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Maxxis Bighorn - 245/70/17

Just thought I'd let everyone know that I just installed these tires today.

I put the Spidertrax 1.5 spacers on last night.

The tires fit, but rub on the back of the front wheel well on full turns. Plenty of clearance from the "long bolt" though.

They're not the quietest tire either, but then again, I didn't buy them for their lack of noise.

I have the Rocky Road lift to install, but I won't get it installed until next week sometime.

I'll let you know if they rub after the lift.
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they will be much better after the lift.
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You made a good choice on that size. I have the 265/70/17's on with the lift and the spacers and I still have some rub.

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Okay, I installed the lift on Friday and drove it all weekend back and forth to a soccer tournament about forty miles from my house.

Drives well - Still a VERY tiny bit of rub at full turn only, but not enough to worry about. I may get under there with a heat gun and try to manipulate the plastic to stop it. Although to be honest, once I put a few thousand miles on the tires it will probably go away on its own - That's how little it is.

I have developed a clunk on stop/start from the right rear. Probably the shock, but could be one of the other bolts I guess. In any case, I'm going to pull that tire to check when I get back from work. It was the last one of the four I worked on for the lift and I'm sure I could have easily forgotten to completely torque one of the bolts.

I used all the advice on this website when installing the lift and for what it's worth - When doing the rears, jack the whole vehicle up as high as you can - Put the body on stands - And drop the whole rear axle. It's easier than following the RR directions and makes the install much faster. I wrestled with the RR way for about an hour before switching and dropping the whole thing and once I did, it only took an hour to complete. However, spring compressor is a *must* not an option IMHO.

Anyhow - thanks everyone for posting your tips and making them easy to search on.

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Im curious as to how you have rubbing with a 245/70R17 tire with your Commander lifted. Is it due to the wheel spacers pushing the wheel out causing it to hit the inner plastic fender well? I though a few were running the 245/70R17 BFG KM2's with no rubbing at all.




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I'm curious myself.

If I have time in the next few weeks, I may see if pulling the spacers helps, but looking at it with them on, it sure doesn't seem like it would.

Geometry is a funny thing though.
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Geometry is a funny thing though.
Trying to not get all technical... LOL

By adding the wheel spacers you are increasing the distance the wheels are sticking out, obviously. So, they still turn at the same radius, just sitting further out on that radius. This would result in a better chance of the tires rubbing even with a more narrow tire. You are sticking it further out like a wider tire.

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