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I was going to get 35x12.5’s, but the more pictures I see, the more the rear tires just too look big in the rear wheel well.

So I’m considering either a 33” (295/70) and possibly a 34” (315/70).

Even the 34s look a tad big, which makes me lean towards the 33s. Yet I see a lot of comments on how 33s look best on a JK and 35s on JKU. To me the proportions of the 33’s on JKU with 2-3” lift just look better.

Has anyone done 33s without looking back or wanting to upgrade to 35?

I plan on the 2” Mopar lift, with my 6-speed manual and 4.10’s

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295/70-17 look fine with a 2" mopar lift. I would post photos but freaking Photobucket crashed apparently and I lost all my photos. I have run 295/70-17 on stock rims and also 255/80-17 on stock rims and both are essentially 33's. the 295 a little shorter and fatter and the 255/80's taller but quite a bit skinnier.
here is with 255/80-17 which are 33's.
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33s on 2 1/2” lift.
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I think a 285/75r17 is essentially a 34? You could take it a minor step up, I also think it is a bit narrower than some of the 35s.

A 315/70r17 is 12.5 width?

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This is my JK on 285/75s. I have a 2" spacer lift. These tires are, mathematically, 33.86"... but on the Jeep they measure exactly 33".

The JKU will have different proportions, obviously, but this might give you an idea.

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I am currently running 285 75 17 with the teraflex leveling kit.
I have the Mopar 2” on order. Hopefully getting it installed in the next two weeks.

The 285’s are 34” on paper but measure a true 33” when mounted on factory wheels.
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Here are a few pics of mine throughout it's different iterations.

Rancho 2" lift with stock tires (Big Bear edition comes with 265/70/17s)


Same Rancho 2" lift with 285/75/17 Ridge Grapplers


Same 285/75/17 Ridge Grapplers with Mopar 2" springs (closer to 3")



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I'm putting new wheels on mine in the next few weeks and have been shopping tires again. I keep thinking I want 315/70R17's but we are just really really happy with the 285/75R17's. I'm considering the 35x10.50R17 Kenda's to keep the tires closer to the fender and still get the height we'd like.
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I have 255/80R-17 which are almost 33". I have a Rancho 2" kit plus 1/2" spacers in the rear. The look is exactly what I wanted, and I am very satisfied with off road performance. I do like the looks of JKUs on 35s or 37s, but I wanted to stay a little more practical. I don't put many miles on my Jeep, but I plan to keep it for a long time. I am not getting any younger (or taller!) and I find this rig is as tall as I care to climb into.
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2.5” TeraFlex lift with kenda 35x10.50r17 tires. oem fenders. i think it looks proportional and flexes well with zero rubbing.
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Not exactly what you asked for, but here's mine with a 2.5" MetalCloak lift that gave an actual 3.25" front and rear, with 315/70/17 Milestar Patagonias that measure at about 33.75" installed. I did have to trim the stock Rubi rails in the rear, the tires were rubbing the plastic end cap off when wheeling, though no issue on road.
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I was going to get 35x12.5’s, but the more pictures I see, the more the rear tires just too look big in the rear wheel well.

So I’m considering either a 33” (295/70) and possibly a 34” (315/70).

Even the 34s look a tad big, which makes me lean towards the 33s. Yet I see a lot of comments on how 33s look best on a JK and 35s on JKU. To me the proportions of the 33’s on JKU with 2-3” lift just look better.

Has anyone done 33s without looking back or wanting to upgrade to 35?

I plan on the 2” Mopar lift, with my 6-speed manual and 4.10’s
To be clear, a 315/70-17 is as much a 35" tire as a 35x12.5-17 is. Both will measure around 34", give or take. A tire that is labeled as a 34" tire will usually measure closer to 33", and so on.
33's fit really well on a JK / JKU. You often don't even need a lift. If that is all you want, go for it. Another advantage of a 33" tire is that it will have less of an impact on the performance of your Jeep. Bigger tires will make your Jeep slower unless you re-gear. 33" tires will not make your Jeep as slow as 35" tires will.
So there's that.
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I think a 285/75r17 is essentially a 34? You could take it a minor step up, I also think it is a bit narrower than some of the 35s.

A 315/70r17 is 12.5 width?

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I am running that size in a Nitto RG on stock rims with 1.5" spacers and a q-tech leveling kit. Very happy with the setup and very little rubbing anywhere.
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285/70 with Rancho 2” lift. Wish I had gone with 285/75s.



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Here is my JKU with TOYO 275/70-18 tires on a AEV 2.5" lift which netted just over 3".

If felt after a few weeks the tires looked small. So I went 35's.
A lot of people complemented the look and liked it.
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285/70 with Rancho 2” lift. Wish I had gone with 285/75s.


The 75's are not much of a difference maybe an inch or less. But I've found that tire brands make a difference in tire dimensions. There's a tire calculator link in this thread that's informative.
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In my opinion 2.5" lift with 33's is going to look small, not enough tire 1st picture is BFG 33's on 2.5" spacer. 2nd picture is same lift with 35's. Third picture is 3" spring lift with 35's. It's all about what you like but I like filling up the space between the tires and the fenders with some meat.
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Personal opinion, but I think 33's look the best with a Teraflex leveling kit... 2" front and 1" rear. More height than that and the tires begin to look small.
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Personal opinion, but I think 33's look the best with a Teraflex leveling kit... 2" front and 1" rear. More height than that and the tires begin to look small.
I second this, a leveling kit gives the perfect height for 33's and then if you want to go bigger and you can even fit a set of 35's and still.have it look halfway decent
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This is my JK on 285/75s. I have a 2" spacer lift. These tires are, mathematically, 33.86"... but on the Jeep they measure exactly 33".

The JKU will have different proportions, obviously, but this might give you an idea.

How far do your tires stick out past the factory flares? I thought I was decided on 255/80 with no lift but that looks great on a 2 door.
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How far do your tires stick out past the factory flares? I thought I was decided on 255/80 with no lift but that looks great on a 2 door.
About 1” it looks like. Not much. The wheels I put on have a 4.75" backspacing, if I remember correctly. I also had to trim the plastic air dam to keep the tires from rubbing at full lock. Not much...I think I had to trim three or four inches of the leading, outside corner of the air dam.

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I am happy with my AEV 2" spacer, AEV Saltas and 285/70/17 Patagonia M/T's. I would like to go with an AEV 3.5" and 37's but for now... I am chauffer for my mother in law for Dr's appointments and such.
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So could I run 285/75/17 with factory wheels and a 2.5 AEV lift? I going to run JL OEM Rubicon wheels which will require 1.5" spacers according to what I've read. Just wondering if this combo of wheels and tire size will work with my 2.5 AEV lift.
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So could I run 285/75/17 with factory wheels and a 2.5 AEV lift? I going to run JL OEM Rubicon wheels which will require 1.5" spacers according to what I've read. Just wondering if this combo of wheels and tire size will work with my 2.5 AEV lift.
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So could I run 285/75/17 with factory wheels and a 2.5 AEV lift? I going to run JL OEM Rubicon wheels which will require 1.5" spacers according to what I've read. Just wondering if this combo of wheels and tire size will work with my 2.5 AEV lift.
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So could I run 285/75/17 with factory wheels and a 2.5 AEV lift? I going to run JL OEM Rubicon wheels which will require 1.5" spacers according to what I've read. Just wondering if this combo of wheels and tire size will work with my 2.5 AEV lift.
I have run that combo and works well with both AEV 2.5 and AEV 3.5.
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Thank you for all the pictures. What I’m really looking for through is feedback on is if anyone has done 33s on a 2-3” lift without wanting to upgrade to 35s?
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Thank you for all the pictures. What I’m really looking for through is feedback on is if anyone has done 33s on a 2-3” lift without wanting to upgrade to 35s?
I had 33's on 2.5" lift and after getting the lift and seeing the gap between the the fenders and tires i immediately wanted to upgrade to 35's. They just looked to small after the lift. I just glad I had bought a set of used 33's off Craigslist to see if I'd like it or not. Was only out $100
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So not a JKU but this is my old JK with a AEV 2.5 lift and 285 70 r 17s. There was too much fender gap in the back and it bugged me every time I looked at it. I think 34s or 35s would have filled it better. I lived with it for a few years but looking back I would have been better suited with just a leveling kit and those tires. So if you are dead set on lifting "2-3" I'd go closer to 35s as possible. For me, once my current JKU is retired from its daily driving its getting leveled and either 285/ 70 r17s or 255 80 r17s.
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So if you are dead set on lifting "2-3" I'd go closer to 35s as possible.
Unfortunately I’m tied to the Mopar 2” lift because my dealer says it’s the only one that won’t void my Lifetime Maxcare. While I don’t agree, they are also the ones who would deny the work.

Turns out the 35x12.5 I want are only 4lbs heavier (70 vs 66) than the 295/70’s AND somehow the 35’s are $200 cheaper than the 33’s

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