Back Spacing advise as I move from 33 to 35" -

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post #1 of 2 Old 10-23-2013, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Back Spacing advise as I move from 33 to 35"

I didn't buy the wheels on this 2000 TJ so I measure them (with tire on) as 3.25" back spacing R15 standard 5 on 4.5". I think the rims are 10" wide? (all this sound right?)

Want next set to be 35" and thinking about new wheels.

Should I go with less back spacing to give it a bit more room up front? My ford 8.8 rear is already shorter than the front so I wonder if using spacers the rear wheel different makes any sense.

If I go to far like 2.5"BS does it cause more axle stress or anything like that?


Should I get a bigger rim so I can buy modern tire sizes?

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post #2 of 2 Old 10-24-2013, 09:00 AM
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3.25" backspacing sounds low. Not sure what wheels you have but most common jeep aftermarket wheels are more like 3.75-4.25". Even in that range though you should be OK with 35s unless you are going to a tire wider than 12.5". Unless you don't like your wheels cosmetically or feel the need to move up to a wheel with a bigger diameter doesn't sound to me like you need to do anything.

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