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Unread 08-28-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
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SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP...Matching lift kit with rims and tires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have a 2012 unlimited sport. I just bought XD Rockstar 5x5 rims and will put 285-60 R18 Nitto Terra Grappler Tires on them.. I will do lil off roading and am looking for the best lift that will deliver the best ride. I would like to do it right the first time so I will not have to revisit. Please help, I am new to this and want to make the right buy. Thanks alot


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Unread 08-28-2012, 01:00 PM   #2
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Also the rims are 18x9
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Unread 08-28-2012, 01:23 PM   #3
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Try agan. I doubt 285/16/r18 is the tire correct tire size. That size comes out to 21.6x11.2/18. You are probably wanting 285/60/18. If that is the case then you won't need a lift.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 01:30 PM   #4
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type O.. you are correct it is 285/60/18 and I would still like a lift to give me a lil more room.
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Unread 08-28-2012, 07:06 PM   #5
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type O.. you are correct it is 285/60/18 and I would still like a lift to give me a lil more room.
If you are going from the stock 245/75/16 tire, 30.5" tall, to the 285/60/18, 31.5" tall, it is a waste of money for a lift. You are talking about a one inch difference. With the 18" wheel and shorter sidewall your ride will be rougher than stock.
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Unread 08-29-2012, 06:53 AM   #6
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If you are going from the stock 245/75/16 tire, 30.5" tall, to the 285/60/18, 31.5" tall, it is a waste of money for a lift. You are talking about a one inch difference. With the 18" wheel and shorter sidewall your ride will be rougher than stock.
So what do you recommend...What would make since for a good look while getting a good ride for a daily driver
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Why not try it stock? LOL JK drivers are funny
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Unread 08-29-2012, 07:47 AM   #8
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If you go with 285's and a lift, the tires are going to look small.
285's look just about right on a stock JK. I ran my 2010 JKU like that for a couple of years.
If you're considering tires/wheels and a lift, decide how much lift you need, and then match the tires to it.
2.5" of lift will accomodate 35's nicely and things look proportional.
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Unread 08-29-2012, 09:59 AM   #9
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If you go with 285's and a lift, the tires are going to look small.
285's look just about right on a stock JK. I ran my 2010 JKU like that for a couple of years.
If you're considering tires/wheels and a lift, decide how much lift you need, and then match the tires to it.
2.5" of lift will accomodate 35's nicely and things look proportional.
Sounds good. I have already bought the 18x9 rims. Do you think 35s would look good and fit on 2.5 teraflex lift. Also it calls for 4.5 inch backspace and my rims are 5 inch. Is this a problem..THanks again
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also, how do you think the ride will be around town. Is this a good setup.

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Issue is you bought "bling" rims. Makes it a bit more difficult to give advice. A good ride/performace means you need to put some cash into a well built/designed suspension. 17" Rims are about the biggest people go on offroading rigs. If you wont see much offroad then it doesn't matter.
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If you're still worried about clearance get a pair of flat fenders. They will give you another inch or two of clearance.
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Unread 08-29-2012, 03:37 PM   #13
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Here is a quick run down. JK's can come stock with 32" tires. They can fit 33's with proper backspacing. The most common size for this is 285/70-17 on a 17 X 9 wheel with 4.5" backspacing or stock wheels with spacers that get the total backspacing down to 4.5".

You already bought blingy 18 X 9 wheels. Here are the sizes and diameters for Goodyear Duratracs made for 18" wheels.

275/65-18 = 32.1"
275/70-18 = 33.2"
295/65-18 = 33.1"
325/65-18 = 34.6"

With these choices with that wheel size, I would go with 275/70-18 to give more sidewall. This would not require a lift, and a leveling kit would do nicely with this. The 295/65-18 is about the same diameter, but is wider. Both these sizes give 7.5" of sidewall.

If you go with 325/65-18, you are going to need 2.5" to 3" of lift. These are going to be about 12.8" wide.

FWIW, you can usually find Rubicon takeoffs, all five in new condition, tires and wheels for $600 or less. No lift, no spacers, or anything required.

I am a fan of Goodyear Duratrac. I used to have BFG AT and am much happier with them. I am running 315/70-17. A 17" wheel gives you more options and the tires aren't quite as expensive. I also prefer the looks, but that's just me. I am not fan of rubber band tires or small sidewalls on four wheel drives.
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Thanks and got it.
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