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Old 10-05-2018, 04:10 PM
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Rubicon Wheels on Sport S

I'm sure this question has been asked and answered a hundred times, but I couldn't find anything that really answered my specific question, so here goes...

I have a 2017 Sport S with 17" wheels. The original rims and tires (Gooodyear Wrangler SR-A). The tire size was 255/75R17.

I found new Rubicon 17" wheels off a brand new 2018 Rubicon (285/70/R17 BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A K02). Everything I read said they should fit completely with my setup. And the do... for the most part. The fit is fine and the ride is great, but when I turn the wheel as far as it can go there is a slight rub on the control arm (I think - see the pic that shows where it touches).

It's not bad, and it doesn't hinder me from driving, but it is there none-the-less. No one has mentioned this in the other threads I have looked at. But the way I understood it, these should have fit with no rubbing at all, ever.

Did I miss something? I really didn't want to put a lift on it, at least not any time soon, and even then I'll limit it to maybe 2.5". I'm not going to be doing any rock crawling. In the meantime, I guess I have to resort to Spidertrax spacers to stop the slight rubbing at full turn?





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You will need to add a spacer so it doesn't rub. I would put 1 1/2 inch spacer so it has enough back spacing for the 285's

https://www.quadratec.com/products/92807_0051.htm

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Old 10-05-2018, 04:27 PM   #3
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'18 and older JK Rubicon wheels with an OEM-sized tire would have fit without rubbing. The '18 JL wheels fit, but as you have noticed, have a wider tire.

As mentioned, some spacers should set things right.
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give it a try, as others have mentioned, with spacers
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Thanks guys. I assume there would be no issue of rubbing on the fenders with the spacers?

Also, Bora or Spidertrax?
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Thanks guys. I assume there would be no issue of rubbing on the fenders with the spacers?

Also, Bora or Spidertrax?
Spidertrax. You won't have any issues.
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The rubbing is against the sway bar bend. You can add a 1/8" washer to each of your steering stops. Much less $ than spacers and you won't notice the few inches of increased turn radius. If you lift it 2" you can remove the washers.
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As mentioned, spacers should cure the sway bar rub.. You -might- get some rubbing on the plastic air dam located under the bumper.. Not all 285/70R17 tires will do this. But, there are slight tire size and tread differences between manufacturers, so if yours should rub, just trim the dam so the tires clear.

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