|08-13-2006 08:17 PM|
Since a few tried to get this back on track on whether an 8" vs. a 10" wheel is better for 33x12.50 or 35x12.50 tires, I'll jump on the 8" bandwagon EVERY time.
The slightly narrower 8" width hangs onto an aired down tire much more easily as it takes less air pressure to securely hold a tire well seated on the wheel. And reseating a tire that has become unseated after having been aired down too much (which will happen more often on a 10" wheel) is MUCH easier to accomplish on an 8" wheel than a 10" wheel. For street use, a 10" wheel width is fine but for anyone who offroads, an 8" wheel just plain works better if you air down enough for it to make a difference.
|08-13-2006 01:14 AM|
|bluvikng||CA cops have always had a corn cob up there arse. They will seek any means of making revenue. That is for sure. I see by your statute, that the reason the rods get away with no wheel covering, is they pre date 1971. It all makes sense now.... I still will run my wheels wide, past my fenders, and haven't had the least bit of trouble. But that is here in TX, and cops around here have better things to occupy their time with.|
|08-12-2006 11:46 PM|
Each state have different enforcement regarding things on jeeps. Over the years we have had CA cops write people up for not having off road light covered (lights over 55watts must be covered while on road) and Utah cops writing tickets for bead locked wheels and in Nevada I almost got a ticket for my front license plate being to bent up and mangled. I rather not give any police officer an excuse to pull me over and I rather err on the side of caution and stay within the law.
|08-12-2006 08:23 PM|
|08-12-2006 08:02 PM|
CA vehicle law;
Fenders and Mudguards
27600. No person shall operate any motor vehicle having three or more wheels, any trailer, or semitrailer unless equipped with fenders, covers, or devices, including flaps or splash aprons, or unless the body of the vehicle or attachments thereto afford adequate protection to effectively minimize the spray or splash of water or mud to the rear of the vehicle and all such equipment or such body or attachments thereto shall be at least as wide as the tire tread. This section does not apply to those vehicles exempt from registration, trailers and semitrailers having an unladen weight of under 1,500 pounds, or any vehicles manufactured and first registered prior to January 1, 1971, having an unladen weight of under 1,500 pounds.
This is what we know for CA and pretty much all the state vehicle codes are the same, if it sticks out past the fenders you can get a ticket. This should be a consideration on the size of tire you may want to get because if you are on a limited budget and you get whacked by an overeager cop for a fix it ticket, you will be looking at either wider fenders or smaller tires to make the ticket go away.
I'm not against wider tires but if you want to weight all the options, the fenders ARE a real issuse and they can be costly if you get dinged with a fix-it ticket.
|08-12-2006 06:54 PM|
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|08-12-2006 12:33 PM|
Back to the wheel width... It looks like we have two different opinions. One says 8" are ideal for 12.5's and another says 10" are good. What is the consensous? What about when you drop down the tire pressure? I am going to be buying wheels and tires soon and I don't want to regret my decision.
I guess I'll go with whatever BigJeep repeats next. Just Kidding... You guys are very helpfull.
|08-12-2006 06:50 AM|
|08-11-2006 09:51 PM|
|jeepersandcreepers||Another major thing to consider when running 10" rims versus 8" is how much further the wheel will stick out past the fender. The X has narrow fenders and adding in the 10" tires will attract the attention of the law enforcement officals in most states.|
|08-11-2006 08:10 PM|
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|08-11-2006 05:23 PM|
|tiger22||i understand that i am new to the forum, and i would hate to step on someones toes already but has anyone ever notice that "BIGJEEP" just re-words what the person above him says about the question or topic. no hard feelings BIGJEEP i am just givin you a hard time. i really appreciate all the answers from you guys... thanks again|
|08-11-2006 11:13 AM|
Run an 8" on a 12.50 - Better bead protection off-road. On road, having run both 8 and 10" wide wheels, I found also that the 8" handles better and holds the tread in line better with the tires- this is due to the sidewalls being angled towards each other, instead of more parallel, which adds rigidity against side to side movement (you could even see this with the naked eye - pushing the jeep on its side would roll the wheels in and out of alignment with practically no effort, with the 8"ers it's MUCH harder).
Even wear between the 10" and 8" is merely a factor of correctly finding the air pressure that's needed for your setup, you can do this with a few attempts with chalk tests. My set of tires before my previous set of tires (33x12.50's), which were mounted on 8" wheels - wore PERFECTLY flat. Your tires WILL look more narrow with the 8" wheels than if they were mounted on a 10" wheel (they will look more squared off when looking from the front), however the tread width remains the same, so it's actually a good thing in protecting your sidewalls.
Oh and the stock wheel width that Jeep uses on a lot of models is 7" with the factory width tires.
|08-11-2006 10:08 AM|
|mrbigjeep||x2...its defnitely better to run a 10" wide wheel with a 12.50 but the 8 would be better for the 10.50|
|08-11-2006 09:41 AM|
|bluvikng||You will have no problems running a 10" rim. Just get the 3.75" back spacing. That is the best rim for running 12.5" wide tires, for even wear. If your going to run a 10.5" wide tire, I would recommend the 8" wide rim.|
|08-11-2006 07:40 AM|
|mrbigjeep||you can mount the 10" wide rims and they will fit but like jeeperman said, you probably won't get even wear...i would go with a 8" wide wheel|
|08-11-2006 07:13 AM|
|jeeperman||You may have a rough time getting decent tire wear out of 10" wide rims with 10.5" tires mounted to them. I would think that the edges of the tread would wear very quickly. I would stick with an 8" wheel for tires that narrow. As for the BB, you could wait until whenever for that, you shouldn't have any rubbing issues on the street.|
|08-11-2006 06:42 AM|
8" vs 10" wheels
I just bought a new "X" . Since most of my driving is paved, I am going with 31 X 15 tires on aftermarket rims. I am also going to install a 2" RE BB lift. I want to run 10" wide rims (15")just for the looks. Anyone have any problem doing this and what backspacing? I know I can temporarly run the 31's without the 2"BB, but what about the 10" rims..
Just appreciating your experience and thoughts..
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