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Old 05-16-2017, 07:22 PM
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I am a new Jeep owner and I am looking to put new wheels/tires on my 2017 JK. I am on more of a budget so I was thinking along the lines of 33s with keeping the stock lift. Is this a good course of action or is there a better more useful way to go about this.

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Hey exactly my question .. just got a 2017 sport 2 door and thinking of getting a 33" . Dealer says I need to add 2.5"lift but I am not so keen on that now. Just need bigger rubber on same wheels.
City driving no off roading .. can someone throw some light on this please

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I just ordered my JK today.


33"s have been my go-to size since researching tires. They look best to me on a 2 door.
I'm getting 33X12.50R15s for lowest cost C rated tires, no lift and flat fender trim to clear it all at max suspension flex.
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33's on my Recon. No lift .stock wheels. saving up for lift and still couldn't decide what to get.

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Hey exactly my question .. just got a 2017 sport 2 door and thinking of getting a 33" . Dealer says I need to add 2.5"lift but I am not so keen on that now. Just need bigger rubber on same wheels.
City driving no off roading .. can someone throw some light on this please
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Your dealer is full of it.
yeah you do not need a lift for 33's. 2.5 is recommended for 35's and 3.5-4 in lift for 37's
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I have 33's on my stock Sport S. I am running stock Hard Rock 17" wheels and Spidertrax wheel spacers. No issues.



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Would there be regearing or rubbing with installing 33's from 31's? Looking to step up to some 33" BFGoodrich KO2's from 31" KO's and the wife is limiting my budget, which I am fine with 33". Looking for the best way to go about it myself.
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I actually have a Teraflex leveling kit with the 33" BFG KO2's on my 2017 JKU with 3.21 gears. I like the ride "flat Florida", no rubbing but I am adding the Teraflex Big Rotor Kit to help with the brakes.

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I'm waiting for my stock 32s to wear out, and when they do I'll be moving up to 33s. I really like and will be keeping my stock black Rubi wheels, so the tire upgrade will be a relatively inexpensive mod.

I'm running on the AEV 2" Spacer Suspension Lift and per their website I could even do 34s, but I think that would put me too close to needing to regear my 3.73.
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285/70/17 KO2's and 1.75" spacer lift.
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My dealer said my 2016 rubicon will fit 33s fine without any lift, and since I have 1.5" wheel spacers (spidertrax) there should be no rubbing.

Waiting for the factory bfg mud terrains to wear out, only has 10,000 miles on it and pretty much look brand new so I'm not looking to get new tires soon, unfortunately.
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If you're not offroading, 33's should be fine without any lift. I've got a set of KO2's on my rig that I'm really wishing I'd gone 35 instead with my 2.5 lift. Anyone wanna swap?

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I have 285/70/17 Duratracs on my stock wheels with 1.75" adapters, no lift and IMO, it looks just the way I want. 2015 JK WW
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I just got a 2 Dr. Recon...... and I really don't want to add any lift if I don't have to.... Its my DD and maybe I'll be rock crawling twice a year..... The Recon will see more sand , mud and lumber..... My plan is to install the following tires next year when I wear out the KMs.....

BFG KO2s.... 34X10.5R17LT.... 56# in weight... 10.5" in sectional width.... 33.5" OD..... and will fit a stock rim...... I don't think I will have any problems...

I wonder why people don't mention this size as you are adding height without adding too much sectional width.... especially folks that don't want to install a lift or spacers....
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I just got a 2 Dr. Recon...... and I really don't want to add any lift if I don't have to.... Its my DD and maybe I'll be rock crawling twice a year..... The Recon will see more sand , mud and lumber..... My plan is to install the following tires next year when I wear out the KMs.....

BFG KO2s.... 34X10.5R17LT.... 56# in weight... 10.5" in sectional width.... 33.5" OD..... and will fit a stock rim...... I don't think I will have any problems...

I wonder why people don't mention this size as you are adding height without adding too much sectional width.... especially folks that don't want to install a lift or spacers....
I've been curious about this size tire as well for my Recon. From my research, it doesn't seem to be a common size, along with the other "pizza cutter" option of 255/80-17 (OD~33.3). It seems perfect since the Recon has the little extra lift for tire clearance.

However, it also kinda depends on what happens to that extra clearance after you put a winch and tire carrier + accessories on it, which is the hang up for me...
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I just ordered a teraflex 2.5" coil lift.

I put 33s and pro comp rims. I thought it looked terrible. Like trying to stuff 2lbs of crap in a 1lb bag. It didn't rub anywhere on the street, never tried them off road. I kept them on for two days and put my stock rims and tires back on. Personal preference coming into play.
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You can fit 33's without a lift. Every Jeep is a little different though. Some can give you a mild rub on the control arm and others will hit the air dam.

So, the common way to do it is use the 285/70-17 tire size. Add a 1.25 or 1.5 wheel spacer, like Synergy or Spidertrax and add a 1" front spring spacer to level out the Jeep and give some extra front fender clearance.

None of that will cause any other issues. And if you stay with the 1.25 wheel spacer, your tires are still comfortably tucked in the fenders. Nice look, nice upgrade.

https://www.extremeterrain.com/coyot...s-0717-jk.html

https://www.extremeterrain.com/teraf...53075pair.html

And the Falken Wildpeak AT3W 117 is a very good tire at a very economical price in that size.

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I just got a 2 Dr. Recon...... and I really don't want to add any lift if I don't have to.... Its my DD and maybe I'll be rock crawling twice a year..... The Recon will see more sand , mud and lumber..... My plan is to install the following tires next year when I wear out the KMs.....

BFG KO2s.... 34X10.5R17LT.... 56# in weight... 10.5" in sectional width.... 33.5" OD..... and will fit a stock rim...... I don't think I will have any problems...

I wonder why people don't mention this size as you are adding height without adding too much sectional width.... especially folks that don't want to install a lift or spacers....
I agree with the Colonel. I just had a 2" Mopar lift installed and still have the stock tires on my Rubicon rims. I want to keep my wheels and don't particularly want to use spacers. So the 34X10.5/17 is at the top of my list to help me fill out the wheel wells a bit, give me and extra 0.75" of ground clearance and not have to use spacers.
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I am a new Jeep owner and I am looking to put new wheels/tires on my 2017 JK. I am on more of a budget so I was thinking along the lines of 33s with keeping the stock lift. Is this a good course of action or is there a better more useful way to go about this.
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Would there be regearing or rubbing with installing 33's from 31's? Looking to step up to some 33" BFGoodrich KO2's from 31" KO's and the wife is limiting my budget, which I am fine with 33". Looking for the best way to go about it myself.
I ran 275/75/18 (read: 33s) on may last JKU (Cooper ST Maxx) and, yes, there was rubbing. Rubbed the air dam, rubbed at full lock, and made very unpleasant noises in the wheel wells at full flex. I did not, and do not, want to lift.

So, this time around I gave tire size a lot of thought and chose to put 255/70/18 BFG KO2s on my new Rubicon. Since they are stock size there is no rubbing anywhere anytime (actually they are a hair or two over the 32" of the OEM Deulers).
They provide the traction I need on and off road. I did not need to raise the CoG. No lift. No spacers. No new wheels. Etc. And they look as if they belong on the Jeep. I am pleased with them anyway.



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You can fit 33's without a lift. Every Jeep is a little different though. Some can give you a mild rub on the control arm and others will hit the air dam.

So, the common way to do it is use the 285/70-17 tire size. Add a 1.25 or 1.5 wheel spacer, like Synergy or Spidertrax and add a 1" front spring spacer to level out the Jeep and give some extra front fender clearance.

None of that will cause any other issues. And if you stay with the 1.25 wheel spacer, your tires are still comfortably tucked in the fenders. Nice look, nice upgrade.

https://www.extremeterrain.com/coyot...s-0717-jk.html

https://www.extremeterrain.com/teraf...53075pair.html

And the Falken Wildpeak AT3W 117 is a very good tire at a very economical price in that size.

https://www.tires-easy.com/brands/fa...?code=28034306
So going with 33"s and adding a steel bumper and winch to the front, would you recommend maybe a 2.5" Teraflex spacer instead of 1"?

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For what it is worth, this will be used as a daily driver with some mild offroading done every so often. Taking it out to Colorado in June and would like to up to 33" from 31" without going crazy on the budget.
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So going with 33"s and adding a steel bumper and winch to the front, would you recommend maybe a 2.5" Teraflex spacer instead of 1"?

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For what it is worth, this will be used as a daily driver with some mild offroading done every so often. Taking it out to Colorado in June and would like to up to 33" from 31" without going crazy on the budget.
Typically a bumper and winch will drop about 3/4", maybe 1", so to level it would be more like 2 of the 1" spacers. I think 2.5 would be too much without adding some to the rear.
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Typically a bumper and winch will drop about 3/4", maybe 1", so to level it would be more like 2 of the 1" spacers. I think 2.5 would be too much without adding some to the rear.
I've read elsewhere about not stacking spacers... so would a 2.5" in the front and then .5" in the rear be a better choice? With what you suggest, would this prevent rubbing or what else would I need to look at?
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I've read elsewhere about not stacking spacers... so would a 2.5" in the front and then .5" in the rear be a better choice? With what you suggest, would this prevent rubbing or what else would I need to look at?
You could probably do a 2.5 and a .5... But stacking spacers is not an issue up to 2". That is the standard configuration for the TF 1.5 leveling kit and there is at least 1 gazillion of them out there. Most Jeeps need 1" to level, and you might lose 1" to a heavy bumper and winch. So that would leave you off by around 1/2" in the rear. But keep in mind that the rear bumper weighs nothing. So if you ever put on an aftermarket rear bumper you will lose a fair amount.

If it doesn't pain you to run a little nose high for a week, I'd put the entire front end together and see what you need for the rear. You can measure the pinch seam right behind the front tire and right in front of the rear tire. Take that delta and add 1/4".

So if it measures 1/2" low in the rear, add a 3/4" spacer, etc. Which is exactly what I just did.
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I did not want to start a new thread so I jumped in on this one since it is close to the same subject.

I have a stock 2013 Sport. I plan to add the Teraflex Leveling Kit w/o shocks and when the factory tires need replacing I want to go with some 33x12.5R15 tires with 15x8 wheels.

I should not have to bother with any other add ons (wheel spacers, etc.) with this setup should I?

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Forgot to mention wheels are 15x8 with 3.75 " back space.
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I did not want to start a new thread so I jumped in on this one since it is close to the same subject.

I have a stock 2013 Sport. I plan to add the Teraflex Leveling Kit w/o shocks and when the factory tires need replacing I want to go with some 33x12.5R15 tires with 15x8 wheels.

I should not have to bother with any other add ons (wheel spacers, etc.) with this setup should I?

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15 2dr stock 3.21 gears..I run 33x12.5x15 on 15x10 3.75 B's. I only rub fenders at full flex and nothing else. I have small"budget boost" lift, but that was after the tires.
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On our 2nd set of 33s. Nothing fancy, runs great with the 3.21.....not many choices with the base gear package unless......

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