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Old 03-15-2012, 09:26 AM   #1
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Wheels/tires...Your thoughts

I know yall hate this question, and I normally have more time to do research than I have right now, but I am getting the dealer to install new tires and wheels on my Sahara that I just bought (bought it while I am overseas right now and have not even saw it yet). The reason I am going to go ahead and do this is they will put credit for my stock wheels and tires to the new set.

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With these tires
Goodyear*Wrangler DuraTrac

Of course everything is stock so I am unsure which size tires in these goodyears I should go with.

I read somewhere that 5" backspacing on the wheels will work with these jeeps in stock form.

Any help from you wheel gods will be great!!

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Nevermind, just read 5" backspace will be to much... Now looking at these

Fuel by MHT Part M52515800837 - Fuel Revolver - Black with Machining by Fuel Off-Road

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:11 AM   #3
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Looks like the Duratrac will fit with this wheel on a stock Sahara in a 33x15

***Just posting in case anyone ever looks and was wondering***
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Maybe' the wheels & tires section would be better, I'll move this for you
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:20 AM   #5
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Nevermind, just read 5" backspace will be to much... Now looking at these

Fuel by MHT Part M52515800837 - Fuel Revolver - Black with Machining by Fuel Off-Road
MUCH better choice in my opinion. You could more than likely get by fine with the 275/70 and those 18s even though they have 5" backspace, but you have made a far better choice in going with the 15s.

Oh, and those wheels with 33x12.5x15 Duratracs do work just fine on the JKs. There are a couple people running them here.
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Thanks Jcf, I should have known that

4Fit, Thanks for your input! I sure hope the wheels work as I just asked the dealer to order them (along with the tires)

I feel pretty sure everything will be fine.

Guess I will never know what it was like with stock wheels and tires on it when I pick it up haha.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:25 AM   #7
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Thanks Jcf, I should have known that

4Fit, Thanks for your input! I sure hope the wheels work as I just asked the dealer to order them (along with the tires)

I feel pretty sure everything will be fine.

Guess I will never know what it was like with stock wheels and tires on it when I pick it up haha.
They will work. Here is a thread with a video of the install of those wheels, and here is a pic of Cowboy59's JK with them installed.
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Actually 4.5" bs is for 8" wide wheel. Thats why backspace is not a good indicator. You need 0 offset and with a 9" wide wheel with 0 offset you will have 5" bs. So 5" backspace on a 9" wide wheel should be fine.

The reason for this is a 12" wide wheel will hung over a 8" wide wheel 4" so you have 2" on each side added to the bs. While the same 12" wide tire on a 9" wide wheel only allows 3" hangover or 1.5" each side so your only adding 1.5" to the bs meaning you can have a higher bs of 1/2".

15" wheel need at least 3.75" bs so not to rub caliper no matter how wide the wheel

16" wide wheels need at least 4.25" bs

That applies to alloy and some steel but there can be exceptions. Most steel 15" will not fit.

17" and larger wheel need the following for 315 mm or 12.5" tires

7.5" wide wheels need 4.25 bs
8" wide wheels need 4.5" bs
8.5" wheel need at least 4.75 bs
9" wide wheels need 5" bs
9.5" needs 5.25" bs
10" need 5.5" bs
10.5 need 5.75" bs
11" Not recommended needs 6" bs. Unless you are going to 14.5" wide wheels then you need to have a minimum of 5" bs. Subtract 1" bs from others for that size tire.

All these are 0 offset. Offset never changes but bs is tied to wheel width (you can get negative offsets of -12 or -19 also but will cause the tire to push out past the fender further)
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rics1997, good info.

I have a hard time wrapping my head around all the wheel stuff, but I guess we will see if what I ordered will work on the 7th of April when I go to Houston to pick her up
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They will work. Here is a thread with a video of the install of those wheels, and here is a pic of Cowboy59's JK with them installed.
Those look great! I wonder if he has the same specs I am ordering? I cant watch the video as I am overseas right now and videos are blocked for some reason .
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Those look great! I wonder if he has the same specs I am ordering? I cant watch the video as I am overseas right now and videos are blocked for some reason .
The ones he has are the 15x8 with 3.75" backspacing.
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The ones he has are the 15x8 with 3.75" backspacing.
Perfect
I am looking at the TF leveling kit as I type this (been reading the loooong 15" thread).
I think I will get the TF until later when I decided what lift I want to go with.
I see in your sig that you also have this. I assume it keeps the ride about the same ya?
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Perfect
I am looking at the TF leveling kit as I type this (been reading the loooong 15" thread).
I think I will get the TF until later when I decided what lift I want to go with.
I see in your sig that you also have this. I assume it keeps the ride about the same ya?
Yup, the ride is same as stock.
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Yup, the ride is same as stock.
4fit, you have been a HUGE help and I thank you!

After a TON of reading and help from the great guys at TeraFlex, I have decided to get this kit...

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Nevermind, just read 5" backspace will be to much... Now looking at these

Fuel by MHT Part M52515800837 - Fuel Revolver - Black with Machining by Fuel Off-Road
I LOVE THESE! i was going to buy them til i found an unbelievable deal on mbt chaos 5 wheels.
But hey if you dont like them we can trade
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I LOVE THESE! i was going to buy them til i found an unbelievable deal on mbt chaos 5 wheels.
But hey if you dont like them we can trade
Lol, hey, you never know, I change part on my rides like most people change their cloths. I think I am going to like them though.

I will know on April 6th when I get back in country and make the 500 mile trip to Houston to pick it up.

I am so excited to get this thing I have already ordered these wheels and tires (dealer is going to have them installed for me at pick up), just ordered the lift, and am fixing to order the AEV front and rear bumpers (getting all that sent to my house to intall when I get her home).

I guess all that is left will be a wench, and lights.

Going to be fun tearing apart a 0 mile jeep (going to tow it home) lol.
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4fit, you have been a HUGE help and I thank you!

After a TON of reading and help from the great guys at TeraFlex, I have decided to get this kit...

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Nice. I would recommend calling Dave up at Northridge and have him switch to the kit with Bilstein shocks if possible. I believe the price on that right now is $775 shipped. The Bilsteins are a far better shock that the TF units.
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Nice. I would recommend calling Dave up at Northridge and have him switch to the kit with Bilstein shocks if possible. I believe the price on that right now is $775 shipped. The Bilsteins are a far better shock that the TF units.
Really? I have not read that...More searching to do! I will give them a call for sure!! Dude, next time im in NC I'm gonna have to buy you a beer!
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Really? I have not read that...More searching to do! I will give them a call for sure!! Dude, next time im in NC I'm gonna have to buy you a beer!
If he can't switch it its no huge deal. The Teraflex shocks are pretty good (basically a longer Rubicon shock), but the Bilsteins are nearly always considered better.

And I'm always up for a good beer.
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Well I will call him Monday and ask...If they are better I will get them!!
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Well I will call him Monday and ask...If they are better I will get them!!
Just ask his opinion. Tell him what your usage will be abrupt he will steer you in the right direction.

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