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post #1 of 15 Old 02-21-2008, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Tried searching but no luck. I currently have stock 17" wheels w/ 32X10.5 BFG AT's. Im putting on a COR 6" LA soon and was thinking of getting 33's and new wheels or just new wheels with less backspacing. First question is whether 17X8.5 wheels with 4.5 backspacing would work with my current tires and/or possibly with 33X11.5? Do I need less backspacing (4.0) and are 8.5" wide wheels too wide?
last question is 33X11.5 tires or 12.5" wide tires?

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post #2 of 15 Old 02-22-2008, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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no luck..no help? The wheels are Predators(machined) ATX series from American Racing.
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Everything I've read has said to use a 3.75"-4" BS rim. I think that would be the way to go, but I couldn't be absolutely sure since I haven't experienced it first-hand.

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the wider the tire the better.

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It's threads like this that make me wonder why people lift there jeeps
its comments like this that make me wonder why some people are jerks.

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I personally like a narrow tire. right now I'm running 32x11.50 with 4.5bs. with no issues as far as rubbing. next time I'm gunna go to 33x10.50.

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any thoughts on black wheels or the machined look?
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post #7 of 15 Old 02-23-2008, 09:19 AM
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I have black soft 8s on mine, love the look. I ran into issues with 4" BS with a 15" wheel you should be fine though with a 17.



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post #8 of 15 Old 02-23-2008, 09:29 AM
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any thoughts on black wheels or the machined look?
Are you looking for aluminum or staying with steel. I personally like aluminum wheels a lot more than steel.......even though I'm running steel wheels right now.
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im partial to black steel


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Are you looking for aluminum or staying with steel. I personally like aluminum wheels a lot more than steel.......even though I'm running steel wheels right now.
Planning on aluminum. either machined finish or teflon. the page from AR http://www.americanracing.com/browse_atx.asp
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I personally like a narrow tire.
why would you want a narrow tire? the more rubber you put on the ground the better the traction.

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Narrow tire will dig through the snow and find the pavement a bit faster is what I've read.

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i just like narrow tires, also less rolling resistance on the street

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I will be looking a backspacing soon to get the adpters I need.
I am figuring a total of 3.75 BS with a shallow rim and a spacer should be fine.
The new wheels seem to be at least 5 inches BS.
I did not get a chance to measure them when I picked them up today, and It is too damn dark already.
They are a full 1/2 inch taller than my Bighorn tires, and probably a full inch wider. Flavor is 33/12.50/17 Claws.
Any suggestion on total backspacing so I can start planning?

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post #15 of 15 Old 02-24-2008, 08:27 AM
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why would you want a narrow tire? the more rubber you put on the ground the better the traction.
Narrow tires have a lot of benefits actually. First, like Jim said, on-road in the winter they handle much much better due to less surface area in contact with the road. Narrow tires also weigh less, meaning it will cause less stress on your axles and drive train, and also better mileage.
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