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F1LOCO 06-20-2013 11:20 AM

Polling JK owners....
Ok, so the debate rages on whether 285/70/17s fit a stock 17" Rubi wheel with no spacers and no lift. Seems it varies from tire to tire, jeep to jeep. So, to try and get a "scientific" handle on this, I am posting a survey to find who has "rubbed" and who hasn't, in addition, please post a reply when voting to simply include:

Rubbed or No Rubbing
Tire Brand

Remember this is only for a JK/JKU OE 17" rims with no lift and no spacer


OffRoadCam09 06-20-2013 11:26 AM

There really shouldn't be a poll if you have them oem wheels with bigger tires you will more then likely rub. Oem wheels need spacers to push them out so this doesn't happen

Abnormal-JK 06-20-2013 11:45 AM

^^This.... I can't answer the poll... I was advised by everyone around this zoo to use spacers... so the spacers went on before the tires...

MTH 06-20-2013 11:55 AM

I take it you've seen this thread?

To quote:


Now, let’s consider some tires that could potentially cause slight issues on road; the 33x11s. The common sizes of these would be . . . 285/70/17 . . . .

. . . . Many folks have reported running [this] size[] without issue. However, others have experienced contact with the airdam or front suspension components. Simple fixes are to add washers to the steering stops, trim the airdam, or install wheel spacers.
In other words, it's a mixed bag that's probably largely dependent on the exact actual size of the tire and the exact specs of your particular jeep within the tolerances. If they fit without any rubbing, it's going to be razor close.

F1LOCO 06-20-2013 12:05 PM

After reading that thread and at least a dozen others on the forum ad nauseam, there is no consensus for those apparently who have tried it. As indicated in the original post, seems it varies among tire manufacturer's (as well as the particular jeep), so I am trying to get an idea on what particular brands may work better than others, or if this is just a myth of the few and fabled...

woansleftpeg 06-20-2013 12:08 PM

My 285/70/17s on a 4.5" BS wheel give me contact with the front bumper at full right lock in reverse, but curiously not at full left lock and not when moving forward.

Abnormal-JK 06-20-2013 02:15 PM

I would also add... that I like the look WITH spacers a LOT better... pushes the shoes out to fill the fenders, and widens the stance... looks tougher~!

And it DOES drive better, even with stock tires...

jmb6420 06-20-2013 08:05 PM

Can't help you either, got wheels and tires at the same time.

AUskier 06-20-2013 09:16 PM

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For a short period of time between my stock 7 spoke 18" Sahara wheels and my current rugged ridge 17x9" wheels I had some older (I think 2005) Grand Cherokee wheels on my JK with 285/70-17 duratracs. The tires did not rub badly, but at full lock would contact the sway bar (especially in reverse)

Backspacing on those 17x7.5 wheels was 6.5". I think this made those rims .25" worse than stock JK wheels. If you are willing to change the bumpstops you MIGHT find the stock JK wheels acceptable for this tire but I'd expect se rubbing.

I knew I was getting different wheels so the rubbing wasn't a big deal for a month. But too much for long term use IMHO. My current rugged ridge wheels have a 4.72" backspacing. More than enough for my use, I'd probably like a 5" backspacing on these 9" wide wheels better, but I really preferred a hub centric design.

Here's a pic of the GC wheels on...

Attachment 264013

And the Rigged Ridge...

Attachment 264020

rics1997 06-20-2013 09:22 PM

I really didn't notice that my 285/70/17's were rubbing but when I took it in for some mods the Tech ask me to come back and showed me they were rubbing and wearing a hole in my tires. If I didn't have it in for work, I probably would have never noticed becaused they rubbed ever so lightly on the swaybar.

Here is were mine were rubbing

F1LOCO 06-26-2013 05:53 PM

Well a whopping 6 participants but 2:1 says 285/70/17 will fit stock set up without rubbing...

Abnormal-JK 06-26-2013 09:26 PM


Originally Posted by F1LOCO (Post 3902432)
Well a whopping 6 participants but 2:1 says 285/70/17 will fit stock set up without rubbing...

True... On pavement... Don't try to follow me tho!

F1LOCO 06-27-2013 06:31 AM

LOL...good thing I live in FL...not too many boulders to climb about on. :D

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