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Hi,

I own:
2008 Trail Team Edition (White)
BFG KO2 tires (recently replaced stock KO’s)
Stock rims/size
265/70/16 (I think)

What I want to achieve:
Beefier look - tires stick out the side and wider tires (current ones look thin on FJ)
Ideally same tire height but wider. (285 doesnt look wide enough for me but may settle on this size if it causes more potential stress and issues).

I have seen someone with:
2007 stock tires w/3” levelling kit and 2” spacers. I like the amount of tire that pops out. Slightly more would be perfect.

Question and Spec
To achieve this look, what combination of tire size, spacer, lift etc do you recommend? I always hear about safety and rubbing issues etc.

Based on limited knowledge (on cars in general) im assuming I just:

2” or 3” levelling kit (happy with stock height)
1.25” spacer - recommended by many
295, 305 tire - somehow same height as current trd tires (265/70/16)

Please advise. At this point, I just need direct spec to follow. Seen a few explanation already.
 

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spacers will cause all of your suspension parts to wear more quickly and need more frequent replacement
 

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Hi,

I own:
2008 Trail Team Edition (White)
BFG KO2 tires (recently replaced stock KO’s)
Stock rims/size
265/70/16 (I think)

What I want to achieve:
Beefier look - tires stick out the side and wider tires (current ones look thin on FJ)
Ideally same tire height but wider. (285 doesnt look wide enough for me but may settle on this size if it causes more potential stress and issues).

I have seen someone with:
2007 stock tires w/3” levelling kit and 2” spacers. I like the amount of tire that pops out. Slightly more would be perfect.

Question and Spec
To achieve this look, what combination of tire size, spacer, lift etc do you recommend? I always hear about safety and rubbing issues etc.

Based on limited knowledge (on cars in general) im assuming I just:

2” or 3” levelling kit (happy with stock height)
1.25” spacer - recommended by many
295, 305 tire - somehow same height as current trd tires (265/70/16)

Please advise. At this point, I just need direct spec to follow. Seen a few explanation already.
The length of the string depends on the diameter

Seriously, you need to do lots and lots and lots of searches and read them all until your eyes bleed in order to understand what you want. The rest is easy.
 

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Hi,

I own:
2008 Trail Team Edition (White)
BFG KO2 tires (recently replaced stock KO’s)
Stock rims/size
265/70/16 (I think)

What I want to achieve:
Beefier look - tires stick out the side and wider tires (current ones look thin on FJ)
Ideally same tire height but wider. (285 doesnt look wide enough for me but may settle on this size if it causes more potential stress and issues).

I have seen someone with:
2007 stock tires w/3” levelling kit and 2” spacers. I like the amount of tire that pops out. Slightly more would be perfect.

Question and Spec
To achieve this look, what combination of tire size, spacer, lift etc do you recommend? I always hear about safety and rubbing issues etc.

Based on limited knowledge (on cars in general) im assuming I just:

2” or 3” levelling kit (happy with stock height)
1.25” spacer - recommended by many
295, 305 tire - somehow same height as current trd tires (265/70/16)

Please advise. At this point, I just need direct spec to follow. Seen a few explanation already.
So many factors to consider.
Going wider than 285 is going to mean new, wider rims, especially if you are going to reduce the profile % to maintain the same diameter.
285/70R17 is about as big as you can go on stock rims, and avoid the worst rubbing. If you put spacers on, then all bets are off - it's going to rub all over the place.

I guess you're not going to be taking it offroad based on the mods you're discussing...
 

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So many factors to consider.
Going wider than 285 is going to mean new, wider rims, especially if you are going to reduce the profile % to maintain the same diameter.
285/70R17 is about as big as you can go on stock rims, and avoid the worst rubbing. If you put spacers on, then all bets are off - it's going to rub all over the place.

I guess you're not going to be taking it offroad based on the mods you're discussing...
I did the BMC and 3" lift with Icon delta UCAs, Wheeler bump stops, 1.25" spacers and 305/70/17 Maxxi Razr on standard rims and only get just a little bit of rubbing on my Bushwacker-ish guards on full compression and lock. Seems like my tires maybe don't seal well at sub 20 psi pressures, as I lose pressure from time to time
 
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