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post #1 of 16 Old 07-29-2010, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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33" Swampers- do I need spacer?

Do you guys think 13.5 wide inch tires will rub on the front wheel steering? Just got 33" swampers for my 4 banger. At how wide is it necessary for a spacer?


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What rims will you be mounting them on?
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They are 15" rims that I am mounting them on.

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They are 15" rims that I am mounting them on.
15x10" I hope. Stock wheels need spacers with anything over 10.5" wide tires.
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I have TSL LTB 33x13.5 r15 mounted on Black Rock Type Series 997 Type 8 15x8 and i have no problem at all ! Got a 4 banger too
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I have TSL LTB 33x13.5 r15 mounted on Black Rock Type Series 997 Type 8 15x8 and i have no problem at all ! Got a 4 banger too
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I run a set of 33x14.50x15 SSR's on 15x10 wheels with 4" of backspacing and only just barely rub my front lower control arm at full turn and full flex. I consider it a "non-issue" as it just puts a small rub spot on the paint and doesn't even rub the paint off. A few thousand miles more on the tires and they won't reach.

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you still didnt answer the questions. backspacing? width?
How do i tell? i think its whatever it is out of factory

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15x10" I hope. Stock wheels need spacers with anything over 10.5" wide tires.
Boogieman, my old tires were 32x 11.5 with no spacers.

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How do i tell? i think its whatever it is out of factory
Did you try measuring them or looking at the size specs on the back?

13.5" wide tires will not fit on stock wheels. not just because of backspacing, but also because the wheel isn't wide enough.

you need new wheels with less backspacing. 15x10 with 3.5-3.75" backspacing should do it.
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you will need spacers with the factory wheels. Your tires will probably rub the spring perches in the rear, aside from the front tires rubbing on the control arms and loss of overall turning radius

$200 for wheel spacers or $300 for a set of 5 steel wheels with proper backspacing

In the past, I've had 35x13.5 MT baja claws (they only measured out to be a bit over 33") with 15x8 wheels that had 4" backspacing and I had to adjust the steering stops with 2 washers on each side. I currently have 33x12.5 swampers with 15x8 wheels with 4.5" backspacing and needed 2 washers on each side too.

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Just found out that i have 4 inches of back spacing.. also, my rim is 15x8 i think. its by American Racing. Do i need another rim?

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post #15 of 16 Old 08-03-2010, 01:23 AM
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They'll fit on 15x8 with 4" backspacing as I've done it before, but most will recommend that you use a 10" wide rim. You'll just need to play around with the tire pressure until you figure out what will give you the flattest tire patch.

You'll also want to add washers to your steering stops to prevent rubbing the front control arms.

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