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Old 02-28-2013, 07:15 PM   #1
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why are all custom wheels off set for wider stance?

I run 31x10.50 tires on stock 15x8 canyon wheels, with a 2 inch lift. I want to buy some nice custom wheels but they all offset out an inch and a half. The 31,s have never rubbed, and Im not a serious off roader(just montana dirt roads,and deep snow) so why would I want to widen my wheel stance ? So they can sell me some wider fender flares, is my guess.....Does any one know a good reason for this? Black Rock says they will custom build a wheel with the factory offsets, so Im gonna do that unless there is a good reason for the wider wheel stance on my Jeep. Any input on this would be appreciated....... (im sick of my ugly wheels)

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It's so that your tires don't rub when at the extremes of your steering. Most people on here don't go by off set but you'll hear backspacing thrown around all day. Less backspacing will put the wheel further out. More moves it in. Most I've seen recently is 4.75" on 15x8s in recent memory. So those will be further in than ones with 3.5" back spacing. Stocks are 5.5" if I remember correct?

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The wider stance gives you better stability on and offroad but I have the same set up as you and offroad some decently hard trails for my jeep and I've had no problem with the stock backspacing. Also if you ever want wider or taller tires the extra backspacing will be good for that.
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It comes down to demand. Most people that put aftermarket rims on jeeps or other trucks also put on larger tires. Therefor the rims need less backspacing t more the new and larger tires further away from suspension components. You are in a very small minority (new rims with stock tires or those close to them) so the companies don't cater to your market because there is no money to be made. Plus with 31x10.5, the same tires that I have, the clearances are extremely tight by the rear spring perches.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:54 AM   #5
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Keep in mind that these are not Jeep specific wheels. The wheels are produced in common sizes/offset/backspace for many vehicles. As indicated above, usually the changes work to our advantage to accomodate larger/widwer tires.

Note, depending on you local laws, inspections or personal desire, you do not have to get wider flares.
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Also keep in mind that if you move the offset outward, although it increases "stability", it puts more pressure on suspension components, increases your turning radius, and may make your Jeep too wide (legally) for some trails. There's a reason original Jeeps, Land Rovers and Scouts were so narrow. Wranglers only got wider due to roll-over lawsuits, not for off-road ability.
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You could get a set of these if you want a narrower footprint.

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Thanks everyone for your input. Im not gonna run bigger than 31x 10.50 tires, and I dont want the wider wheels because they just throw mud and gravel all over the jeep every time I go to town. Black Rock says they will custom build a set of wheels to match the factory offset. Ill see how much thats gonna cost me.......Im starting to like the wheels I have !
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I run 31x10.50 tires on stock 15x8 canyon wheels, with a 2 inch lift. I want to buy some nice custom wheels but they all offset out an inch and a half. The 31,s have never rubbed, and Im not a serious off roader(just montana dirt roads,and deep snow) so why would I want to widen my wheel stance ? So they can sell me some wider fender flares, is my guess.....Does any one know a good reason for this? Black Rock says they will custom build a wheel with the factory offsets, so Im gonna do that unless there is a good reason for the wider wheel stance on my Jeep. Any input on this would be appreciated....... (im sick of my ugly wheels)
Do you have a pic of your rig?
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The black rock custom shop only offers custom backspacing, width, size, etc, on their steel wheels, not the alloys.
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Do you have a pic of your rig?
if you go to my page, and click on Jeep profile there is a picture of my rig. Im going to look for more pics to put on there.
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The black rock custom shop only offers custom backspacing, width, size, etc, on their steel wheels, not the alloys.
Im not sure if I want to go with steel, so that saves me some time. Thanks
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Those are the reasons I am keeping my Canyon wheels. Starting to paint them black.
At this point I am undecided about going to 31"'s or stay with 30"s. I do want a small lift 1" to 2"

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