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Fitting a 33" tire (285/70R17) on 2nd Gen Frontier W/ stock or aftermarket wheels

I know this topic comes up a lot so hopefully this will help some of you out..... Here is my personal experience

So it came time to put some new tires on my frontier and I, like many of you, wanted to go as big as I could go with a 2.5" leveling kit in the front and a 1" shackle lift in the rear. Here are the details for what I have done along with some pictures so you can see the results. If you have any questions by all means post them up, we are here to help.


Tire Choice: My frontier is a 2007 LE 4x4 with a 2.5" leveling kit in the front and a 1" shackle lift in the rear. Yes, I do take it off road. The last time I took it out, I found out the hard way that this vehicle will take you pretty much anywhere you want to go. Whether you should actually go there is up to you.... I busted one of the fog lights, flooded the horn and taco'd one of the stock side steps (now replaced with the rock sliders) all in one weekend fishing trip. :noworries: With this trip in mind I decided the next tires would be a little beefier than the stock option in both size and tread pattern. Considering my options I decided the 285/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler, at about 2.25" taller than stock, would hit the mark. This size gives me about 1" more belly clearance and will stuff into the wheel wells nicely when mounted on the correct sized wheels. This size is also approved for my stock 17x7.5 wheels. (This is a big plus when it comes to getting the most out of your tires as for life and performance).

The tires came in and I mounted them up. Here are the results. These tires will may fit a fully stock frontier but would require quite a bit of trimming and cutting to keep them from rubbing. With stock wheels and the mini lift I have fit them with easy.

Stock 17x7.5 +30mm offset wheels 2.5" level in front 1" shackle in rear
285/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler

***rubbed slightly on inner fender liner (front only when parking) minor fix.





Where this may be what some of you are after, I wanted more. I quickly decided I needed a set of wheels as well. Some of you know we have been working with American Outlaw to make some mold corrections for additional brake clearance. I'm happy to say that we have made some progress and we will soon be carrying some additional offsets and finishes for the frontier. So, I ordered up a set of American Outlaw Buckshots in 17". I thought it would take a few weeks for them to come in but last week my set rolled in. In the boxes were 17x9 +14mm offset black w/polish American Outlaw buckshots. This is a new offset for this size and design and this offset is typically better for frontiers with more than a 2.5" lift because it helps to keep your wheel and tire tucked into the deepest part of your fenders. Offsets lower than +12mm and especially negative offsets will set your wheels and tires out too far for a tire this tall. (unless you install a lift that is 4" or taller) As you can see below, if you do some work you'll be able to fit them.

Here's how the truck sits today...

17x9 American Outlaw Buckshots +14mm offset
285/70R17 Nitto Terra Grapplers
2.5" Front level
1" Rear shackle

*** TO FIT: Had to remove front mud flaps and part of the front bumper lower trim piece, had to do pinch weld mod and had to trim some of the fender liner as well. With 2.5" level I would recommend a higher offset if possible to help keep the tire in the deepest part of the fender. Larger than 2.5" lifts should not need as much modification.






Here you can see the difference from stock wheels with a 285/70R17 and aftermarket 17x9 +14mm wheels. Stock wheels keep this tire size flush with the fenders, aftermarket 17x9 +14mm offset wheels push the tire out about 1/2"

Stock wheels and 285/70R17 Terra Grappler


American outlaw Buckshot 17x9 +14mm offset


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Truck looks great.
I like to thank you and Discount Tire Direct on working so hard to bring us more rims that fit.
 

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Great write up and nice to see a site sponsor working for us and providing valuable information to the members of this site
 

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^^ well said and much appreciated for the information and pictures!


can you give me an employee discount?? j/k
 

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Nice looking truck, great color. Thanks for the info, should help cut down the same weekly questions. On that note.....



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looks great
 

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Setup looks really good. Thanks for all the info you have provided.
 

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i like those wheels!
 

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Good read, too bad I just bought my current setup (from Americas Tire of course AKA Discount Tire). I was also thinking of going with the 285's, but my truck hasnt even been off road yet (aside from the beach) so what I have is good for now. The Duratrac's are pretty sweet, I get quite a few compliments on them.

Just a couple of things, you should remove the entire front lower valance as opposed to just the sides. I have no idea what purpose it serves, but mine came off as soon as it came home. Makes the front end look slightly more aggresive, and its FREE!

Also, do you have any idea what the change in MPG's is from going from stock to the new tire?
 

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Good read, too bad I just bought my current setup (from Americas Tire of course AKA Discount Tire). I was also thinking of going with the 285's, but my truck hasnt even been off road yet (aside from the beach) so what I have is good for now. The Duratrac's are pretty sweet, I get quite a few compliments on them.

Just a couple of things, you should remove the entire front lower valance as opposed to just the sides. I have no idea what purpose it serves, but mine came off as soon as it came home. Makes the front end look slightly more aggresive, and its FREE!

Also, do you have any idea what the change in MPG's is from going from stock to the new tire?
Thanks for the suggestion. I thought about removing the entire thing but I didn't end up doing it. I would have liked to leave the entire thing on but it wouldn't have been able to cut it clean enough for it to look right. I may look into a front skid plate or something and at that point I'll make a change. I haven't measured the loss in MPG but I know its there. Adding both width and height to the tire does add a fair amount of weight to the wheels and in turn reduces my mpg. My mpg concerns me but not enough to care too much if I lost a couple. I'll measure it for you those that want to know what I am getting.
 

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Thanks for that information, I like how your truck turned out. I'm looking to do that same type of lift and about to buy tires. I like those wheels a lot. I'm going to probably look to get a set of wheels in another year or so.

My stock tires have about 3500 - 7500 short miles left. I've been looking on your website, and went over to Performance wheel and tire in town. Each were within $10 or so dollars hehe for Revo II's and a few different brands. I'll also need an alignment since I'll be putting in the spacers before I put on the tires.
I have 2.5'' spacers, nothing for the rear yet. I'm a CC LwB, so the front would be about .5'' higher. I'm not sure how it will look yet, but might just hold off on the rear or get 1'' spacers or shackles 1/2'' .

I'm wondering how 285's would look with that setup vs 265 75's. (I'm on 16's). I like the 265's for mpg, easier on front axle, weigh less. 285's would require minor (if any)trimming, and slow my truck down, speedo would be off...
 

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Thanks for the compliments sounds like you are on the right track. I always say choose what's best for you and your driving style. I love how my truck looks now but I could have gone with a little smaller of a tire and it would still look good IMO. Let us know if we can help you with your purchase we would love to earn your business.
 

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I had to cut my fenders to get 285/70/17. Very nice on youre part.
 

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Great looking truck. Do the tires stick out much past the fenders, it's hard to tell by the pictures? If so, how far out? Would a 265/70/17 be flush with the fenders? Thanks for the post.

BTW, how much does the rim weigh?
 
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