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Old 05-02-2019, 11:20 AM
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AEV Borah wheels - JK vs JL and satin black

So I have been planning an AEV 2.5" lift on my 2015 JKUR with black wheels and 35" tires. I have been going back and forth between AEV Salta and AEV Borah wheels.

As far as the wheel paint, I'd like some sheen so I'm not crazy about the matte black. I'm not sold on onyx black - worried it's too gray to go well with my Tank jeep. On the other hand, the Galaxy black may be too glossy and flashy with the metallic flecks. I'm most drawn to the satin black - basic black with a little shine. The issue it that it appears satin black is only currently available in the JL version of the Borah.

So here are my questions for discussion:

1. Has anyone heard if AEV is planning to release the JK version of the Borah in satin black? Or the Salta for that matter?

2. If not, could I make the satin black JL version of the Borah work on my JK? It appears the only difference between the two versions is the offset and backspace. The JK version is +4mm offset and 4.9" backspace. The JL version is +25mm offset and 5.72" backspace. Am I correct that a 3/4" or 1" spacer would essentially make up the difference and allow the JL version to fit on the JK?

3. Are wheel spacers really a bad idea?

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I was under the impression that the JK's and JL's had the same bolt pattern.

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I was under the impression that the JK's and JL's had the same bolt pattern.
Yeah, it appears the two versions have the same bolt pattern and hub bore diameter. It just looks like the offset/backspace is different on the two versions.
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3. Are wheel spacers really a bad idea?
If you buy these wheels you don't need spacers, unless you go crazy with 40" or 42" tires on stock axles, then a bad idea.

I still run stock wheels with 35" tires and 1.5" spacers with no issues.
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it would be really tough to have a 3/4" or 1" spacer as that means the lugs would have to be very short. I think 1.25" is about the limit.
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If you buy these wheels you don't need spacers, unless you go crazy with 40" or 42" tires on stock axles, then a bad idea.

I still run stock wheels with 35" tires and 1.5" spacers with no issues.
he is talking about the jl on a jk as the bs is only 5.72 so 35x12.5 would be tight.
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it would be really tough to have a 3/4" or 1" spacer as that means the lugs would have to be very short. I think 1.25" is about the limit.
Hmm, that's a good point. I had not considered the lug length issue.

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