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Old 12-11-2016, 03:43 PM
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295s JKU rub on front bumper in reverse

Need some advice PLEASE. Have a Sahara JKU with 1.5 inch spacers and 2 inch puck leveling kit. Max tow package, 3.73, not sure which springs I have and not sure how much it matters but they are OEM springs, shocks and bumpers.

Added ST Maxx 295/70/17s and am getting some rubbing in reverse with wheel at full articulation. Love the look BTW.... I had done A LOT of scouring the forum and thought I could get the 295s with the above mods with no rub.

What is the simplest, cheapest fix. Not sure if it is trim and cap the OEM bumper, bump stops (don't want front end higher than back),or different springs or shocks.

Still need to add tailgate hinge and/or tire carrrier $$$$. (Steel wheels with 4.25 backspacing is leaving me hanging off the carrier a bunch so I need to fix the tire/gate situation, so trying to limit costs) For now full spare is in the back for the winter.

Thanks for the help.

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Need some advice PLEASE. Have a Sahara JKU with 1.5 inch spacers and 2 inch puck leveling kit. Max tow package, 3.73, not sure which springs I have and not sure how much it matters but they are OEM springs, shocks and bumpers.

Added ST Maxx 295/70/17s and am getting some rubbing in reverse with wheel at full articulation. Love the look BTW.... I had done A LOT of scouring the forum and thought I could get the 295s with the above mods with no rub.

What is the simplest, cheapest fix. Not sure if it is trim and cap the OEM bumper, bump stops (don't want front end higher than back),or different springs or shocks.

Still need to add tailgate hinge and/or tire carrrier $$$$. (Steel wheels with 4.25 backspacing is leaving me hanging off the carrier a bunch so I need to fix the tire/gate situation, so trying to limit costs) For now full spare is in the back for the winter.

Thanks for the help.


Is it rubbing on the bumper or the plastic cover underneath? The reason I'm asking is my wife's '17 JKU Sahara (295/60/20 Nitto G2) has a 2.5 "leveling kit" and hers rubbed while full right in reverse as well. I trimmed hers and no more issues.


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It is the actual bumper not the air dam/plastic cover.
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So you have wheels with 4.25" backspace PLUS you're using 1.5" wheel spacers?

If so, that's your problem. The spacers are only needed if using stock wheels. I had STT Pros in 295/70/17 on my stock Rubi wheels, only rubbed the crappy plastic air dam - no rub at bumper or control arms - and the STT Pros are slightly wider and bigger than the Maxx.
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Thanks for the reply mtnecho. Did you also have the leveling kit?

Anyone else think the spacers off would help? I am confused about the geometry. However it would be a real cheap fix !
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Thanks for the reply mtnecho. Did you also have the leveling kit?

Anyone else think the spacers off would help? I am confused about the geometry. However it would be a real cheap fix !
Yes it will help... if your wheels already have 4.5" you are increasing their travel a lot more with the spacers... enough to rub the bumper. Taking them off will likely give you 1/2" to 3/4" back on your clearance.
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Thanks for the reply mtnecho. Did you also have the leveling kit?

Anyone else think the spacers off would help? I am confused about the geometry. However it would be a real cheap fix !

I had a 2" budget boost/leveling kit at the time. No contact at the bumper on the street or when wheeling at full compression. And no contact when reversing (live on a narrow residential street with a sloped driveway so I reverse at full lock all the time to keep from hitting my neighbor's POS commuter car).
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I had a 2" budget boost/leveling kit at the time. No contact at the bumper on the street or when wheeling at full compression. And no contact when reversing (live on a narrow residential street with a sloped driveway so I reverse at full lock all the time to keep from hitting my neighbor's POS commuter car).
I'm reading this as he has wheel spacers... if you go too far out, the arc of the wheel changes. If it is a spring-spacer and a body-lift then no, taking out the spring-spacer isn't going to help.
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I'm reading this as he has wheel spacers... if you go too far out, the arc of the wheel changes. If it is a spring-spacer and a body-lift then no, taking out the spring-spacer isn't going to help.
I know. I was responding to his question about whether or not I had a leveling kit.
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I second removing the wheel spacers. I have Cooper S/T Maxx in 295/70/17 on wheels with 4.75 backspacing. They didn't rub the stock bumper, but did rub the air dam at full lock. I also have a 2.5" spring lift.
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60$ and a sawzall can fix that with the rough country stubby caps.

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