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Old 11-27-2011, 07:15 PM
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So did I get this right?

Alright I've been looking around and stuff trying to figure out exactly what I want without going overboard in expenses. I'm a complete noob to all this so I just wanna make sure I'm on the right path.

I have 2010 JK sport... and I want bigger tires. So here's where I'm at... at the most I plan to just do minor off road stuff (no rock climbing or anything like that) and just have a jeep decent for trails and stuff (nothing hardcore)

2.5 in or 3 in suspension lift. Apparently 35s would also require regearing which I would prefer to avoid. So I was looking at 33's which look nice IMO. The stock wheels are 16 in so I'd have to get new 17 in wheels to fit the 33's right?

And that's all I'd need to do? My buddies do not have jeeps and I'm getting different answers but... I think I've sorted it out...

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:19 PM   #2
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rim height has nothing to do with tire height, so you can run a 16, a 15 would be even better if it will clear the brakes


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I'm somewhat of a noob myself, but have been doing research and just ordered tires and rims.

You can do 33" wheels, but not a good idea if you're using the stock rims. If you want to keep your rims and no lift, stick with 32" tires.

If you want 33's, you're better of buying new rims and tires to avoid having to put on wheel spacers. The backspacing on the stock rim is not good for larger tires. The correct backspacing (around 4.5") will give you more leeway, enough to run 33's.

If you can find a 15" rim you like, this would be the least expensive way to go because it cheaper to do smaller rims and larger tires.

If you don't do heavy off roading, you don't even need a lift to get 33's. They will rub on a full turn, but can be done with minimal problems. Of course, if you want a lift, by all means get one. That makes things easier too.

I ended up getting 16" rims and 33" BFG's. The rims are 16 X 8 with 4.5" backspacing. I didn't get 15" rims because that limits your selection. Plus I've read the brakes are larger on the 2012 and makes 15's more difficult.
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