Sunday, 21 October 2012

33's On Jeep Jk With Lift And Without Lift

Jeep Wranglers come stock with 3 different tire sizes depeding on what model, trim, or options your jeep has:
1. 225/75/16 (29”x9”)
2. 255/75/17 (32”x10”)
3. 255/70/18 (32”x10”).
The largest tire you can fit without a chance of problems on the street is a 33x10 tire (also called a “pizza cutter”). An example is the 255/80/17 BFG KM2. Because this tire is the same width as most stock JK tires, there is no issue on road, despite the larger diameter. You can run this size without issue.

On Jeep Jk you can use your stock wheels and put on up to a LT275/70R18 (33's) size tires all around with no lift or wheel spacers. You will have a little rubbing when turning full lock. To fix this you can do a few things as:
  • Put on a small lift kit (1" to 2" body lift or coil spacers)
  • Put on a wheel spacers (hub centric) so you have less backspacing
  • Put on new wheels with less backspacing
  • Or a simple fix is washers on the steering stops, which will also give you a little less turning radius, but stops the rubbing.
Stock JK wheels have 6.25" backspacing, which is why the wheels are so tight on the Jeep. Generally, for aftermarket wheels you want 5" to 4.5" bs or less. The smaller the number, the farther your wheels will stick out from the Jeep.

Not: If you are going off roading using stock wheels and 33's you need to add wheel spacers, or new wheels, or get a small lift or you will break your fenders on heavy flexing. You should avoid spacers when possible, replacement aftermarket wheels with 4.5 inch backspacing will be the exact same as adding 1.5 inch wheel spacers to a stock jeep wrangler. This will give you the "wide stance look".

2012 flame red wrangler with 33 inch BFG A/T tires on 16 x 8 black wheels, with 2 inch Daystar spacer lift. Very nice lift /tires for all around daily use.

2012 jeep wrangler with 2 inch spacer lift, 285/70/17 (33's) Nitto Grapplers and polished wheels.

2008, no lift, with BF Goodrich 315/70R17 All Terrains, plus 1.5 inch wheel spacers.
I had to trim the the plastic air dam up front, but that was a simple matter. It rides nice and road noise from the tires is minimal.
According to my GPS, the speedometer reads about 2-3 mph less than actual at highway speeds. Photo from

2012 jeep wrangler with Zone 2 inch coil spacer lift, Nitto Terra Grappler 285/70R17 tires and Moto Metal 951 Black 17x9 wheels 5 on 5 -12. Very Nice!

Here is a Wrangler Sport with No Lift and 33's tires, but has aftermarket wheels.

Here another persons JK 275/70/18 duratracs, stock suspension, no spacers. I get rubbing at full lock. Keep meaning to adjust the steering stops, but I've only rubbed once on a tight turn into a parking spot in the past few months. Will get get some spidertrax wheel spacers and a leveling kit soon.

The above 4 photo's are a 2012 stock Jeep Wrangler with aftermarket wheels and 33's Mickey Thompson Tires.

This white 2013 Jeep Wrangler has a 2 inch lift and 35 inch tires.

This Gecko Green Jeep Wrangler has a 2 ich lift and 33 inch tires.

This 4dr Gecko Green Jeep Wrangler has a 2 inch lift and 33 inch tires.

This 2012 Black Jeep Wrangler has a 3 inch lift and 35 inch tires.

This Green Jeep Rubicon has a 21/2 inch lift and 33 inch tires.

This 2012 Black Jeep Wrangler has a 3 inch lift and 35 inch tires.

I thought I would show a few Jeep wrangler JK's with a lift and 35's so you can see what that would look like also. This JK has a 3 inch lift and is running 35 inch tires. Since the tires buldge out quite a lot, I believe the tires are on stock wheels. This set up is for a little more serious off road use, but still looks great on the street.

2013 Jeep wrangler sport with a 2.5 inch Rough Country suspension lift, tires are 35X13.00X18 Nitto Terra Grapplers on 18 x 9 XD Misfit wheels and a AEV Speedometer Calibration tool.

2010 Jeep Wrangler Sport with 33" tires and a 3inch lift.

2012 Jeep Wrangler Sport with dealer installed 4 1/2 " lift kit 18" Black Mayham  wheels and 35" Tires.

Here we have a 2010 Jeep JK with 285/70/17 Duratrac tires on black 17x9 wheels 4.5 B.S. jeep is not lifted.

This is a 2011 Jeep JK 285/70/17 Bridgestone Dueler A/T tires on BlackRock wheels, no lift.

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