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Unread 02-12-2015, 02:50 PM   #1
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Perils of going to a 255/75/17 tire...

After long term affairs with a ZJ and then a WJ, I'm two months into an '06 WK 4.7 Laredo with 64,000 on the clock. Wasn't planning on mods right away, buuuuuuut...

An offer for take offs, basically brand new, from a '14 JK Sahara has dropped into my lap. 255/75/17s. Wrangler SRA's not the greatest. But my understanding is that the wheels are the same dimensions as mine. So I sell mine and basically Im spending almost nothing to get them. Im looking at a 2" lift, either an RC or the Heavy Metal. Later on I'll add bilsteins.

So my concerns are pinch weld and UCA bolt clearance. That and not being able to fit a spare in the usual spot. Would prefer not using spacers. Anybody use this? What did you have to do? What worked? Should I just wait for a slightly smaller tire deal? Thanks in advance. I've done a ton of reading but I'm seeing a lot of conflicting info.

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Unread 02-12-2015, 02:53 PM   #2
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The tires are only part of the problem, the JK wheels wont fit without a spacer - they will contact the caliper
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Unread 02-12-2015, 02:59 PM   #3
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Should've mentioned I planned to swap the tires to my wheels if the JKs don't fit. Some have said they do, some not, depending on the year with the 17s. The mounting dimensions on my wheels are the same unless I'm missing something.
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Unread 02-13-2015, 06:45 AM   #4
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The tires are only part of the problem, the JK wheels wont fit without a spacer - they will contact the caliper
I put on a set of stock goodyear all seasons with the Moab looking wheels from a 2012 JK (for the winter). Rubs on the frame at full lock, but no contact with the caliper (it's close though).

My summer set of MT's 255/75/17 I did the pinch weld mod finally.
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Unread 02-13-2015, 09:55 AM   #5
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I put take off rub icons on my 06 wk, I trimmed the bottom of the ball joint bolt and had to very lightly clearance the caliper on one side. Just take an angle grinder with a flap disc and go over the outside edge of the caliper. Super easy. I get no rubbing, no spacers installed
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Unread 02-13-2015, 10:23 AM   #6
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Putting those wheels on is not a big deal. Just the caliper and ball joint issue. with a 255/75/17, You shouldn't need to do the UCA bolt mod, but it isn't hard either. Buy a grinder from Harbor Freight and get a flapper wheel you'll spend ~ 5 minutes/tire. That spare should easily fit under your jeep. I have a 265/70/17 in the stock location without any mods.
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Any idea if the rubis and the Saharan are the same? I am led to believe the Moabs are different...
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Putting those wheels on is not a big deal. Just the caliper and ball joint issue. with a 255/75/17, You shouldn't need to do the UCA bolt mod, but it isn't hard either. Buy a grinder from Harbor Freight and get a flapper wheel you'll spend ~ 5 minutes/tire. That spare should easily fit under your jeep. I have a 265/70/17 in the stock location without any mods.
Do this or get .25" front wheel spacers.
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Unread 02-13-2015, 01:22 PM   #9
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Any idea if the rubis and the Saharan are the same? I am led to believe the Moabs are different...
Sahara has 18" wheels and fits with no spacer or mods.
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Unread 02-13-2015, 01:53 PM   #10
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These are 17s. Came off a Sahara. Maybe not the same thing. Hmm.
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Unread 02-15-2015, 11:14 AM   #11
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Picked them up last night. The tires are under 1,000 miles and the rims look pretty much new. For $275 I'll make it work. Lift for sure, spacers and grinding if needed.

After further review I think they are just the regular 17" JK wheels and happened to be on a sahara.
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I picked these up the other week. I have no rubbing on caliper or standard road driving. I will have to do the pinch weld on the front and the fender roll on the rear as I get rubbing on compression when stuffing into the fender. I wont be getting a lift installed this year, but that will help. The wheels are off a 2014 Rubicon.
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Unread 02-17-2015, 11:01 AM   #13
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Looks good
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Unread 02-17-2015, 01:31 PM   #14
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It sure does. I'm leaning towards swapping the tires to my rims. I'll lift 2" at the same time. Hoping to avoid the pinch weld but we'll see.

The difference between the take off and my stock tires side by side is pretty dramatic.
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I picked these up the other week. I have no rubbing on caliper or standard road driving. I will have to do the pinch weld on the front and the fender roll on the rear as I get rubbing on compression when stuffing into the fender. I wont be getting a lift installed this year, but that will help. The wheels are off a 2014 Rubicon.
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