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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-03-2000, 10:38 AM
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Wheels for 33 x 12.50\'s

I just bought a set of 33 x 12.50 mud tires and had them mounted on my 8" rims (3 1/2" backspacing) and they rub the springs pretty bad. Would going to a 10" rim fix this, the only 10" rims I have found also have 3 1/2' backspacing. I have done a SPOA and 3" body lift, all else seems to clear except the front springs. TIA for any help.


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Best solution is a set of 8" wheels with a 2" backspace. We set up all our customer's vehicle this way with 33x12.5 tires. 10" wheels are too wide for a 12.5 tire IMHO. You'll be loosing beads left and right on the trail.


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Re: Wheels for 33 x 12.50\'s

My buddy that I wheel with (not Glenn) has 33x12.5 muds on 15x8's with 2" backspace and it works perfect.

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Re: Wheels for 33 x 12.50\'s

From a few phone calls to Discount Tire, etc. it seems like 2" backspaced wheels are not a standard item. Has this been you'alls experience too? All I'm looking for is a steel wagon wheel type of rim, something durable and affordable. Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Wheels for 33 x 12.50\'s

you can pick up used Jeep CJ rims real cheep, not sure what the back spacing is,but I don't have any problems

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2" backspacing is a custom wheel You can get them for under $50 each from Willamette in Oregon. We order all our wheels through them. They're very familiar with Zuk guys looking for the 2" backspace.


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Re: Wheels for 33 x 12.50\'s

Has anyone tried the Spidertrax 1" spacers with standard 8" rims? That should give about 2 1/2" of backspacing. May be close enough. Any significant disadvandages to using spacers?

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Re: Wheels for 33 x 12.50\'s

I've been running 33x12.50's on standard 10" "chrome modular" wheels for quite
a while with no problems. Don't know what the backspacing is. They are standard
off the shelf wheels. No rubbing. I air down typically to 5# all the time and
have never popped a bead. And that is on trails like Teminator, Ajax Mine, Axle
Alley etc. here in southern Arizona. I like the way the extra width handles on
the road as well.

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Re: Wheels for 33 x 12.50\'s

I've talked to a couple of local guys who also run 33's on 10" "standard" rims with no problems. My 8" rims with 3.5" backspacing definitely rub. I don't see how adding 2" to the outside of the wheel could fix the rubbing. I'm totally clueless now.

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Re: Wheels for 33 x 12.50\'s

Adding 2 inches of wheel to the OUTSIDE also moves the tread portion of the tire half this (1 inch) to the outside. Thereby giving an extra inch of clearance on the inside. Giving both wheels have the same backspacing.

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