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Old 02-14-2012, 03:24 PM   #1
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Negatives about 15" wheels?

I am searching high and low about pros and cons for aftermarket wheel packages. Looking for feedback on 15" wheels on Unlimited JK. Rocks and muck, hows it self clean from behind the rotors and rim? Any bouncy type issues on heavier JK? Only going to run 33-34" tire. Price is key, thats why im looking at 15's. Amy wheel packages out there for sale by WF members? Thanks in advance. Chime in.

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I am searching high and low about pros and cons for aftermarket wheel packages. Looking for feedback on 15" wheels on Unlimited JK. Rocks and muck, hows it self clean from behind the rotors and rim? Any bouncy type issues on heavier JK? Only going to run 33-34" tire. Price is key, thats why im looking at 15's. Amy wheel packages out there for sale by WF members? Thanks in advance. Chime in.
Cons: cheap, light weight.

Pros...um, wait a minute, what...?

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Cons: cheap, light weight.

Pros...um, wait a minute, what...?
So you would recomend staying away from 15"?
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Cons: cheap, light weight.

Pros...um, wait a minute, what...?
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So you would recommend staying away from 15"?
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Haha. Just what I was getting ready to post.

OP, kbw is joking. The cons he listed are actually pros. Kbw is crazy like that. Gotta keep your eyes on the jokester.
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So you would recomend staying away from 15"?
lol...sorry man, sometimes my sense of humor doesn't translate, laced with sarcasm as it is.

15's are really popular and, depending on the application, the way to go for a JK, IMO. Only reason I've got 16's is that DuraTracs aren't made in the 35" size for 15" rims.

As far as cleaning on the inside of the rim, that's gonna be dependent on what you wheel in. Red clay's gonna stick, and you'll need to wash it out. But for the availability and price, I don't think you can beat a good 15" wheel.

They will make your tires look a little pudgy. Whether you like that or not is entirely a personal consideration.

So many tire/wheel combos, so little time.
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I reckon there are a few negatives, but they are all dependent on the user.

There aren't as many wheel design choices in the 15s as there in 16s, and especially 17s
The shallow backspace on some 15s could put you off. However, the vast majority of 15s out there have a backspace of 3.75", which is certainly acceptable
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The only real downside is that you can't run larger diameter, aftermarket disc brakes.

Other than that, it isn't much different from running 15s on other jeeps.

You just need the right wheel backspacing.
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Only con is can't run larger brakes but this won't be really an issue unless you plan on hitting up some 37s+. 15s are greeeeeeeeeeeaaaat!
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Love my 16's, btw.

Teflon. Nothing sticks...kinda like John Gotti.

Oops, maybe need a better analogy.
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The only negative to my 15's is I can't go to a 35 Duratrac. You know, when I stumble into that windfall & regear and stuff.
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Discount Tire posted a sweet thread on the two dozen 15" wheel options. I love a few of them, not to mention there cheep priced and gauranteed to fit. Gonna order a set before the weekend. Just debating style.
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The only down fall that I can think of is not being able to run larger brakes.. In fact not all 15in rims will work with the JK cause the stock brakes are to big..

Other then that it's all benifets
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They weigh less and cost less. They tend to stick out a bit more which may involve extra exterior cleaning but overall they are a great deal.
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They weigh less and cost less. They tend to stick out a bit more which may involve extra exterior cleaning but overall they are a great deal.
Is there a prefered backspace to keep em inside oem fender flares?
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Is there a prefered backspace to keep em inside oem fender flares?
That's gonna depend on the width of the tire you wanna run. If you go with 12.5" wide tires, you're pretty much gonna exceed the fenders. A set of the Bushwacker pocket flares, like what Jimbo runs (he'll weigh in here in a few, cuz I said his name), will give you a bit more coverage.

If you get a wheel with 4.5" bs, or even a little more, you'll be pretty close. My tires are 12.5" wide on 4.5" wheels, but still exceed my flatties by about an inch.

With the wheel bs and tire width, though, you've also gotta consider your lift, and whether or not the combo you choose will clear the swaybar links, air dam, etc.

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That's gonna depend on the width of the tire you wanna run. If you go with 12.5" wide tires, you're pretty much gonna exceed the fenders. A set of the Bushwacker pocket flares, like what Jimbo runs (he'll weigh in here in a few, cuz I said his name), will give you a bit more coverage.

If you get a wheel with 4.5" bs, or even a little more, you'll be pretty close. My tires are 12.5" wide on 4.5" wheels, but still exceed my flatties by about an inch.

With the wheel bs and tire width, though, you've also gotta consider your lift, and whether or not the combo you choose will clear the swaybar links, air dam, etc.

Choices.
What backspace is prefered to avoid sway bar link and other issues with an 11.50 with tire?
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Still confused on backspace. Smaller number ie 4.50 backspace mean further from inside or outside of rim? Many 15" rims appear to have between 4.5 and 3.5 for backspace. Whats better?
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Yep.. the lower the number the farther out the tire will stick out.. On the JK I wouldn't go lower then 4in of bs... 4.5 is ideal IMO with any tire that is 12.5in wide or less
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Still confused on backspace. Smaller number ie 4.50 backspace mean further from inside or outside of rim? Many 15" rims appear to have between 4.5 and 3.5 for backspace. Whats better?
Your Jeep's stock wheels have 6.25" bs. Very tight, and often too much so for mods like lifts, bigger tires, etc.

Using 4.5" bs as a starting point, any # smaller than that will push your tires farther out from your Jeep, incrementally. So, if you go with 4" bs on wheels, they'll sit .5" farther out than if you had 4.5" bs. Drop down to 3.5" bs, and you're looking at an inch farther out on each wheel.

Again, HOW much they stick out is gonna depend on a combination of bs and tire width.

Here's a diagram that shows you what bs is (as well as offset, and some other stuff nobody really cares about):

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Still confused on backspace. Smaller number ie 4.50 backspace mean further from inside or outside of rim? Many 15" rims appear to have between 4.5 and 3.5 for backspace. Whats better?
I probably only enhanced your confusion. vvvvvvv What XJ said.

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Yep.. the lower the number the farther out the tire will stick out.. On the JK I wouldn't go lower then 4in of bs... 4.5 is ideal IMO with any tire that is 12.5in wide or less
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So, as long as I can get between 4.5 and 4.75 i wont rub a 12.50 or less on the vitals in the wheel well right? Gonna be running 3" tereflex. Waitng for better weather ro install
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I would say at 4.75 with a 12.5in wide tire you would notice some rubbing. Not 100% sure but I'd say likely. for a 12.5in wide tire 4.5 is as high of a bs number as you want to go IMO
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I would say at 4.75 with a 12.5in wide tire you would notice some rubbing. Not 100% sure but I'd say likely. for a 12.5in wide tire 4.5 is as high of a bs number as you want to go IMO
: ( just seeing which wheel choices I have left with a strict backspace of exactly 4.5
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So how about rim width? Will a 15x 8 be ok?
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So how about rim width? Will a 15x 8 be ok?
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What are you running by the way? They look great.
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What are you running by the way? They look great.
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