Spidertrax Off-Road Jeep JK Wrangler
Wheel Spacers & Adapters

Spidertrax Wheel Spacers & Adapters for Jeep JK WranglersSo here’s the dilema.  You’ve just bought a brand new 2007 Jeep JK Wrangler and now you’re wanting to install a set of bigger tires on it.  Only problem is, the factory wheels that come on the JK Wranglers have 6.25″ of back spacing and depending on how wide the tires you want to install are, you’ll most likely have some rubbing problems at a full turn up front and a good chance that you’ll get some rubbing of the side walls on the rear sway bar as well.

Typically, your best option would be to get a set of new wheels that have less back spacing on them.  However, with the new and uncommon 5×5 bolt pattern that Jeep decided to use on the new Jeep JK Wranglers, you’re left with a slim selection of wheels to choose from.  Of course, this is to say nothing about the people out there who love the look of the factroy aluminum wheels and would prefer to keep them.  What is one to do?

Well, thanks to Spidertrax Off Road and the high quality wheel spacers and adapters they are making for the new Jeep JK Wrangler, you now have options to choose from.  For those of you who want to run bigger tires on your factory wheels, Spidertrax is now manufacturing a set of 1.5″ wheels spacers that will effectively reduce the amount of backspacing your factory wheels have to 4.75″.  And, for those of you who are looking to install a set of aftermarket wheels but would love to take advantage of all the other wheel designs available out there, Spidertrax is now also manufacturing a set of 1.375″ wheel adapters that will convert your existing 5×5 bolt pattern to a more common 5×4.5 or 5×5.5 bolt pattern.  Need I say, both the wheel spacers and wheel adapters will give you more than enough room to install a nice big tire like a 33×12.50 or bigger… depending on the amount of suspension lift you have of course.

All Spidertrax wheel spacers and wheel adapters have a wheel and hub centric design, are made out of 6061 T6 anodized blue aluminum for corrosion resistance and come with pre-installed wheel studs, lugnuts, and Red Loctite.


Special Thanks: I would like to thank Spidertrax and Northridge4×4 for providing this exclusive press release.

FYI: Spidertrax Jeep JK Wrangler wheel spacers and adapters can be purchased at Northridge4×4 and Quadratec.

170 Comments so far

  1. andrew niles October 30th, 2006 1:03 am

    Hey, Looking forward to building up my new rubicon that will arrive in about a month i just ordered it. Its a 2 door jk.rubicon. In green. Im sure i’ll be getting your wheel spacers. Thanks for not waiting on after market goodys. I’ll send you a picture of it when it comes in. *CANT WAIT* Drew Niles

  2. Glenn November 6th, 2006 12:21 pm

    Thanks for the info I just got my 4 door JK and love it I was attmepting to put on my wheels off my 04 TJand found the dilemma. I contacted my tire and my jeep dealers and neither had the info you have in this article thanks.

  3. pole November 7th, 2006 11:35 pm

    Do both the 16 and 17 inch factory wheels have the quoted back spacing?

  4. hambone February 12th, 2007 10:32 am

    I have a 2007 jk 4 dr and I am going to put the 2.5 budget boost by teraflex on. I want to run 33inch tires on there and I am not sure what the deal with back spacing is.I was thinking about going with differnt wheels and if so what type of back spacing is required so I wont rub my tires or if you could eplanin that would be great thanks alot out of Baumholder GE

  5. wayoflife February 12th, 2007 11:52 am

    Yes, all JK wheels have 6.25″ back spacing. As far as what you will need to prevent rubbing, well, that would all depend on how wide of a tire you are planning to run. If it’s a 33×10.50, you won’t need anything. If it’s a 33×12.50, then, I would probably say you need 5.5″ of back spacing or less. :)


  6. Matt March 11th, 2007 3:55 am

    Can I take the 15×10 wheels off my 2006 Jeep and put them on a 2007 with the wheel adapters?


  7. wayoflife March 12th, 2007 2:14 am

    Hey Matt, yes, you can :)


  8. donna March 18th, 2007 2:57 pm

    My problem is opposite of what is stated in the article. I have acquired a new set of 2007 rims & tires but can’t find an adapter to go from 5 on 4.5 to the new pattern 5 on 5. I need this to put the new 2007 wheels on my 1995 YJ. When will these be marketed, since I am ssuming the reason I can’t find any is because the 2007 pattern is so new. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP>.

  9. chris April 8th, 2007 5:47 am

    just got a x model jk, with the 16″ rims, do you happen to know if 285/75R16’s will rub? i think it comes out to 33×11.50

  10. Ted April 10th, 2007 2:29 am

    My Sahara is about to arrive, I’m planning on adding 33×13.5×18 on some M/T Classic II wheels w/ and lifting it 3.5 inches… do you think I’ll still need spacers?

  11. wayoflife April 10th, 2007 7:45 pm

    Hi Chris,
    Depending on how much or how little back spacing you have now, you might see a little rubbing on the flares at a full stuff.

    Hey Ted,
    You know, you might want to reconsider your 33’s as 3.5″ of lift will give you plenty of room to clear 35’s. As far as wheel spacers go, you’ll only need them if your new wheels have too much backspacing.


  12. Ted April 11th, 2007 12:26 am

    Thanks Eddie, I’ll consider the 35s over the 33s. Either way, looks like with the Mickie Thompson Classic IIs, I’ll still need the adapters since the JK has 5×5 bolt pattern. Would you suggest going from 5×5 to 5×4.5 or 5×5.5 adapter? Bigger the tire, bigger the adapter? Or does it really matter?

  13. George April 11th, 2007 3:24 pm

    I’m looking into the M/T Classic II’s in the 17×9 with 5X5 and 5 inch backspacing. Is it possible to run the 285/75R17’s without lifting my 2007 X two door at all?
    I have been looking into 2 and 3 inch lifts but would rather not lift it if possible.
    I may just run it and see what problems I run into!

  14. wayoflife April 16th, 2007 11:04 am

    Hi Ted, I would probably recommend going with 5×5 to 5×5.5’s as they are more common and you’ll have an easier time finding wheels for them.

    Hey George, you know, I’d be willing to bet that you could run 285’s with just a set of .75″ spacers up front. The rear of your JK is probably tall enough now and the front leveled out should give you enough room too.


  15. Homer Calderon April 24th, 2007 9:28 am

    My question is:
    My 4 Dr 2007 Sahara came with 18″ wheels and I have a set of 32×10.5×15 from my 2004 Wrangler X with a 2″ lift and I want to know if I purchase the spacers will I need to put a lift on my jeep

  16. Ted May 8th, 2007 2:35 am

    Eddie, I took your advice and went for the 35 tires along with my 3.5 inch lift. I also added the 5×5.5 adapters per your suggestion too. All together w/ the Mickey Thompson Classic IIs look fantastic. The dealer was hesitant to use 35 tires, but it made his other efforts look wimpy. Thanks for the suggestions, I’ve added my photos in the MyProject-JK.com, under tedinlb.

  17. wayoflife May 8th, 2007 10:38 am

    Hi Homer, if you want to put on wheels/tires from your TJ onto your JK, you will need to get a set of “wheel adapters” and not just spacers. The TJ has a 5×4.5 bolt pattern and the JK has 5×5. Otherwise, no, you should not need any lift.

    Hey Ted, I’m glad to hear everything worked out for you :)


  18. jonathan jones May 8th, 2007 11:28 pm

    I have a 07 JK with 255/70/R18 and I am going with 35/12.50/18. the difference in with is 2.68′. will i need spacers?

  19. wayoflife May 9th, 2007 11:17 am

    Hi jonathan, yes, you will want to add spacers to clear your 12.50″ wide tires.

  20. Joel Hamilton May 12th, 2007 5:58 am

    I have the 4 dr jk I have put a 2.5 sky jacker kit on there and I have bought 16 by 8 wheels with 5 inches of back space. what is the widest tire I can put on a 8 inch wide wheel. thanks

  21. wayoflife May 12th, 2007 8:44 am

    Hi Joel, most guys run a 12.50 wide tire on an 8″ wheel but I’d bet you could get away with as much as a 13.50.


  22. Joel Hamilton May 12th, 2007 12:53 pm

    hey thanks alot I will post the pics as soon as the tires get on the jeep in about 4 days

  23. Len May 18th, 2007 9:33 am

    I wonder if there’s a safety issue with spacers or adapters?That would be great for a wider variety of wheel choice.I am having hard time locating 5×5s.I’m located in Detroit metro area.Thanks again Eddie.

  24. wayoflife May 18th, 2007 12:04 pm

    Hi Len, so long as you install them properly and check them from time to time, there are absolutely no safety issues with high quality wheel spacers like Spidertrax makes.


  25. dean May 21st, 2007 2:49 pm

    Have you guys had any problem with the piece of the body that sticks into the wheel well in the rear on the unlimited.I am putting 315 75r 16 and I might have to nip it off what do you think.


  26. wayoflife May 23rd, 2007 12:45 am

    I haven’t had any problems but then I have a Full Traction 3″ Ultimate Lift on my JK. Need I say, it has adjustable control arms and I was able to make the adjustments that I needed to prevent it.


  27. Toph May 23rd, 2007 11:44 am

    Hey Eddie,

    My name is Toph,
    I have a 2004 Jeep Laredo, and I am new to the world of off roading, and my brother inlaw just baught the 2dr wrangler rubicon and I am buying the Jeep JK 4Door Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. I want to install the TeraFlex 2.5 Budget Boost. On the TeraFlex Website it offers The BB with Shocks, or with Adaptors…. What is the difference, what should I get??
    Also I am looking to buy 35″ tires, I am not too sure I understand the whole back spacing system. Could you briefly explain what and how it works.

    -Toph, Cambridge,MA

  28. wayoflife May 23rd, 2007 2:24 pm

    Hi Toph,
    If you can afford it, new longer shocks is the better way to go but if you’re a little tight on cash, the shock extensions will work just fine too. Also, since you have a Rubicon, with extensions, your ride will be exactly the same as it was stock.

    Back spacing it the measured distance from the mounting surface of your wheel to the back edge of it. Factory wheels come with 6.25″ of back spacing and this keeps your tires nicely tucked under your fenders. However, if you install bigger/wider wheels, you will experience rubbing problems in multiple locations and this can only be fixed by install new wheels with less back spacing (i.e. 4.75″ or less) or install 1.5″ wheel spacers (effectively making your factory back spacing 4.75″) as this will push your tires further out from the body/frame of your Jeep and give you the clearance you need. Does this make sense?


  29. Michael May 27th, 2007 1:57 pm

    I’m sorry for this being a little off-subject (and so long), but there seem to be many people purchasing new JK’s then immediately purchasing new tires & wheels. Does everyone out there have thousands of dollars laying around to allow them to replace tires and wheels (that are brand new…) or is there a way to “trade-in and trade-up” with local tire shops/dealers? What do people typically do with their stock tires and wheels? Sell them on Ebay…? I just purchased a new JK Unlimitted Sahara and it came with 18″ wheels. (Which I’m not really crazy about. They look good, but 18″ tires cost more and there isn’t a large variety out there…) I’m interested in doing a 2″/2.5″ boost and I am reluctant to leave it with the stock tires, but my budget doesn’t allow for a complete replecement. Any suggestions…? Thanks!

  30. wayoflife May 29th, 2007 11:48 am

    Hi Michael, I think most people are just selling their wheels/tires on places like craigslist. That is typically where I go anyway.


  31. Joe May 31st, 2007 1:07 pm

    I posted a question here last night…now it’s gone :( My question was, can I run 10.5’s on the stock painted steel 7″ rims that came with my JK? I’m currently running 235/85R16s. I’d like to go wider…can I on a 7″ rim width?

  32. Keith Callahan June 7th, 2007 5:48 pm

    I have a 2004 jeep wrangler with factory 15 inch wheels. What would it take to install the current 17 inch rubicon rims and wheels with the 5 x 5 pattern onto my 5 x 4.5 hub.

  33. Arlie Slack June 25th, 2007 2:40 am

    Hope you haven’t answered this already, but I wanted to get an opinion from somebody that’s not trying to upsell me. I just got a 2007 Wrangler X. I’ve been looking at a set of 16×8 Eagle Alloys with 4″ backspacing and -11mm offset. Can I run 265/75-16 AT tires without having any rubbing or needing to do use spacers or a lift? I plan on installing the 2″ Skyjacker budget boost. Should I do the lift first and then the tires or vice versa? The budget only allows me to do one at a time.

  34. wayoflife June 25th, 2007 11:21 am

    Hi Joe, you will be fine running 10.50’s on your factory 7″ wheels.

    Keith, you would need to get a set of wheel “adapters” that converts your bolt pattern.

    Arlie, if you get those wheels with it’s 4″ of back spacing, you will not have any rubbing issues and will not need additional spacers.


  35. Clint June 26th, 2007 2:45 pm

    First, thanks Eddie for all the information, it’s very helpful.

    I am looking at a 20×10 rims (5×5.5 bolt pattern) with 4.5″ of backspacing. The tires are 35 x 12.50 tires (possibly 13.5) for my JK unlimited. Will just the adapter be sufficient and can I get away with a 2.5″ lift–is that enough?


  36. Clint June 26th, 2007 7:48 pm

    Sorry just wanted to add to the post above–the backspacing is negative 24MM of backspacing. Perhaps I don’t need the spacer at all?

  37. Toph July 16th, 2007 12:18 pm

    Hey Eddie,

    Will I have to install a bigger stronger spare tire holder, or will I get by with the stock one, considering the weight of the 35″ tires???

    Deer Valley looked like it was a lot of fun, nice pictures!!!

    - Toph

  38. erik August 16th, 2007 10:47 am

    Eddie, you are the man!
    Have you (or anybody) seen pictures of a JK w/ a 3/4 spacer lift, 285/70 on a 17″ factory alloy and 1.5 wheel spacers. I dont do alot of wheelin’ but I do want a bigger tire. (my.project-jk ZoSo-Green)

  39. wayoflife August 16th, 2007 11:21 am

    Hi Toph, I have seen a few guys carry a 35″ tire okay but I personally would recommend getting a bumper tire carrier as the stresses placed on the factory carrier and tail gate will be significant.

    Hey Erik, while I don’t have any pics, I have seen this setup in person and can tell you that it can be done. However, if you do go wheeling, you most likely will experience rubbing issues.


  40. phil kibler August 31st, 2007 5:46 am

    i have a new jk sahara unlimeted,i want to use aftermarket rims with my stock tires for now ,255/75/-17 so what spacers would i need if any with a set of aftermarket rims?and what width rim should i get?

  41. billy joe September 3rd, 2007 4:23 pm

    I just got an JK Unlimited X and want to know if i can replace the stock tyres with 33″ without any lift. And would i get away with 35 on a 2″ BB.

  42. wayoflife September 4th, 2007 3:17 pm

    Hi bill hoe, yes you can install 33’s without any lift but you will see rubbing on the trail. As far as 35’s on a 2″ BB goes, the same applies.


  43. billy joe September 7th, 2007 9:42 am

    with 35″ tires on a JK do you need to do any other mods such as re-gearing? Or modified prop-shafts?

  44. wayoflife September 7th, 2007 9:45 am

    Need? No. Should? Yes. Without new gears, you’re Jeep will feel like it’s lost a lot of power and if you have a 2-door, the amount of lift required to clear 35’s will put your rear drive shaft at a very steep angle and you will want to replace this with a double cardin u-joint style shaft and adjustable upper rear control arms so that you can set your pinion angle.


  45. hunter October 1st, 2007 9:06 pm

    I just bought a 2007 2door x wrangler, I love this jeep but would someday like to put bigger tires on it. It came with factory 17″ rims ,255/75/r17 tires and heavy duty suspension with gas shocks. If I keep the factory rims whats the biggest tires I can get away with?

  46. Chad October 14th, 2007 4:40 pm

    I have a 2007 JK 4door Sahara and just bought 2″ spacer kit with shocks, ProComp 7089 17×8 with 4.5 back spacing and ProComp Extreme A/T 305/65R17. Do you think I will run into any problems with rubbing? The tire come out to be: Diameter= 32.6, SectionWidth= 12, Section Height= 7.8. Thanks, Chad

  47. Ray December 3rd, 2007 1:47 am

    i have a stock 4 door jk x and just bought a set of 33×12.5 x17 tires and i want to get a set of rims, can i install these on my jeep with out having to add any kind of lift to it and what is the best back spacing i should get for my rims so they will not rub. if i have to get a lift what would you say i should get that would not leave me broke.

  48. wayoflife December 3rd, 2007 12:01 pm

    Hi Hunter, with factory wheels, you should stick with a tire that is no more than 10.50… maybe 11.50 wide at most.

    Hi Chad, with 4.5″ of BS, you will not have any issues.

    Hi Ray, with 33″ tires, you should be able to run them without a lift but you will have rubbing issues on the trail. As far as BS goes, you will want to install 1.5″ wheel spacers like these or get new wheels with about 5″ of BS or less.


  49. Ray December 4th, 2007 2:01 am

    Thanks Eddie its great to have a site like this and people like you to take the time to help and advise us beginners keep up the good work.

    Thanks Ray

  50. Bill December 6th, 2007 11:34 am

    I am new to off road. I just bought an 08 2 dr Wrangler X with stock 16 inch wheels sporting P225/75R16 tires. I love this ride but the tires look whimpy. My son has an 07 Wrangler Unlimited four door. It has 17 inch wheels. Can I take his wheels and put them on my 08 2 door? If so what is the widest tire that I can mount on that wheel without any other modifications. (cash is tight) If not what are the widest tires that I can mount on the wheels that my X came with?

  51. wayoflife December 7th, 2007 10:46 am

    Yes, you can mount it on your 08 as they both have the same bolt pattern but they also have the same amount of back spacing so you will be limited to how wide of a tire you can run without rubbing issues. With factory wheels, I would say that the widest you can go is about 11″ or the metric equivalent of. If you go wider, you will need wheel spacers like these.


  52. DEEBS January 30th, 2008 10:23 pm

    i have a 2007 stock wrangler x two door. i was thinking about doing a 2″ lift and running 33/12.5/R16 tires. my concern is with a axel ratio of 3.21 will running that big of a tire hurt the componants of my jeep?

  53. wayoflife January 31st, 2008 3:36 pm

    No, it will not but you might feel your Jeep to be sluggish on the highway and climbing hills - that’s all.


  54. eric February 5th, 2008 9:49 pm

    I just bought a 08 jeep jk wrangler 2 door sahara which came with 18″ wheels. I plan on buying a six in susp. lift as soon as available. I was wondering if I can run a 15×10 with 3.5 back spacing wheel first of all, or do I have to go with a larger wheel. Some magizine ads list 15″ but I have heard they won’t fit. Also could you tell me if runnning a 36×15.5 would be a problem or what should I go with for tire size so it don’t rub. Would I need spacers for wheels? Thanks for any info. it will help.

  55. wayoflife February 6th, 2008 3:38 am

    Hi Eric, if you’re going to be running a tire as big as 36×15.50, I would highly recommend that you get at least a 16″ wheel if not a 17″ wheel as it will greatly reduce the amount of sidewall flex you will have. ‘Some’ 15″ wheels will work on the JK but most don’t as they are too thick and will make contact with the brake calipers.


  56. Andy February 20th, 2008 7:39 pm

    I have a 07 JK Sahara Unlimited with a 2″ spacer lift and am looking at the Pro Comp 7005 series 17″ wheels with the Extreme a/t 33×12.50 equivalent. The 8″ wide wheels are on back order but they have the 9″. Will I see much of a difference in performance, handling etc? Thanks for the help.

  57. wayoflife February 21st, 2008 11:37 am

    9″ wide will be fine. The only reason why you want a narrower wheel is because it will help you keep your bead from rolling when aired down and on the trail.


  58. Brian March 18th, 2008 10:42 pm

    I have the Sahara 18″ and am thinking about the spacers just for the aggressive, wider look, will I saccrafice strength with say a 2 or a 2.5″ spacer?

    I am also conidering the 2.5″ budget boost, how will this affect my driveshaft angle?

  59. wayoflife March 24th, 2008 9:37 am

    Anytime you reduce the amount of back spacing you have whether it be by using wheelspacers or running an aftermarket wheel with less backspacing, you will add a little more stress to your axles/wheel bearings. Not enough to matter mind you if it’s within an inch or so but 2-2.5″ less than stock is probably a lot more than you should do.

    Regarding budget boosts, your drive shafts should be just fine.

  60. Dave April 4th, 2008 11:13 am

    Hey Eddie,

    I know you get this constantly, but thanks again for all the time and effort you put into the resources here for all of us.

    I’d like your opinion on this one: I recently bought Mickey Thompson Classic II 16″ wheels for my 4-door JK. I have the X, so I had the cheap, stock steel wheels with 6.25″ of backspacing. The MT’s have 4.5″ of backspacing, so they’re bumped out 1.75″. Do you think that’s too much of a difference, or should I be fine with that?

    Thanks, again. I hope all is well.

  61. wayoflife April 4th, 2008 11:20 am

    Hi Dave, 4.5″ is in my opinion a perfect back spacing for the JK.


  62. Dave April 4th, 2008 12:56 pm

    Hi Eddie,
    Thanks for the quick reply. The Jeep is at the shop right now as they are installing the wheels for me. After I posted my question earlier today, I got a call from the shop. They said the front wheels are hitting the brake calipers. At this point, the only thing they are suggesting is putting the tires back on the stock wheels. I’d really rather not bump the MT’s out any further with spacers. Any suggestions?


  63. Yan April 4th, 2008 11:50 pm

    Ok verry easy question !
    on a rubicon 08 whit 1.25′ wheel spacer and stock wheel and budget boost 2.5′ what is the perfect size tire ? Thanks

  64. wayoflife April 5th, 2008 1:37 am

    Really? They’re making contact with 16″ wheels?? man, those must be some thick son of a guns. if the contact is slight, you can grind your calipers a bit and they will clear just fine. i know of other guys with 15″ wheels who have done this without any problems.


  65. wayoflife April 6th, 2008 10:28 am

    Yan, with a 2.5″ BB, I’d have to say 33″ tires is perfect but you could install up to 35’s with just minor rubbing at a full flex. In fact, that’s what I had done and loved the set up. :)

  66. Dave April 6th, 2008 2:54 pm

    They are thick. I’m going to grind the calipers a bit. Thanks for the info. I couldn’t believe the 16″ wheels were hitting either, but they are. Thanks, again.


  67. Dave April 8th, 2008 5:59 pm

    Eddie, sorry to bother you again, but I would really like your input. I took a closer look at the calipers for myself and it turns out the inside mounting surface of the wheels are the points of contact with the calipers. The outer edge of the caliper bridges are hitting the wheels. Those bridges look to be at most 1/2″ thick and I would likely have to take off about 1/8″, maybe 3/16″. I’m a bit skeptical about taking off that much. Any thoughts?

    Again, thanks.

  68. wayoflife April 8th, 2008 10:59 pm

    Yeah, if it’s really that much, I would be a bit leary about grinding them too.


  69. Dave April 9th, 2008 9:52 am

    What about slip on spacers? I can a custom set from Skulte Performance Designs to bump the wheels out 3/16″ which would be perfect clearance. Have you heard any horror stories about the slip ons?


  70. wayoflife April 9th, 2008 10:31 am

    DO NOT use slip on spacers as they are DANGEROUS and illegal to use in most states because of them. Have I heard horror stories, YES!!

  71. Dave April 9th, 2008 10:27 pm

    OK. That’s why I asked. Thanks.

  72. Dave April 12th, 2008 2:18 pm

    Eddie, once again you’ve been a great help. I did not get slip-ons. Thanks for the feedback. Sorry for putting the link on that I did. I obviously wasn’t thinking.

    Anyway, I had some more time to spend with my JK this morning, and when I got up into the wheel wells and was able to get a closer look, I was better able to pinpoint the points of contact between the wheels and calipers. I used chalk on the edge of the rims’ mounting surfaces, tightened the rims by hand, and turn them. The chalk marks on the calipers were on the inner edges (facing the hubs) of the caliper bridges. I took off a small amount and the rims work like a charm. No problems at all.

    Again, thanks.

  73. wayoflife April 16th, 2008 4:05 pm

    Hey Dave, glad to hear you were able to get this figured out.


  74. dave May 9th, 2008 7:15 am

    Hi Eddie, I had the exact same experience as the other Dave, actually ended up talking to folks at MT and Quadratec who would not, could not the Classic II were rubbing the frong brake calipers and of course would not take the wheels back as the shop had mounted the tires starting in the rear and didn’t find the caliper rub until tires were mounted. they ended up shipping me Rugged Ridge solid aluminum billet 1.25 spacers after I put up a fuss. I’m strictly local commute driver. Have I cut down the backspacing to the point that I’m not safe?

  75. wayoflife May 11th, 2008 7:56 pm

    Not at all - you should be just fine with what you have.

  76. Jon K. May 28th, 2008 8:08 pm

    Hiya Eddie.
    Just bought 2008 WRANGLER “X” UNLIMITED. Love this thing. Need tires and wheels. Right now I am stock 255/75R17 and rims. They gotta go.I like the look of a really clean All-Terrain tire like the BFG’s. I will add a 2″ BB to the lift. What tires and wheels would you recommend for a clean All-Terrain tire and rim with the 2″ lift? Great work you do. Much appreciated.

  77. wayoflife May 29th, 2008 1:40 pm

    hi jon, bfg’s wear like iron and perform well as well so you can’t go wrong there. i also really like the new pro comp xtreme a/t’s as they look about as agressive as a mud tire but are cut in away with sipes to make the all terrains. as far as wheels go, you can’t really go wrong with crager soft 8’s in a 16″ or 17″ diameter. they are cheap, look good and can be bought in an 8″ width and 4.5″ of back spacing which is about what you’ll want.


  78. Billy Jo June 1st, 2008 3:49 am

    Hi Eddie,
    Had my Wrangler “X” Unlimited for a year now and think it’s baout time i put bigger tires on it. I want to go for some 35″, and am looking at a TeraFlex 2.5″ budget boost.
    My question is will i need to re-gear on 35″, and will the SpiderTrax 1.5″ spacers be enough to sort out any backspacing issues?

  79. wayoflife June 1st, 2008 8:08 pm

    hey billy, while you may not ‘need’ to regear, you’re definitly gonna want to regear as your 35’s will make your jeep feel quite sluggish climbing hills. as far as the spacers go, yes, they will address your issues.


  80. Tommy June 10th, 2008 9:38 pm

    are there mickey thompson classic II’s that will fit the stock rubicon tires without a lift

  81. wayoflife June 12th, 2008 10:59 am

    i don’t think so especially if you are refering to the 16″ wheels.

  82. Jason June 15th, 2008 10:52 am

    I have a 2007 JK unlimited with 33″ 12.5 Toyos and get a fair amount of rubbing up front. It sounds like a 2″ lift and Spydertrax spacers up front would solve this problem?

    Also, if I do spacers up front, do I also need to have spacers in the rear? I don’t seem to be having any rubbing issues yet in the back, but have not taken it off road yet, either. Thanks!

  83. wayoflife June 15th, 2008 11:12 am

    you will need them both front and rear. without them in the rear as well, you will be wide up front and narrow in the back. also, your rear tire side walls will most likely make contact with the sway bar links at a flex.

  84. TXMarine July 4th, 2008 1:31 pm

    Have a quick question. If I buy a 2 door jk and opt for the 3.71 gears, would it still be better to change out the gears if i add a 4 inch lift and 35 inch tires? What about 36s or 37s?

  85. wayoflife July 6th, 2008 1:56 am

    yes, you will want to change out your gears to 4.88’s or 5.13’s.

  86. Billy Jo July 6th, 2008 9:58 am

    I am looking at putting 255/85 R16 BFG MT’s on my stock 4-door 2007 JK x with 3.21 gearing. Two questions really,
    1. Should i re-gear?
    2. Will i need to put a BB on?

  87. wayoflife July 6th, 2008 10:51 am

    no and no. 255’s are what come stock on rubicons and saharas and you will not need a BB for it. likewise, your 3.21 gears will sufice.

  88. Billy Jo July 6th, 2008 1:25 pm

    sorry wayoflife, but i thought the stock ones where R17 on the Rubicon, I am talking R16’s, so essentially 33.1×10 R16. Will that need a re-gear or BB?

  89. wayoflife July 6th, 2008 1:45 pm

    even at that, it’s completely not worth regearing just for 33’s.

  90. Bill M July 13th, 2008 6:19 pm

    I have a 2007 Jk Rubicon with a 3 inch Rancho suspension lift, looking to upgrade the stock tires but am wondering what the biggest/widest tire I can safely put on the stock rims using spidertrax spacers without causing rubbing…

    Thanks for your help

  91. wayoflife July 13th, 2008 6:50 pm

    you can install a 35×12.50 wide tire without any problems. :)

  92. jono12 July 19th, 2008 3:06 am

    Hi Eddie,

    Just started Offroading. Have an 2008 JK X 4dr. Adding lift, wheels and tires. Wanted to get your opinion on some Pro Comps I’m lookin at. Pro Comp Stage I 4″ Suspension System, Pro Comp Radial X-Terrain Tire, 35×12.50R-17, and Pro Comp Xtreme Alloy Series 7289. Back spacing on these are 4.5 and 5.5 bolt pattern. What do you think of these.


  93. wayoflife July 19th, 2008 10:40 am

    hi jono12, is there a reason why you want to go with the pro comp stage 1 4″ setup? while i have had no personal experience with the kit, i have seen it perform on the trail and i wasn’t really that impressed with it. also, while i do love pro comp xtreme m/t’s as they perform great, the x-terrains are a good looking tire that performs terrible on and off the trail and i really wouldn’t recommend them. as far as the wheels go, they look great as well but if they only come in a 5×5.5 bolt pattern, you will need a set of wheel adapters to make them fit. jk bolt patern is 5×5.


  94. jono12 July 19th, 2008 11:57 am

    Hey Eddie,

    Thanks for the info. Reason for the stage 1 4″ setup in price value wanted 4″ lift and the shop I’m planning to buy it at has a free install if I buy all pro comps. What do you thing of the Pro Comp Radial Xtreme A/T Tire, 35×12.50R-17?

  95. wayoflife July 22nd, 2008 12:12 pm

    the xtreme a/t’s are one of the most agressive all terrains i have seen and work amazingly well. i would highly recommend them.

  96. Brian July 27th, 2008 12:18 am

    First of all, this site is great - a wealth of info for someone new to offroading. My question is: I just bought a new 2008 JK and want to upgrade to 33″ tires. I’m planning on installing a 2″ BB. Will I have any problems with rubbing if I install 33×12.50 tires on 17×9 rims with 4.75 backspacing? Also - I’m thinking about the Full Traction 2 inch “Econo” Lift, have you had experience with this lift, and do you think it would be too difficult to install on my own?

  97. bill July 31st, 2008 9:22 am


    This is a great site. I have an 08 Wrangler X, w/auto trans. I want to replace the stock 225/75-16 tires and wheels. I am thinking about Cragar 17″x9″ wheels with 5″ backspacing. I want to mount DC Crusher 285/70R17 tires. It’s either this or 16″ Crager wheels, same backspace with 33×11.5 tires. Which will work the best with my ride?

    Will I have any rubbing problems, or do I need to do 2″ lift/and or spacer kits?

    Reading your other responses, will I have performance issues with the existing gearing in my jeep and I’m pretty sure that I will have speedo issues. What is the best way to deal with that?


  98. wayoflife August 2nd, 2008 6:48 pm

    hi brian, you should be fine with the wheels you want and the FT kit is a great option as well. piece of cake to install.

    hi bill, if you can, i would try to get wheels that are closer to 4.5″ of back spacing. 5″ will work but you might get some rubbing at a full turn. with 33’s, you will see some minor performance loss but it won’t be that much. also, you shouldn’t need to install any lift with 33’s but you might see a little rubbing at a full flex. if you can afford it, i would recommend getting a 2″ bb.

  99. ERNEST August 5th, 2008 11:50 am

    What up Eddie!
    I have a 2008 4 door Saraha and want to get some American Racing Outlaw II 16 or 15X10s with 33×12.5 Mickey Thompson bajaII tires or the BFG mud terrains. Is it possible to go with that wide of a rim or are 9s the widest I can go? I want that deep dish look. Can you also reccomend a wheel that is deep and will work, if the Outlaws wont? (Trying to keep the stock lift, but will get a body lift if I have to) Thanks homie.

  100. wayoflife August 5th, 2008 1:58 pm

    if you plan on off roading your jeep, i would recommend that you get a wheel that is 8″ wide as it will hold your bead a lot better when aired down. if you want a nice deep dish look, you will want to get a wheel with 3.75″ of back spacing or less.

  101. ERNEST August 5th, 2008 3:59 pm

    Would I need to lift my jeep with the 33×12.5 tires? Or will I be fine with the stock suspention and/or bodylift? And I will not be doing any hard off roading. Just driving in the snow.

  102. wayoflife August 5th, 2008 4:41 pm

    you should be able to get by without a lift. a 1″ body lift will definetly clear your tires.

  103. Ben August 20th, 2008 5:37 am

    G’day Eddie,

    I have an ‘07 wrangler unlimited rubicon and want to run 35×12.5×17 tyres and am looking at cragar 17×9 rim with 5 inch’s of backspacing. I also have the skyjacker 4 inch lift.
    I read that 4.5 is recommended but can i get away with this rim with only 5 inchs of backspacing. Will i have rubbing issues?
    Will .5 of an inch make that much difference?
    your comments much appreciated

  104. Billy Jo September 10th, 2008 12:57 pm

    I have a 2007 X Unlimted JK, will the 16″ wheels from a 2001 WJ fit it?

  105. Jeff September 19th, 2008 4:56 pm

    I’m ordering an ‘09 Unlimited Rubicon JK. I’d like to lift it and put some new bumpers on. Unfortunately, I don’t have the $$ to do everything all at once. Am I ok putting on that extra weight (front bumper with winch, rear bumper with oversize tire carrier) BEFORE I lift my jeep…or will the weight cause rubbing…necessitating me to do bigger tires and lift first?

  106. wayoflife September 20th, 2008 3:25 am

    ben, you should be fine with 5″ of BS.

    Billy Jo, i believe that it might as WJ’s should have 5×5 bolt patterns but the BS might keep you from running them.

    Jeff, you should be just fine as is.

  107. heath October 2nd, 2008 4:29 pm

    I have a 2008 Wrangler unlimited x that I have already lifted. I am running 35×12.50 on an 18″ rim with a 2.5″ lift. Due to the slim picking of 18″ tires I was wondering if I can run a 15×10 rim on this jeep.

  108. wayoflife October 6th, 2008 11:44 am

    sure you can run a 15×10 but if you plan on taking your jeep off road, you will run the risk of busting a bead when aired down.

  109. eric October 19th, 2008 3:01 pm

    I have a 08 sahara with the stock 18″ wheels and tires. I want to put in a lift, i’m looking at the 2.5″ BB and the 4″ rough country lift. Which one would be better to run 35×12.5 tires without rubbing. I don’t do alot of off road but don’t want it to rubb when i do. Will I have to change my drive shafts with the 4″ and I have 3.71 gears will this be ok or would I lose alot of power. Also I’m looking at 15×10 wheels with 3.75 back spacing do to the cost of 18″ wheels and tires. would these wheels work or what would i need to use. I also have the air pressure sensors in the tires factory what do I need to do with this when changing out wheels. Thank you for your info. and time it will help alot of help.

  110. wayoflife October 20th, 2008 2:13 am

    hey eric, if you have an automatic, you might want to stick with the 2.5″ BB. if you go any taller than that, you will end up tearing off your front drive shaft boot on the transmission. also, with 3.73 gears, you will loose some power once you get on your 35’s but for around town, it’ll be fine. on the highway and climbing up long grades, it will suck. as far as wheels go, you might want to consider going with 17″ as they are more common and you will have a better selection to choose from. and, regarding the TPMS, there really isn’t a whole lot you can do about them.

  111. eric October 20th, 2008 7:26 pm

    with the sahara 08 i have a 6 speed manual, sorry i forgot to mention that before, does this make a difference? I don’t really want to buy new drive shafts but don’t want problems if i put in the 4″ lift. What gear ratio would you recommend with 35″. The TPMS wont be affected by adding larger tires than, just not sure how it works on new vehicles. I have been looking at the Mickey Thompson ATZ have you heard anything about these or should i just go with the BFG all terrians. Thanks again for your help…

  112. tony December 14th, 2008 9:32 pm

    I just got a Sahara 4 dr ‘07.I need to know what is the largest tire I can put under it w/out a body lift?

  113. wayoflife December 16th, 2008 5:24 pm

    32″ without any modification. 33 will give you a little rubbing at a full flex.

  114. Greg January 27th, 2009 1:49 am

    I would love to install the spacers instead of getting new wheels but I’m concerned about safety. What is the correct way to install them and how often do I have to check them.

  115. wayoflife January 27th, 2009 3:22 am

    trust me, they are perfectly safe. i run a set on both my jk and tj and have not had any problems. just make sure that you use the red lock tite that is included, install the lug nuts in a star pattern and tighten them to 95-100 ft. lbs. of torque just like you would your wheels. then, install your wheels on to them in the same manner. check them after about a 100 miles with a torque wrench set at 95 ft. lbs. of torque. none of the nuts should turn but if any do, re-apply lock tite to it and re-install it to the same torque setting. after that, you can check them one a tire rotation.

  116. Heath May 1st, 2009 9:47 pm

    Hey Eddie…man this site helps a ton!

    Got a ‘07 4-door Rubicon that I want to upgrade with a 2.5″ Teraflex BB. Will that be sufficient enough to throw on 35×12.50R15LT tires with 18×9 rims (5×5 bolt pattern) with 4.53 BS?

    Thanks so much!!!

  117. wayoflife May 3rd, 2009 10:06 pm

    yes, and with 4.53″ of BS, you will not need wheel spacers.

  118. Charlie June 17th, 2009 9:18 am

    Hey, Edddie
    i love this info Highway for jeeps.
    I am probly gonna ask a repeated question to u but i could not find it while reading the forum.
    o7 wrangler x unlimt. 411 gears stock
    going with 2″ lift and new high end Shocks. would my truck handle 35″ tires i like the pro comp. x a/t’s
    curently on jeep is 17″ rims stock .
    i read the cragar rims are great are those allum. or steel i should get . and what should i use and will i be ok . ?
    for rims size and tires with that lift thank you

  119. wayoflife June 17th, 2009 11:02 am

    hey charlie,
    first off, the gears you have are 4.10 and not 11. ;) 2nd, yes, your jeep should be able to handle the 35’s okay but you might want to install a 1″ body lift as you will have rubbing issues at a flex without it. regarding the crager wheels, they are steel and while they are fine, you can always just keep the wheels you have now and run them with spcers like these.

  120. charlie June 17th, 2009 11:06 am

    eddie , Thank you
    Great on the info .
    Thnk you again
    will tell you how it comes out when finished ..

  121. David July 5th, 2009 11:27 pm

    I just purchased a 2008 jk 4 door with the 16 inch rims. I am putting the 2.5 inch teraflex budget boost lift kit on the vehicle. I will be keeping the stock rims and putting 295 75r16 Nitto Tera Grapplers on instead. They are 11.73 inches wide. Would I need to use wheel spacers so they do not rub. And a little off subject, have you heard anything about these tires. I will be on road more than off road, but want tires that can handle off road if needed.

  122. wayoflife July 8th, 2009 10:01 am

    i personally would recommend installing a set. without them, you might be able to clear your rear sway bar but it will be tight. also, you will definitely get rubbing at a full turn without them. as far as the tires go, sorry, i have no experience with them so i can’t say one way or another.

  123. David July 12th, 2009 11:42 pm

    I am now considering buying new rims as my stock rims are not wide enough. In a prior post you told someone to get 17 inch rim instead of an 18 inch rim as the tires are more prevalent. What is your opinion on 16 inch rims. I do not want to get a rim that I will have to replace in a couple years because they do not make as many tires in 16 inch as they do now. Also the two rims I am looking at have 4.5 and 4.75 inch back spacing. I won’t need spacers any longer even up to a 12.5 inch width?

  124. wayoflife July 13th, 2009 1:58 am

    personally, i would stick with the 17’s as they are a good size to go with and about the same price range for tires compared to a 16. regarding back spacing, you will not need spacers with 4.75″ of back spacing or less.

  125. Charlie August 25th, 2009 10:51 am

    Morning , Hey Eddie well the 2″ spacer kit was great moving up now to the 3.5″ Rock Krawler Susp. Kit
    Looks like i can finally get my 35″ tires LOL
    .. Kit was on sale at 4 wheel drive for 474.00 so fits budget, any reviews on the kit or problems . have you heard of ? couple people tell me that the Rock Krawler kits are top notch and heavy duty meant to last .
    Thank you again talk with ya soon .

  126. wayoflife August 26th, 2009 11:39 am

    while i have no experience with their kits, i have seen them in person and from what i can tell, they are good kits :)

  127. Charles September 1st, 2009 10:46 am

    Ty, Eddie will give update when finished kit should be in this week .. Thanks again .

  128. Pablo September 13th, 2009 9:51 pm

    Hi Eddie,

    I’ve just bought a 2007 Wrangler X 2 doors and came with stock 225/75/16 tires, pretty worn-out. I need to get a new set of tires, but I don’t want to modify right now the stock suspension and ratios. I thought that it could be a good opportunity to get something bigger on my Jeep. I don’t discard changing the stock rims.
    What would you recommend? I’m new on this offroad thing and I drive my Jeep on daily basis in the city. But I’m planning to hit some easy to moderate trails on weekends in the future.

    Thanks in advance

  129. wayoflife September 14th, 2009 9:34 am

    if you want to go a bit bigger but keep things pretty much stock, you can upgrade to 255’s which is essentially a 32″ tire and what comes stock on rubicon and sahara model jk’s.

  130. Pablo September 15th, 2009 12:09 am

    Great, thanks a lot Eddie

  131. Phil October 28th, 2009 12:36 pm

    Hi, I just bought an 07 unlimited sahara. It is completely stock with 18″ alloys and needing new tires soon. I read above 32’s w/o rub and 33’s w/rub at flex is the biggest. What is widest tire I can go without spacers for either 32/33″? and since I want a more aggressive looking stance, at what width tire would you recommend a spacer? Also, would a 2″ or 2.5″ lift require me to change out the shocks? I don’t want to loose comfort nor break the bank. Thank you so much!

  132. paul November 8th, 2009 5:00 pm

    Hi, I have a 2009 jk 2 door with a 4″ rough country susp. lift. I also run 315/70/17 bfg on on my factory rims with 1.5″ spacers. My problem is im getting a moderate vibration in the steering wheel and seats at about 45-55 mph. I have had my wheels balanced and road force balanced 4 wheel alignment and still have the vibrations. Is it possible to have an out of round wheel spacer that would cause this problem. I had the factory tires and wheels on right after i had the lift and the 1.5″ spacers installed . I then drove my jeep from the lift kit install right to the tire shop for my new tires. I noticed the same vibrations in my steering wheel with the factory tires and wheels. Please help with this crazy problem. Thank you!

  133. wayoflife November 8th, 2009 9:21 pm

    if you have a vibration both in your seat and steering wheel at a higher speed as you have indicated, you most likely have too much caster or a drive shaft that is in need of balancing.

  134. Rob December 5th, 2009 4:26 am

    I was thinking about putting Mickey Thompson MTZs on my 2010 JK with the stock 17″ wheels and 4.10 gears. I don’t have heavy bumpers.

    If I go with LT285/70R17, which I think is about 33×11.50 and a .75″ front leveling spacer, will I need spacers like these to prevent rubbing?

    Is that tire and small leveling basically the biggest I can go without issues and stay close to stock?

    Thanks in advance.

  135. Jeff December 5th, 2009 2:08 pm

    There was moderator post earlier referring to a limitation with an auto tranny with a lift. I am looking at ordering a JK Rubicon and I cannot make up my mind on whether to get auto or manual. Other than personal preference, can anyone explain if their is a difference that I need to be aware of from a performance standpoint? In other words, is their an impact if you take the thing offroad? Thanks!

  136. wayoflife December 7th, 2009 8:54 pm

    one of my jeeps is a stick and love it BUT, when it comes to off roading, an auto is definitely easier to drive. my auto is like cheating on the trail. needless to say if you’re new to off roading, i would recommend getting an auto.

  137. wayoflife December 7th, 2009 8:55 pm

    rob, yes, you should get wheel spacers as if you don’t, the width of your tires will cause rubbing of the rear sway bar links without them.

  138. Justin W. December 13th, 2009 2:26 am

    I purchased a 3.5″ Rubicon Express standard suspension lift for my 07 Wrangler X 2 door. It is a automatic transmision. Will the stock driveshafts be alright. I drive very Thanks!

  139. Justin W. December 13th, 2009 2:27 am

    Sorry, I drive very little off road is what it should say.

  140. wayoflife December 14th, 2009 12:48 am

    on a 2-door, the angle of your rear drive shaft will be very steep and that will cause the cv boots to fail. once compromised, it’s just a matter of time before the joint blows. needless to say, this will need to be replaced sooner or later. being that you have an auto, the first time you flex your jeep on the trail, you WILL tear your spline shaft boot. this is a fact. not as big of a deal but over time, this will cause squeaking as the splines dry out. typically, a new front drive shaft is what i would recommend as they are narrower in diameter and will not give you any trouble.

  141. hector January 18th, 2010 4:17 pm

    i have a 07 2dr.will i have any issues with nitto dune grappler 305/70/16 with procomp steel 152 flat black (16×8)
    also what will be the difference between a 16×9 and 16×8 and the steel wheel versus the aluminum
    thank you

  142. wayoflife January 19th, 2010 2:45 pm

    probably not but then, no 2 tire makes measure up the same. a lot will depend on the amount of back spacing you have on your wheels. if it’s around 4.5″ or less, you should be just fine. regarding wheel with, the two are pretty much the same but, if you air down for the trail, a narrower wheel will help to keep your bead on better.

  143. Brandon February 23rd, 2010 1:48 am

    hey i have a 2009 jeep wrangler X and have the 16 inch factory wheels. im wanting to put 285/75/16 on it… would they fit…or should i consider getting 1.25 wheel spacers or 1.50 wheel spacers?

  144. wayoflife February 23rd, 2010 3:25 am

    you should be able to get them to fit but 1.5″ wheel spacers would ensure that they would and without any issues with rubbing at a turn or of the sway bar links.

  145. rocky March 16th, 2010 1:09 pm

    How’s it going? I have a ‘08 4dr sahara. I am looking at the teraflex bb 2.5″ with the black rock 16×8 wheels with a 4.25 backspace along some pro comp xtreme tires-LT 285/75 R16. My question is will this set up work smoothly without the rims and tires rubbing against calipers or anything else that could get in the way. Also, I am not looking to have my tires hang way out of the fender wells, if this set up points that way could you steer me in the opposite direction. I appreciate your time.

  146. wayoflife March 16th, 2010 6:56 pm

    you should be fine with that setup

  147. Matthew April 8th, 2010 5:30 pm

    Hola - Just got a JK Sahara - thank you for all the information on this cite. I want to put 33’s on it and I understand they will rub without a lift. BUT, I’m not a fan of the look of the JK with 2″ lift with 33’s. Personally, I like that lift with 35’s. I just cant justify putting that size tire on my DD. Any suggestions? Would a 1″ body lift fit 33’s? Would 33’s fit with no lift and aftermarket fenders? Thanks.

  148. skipper July 23rd, 2010 1:53 am

    just bought a 2010 jk unlimited sahara.. what is the largest tire i can fit on the stock 18 inch rim, with no rubbing…

  149. wayoflife July 25th, 2010 1:26 am


  150. Luciano October 4th, 2010 10:30 pm

    Will a wheel spacer stop the rubbing on my 33×12.5×17 on my 2010 jk

  151. wayoflife October 5th, 2010 1:08 am

    i guess it depends on what you’re rubbing. if you are refering to the rear side walls on the sway bar links, yes, they should stop the rubbing. if you’re talking about up front at a full turn or when flexing, it depends on how big the 33×12.50 is and how much lift you have. but, for the most part, yes, it should help.

  152. Luciano October 6th, 2010 9:21 am

    Up front, only they clear on the rear I have stock height do you think the front bumper will clear with a 1.5″ wheel spacer. Thank

  153. wayoflife October 6th, 2010 2:54 pm

    hard to say for sure. your tires may still catch the bottom of the air dam.

  154. Luciano October 6th, 2010 9:00 pm

    Were is this located?

  155. wayoflife October 7th, 2010 12:18 am

    the plastic piece under the front bumper

  156. Diggs December 15th, 2010 3:25 pm

    New to world of Jeeps. Own 2008 JK Wrangler Unlimited 4 DR. Stock rims with 265/75/16’s. Would like to widen with 1 1/2″ spacers and lift 2″. Will widening negate the lift since the tires will now extend near or under the rim of the fender? Also, will this make any sense at all? Will it look goofy? Thank you, Eddie.

  157. wayoflife December 16th, 2010 1:44 pm

    yep, it makes sense and no, it will not.

  158. Ryan February 20th, 2011 9:51 am

    I just bought a 2007 4 door Sahara. It came with 18″ rims with 255/70/18 tires. I loved it on the car lot until i priced tires lol. So I have 3 questions:

    1. What is the biggest tire that will fit on my jeep with the 18″ rim - no lift ( i was told 275/65/18)

    2. I hear some people downsizing to 16″ rims. Can I do this? What would be the biggest tire size for a 16″ rim on my jeep with no lift.

    3. When talking about back spacing, does the smaller the number mean the rim will stick out further and the larger the number mean it will be inside the wheel well more? (4.5″ BS means it sticks out further than 6.25″BS)

    I want the tire to stick out from the fender a little bit so I guess I don’t mind using wheel spacers if I have to, I just dont want to lift it yet…..

  159. wayoflife February 22nd, 2011 1:35 pm

    1. 255 is as big as you want to go if you want to ensure that you won’t have ANY rubbing issues. 275’s will work but, depending on the tire you get, you may have rubbing issues.

    2. yes, you can.

    3. less backspacing will push your tires out past the fenders and more will bring them in. factory is 6.25″ and you do not want any more than that. 4.5″ is about where you want to be

  160. Zee April 12th, 2011 8:35 am

    Hello, i just replaced my 2010 JK stock tires to LT 285/75/16 and would like to keep my stock rims but i face some rubbing on full lock ,,, i understand that i can either change my rims or add wheel spacers to solve the problem ,,, could you please tell me which size of wheel spacers to use to fix the rubbing issue ,,, i will also lift the car by 1″ any suggestions from your side would be greatly appreciated.

  161. Zee April 12th, 2011 8:38 am

    would wheel spacers affect the off road performance in places like sand dunes?

  162. Karim zaki May 1st, 2011 3:08 pm

    Do the wheel spacers need special dimensions (size and weight) in order for them not to make vibration because the local handmade wheel spacers make some vibration in the car after 80km/hour and this vibration didn’t appear before. My car model is YJ 1995. Thank you for your help in advising.

  163. Ben June 11th, 2011 11:53 pm

    My 2008 4dr sahara w stock 18″s (which I like) needs a more aggressive look. My need for new tires has sparked this overhaul…so here is what I’m thinking. BFG all terrain T/A KO 275/70/R18 (33.2″h/10.8″w) or 305/65/R18 (33.6″h/12″w), Teraflex leveling kit (2″ front 1″ rear), & Teraflex 1.25″ spacers. No loyalty to teraflex…dealer/installer is only 4 miles from house. My questions are:
    1. Can my stock wheel handle the larger tires?
    2. Assuming my wheels can handle both sizes, will either one of those tires rub at all? If my wheel cannot handle the larger tire, will the smaller one rub? If so, recommendation to prevent this would be helpful on both sizes.
    3. Not really sure if how I feel about my tires sticking out past my fender. Will this occur, and if so how much?
    Thank you for all your help.

  164. wayoflife June 13th, 2011 1:06 pm

    yes, your wheels can handle the larger tires. the 275’s will most likely not rub but the 305’s will. you will need to run wheel spacers and if you do, your tires will stick out a bit but, not enough to really notice.

  165. Ronnie September 20th, 2011 10:46 pm

    I had a jeep project that went bad due to money getting it up and running….long story short it left me with 31×15 10.5. Now Ive bought a 2007 jk and want to put those wheels with the tires that I have already invested money in. Will it work? Ive read that some do some dont. I get that…However I also read that 1/4 in spacer will allow no rub on the calipers. By doing this am I good?

  166. joe September 23rd, 2011 8:48 pm

    I have a 2005 jeep rubicon tj with a 4 inch OME lift kit and bds control arms upper and lower both front and rear with rancho rs 9000 shocks and upgraded steering components as well as new OME track bars on factory rubicon wheels that measure 8.5 inches wide with 5 inches of back spacing. I had to use the inch and a quarter wheel spacers (1 1/4″)to make 305 /70 /16s fit under my rubi.. without any scrubbing which equates to a about 33 inch 12.5 wide 16 inch tire. no problems so far articulates well without bottomin out on fenders or shocks. very satisfied with the set up but wish I had some nice wheels with about 3.5 inches of back spacing so I could run 35’s if I wanted too.

  167. Mark October 7th, 2011 10:38 pm

    Hey Eddie. I just put 285/75/R17 tires on my 2010 JK Unlimited Ruby. There seems to be some rub at a full turn, especially when I am going slow (like turning into a parking spot). Saw the recommendation in an earlier post for the .75″ Spacer. Wanted to see if you had gotten any feedback that this proved to be enough or if I need to go bigger?

  168. wayoflife October 7th, 2011 11:13 pm

    you DO NOT want to run anything less than a 1″ spacer - preferably, a 1.25 or 1.5 would be even better.

  169. Jeff January 18th, 2012 11:58 am

    I’m a total novice at this, and am concerned that I improve my jeep correctly. I have a 2010 Wrangler Unlimited with 17 inch wheels. I want to add the skyjacker 2.5 nitro kit and 33 inch wheels, probably the Interco TRXus STS all terrain radial tire (33×12.50-17LT. Will I need spacers as well?

  170. wayoflife January 21st, 2012 5:58 pm

    with a 12.50 wide tire, yes, you will more than likely need wheel spacers to help prevent rubbing of your rear side walls on the sway bar links and, of the frame up front at a full turn.

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