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Unread 08-06-2010, 08:34 PM   #1
vanhorn1290
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Backspacing

Hello everyone! I just upgraded to a 4" suspension lift. I currently run 31*10.50*15's on stock aluminum wheels. Before i got my lift they rubbed in extreme turning situations.

I want to run 33*12.50*15's. I live in PA and do light wheeling. What is the minimum backspacing I can have and not rub or stick out too far? I don't want to have to get fender flares but I can't risk being pulled over either.

From what I've found 4" spacing will stick my tires out. Will 4.5" spacing work with minimal rubbing or should I go 4.25 just to be safe. Thanks for your help and input.

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Unread 08-07-2010, 02:48 AM   #2
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since you have to conform to certain regulations and youre trying to balance that with what you want i would say try 4.5". dont go out and buy them just to try them out. maybe you know someone who has the setup or something similar to the setup youre looking for and you can temporarily swap tires/wheels with them to get a better idea of what you need.
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Unread 08-07-2010, 06:21 AM   #3
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Well i have been looking around to and I can't seem to find any 15in wheels with anything more than 4in backspace gotta go to a 16 or 17 in rim. look and and make sure that it will not be htting any steering components also.
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Unread 08-07-2010, 08:07 AM   #4
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Thank you both very much. Another question.

Can I run 33*10.50's instead of 12.50's on my stock TJ wheels? Or will the backspacing still be an issue. That way I could still have my 33" tires without having to buy a set of wheels too.
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Unread 08-07-2010, 01:30 PM   #5
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Thank you both very much. Another question.

Can I run 33*10.50's instead of 12.50's on my stock TJ wheels? Or will the backspacing still be an issue. That way I could still have my 33" tires without having to buy a set of wheels too.
i have 33x10.50's on my stock Canyons which are 15"x8". i had some slight rubbing against the lower control arms but it was easily remedied with about 2 or 3 washers behind the steering stops.
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