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Old 02-17-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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Tire size help - please!!!

ok guys time has come and on a very strict budget. looking to put a 295/70/17 on a completly stock 2007 JK wrangler X. these should fit as they measure out to be approx 33x11" tires. found a set of Nitto Terra Grapplers i like. cannot afford much more then those and cannot get rims just yet.

anyone know if there will be any issues?

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Old 02-17-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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People say they get 15's with 33" duratracs for cheaper than tires alone for 17s or 18s. Just search the forum or talk to discount tire direct (forum sponsor)

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Old 02-17-2012, 10:27 AM   #3
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Those will be a HEAVY 33. It will hurt your mileage especially with an auto. If you go the route of 15" rims and duratracs you will definitely be lighter in weight and will most likely come out to about the same price. If its a little more, the better gas mileage can help justify it
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Old 02-17-2012, 10:30 AM   #4
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I would expect stock wheels with 295/70/17 (which is essentially 33x11.5) would rub when you turn unless you add spacers or washers on your steering stops. Washers on your steering stops is cheap and easy (see here), so, technically, I think you could do this for at least on road driving.

Offroad, the tires are fairly likely (though not guaranteed) to rub your fenders when flexing the axles, and for that you'd need flat flares or a lift. DIY flat flares are cheap and sort of easy (see here) and a basic budget boost doesn't cost too much, so, again, you could technically have no real problems here.

That said, as indicated by Vacca above, make sure you price check (New 15" Alloy Wheels + 33x12.5R15 Tires - Money from selling stock wheels/tires) versus (New Nitto Terra Grapplers for 17" wheels). Depending on how good of deal you're getting on the Nittos, you may be surprised. Getting the new wheels would, as a bonus, mean that you don't need spacers or steering stops to stop the rubbing on turns.

To get a sense of the ballpark prices, send a PM to forum vendor Discount Tire Direct for some quotes on a good 15" wheel and 33" tire set up. Then spend some time on eBay and your local Craigslist to get a sense of what you could resell your current wheels/tires for.
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How do i contact them, it keeps taking me to website when I click on name.
Click here to send DTD a PM.
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Old 02-17-2012, 04:03 PM   #7
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I agree with the 15" wheels with tires cheaper than 17" tires alone. Got a quote last week from Discount and if you are member of Threadlightly you can save another $100 on Goodyears.

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