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post #1 of 17 Old 04-27-2014, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Rim width v. Tire

I'm looking at getting 17x9 wheels but the tires I'm looking at are recommended for wheel width 7.5-8.5. How important is it that I match these numbers?


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post #2 of 17 Old 04-27-2014, 03:44 PM
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What size are the tires you want? Running a wheel narrower than manufacturer recommendation is common around here. Wider not so much.
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What size are the tires you want? Running a wheel narrower than manufacturer recommendation is common around here. Wider not so much.
You're not into the V Dub stretch?

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I'm looking to either run 255/75R17 or 265/70R17. So could I mount either of those on the 17x9 wheel? Any issues I might run into?

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IMHO, a 9" wide wheel is too wide for those tires and will really put your sidewalls at risk for damage.

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Appreciate the help. I'm just looking for opinions cause I've heard different things. Any opinions are welcome

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Unless your running a 13.5-15 wide I would stay away from a 9 inch wide wheel. 7 or 8 will be fine!

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agree. go with an 8" wheel.
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post #9 of 17 Old 04-27-2014, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Im back and forth on 17x8 and 17x9. The only reason I'm look at the bigger size is cause I need to make sure I clear my calipers with aftermarket wheels

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Im back and forth on 17x8 and 17x9. The only reason I'm look at the bigger size is cause I need to make sure I clear my calipers with aftermarket wheels
If 17" diameter of wheels clears the caliper with either one, how does the wheel width affect that?
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On the wk, the 17 inch wheel clears but there are issues of rubbing the calipers with the back or the spokes. To correct this I need to look at offset and back spacing right?

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you are correct about the offset and back spacing.
but, those have nothing to do with the wheel width. you can have any width wheel customized to the correct offset and backspacing you need to clear your brakes. fortunately, most new wheels are made to accommodate the disc brake clearance issues on modern vehicles and you shouldn't have any problems getting any aftermarket 8" wide wheel to fit your wk.

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Okay thanks for the clarification. I was just confused as to what I needed to look at and stuff like that. Thanks again

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Look up the TREAD width of the tires you want and as long as it's equal to or slightly greater than the wheel width you will be fine.

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Tread width is the same as section width correct? And what is considered to be slightly close? For example, the 255/75/R17 has a section width of 10 so would that be okay on a 9 inch wide wheel?

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