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Unread 02-27-2013, 12:07 PM   #1
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Best width for 33" tires?

Getting ready to buy my first set of 33's and am trying to decide what width to get. The most common seems to be 10.5 or 12.5 inches wide.

Post pics showing the width and how it looks on your rig.

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Unread 02-27-2013, 01:33 PM   #2
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Rims = 17x9 with 4.5" BS
Tires = 285/70R17 aka 32.7x11.2

I didn't go up much in diameter, but the the width did give me a pretty good weight increase. I like my look and feel, but I'm glad I didn't go any wider (heavier) for street use.





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Unread 02-27-2013, 01:53 PM   #3
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Not to many choices in 33x10.5 size. BFG, Toyo, and ?

You will need aftermarket wheels with 3.75"-4" backspacing to run 12.5" wide tires, or wheel spacers with your stock wheels.

33x12.5x15 Toyo MT on 15x8 steel w/3.75" backspace



35x12.5x15 Xtreme MT on 15x8 alloy w/4" backspace

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Unread 02-27-2013, 09:22 PM   #4
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here's mine, i debated the 10.50 vs 12.50 thing too, but i was afraid after spending $6-700 on tires, i'd regret not going with the 12.50's. i know not everyone feels that way, but i personally like a little fatter tire under my vehicles. i ran 29x10.50's under my samurai for a long time. i like the look of my 12.5's on the stock 15x8's even though it meant i needed to go to a 1.25" spacer and a 7" flare. just my opinion. good luck!!
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Unread 02-27-2013, 10:05 PM   #5
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This is 33x12.50 w/15x8 3.75BS
I like the look of it but I'm regretting getting such heavy tires. My next set will be 10.50 wide.

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Unread 02-27-2013, 10:07 PM   #6
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33x12.5 couldn't be happier with the set up
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Unread 02-27-2013, 10:34 PM   #7
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33x12.5 duratracs.



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Unread 02-27-2013, 11:05 PM   #8
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Having run both the 12.5 and 10.5 widths, I prefer the 10.5.



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Unread 03-04-2013, 10:57 AM   #9
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What tires are available in a 33x10.5-15?? the only one I can find is the BFG KM2s. What is the metric equivalent?
I want this size on my CJ5. I think any wider and I'll get too much flotation.
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Unread 03-04-2013, 01:09 PM   #10
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I'm in the 12.50 camp. Running 33 X 12.50 X 15 on 8", Pro-Comp Series 98 Flat Black wheels with 3.75 Back spacing. I'm also running 2" Spydertrax wheel spacers all the way around. Comparing this to driving on stock wheels & tires, in a vehicle that is known to be squirrely, I'm very pleased with the greatly improved handling of this combo.

I'm retired now, but if this was a true daily driver, and considering that we're 33 miles each way to my old office and 50 each way to the airport, I may have dropped the width down just to lighten the load on my wallet due to the load on the CJ. However, living where we do and only doing mountain driving around the canyon in all kinds of weather, I love the 12.50's.

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Unread 03-04-2013, 09:55 PM   #11
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I have 33x10.5's. I'd go even narrower to a 9.5 if I could, the traction in mud and slop is just that good. No issues with stability or anything really.


I have stock wheels with no spacers and original flares because I'm cheap.

Also dslysle, I've seen you around town. Nice setup.
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I chose to use my factory wheels (16") so I went with a 285/75/16 tire which is essentially 33x11.5. I love the look because I wanted as much of the tire under my stock fender as possible. I was able to use the 285 size tires with no spacers behind the wheels with a good amount of clearance from spring perches etc. I did have to adjust my steering stops.




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What type of terrain do you see when off roading? I'm in the same boat, and in Indiana, it's a whole lot a mud here and not much rock crawling. With that, I've heard a lot of people say that 10.5s serve better for mud as they can cut down into it a bit better for traction as opposed to floating/spinning on top. If you want the skinny on 10.5s (see what I did there?), check out this thread... http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f59/p...skinny-305069/
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Unread 03-05-2013, 07:24 PM   #14
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I'm running the BFGs in 33x10.50. I traded my friends 35x12.50s for a week and he took my 33s, he decided once he wears the 35s out he's going back down to 33x12.50. I liked my 33s better in the narrower form to get through the mud. We hit the river some and I have no problem in the sand aired down some. Big and wide look cool, but I'll stick with the shorter skinnys.
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Unread 03-05-2013, 09:32 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by ShogunTJ04 View Post

Also dslysle, I've seen you around town. Nice setup.
thanks, i'm working on saving for a spring lift, but you know how that goes, wife was out of work, now we're part of the gov't furloughs, so it may sit the way it is for a while longer. no worries though, i'm pretty happy with it as it is.

Like your ride too!
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