He guys and gals,
A while back I put 31x10.5 R15 tires on my stock 5 spoke alloys. My Jeep and suspension are all stock. At near full wheel turns the tires rub on a bracket that goes around the front leaf springs. I am trying to figure out what the best solution to this problem may be?
1) Keep stock wheels and add wheel spacers? I have heard that using wheel spacers is not a good idea, but not certain why, safety? reliability? handling?...? I'd like to hear from those of you running wheel spacers and what your opinion is as well as any first hand observations from others? If they are working from some of you, what Brand seems to be the best?
2) Trash the stock wheels and invest in new wheels with smaller backspacing? I read that the stock wheels (not certain which stock wheels? Mine are the 5 spoke aluminum Sahara wheels) have a 5.5" backspacing. If I understand all the offset and backspacing stuff correctly, if I go to a wheel with 3.75" of backspacing for example, that would push the tires out from the undercarriage 1.75" on each side which should be more than enough clearance. I am guessing that if the tires were 3/4" further out, they would not rub. Although I am not a big fan of the stock wheels, in my price range I have not seen many options in 15x8 I like a lot better. Is 15x8 the only wheel that will fit a stock Jeep?
3) Live with the problem and go with tires that are not as wide next time? Anyone know what size that would be?