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Old 12-03-2011, 12:38 PM
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stud pattern

I own a 2009 JK. I recently purchased a set of used wheels and tires. I currently have 16" wheels and the ones I bought are 15". I am finding stud pattern to be wrong. As I am searching for some way to correct the problem with adapters, I'm not sure the correct pattern. all the lists I am looking at say they are the same 5x4.5 5bolt pattern. the other chioce would be 5x5.5 5bolt pattern. any help would be great...also if anyone knows a good used part store for adapters that would be great too.

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Old 12-03-2011, 12:47 PM   #2
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You need 5 x 5 lug pattern.

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Old 12-03-2011, 12:58 PM   #3
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CJs, early Bronco, Suzuki and a few others are 5 lugs, on 5.5" round pattern.

YJs and TJs are 5 on 4.5"
JKs are 5 on 5"

There are plenty of adapters available to convert these. However, adapters are NOT the correct solution. You should simply re-sell those wheels, and buy correct wheels. And, since I don't know, you may have interference issues with 15" rims, and your brake calipers & tie rod ends. You should take a good peek inside your current 16s, to see if you have the clearance to go down to 15s. Often times, manufactures go up in wheel size simply for aesthetics, however sometimes, it's due to clearance issues.

Read up on adapters, before you commit to them. And if you do go to adapters, make sure to tighten them (retorque) several times to make sure they take a 'set'. If the adapter loosenes up with time, your wheel can fall off, even though your lug nuts seem tight on the outside (but the inner, hidden, ones fail).
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thank you for the insight. I have been trying to re-sell them and for $375 for (4) wheels and tires (BF AT) I pulled the trigger too soon and didn't think things thru. I was hoping to recover the loss by using adapters and, as you have stated about the caliper clearance I too was a bit discouraged. lesson learned
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