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I was thinking of saving some money and powder coating my existing wheels and putting 33’s on them. My question is what size of tire would that be, due to only 5.0 of backspacing? Also anyone have pics of that ? I’m only going to install a 3” lift.


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255/85/16 or 285/75/16. 255 is taller and narrower. I’ve run both in Moab wheels with no issues. You’ll need to adjust your steering stops to prevent rubbing at full lock.
 

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If you want to save money get some 15 inch wheels and pick up some 33 10.50 15's
 

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my stock rim was a fat 1/4" to deep for 10.5's
you could run 10.5's clean on 4.5" BS.
and most go into the 3.75" BS when they move to the 12.5"s.

then the lift accommodates the difference in diameter.
 

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So even if I do a 3” lift and get some 15” rims with 3.75-4.0 backspacing I am still limited to 10.5” wide tires not 12.5?


No, you can run wider tires with wider wheels ... I meant to say STOCK 15" rims and 33 10.50's... I LOVE skinny tires and stock looking wheels.

I paid $100 for the used stock wheels and $125 for 1.25" spacers and got the 4 new 33 10.50 km2's on sale for $750 shipped... Then I sold the set of 5 wide mickey thompson wheels w 2 good and 3 bad tires for $800.

Here are some comparison pics for you of my 04 tj

First is when I bought it w the soft top it had a 3" body lift and wide wheels with 33 12.50's

Then with the hardtip after I changed it to 3" suspension plus a 1.25" body lift with stock wheels w 1.25" hub centric spacers and 33 10.50's.
 

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Thanks guys... The consensus is 15” wheel and so it shall be. You all make valid points and it just makes sense.


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Yea i went 33" @ 12.5 " wide - had to change rim for Backspace also.

Stock 15" rims on 12.5 will rub in many situations . even just adding a extra person inner rear tire rubbing happened.

Makes me wish i scouted harder for a 10.5 wide but meh. always something
 

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Soooooo. I could do a 15x10 wheel, 33x12.5 Tire with a 3” lift and have no issues?


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Yep BUT as a matter of preference about 80% of us would put those 33 12.50's on a 15x8 wheel instead

Edit, when you say "no issues" that depends.... 3" is a little low for 33's if you plan to disco and flex offroad
 

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What are the positives or negatives doing a 10” wide vs an 8” wide rim or the other way around? Or is it just a cost and visual thing?


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What are the positives or negatives doing a 10” wide vs an 8” wide rim or the other way around? Or is it just a cost and visual thing?
Stick with a 15x8 wheel for those 33x12.5 tires. When you air down to offroad you'll be able to more safely air down more with a 15x8 than a 15x10 wheel. A 12.5" tire is more like 8-9" wide across its mounting beads. The wider the wheel the more pressure it requires to get the tire beads pushed apart wider to seat on the wheel.

In other words a 33x12.5 tire would be more prone to unseat from a 15x10 wheel than a 15x8 wheel when aired down
 

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I put on 33's with 15x8 wheels with 4.5 BS and a 3" lift with no rubbing but I did have to add a washer to the steering stops. Also by running 15" tires you can get load range C which are a lot smoother and softer ride, and their cheaper than the 16" counterpart.
 

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15” or 16” wheels & 33’s

You have to keep in mind physics on this thing. There is a reason many go to a wider wheel/ offset and that is as you you up you must go out to retain stability!
I love my current JK, but after a 4” suspension w 1 1/2 body lift it felt very unstable on stock wheels. Went with 10x17 Pro-Comps with 35’s it handles better than stock on and off road. I’ve had over a dozen Jeeps going back to my first CJ in early 80’s and raced Baja 85, 86 87 and learned a ton from the old school Jeep & Bronco drivers! Visual is to each their own, but physics don’t care about looks...
 
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