a 33 will interfere wih the brake light. I just got 255/85/16s (33.3) and they just barely fit, and just hide the bottom of the light.
Brake light extensions are available.
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Brake light extensions are available.
there is a provision to relocate the brake light on most aftermarket tire carriers... or you could just remove it all together. it's what I did...

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:31 PM   #10
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Yeah, i've only been considering 18's since i've currently got stock 18's on my Sahara. But yes, 17's would definitely save some cash, and would still be a major upgrade over my current setup.

Sounds like even with 35's I could get by with a brake light extension and some sort of reinforcement? Just installed new IPCW Bermuda Black tail lights and third brake light tonight!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:40 PM   #11
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I went with 35" Duratracs on 16" wheels. Looked at the same tire/wheel package in 17s and saved almost $400 going with the 16s. I like the more tire, less wheel look better anyway.

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