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Old 09-22-2009, 02:25 PM   #1
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32x11.50-15s on OEM rims - will they rub?

32x11.50-15s on OEM rims - will they rub? I have a 2001 TJ hardtop with 2" lift and factory Canyon rims, 5.5" backspace, will 32x11.50-15 all terrain type tires fit without major rubbing, or do I need to use wheel spacers?

It's time for tires and I don't want to regear, happy with 3.73s and trying to decide between 32s or 33x12.50-15s, kinda wanting to avoid extra work and expense, but wanting a good combination that works well on and off road
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Old 09-22-2009, 06:08 PM   #2
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Odds are they will rub due to the OE wheel's 5.5" of backspacing. They tend to rub the rear inside sidewall against the upper rear spring perch. And in front, they'll usually rub against the control arms when you turn the steering wheel all the way left or right. That is fixable with a washer or two under the two steering stop bolts located on the steering knucles. But that rear inside sidewall rub potential is there so long as you run an 11.5" wide tire on the OE wheels. It's really best to finally splurge on some aftermarket wheels with a little less backspacing.

You could run 1/2" spacers but I am not a big fan of them.

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until i put aftermarket rims, mine rubbed in the front when turned all the way. If i recall it was rubbing the swaybar. Wasnt horrible but it definatly rubbed.
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