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Old 12-27-2010, 11:24 AM
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Wheel / Tire Help

I got a 2003 Wrangler X with 32k miles on it back in August. Only problem was that it came with 215 Ranger tires on the stock wheels. Not sure why the previous owner decided to do that, but, it is what it is.

Anyway I have been looking to upgrade for a while and have finally saved enough to do so.

I'm not looking to put a lift on it. It is also my daily driver, so I am looking for a good aggressive tire that I can take on some light trails and do some mudding with, but also something good to drive around on.

Here are the wheels I've been looking at..Cragar 3425812 - Cragar Black D Window Wheels - Overview - SummitRacing.com

I have been also been looking at these tires BFGoodrich Tires 16177 - BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO Tires - Overview - SummitRacing.com I should also note, I have found those tires cheaper other places and they are also on backorder from Summit.

What do you guys think? To big? I have done poking around on here and it seems 31 is as big as you can go without a lift.

Thanks for your guys help!

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Old 12-27-2010, 11:28 AM   #2
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31x10.5 is as tall as you can fit on a stock TJ with no rubbing offroad. The tire that came up was a 30" tire... You can fit bigger, with proper backspacing on the wheels, but they will rub on speed bumps, etc. with no lift.

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Old 12-27-2010, 11:58 AM   #3
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30x9.50x15 came as an option on the TJ. With the correct backspacing on the new rims or good used stock rims, there should not be any issues. The bfg at is a good over all tire that will be fine for mild off road use and do very well on the highway for you.
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Excellent, thanks for the help guys. I'm excited to finally be able to do a few mods!
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I found a set of wheels I like but with 3.75" backspacing. Is that to much for the 30 x 9.5 x 15 wheels?
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Took the plunge tonight. Got the Cragers mentioned above (15x8 with 4" bs) and 30x9.5x15 BFG AT. Can't wait!
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Congrats on the new tires. I'm in the same boat, searching for the best tire options w/o a lift for my Sport. Inferno girl, did you mean that 31"s are the biggest you can go w/o rubbing? I've heard two different things, dude at one place said 31"s will never rub, another guy said 31"s will rub on rare occasions, like wheels at full lock and suspension fully articulated. I have 30's on right now, just considering whether that 1" is worth it. Thanks!
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As a general rule 31x10.5's won't rub, but some tires are wider than others, therefore, some may have some minor rubbing at full turn. If there is rubbing, it can be fixed by adjusting the steering stops with a washer or two, to reduce the sweep of the turn. Mine never rubbed on 31's, on or offroad. Stock TJ Rubicons came from the factory with 31" tires.....
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Do Rubicons have more clearance than the Sports?
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Rubicons are setup from the factory with bigger springs, higher lift than stock TJ's...that's why you can get an automatic 'lift' just replacing TJ springs with Rubicon springs.
SO yes, Rubicons have more clearance. What I was told after I bought my rubicon was 'it was built to take 33's but tipover rate was too high and government made them put on 31's'...so even the speedometer is off a bit for the stock tires. When I went to 33's mileage suddenly was what it was supposed to be...that's what I was told! I also had 1.5" budget boost set included when I bought my first 'used' 33' x 12.5's and never had any problem.
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The Spring rate on the rubicon is different, Thus if you put rubi springs on a non rubi you MIGHT get a slight lift out them. Nothing to write home about.
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Great info, thanks!

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