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Hey guys, I just got a '09 JKU Rubicon. I used to have a '95 YJ, thus my screen name, but things have changed quite a bit since then. I've told my wife I won't lift it or get new tires until these wear out, but she's given me the approval to get new wheels. Basically, I'm just wanting to change the look a bit to stand apart from every other Rubi out there. Before most all were 15x8 rims, but now there's 17", 18", and most are metric sizes. I'm still trying to decipher everything. Here's my question.

I'm looking for a wheel that can be used on stock size tires and also be used for 33" or 35" tires down the road without spacers. I would like a little wider stance, but nothing extreme. For now, it's my DD with little to no off-road. I know, I used to hate people coming on wanting to build up a Jeep to be a mall rat, but due to health reasons, my wife can't take the jarring around anymore. Thanks in advanced.
 

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stock rubicon and most other trim models come with 17" wheels. the sport steel wheels are 16". i believe all stock wheels have 6.25" backspacing.

if you want to run 33's or 35's, a good starting point is 4.5" backspacing. you can get by with a little more backspacing, but i wouldn't recommend backspacing higher than 4.75".

i would stick with 17" wheels for a 33, 35 or 37" tire, unless you like the "gangsta" look.
 

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What's a good width wheel that will work with factory sized tires as well 33's or 35's? What's a good backspacing in mm's? The 255/75/17 Duratracs state rim width as 6.5-8.5" on Tirerack. Would I have any problems with the factory tires on a 8" rim? Is that a good size to get for 35's? I seeing a lot of 17" wheels coming in 9" widths which would be too wide for factory tires. I'm starting to think I should probably wait and do it all together.
 

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Just wait and do tires/wheels all at once and buy a set that will work well together. May also end up being cheaper than doing it piecemeal. Just my $0.02
 

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Ok, after further research, it looks like I might need to go with the Teraflex leveling kit. That will allow me to get a tad bit bigger stance while keeping the stock ride and fit 33's. So, I guess my last question is should I go with the 17x8 or 17x8.5"? The 8.5" wheel is the max on the current 255/75 tires. Will that cause any issues?
 
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