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Old 02-10-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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Will 285 75 16 tires work ok

I have a 2004 Rubicon with a 4' lift. I plan on going up to the 285 75 16 tire on my Moab factory wheels. Will the tires clear the chassis and body ok under suspension compression and doing full left and right turns when in rough terrain 4 wheeling? I did not have a problem with 33"s on 15" wheels but I have since sold them. The Moabs have a 4.5" back space so I think they will work out. Don't want to run a wheel spacer on the hub.

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Will the tires clear the chassis and body ok under suspension compression and doing full left and right turns when in rough terrain 4 wheeling?
depends how well you have the bumpstop extensions set, if the axles are well centered, and if you'd adjusted the steering stops.

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The Moabs have a 4.5" back space so I think they will work out.
stock Moab's have 5" backspacing.

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Don't want to run a wheel spacer on the hub.
Might have to. bolt stuff up and see how close the tire is to the rear spring perch...that will be the big deciding factor. I'd vote in favor of Spidertrax spacers if you want to keep the Moabs.

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Old 02-11-2013, 12:21 AM   #3
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The axles are centered and i don't believe I had any trouble with the 33's. I did not remember the back space on my 15" rims and the old set up had the tire well outside the stock fender flare. Just was not sure the Moabs had enough back space. I measured and must have been off so I am glad they are 5" might be ok. Thanks for your info will be heading to the shop tomorrow.
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I just put 285/75/16 BFG ATs on my 2006 unlimited rubicon last month and did not use wheel spacers as I wanted as much of the tire under the flare as possible.

I have the DPG Offroad Ultimate kit. I have no issues with the spring perches in the rear. I have not stuck a ruler up there, but I have >1 inch clearance from my perches and my axles are centered. I have more clearance with the tires aired down for off road use.

I did have to adjust my steering stops up front though, because the tires rubbed the lower control arms. Two washers on each steering stop *almost* fixed my rubbing, but a third one on each stop did the trick. I have not missed the loss of turning radius.

I am very pleased with the look of the stock rims and 285/75/16 tire.
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i just put 285/75/16 bfg ats on my 2006 unlimited rubicon last month and did not use wheel spacers as i wanted as much of the tire under the flare as possible.

I have the dpg offroad ultimate kit. I have no issues with the spring perches in the rear. I have not stuck a ruler up there, but i have >1 inch clearance from my perches and my axles are centered. I have more clearance with the tires aired down for off road use.

I did have to adjust my steering stops up front though, because the tires rubbed the lower control arms. Two washers on each steering stop *almost* fixed my rubbing, but a third one on each stop did the trick. I have not missed the loss of turning radius.

I am very pleased with the look of the stock rims and 285/75/16 tire.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:07 AM   #6
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Thanks, great info.
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Can we get some pictures of the jeeps with this set up? I've been looking into either getting duratracs, mtrs, or km2's in this set up

thank you
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Can we get some pictures of the jeeps with this set up? I've been looking into either getting duratracs, mtrs, or km2's in this set up

thank you

Iwill try to take some this weekend.
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My street tires are 255 85 16 on Moab wheels and they don't rub, but have not flexed out due to when i hit the trails the 33 12.5 15 TSL's go on, maybe some one is running the 255 85 16 set up off road that can chime in
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Thank you I hope they look good
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I have 285/75/16 on Moabs and they rub the front control arms at full lock. The front also rubs upper spring perches a little when off road. Not enough to worry about. I think with spacers they would probably rub the flares then.
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My 285's tuck nicely but they do run the LCA at full lock. Rubs the paint off is all.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:23 PM   #13
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cool! looks great guys and thank you for the help!

sorry for hi-jacking the thread I'm sure other people will benefit too
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:00 PM   #14
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Here are a few pics as promised. Sorry it is just a few, it was 38 degrees with wind gusts of 30+ mph. Thanks to the U.S.S North Carolina for serving as a backdrop.

before on stock suspension with the original tires even:






After with DPG Offroad's Ultimate kit with a spring spacer up front in anticipation of a winch/bumper and BFG ATs




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Only part of the tire outside of the flare is the sidewall bulge. All of the tread is under the flare.

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Old 02-19-2013, 10:51 AM   #15
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I like how much clearance you have afterwards... I've got a mix RE/Terra lift and I'm sure the mtr-k's will clear just fine

love the LJ's if I had the opportunity to trade up to a LJ Rubicon I'd do it in a heartbeat. I love my TJ but the extra space is welcomed.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:26 PM   #16
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Thanks for the pic's and information. After much contemplation I decided on 5 new Level 8 zx 16" wheels and 265 75 16 Goodyear Dura Trax. Ordered and should have it on the Jeep in 10 days. Will post some pic's.

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