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38x14.50x17 tires on 17x8.5 wheels

Can it be done and if so, what are the drawbacks?
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You may be better off with a bit wider rim. 14.5 is a wide tire. Just my .02


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MFG recommends a min wheel width of 10" if that means anything to you, but yes you should be able to actually mount that size tire on that size wheel.
You are going to need that wheel to net out at a 2" bs to run them on the factory 44 unless you are 6"+ of lift wil extra long bump stops.

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I talked to Dennis at Teraflex and they have run these tires on 9" wide rims with no issues. I can find some 17x9 aluminum wheels for 100 each vs 200 each for 17x10 in the cheapest option of that size. never knew an inch could matter that much
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I run a 14.5 wide tire on a 9" wide rim. No issues, although a 10" wide rim is the recommended. I had to run a little bit lower tire pressure to get a flat footprint.

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I talked to Dennis at Teraflex and they have run these tires on 9" wide rims with no issues. I can find some 17x9 aluminum wheels for 100 each vs 200 each for 17x10 in the cheapest option of that size. never knew an inch could matter that much
Yeah 17x10s are much more expensive and rare than 17x9s or 17x8.5s. I will be running 40x13.50 17 on 17x8.5s. Poor mans beadlocks.
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i had heard that about poor mans headlocks. I'm thinking 17x9s will give me the tight fit with low air pressure and I should be able to keep the tires from crowning
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