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Old 01-05-2011, 10:54 AM   #1
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Sport Rims vs Rubi Rims

I plan to add a set of 31" tires on my 2000 TJ Sport. From what I have read the suspensions on the Rubicons are the same ride height as previous TJ's. Now with 31's some report they have rubbing and some don't. I was wondering if it would be beneficial to buy a set of used Rubicon take off rims over my stock rims. My current rims are 15's and Rubi's are 16's. Other then the price of the tire being cheaper I think in the long run I would stick with my current ones unless the Rubi's will provide a better fit for trail use ie backspacing. Any input or advice.

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Old 01-05-2011, 11:04 AM   #2
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31s fit fine on stock rims

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Old 01-05-2011, 11:12 AM   #3
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I have 31s on my stock rims and have lots of room.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:16 AM   #4
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The backspacing is different between most of the other stock wheels and the Moabs on the Rubicon. The other rims are 5.5" and the Moabs are 5" making the stick out a little more. You can easly modify you steering stop so they do not rub.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:18 AM   #5
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I thought the rubi rims had a different bolt pattern.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:27 AM   #6
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Rubicons do not have a different bolt pattern, we have swapped rims around between my 03 rubicon to a 94 XJ, 94 XJ, and 99 XJ with no problems.
As for stock height...a Rubicon IS higher than a stock TJ. The coil springs are longer and heavier than a stock Tj spring. So if you want a quick cheap lift to a TJ, you swap in Rubicon springs. Stock tires on the Rubicon are 31" on 16" rims, with the aluminum MOAB rims (on the early years of rubicons, not the current) and those aluminum rims are way heavier than steel rims-everyone in our rubicon owners group have long ago swapped down to 15" x 8" black steel rims to run 31" or higher tires...I think we have all gone to 33"s after lifting the rubicons with 3.75" backspacing you only rub on a full turn of the wheel, that's it.
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As for stock height...a Rubicon IS higher than a stock TJ. The coil springs are longer and heavier than a stock Tj spring. So if you want a quick cheap lift to a TJ, you swap in Rubicon springs. .


http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/rubicon-lift-46980.html

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http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/rubi...ngs-73282.html

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/rubi...ngs-38456.html

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/rubi...ock-24397.html
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Really? Moabs are heavier than steelies? I had no idea. Most unusual for an alloy. Thanks for the enlightenment Neil, you always know stuff...

OP, some of the reason for rubbing can be attributed to the variations in actual width of tires, as well... My old 31's measured 9" at the tread, which is not where the mfgr. measures them, but I am just not equipped to measure the widest part of a sidewall, so that's the closest I could get....
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The backspacing is different between most of the other stock wheels and the Moabs on the Rubicon. The other rims are 5.5" and the Moabs are 5" making the stick out a little more. You can easly modify you steering stop so they do not rub.
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Just to put this in a little more prospective for me, since the Moabs have less back spacing this allows no adjustment to the steering stops per-say. I have no issue adjusting them however I don't want to give up any of the turning radius. Not to say that I will loose a lot anyway. Since the tires are sticking out further it would make since that they made the flares wider for the Rubi as well now. Didn't realize the rims had a different back spacing either. I think I might have to try and find a set.

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