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Old 02-22-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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need help finding right size wheels for 245/75/16 tires

hello all
hoping that someone out there can help me
I have got a 2011 jeep wrangler sport that is bone stock and I am wanting to dress it up a bit.
my buddy just gave me a set of bfg allterrain t/a in 245/75/16 size.
they are brand new (winter tires for a truck that got totaled before they got mounted)
i was hoping to put them on a set of soft 8's but i dont know what offset and bolt pattern i would need (i am hoping to avoid using spacers if at all possible)
depending on how it looks i might also do a rough country 2.5 lift
if anyone out there has an idea of what rims would work best please let me know
thanks in advance

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Old 02-22-2012, 12:27 PM   #2
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Few things:
1 - If your '11 sport came with the 17" wheels, then it came with 255/75/17s. Those spec out to 32" tires. If you replace those with 16" wheels and the 245/75/16s, you will be dropping down to a 30.5" tire. Also, the stock 17" tires are 10" wide, whereas these 245s are only 9.6" wide. This would be the opposite of "dressing it up". However, if your sport came with the 16" wheels, then the newly acquired tires will indeed be a small increase in size.
2 - JK bolt pattern is 5x5 (also listed as 5-127 some places, like Discount Tire Direct).
3 - Offset will depend on how wide of a wheel you go with. Those 245s are only a bit over 9.5" wide. So I would recommend a 7"-7.5" wide wheel. 8" at the most. You generally want a wheel that has around 4.5" backspace. But, since you are only looking at installing 245s, then any backspace under 6" would work. The lower the backspace number, the further out the wheel/tire will be.

All that being said, I would personally recommend selling those 245/75/16s and going with a tire closer to 33". If you are wanting to stick with 16" wheels, then a 285/75/16 would be good. That equates to basically a 33x11.

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Old 02-22-2012, 12:31 PM   #3
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You need a 5x5 bolt pattern wheel with a backspacing of 4.5 or less optimally. 245/75/16 is a 30.5 tire and is very small. Most JKs come with 32" tires. If you put a 2.5 lift on with those tires your jeep will look like a pair of roller skates.

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Old 02-24-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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thanks for the advice but right now i can afford tires or wheels not both.
(just finished a divorce)
my jeep came stock with the 225/75/16's so while I know it wont be a huge difference. just the difference in the look of the tire should help by miles. any thoughts on if these would work?

Cragar 3975850 - Cragar Soft 8 Black Wheels - Overview - SummitRacing.com

BrandCragarManufacturer's Part Number3975850
Part TypeWheels
Product LineCragar Soft 8 Black Wheels
Summit Racing Part NumberCRR-3975850
Wheel Diameter15 in.
Wheel Width (in)8.000 in.
Wheel MaterialSteelPrimary
Wheel ColorBlack
Wheel FinishGloss
Manufacturers Wheel SeriesCragar Soft 8 Series
Backspacing (in)4.000 in.
Offset-12.00mm
Wheel Construction2-piece
Beadlock Functional No
Beadlock Included No
Lug Nut Seat Style Conical seat - 60 degree
Hub Centric No
Center Bore Diameter (in)3.300 in
.Center Cap Included No
Valve Stems Included No
QuantitySold individually.
Wheel Bolt Pattern5 x 5 in.

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Old 02-24-2012, 03:36 PM   #5
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Buy rims first. Not doing so, you kinda put the cart before the horse. Lol.
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