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Old 11-28-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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Tire Size Advice

Just bought my 2nd wrangler, 2012 jk sport. It came with the factory 16 inch steel wheels. I'm looking to get larger tires to fill up some of the empty space in the wheel wells, but don't want to get a lift kit. Any suggestions on what tire size to get?

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Old 11-28-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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32" is about as big as you can go without a lift if you plan on doing any offroading.

If you're keeping the stock wheels, you may need different wheels or at least wheel spacers for even 32" tires. Not really sure.

However, 32" is the stock Rubicon and Sahara size. Therefore, the smartest play to get bigger tires cheaply is to look on Craigslist and Ebay to find a set of Rubi or (less desirable) Sahara tire/wheel pull offs. Folks are always dumping them (and often for cheap and in new condition) when they add tires/wheels/lifts.

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32" is about as big as you can go without a lift if you plan on doing any offroading.

If you're keeping the stock wheels, you may need different wheels or at least wheel spacers for even 32" tires. Not really sure.

However, 32" is the stock Rubicon and Sahara size. Therefore, the smartest play to get bigger tires cheaply is to look on Craigslist and Ebay to find a set of Rubi or (less desirable) Sahara tire/wheel pull offs. Folks are always dumping them (and often for cheap and in new condition) when they add tires/wheels/lifts.
I agree, if you are going to do any real offroading (everyone's interpretation of offroading varies greatly). I currently run 33" under mine ('12 JKU) stock and have zero issues with rubbing, etc. Although I do plan on installing lift later this year, I have not experienced any issues while on trails. I will most likely have issues once I get into anything involving rock crawling or transitioning between steep angles, so it depends on your use.

Also, I agree completely on checking for new wheels on Craigslist-that's where I sold mine w/i 20 min of posting add
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I've got an 08 JKUX, so I'm not sure what the difference might be.

I changed out my stock 17" Rubi wheels when I bought it in August and replaced with 16" wheels. I put 265/75/16 tires on it. They measure just under 32" and they fit fine and filled up the wheel well fine. I have since added a spacer to the front coil just to level the ride out, but it doesn't look bad at all.

I know a lot of guys like to get the bigger 33"-35" tires and that's great for them. I have a lot of road driving and my off road is pretty much hunting trips and those trails to get to the location. So I don't need the larger tires.

Sorry to go off on a tangent, but maybe my perspective and usage will help you out.
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