Regarding clearance

Discussion in 'Tires / Wheels' started by Gabe Voorhees, Sep 17, 2020 at 12:12 AM.

  1. Gabe Voorhees

    Gabe Voorhees New Member

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    My friends, I beg that you go easy on me.

    ‘07 Liberty Sport, 2wd, stock ride height

    I bought some nice black rims from a jk with size 285 tires on them. I also picked up some 2” hubcentric spacer adapters. I jacked up everything and put them on and the clearance was good in the back. The front cleared too when I pulled the inner fenders, but when I turn it contacts the metal frame area towards the cabin in the wheel well. Me being the young dumb college kid that I am, I figured I’d just hammer it back. Fit better, but still didn’t clear. My first question is (please don’t hate me) can I sawzall that metal corner so that it can clear? I know it’s unibody so I get scared with any important looking piece of metal. If I can’t do that, what are my options? I don’t really have any money so I can’t buy new tires or anything like that, but I’m curious if there’s anything else I could do to get it to fit? I’ll include pictures etc.

    Link to pics:
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/knU9K4vASXGVukd5A
     
  2. jeeptorino68

    jeeptorino68 Full Access Member

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    No you cant cut that out. Hammering over is the best bet.
    You need some lift. Probably not much...perhpas a top plate spacer or clevis lift would be enough? Search herr and you will be able to find what I am referring to.
     
  3. tommudd

    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    DO NOT, DO NOT start hacking away at the unibody, weakens the structure in front

    unless you lift it with a real lift, ( springs, shocks etc no way are those tires and wheels going to work
    Next is the size of the tires, going to need to regear to have any power or gas mileage
    And yes taking it easy on you for now , but you really should sell everything, buy correct wheels and tires that actually fit and work
    bet your suspension is already sagged down making it even worse

    just looked at picture :(

    BY the way your 285-75-17s are almost 34 inches tall, requiring at least 6 inches of lift and 4.88 gears
    4.88s are doable in the 8.25 rear diff but no 6 inch lift available
    Always best to ask questions FIRST before doing something like this
    sell the darn JK wheels and tires and buy some tires that actually work
     
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    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Not when trying to install a 34 inch tall tire