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Old 08-31-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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33" tires on stock rubicon wheels?

Hey guys! I know this might seem like a stupid question, but I figured I would run it by you anyways. I have a 2003 Rubicon and I plan on lifting it with a 2.25 inch bb lift and JKS 1.25" body lift. I want to get some 33x12.5 tires as well. My plan was to keep my stock rubicon wheels and use the 33 tires on them.

My question is, how do you get that wide tire stance on a jeep? I have noticed pics with some jeeps that have the 15" wheels and 33 tires that look like they have a wider tire. But when I see 33s on stock rubicon wheels it looks like they have a skinnier width than the 15" wheels. Am I just seeing things, or is the 33" tire on the 15" wheel wider in appearance than the 16" rubicon wheel? Or does this strictly have to do with backspacing of the wheel?

Sorry about the dumb question, I'm kind of new to this and I really like the wider tire appearance when the tire sticks out a little past the stock fender flare. I was just wondering if the 15" wheel and the stock rubicon wheel really do have a different appearance, or I was seeing things lol. Thanks for any help you can give me!

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Old 08-31-2008, 07:27 PM   #2
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its the backspacing on the wheel. if you want to keep the 33's on the stock wheels you can go with a set of spacers, they usualy run close to $100 for a set of 2.

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look mt my avator and my pics and mine are factory rubi wheel with 305s, which are 33x12.50s. look wide, just dont stick out beyond the flares. i may get some spacers sometime, cuz i like my wheels.
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Generally speaking, you cannot mount 33x12.50 tires on any factory Jeep wheels due to their excessive backspacing. For no rubbing whatsoever, you need no more backspacing than about 4" and factory wheels have 5.25" to 5.5" of backspacing which is too much.

The below pic shows how backspacing is measured, with the yellow tape measure measuring the wheel's backspace dimension which is that distance between the wheel's mounting flange and the back edge of the wheel. With too much backspacing, the tire's inside sidewall will rub on a spring, spring perch, or control arm.
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some stock wheels are 7". my stock wheels are 8" which makes them wider. i have 33x12.50's and 1.5 wheel spacers to help with backspacing
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some stock wheels are 7". my stock wheels are 8" which makes them wider.
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"My question is, how do you get that wide tire stance on a jeep? " just trying to help, JERRY BRANSFORD! TRY READING THE POST!!!!!!!!!ASS
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Dude you need to calm down and not get so frigging angry so darned easily. Did you somehow miss the wink and grin?
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to get the wide stance its the BS on the wheels. the smaller the BS than stock wheels makes them stick out farther, the BS on my wheels are 3.75 with 33X12.50 15's. the stock wheels are what 4.5 BS, just look at my sig
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Dude you need to calm down and not get so frigging angry so darned easily. Did you somehow miss the wink and grin?
Thats called Kentucky temper or hillbilly anger management Just joking tim and Jerry must have read the post cause he did show how to measure the backspacing but the only way to get them to stick out like they want with stock wheels are the spacers here is a link wrangler wheel spacers, Parts Accessories, eBay Motors items on eBay.com and here Wheel Spacers & Adapters - Quadratec
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285/75/16s fit great, they end up being 33x11 though.
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So from what I got out of this, its all about backspacing and not the wheel itself. So say if I were to keep my stock Rubicon wheels, which I believe are 16x8 wheels, and put some 33x12.5s on them. If I wanted them to stick out from the stock fender and have the wider stance that would only be a matter of backspacing and no problem to do? What backspacing would you recommend to make it possible? Thanks, and any other opinions or even pics would be great!
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Click this link.Most people go 1.5" on each side giving you 3"s a wider track.
eBay Motors: Wheel Adapters Jeep Wrangler Cherokee TJ Spacers 1.5" (item 270271236740 end time Sep-07-08 20:53:06 PDT)

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