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27 on a 2018 Rubicon

Hi all,
Just picked up my 2018 Rubicon last week from my local dealer. Long time rider, first time making a BRAND NEW purchase, and also my first Honda. I love that they’re still running with tried and true technology that even the other guys used to use back in the day. Honda just keeps making it better.

Anyway, my wheels and tires just came in. I kept the OEM rim size of 12”, but did 27” swamp lites.
I’m running 12” wide on the rear and 10” on the front instead of the 8”/10” of OEM.

Now that they’re on the bike, I’m almost thinking there’s too much rubber and may be a little woozy on pavement. But I guess I will have to see what they do on the actual trail and through the woods instead of my driveway and up and down my somewhat paved county road.

Any thoughts? What are other Rubicon riders running in this department? I don’t want to tear up axles and I’m not out to impress anyone. I just want something more functional for what I will use the bike for, which is hunting lease and some fun on the trails. I’m in East Texas, so it’s a mix of gumbo mud like Louisiana and red clay/rock with a little sand and gravel if the road is maintained.

I’m not looking to lift it, but I like the extra little bit of ground clearance of a 27” tire over the OEM 25”, and also, I think the OEM tire setup looks like it’s lacking something.

Thoughts?
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Ive ran 27s on mine its a good size for it. Im running 28 Mud Bugs currently, I like those as well since they arent heavy or overly agressive. I ran 28 silverbacks on it and they were a bit much for it but never broke anything. I ran 30 silverbacks on it for awhile but could not keep axles in it.

Anyway, tires look great, they will be fine. Enjoy the new ride.


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I think you will be fine and come to enjoy the better traction of these tires over stock one's
just have to be more careful when turning with any speed on hard pack for sure, taller always means more tippy!
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Sure enough on the taller/tippy thing. I guess I will see how these do. Just my personal taste, I am just wondering if theres too much rubber vs rim. I will run with these and maybe next time, I will either upgrade to 14 and keep the same overall tire size of 27 or I may keep these rims and bump down to 26 rubbers. Well just see how these go this time around.

I already have had it out on the trail trying to break in the bike over the weekend on the stock setup. My wife, who is not experienced at all, already rolled it once (out of eyesight from me or the others we were riding with) on the stockers trying to do a hill/rock climb on her first run. Luckily it didnt get her, she got out of the way fast enough, but I know the taller tires will be even more tricky when it comes to that even if the wider width helps with stability. Well just see how it goes...
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looking at the cv joint angles at the front and rear , I see broken axles in the future.

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looking at the cv joint angles at the front and rear , I see broken axles in the future.
I'm sure wear and tear will increase, but if all the OP is doing is light riding, I doubt they will be that hard on things
if he was a big mud rider then I'd say differently LOL
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I'm sure wear and tear will increase, but if all the OP is doing is light riding, I doubt they will be that hard on things
if he was a big mud rider then I'd say differently LOL
Yeah, that I am not. About the only mud riding I do is what they show in the promo vids. Not trying to sink it. Just what you might typically encounter on a trail, not a specifically made mud hole. Had to cross a creek when I had it out the other day on the stockers and the water came up to the foot pegs. That’s about all I’m getting into.

That’s why I went with swamp lites and not silverback x-lites.

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Unless I missed something those are just the stock axle angles there is no lift on this machine.


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Nope.....No lift.
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I'm already getting a grinding from my rear end running 26's when braking

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