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Old 05-01-2014, 10:05 PM   #1
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15" causing damage ?

Hey guys just want some input , my lift is planed for a month or two and I really want 15 inch wheels but I've herd some horror story's about them on a jku that rocks and dirt can get in and damage the calipers, there any truth to this

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Hey guys just want some input , my lift is planed for a month or two and I really want 15 inch wheels but I've herd some horror story's about them on a jku that rocks and dirt can get in and damage the calipers, there any truth to this
Yes there is truth to the rocks and dirt/mud getting in between the wheel and the caliper but I've never heard of any damage

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Yes there is truth to the rocks and dirt/mud getting in between the wheel and the caliper but I've never heard of any damage
Most of the off roading I do is on sand and very rare on mud would this be a problem ?
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I poured over these threads for months before deciding on 15s. Never saw it talked about.
Plenty of open space around the inside for anything short of a boulder to roll out if need be.
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Most of the off roading I do is on sand and very rare on mud would this be a problem ?
No just look after any off road trips for debris in the way
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Old 05-02-2014, 01:11 PM   #7
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I've run 15's on 2 different JK's since 2007 with no issues.

I'd think the smaller diameter of the 15's would sit closer to the brake rock/dust shield making it more difficult for rocks to bounce in rather than the big gap 17's have around the shields.
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Many of the horror stories may just be that but just be aware they potential for dangerous problems is definitely there.

Aside from build up of debris, there can also be cooling issues and interference. To each there own, but there is no practical need to run 15" on a JK as there was in previous generations of Jeeps since it can readily accommodate much larger tires.
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The significant tire price difference can be a practical reason.
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The significant tire price difference can be a practical reason.
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For me that's a big part of why I want the, one I love how they look and two over 5 wheels and tires it's several 100$ cheeper but your def right other then those two reasons no functional or practical reason to get them
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Depending on the size lift the sawbar links will not clear the wheel. I ran my 16's for a while and the links were taking off my wheel weights.
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The significant tire price difference can be a practical reason.
DIscount tire Duratracs:

LT285/70R17 - $268 each tire
Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires - Reviews, ratings and specs in the Kansas City Area - Discount Tire

33/1250-15 - $195
MB Chaos 5 15" rims $100 each.
total = $295

$27 per tire more to go with 15's and that include the rim with the correct backspacing!
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The offset for 15" rims would have to be minimal if you plan on upgrading steering parts. Aftermarket tie rods and the ends used will barely clear a 17" rim. More careful planning should go into this decision.

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Old 05-03-2014, 07:27 PM   #16
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The offset for 15" rims would have to be minimal if you plan on upgrading steering parts. Aftermarket tie rods and the ends used will barely clear a 17" rim. More careful planning should go into this decision.

Bob K.

I just went out and checked how much room was between the tie rod end and the rim and I couldn't slide my index between them.
I'm still ok with the 15" Level 8 trackers and wouldn't change them.
In the end it's your decision and only yours to make as to rim and tire combo.
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The tie-rod ends issue is very real.

I have approximately 4/16ths of an inch clearance between my tie-rod ends and my 15 inch rims in the front. I am running the correct offset and specifically ordered alloy rims after talking about the dimensions and suitability of the rim for JK jeep wranglers with somebody from the company. There are very few 15 inch alloys on the market which will clear the JK tie-rod ends.

I placed my order after reassurance from the manufacturer that the specific model and size rim I was ordering was being used by many JK owners without issue.

Even after all that, the shop that I ordered the rims through made me sign paperwork saying they were not responsible for any damage caused by the rims....because of how little clearance there was between the tie-rod ends.

I've wheeled numerous times since getting those rims, and I've not had a single issue....but it's entirely true that if I bent the hell out of my tie-rod, the ends would contact my rims and the vehicle would be immobilized.
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I have approximately 4/16ths of an inch clearance between my tie-rod ends and my 15 inch rims in the front. .
Really?
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DIscount tire Duratracs: LT285/70R17 - $268 each tire Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires - Reviews, ratings and specs in the Kansas City Area - Discount Tire 33/1250-15 - $195 MB Chaos 5 15" rims $100 each. total = $295 $27 per tire more to go with 15's and that include the rim with the correct backspacing!
Heads up 285s are like a 33x10.50. Also most are E rated which will ride a lot worse.
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Many of the horror stories may just be that but just be aware they potential for dangerous problems is definitely there. Aside from build up of debris, there can also be cooling issues and interference. To each there own, but there is no practical need to run 15" on a JK as there was in previous generations of Jeeps since it can readily accommodate much larger tires.
You're fine with heating and cooling this isn't a race car and some people prefer the ride of a c rated tire over an E rated.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:43 PM   #21
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Really?
Yep.

It doesn't cause any issues though. Like I said, it would if I bent the hell out of my tie-rod so the ends moved...but at that point I think I would have several concerns beyond just "oh no my rims are touching."

I have not had any problems with sand or mud getting between the discs/calipers, I haven't had any issues with brake heat, etc.
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Yep. It doesn't cause any issues though. Like I said, it would if I bent the hell out of my tie-rod so the ends moved...but at that point I think I would have several concerns beyond just "oh no my rims are touching." I have not had any problems with sand or mud getting between the discs/calipers, I haven't had any issues with brake heat, etc.
4/16" that's what I was commenting on, obviously it flew over your head 1/4"=4/16"
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Hey guys just want some input , my lift is planed for a month or two and I really want 15 inch wheels but I've herd some horror story's about them on a jku that rocks and dirt can get in and damage the calipers, there any truth to this
I had 15s and never had a single issue with anything getting wedged in there. It is "possible" but it is HIGHLY unlikely (like lottery odds unlikely). Rocks would also get crushed and spit out fairly easily, but again, never had an issue, and loved my 15s.
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4/16" that's what I was commenting on, obviously it flew over your head 1/4"=4/16"
I measured precisely when we mounted them. I'm aware the fraction reduces :P *shrug*
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I measured precisely when we mounted them. I'm aware the fraction reduces :P *shrug*
I've never seen any measuring device that says 4/16" is all I'm saying
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I've never seen any measuring device that says 4/16" is all I'm saying


Every normal tape measure I've ever seen goes by 16ths...

Sorry, I'm in the habit of using the most precise measurement possible with any given tool. Saying 4/16ths is more precise than 1/4, because it lets you know I had a tool with more accuracy than simple quarter inches.
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You've never used a tape measure for a living have you? The smallest lines are 1/16 the next one is 1/8 the best is 3/16 the next is 1/4. Only women and people who never use a tape measure say dumb shit like 4/16. What do I know though I drive a JK.
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You've never used a tape measure for a living have you? The smallest lines are 1/16 the next one is 1/8 the best is 3/16 the next is 1/4. Only women and people who never use a tape measure say dumb shit like 4/16. What do I know though I drive a JK.
Using the most precise measurement language available from a given tool is something I learned while "using a tape measure for a living." As I said, I'm fully aware of the concept of reducing fractions. That was...grade school I believe?

So...uh....yeah. Nice to see your opinion on women though. Classy.
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Every normal tape measure I've ever seen goes by 16ths... Sorry, I'm in the habit of using the most precise measurement possible with any given tool. Saying 4/16ths is more precise than 1/4, because it lets you know I had a tool with more accuracy than simple quarter inches.
Your logic is flawed. 4/16 is not more accurate when it clearly shows 1/8,1/4,1/2,etc on your tape measure. If you wanted precision you would have used a micrometer and it would have said .250 unless if it was a vernier micrometer than it would have said .2500.
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Using the most precise measurement language available from a given tool is something I learned while "using a tape measure for a living." So...uh....yeah. Nice to see your opinion on women though. Classy.
You're completely full of it, but it's cool enjoy your jeep.

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