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Old 01-25-2020, 08:10 AM
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16 inch rims on a 2016 JKU

Really like the look of the smaller rim/bigger tire. Is anyone running 16" rims with say a 33" tire? Thats the set up I'm looking at. Anyone have pictures they can share?

I understand there is a better selection of tire in the 17" rim range, but I can get the BFG KO2's for a 16" rim. Thats as far as I want to go on this build. Not looking for mudders or anything too aggressive as this Jeep will do a lot of long trips on the road. Going with the rancho 2" lift as well.

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I should add that I'm currently sitting on the stock 18" Sahara rims.

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Great pics. Im thinking of 17” next, but will look in to 16”.

How much room is there between caliper and wheel?
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Great pics. Im thinking of 17” next, but will look in to16”.

How much room is there between caliper and wheel?


I’m not sure exactly how much room you’ll have, but I have been reading that if you’re looking to install larger brakes, you will need 17’s


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16” on 33” KO2’s





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Brenneise....those are some nice wheels. What brand?
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Walter Sobchak....avatar & name from a great movie! Are those AEV wheels? Look good whatever brand. But the highlight is the the Jeep green color. My all time favorite! Imo...should be a standard color option every year & model right along side black & white

Sorry disregard the wheel question. I read a bit further & see it’s in your signature line. Got excited over the Jeep green color. I don’t see many
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Walter Sobchak....avatar & name from a great movie! Are those AEV wheels? Look good whatever brand. But the highlight is the the Jeep green color. My all time favorite! Imo...should be a standard color option every year & model right along side black & white

Sorry disregard the wheel question. I read a bit further & see it’s in your signature line. Got excited over the Jeep green color. I don’t see many


Thanks Man! I love the color too, I plan on never selling it. A Jeep Green JL would be tempting though....


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pretty sure this is the set up i'm going with. 33" KO2's on 16's with the rancho 2".

what back spacing are your rims? the ones i'm looking at are 4.5" backset

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Brenneise....those are some nice wheels. What brand?
Thanks. They are Rebel Racing

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16" Procoms with 285/75-16 Cooper ST-Maxx

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That’s like a deluxe apartment in the sky! Nice set up!
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The stock 16" wheels on the JK are steel wheels. Steel 16" wheels should clear the brake calipers, but most alloy 16" will not. Some can be made to fit by grinding on the corners of the stock brake calipers.

Before you invest in the wheels, you should post the exact ones you are looking at and find if anyone else is running them on a JK. Depending on the vendor return policy, you may order one and see if it fits. If it does and spins easily, then order the other 4. Most vendors will not take back a wheel one it has had a tire mounted on it.

FWIW, Jeep has also gone to 17" steel wheels on the entry models of the JL.
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The stock 16" wheels on the JK are steel wheels. Steel 16" wheels should clear the brake calipers, but most alloy 16" will not. Some can be made to fit by grinding on the corners of the stock brake calipers.

FWIW, Jeep has also gone to 17" steel wheels on the entry models of the JL.
There are many 16” alloy wheels that fit without grinding the calipers. I had plenty of clearance with two different sets of racelines.
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Many, but not all. Which is why I warned him to find out if anyone else has success mounting his exact desired 16" wheel. He also needs to check not only the front but the rear for fit if he experiments with one wheel.

Purchasing 5 wheels and having tires mounted and then finding out they don't fit would be an expensive mistake that can be avoided with a bit of caution.

OP - also look at all the specs on the tires. For example the KO2 LT285/75R16 tires are Load Range E which is a much stiffer side wall than stock. Good if your crawling in rocks, not so good on the road. But, they are $30 a tire less expensive than the LT285/70R17 tires that are Load Range C. (Both tires when mounted are 32.8" tall according to the BFG website.)
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The stock 16" wheels on the JK are steel wheels. Steel 16" wheels should clear the brake calipers, but most alloy 16" will not. Some can be made to fit by grinding on the corners of the stock brake calipers.

Before you invest in the wheels, you should post the exact ones you are looking at and find if anyone else is running them on a JK. Depending on the vendor return policy, you may order one and see if it fits. If it does and spins easily, then order the other 4. Most vendors will not take back a wheel one it has had a tire mounted on it.

FWIW, Jeep has also gone to 17" steel wheels on the entry models of the JL.
I think you are thinking of 15" wheels in your first paragraph. There are some steel 15"s that will fit a stock JK, but hardly any alloys.
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Many, but not all. Which is why I warned him to find out if anyone else has success mounting his exact desired 16" wheel. He also needs to check not only the front but the rear for fit if he experiments with one wheel.

Purchasing 5 wheels and having tires mounted and then finding out they don't fit would be an expensive mistake that can be avoided with a bit of caution.
i appreciate the advice. i'm honestly looking at a few sets i've seen on here. If I measure the calipers can I figure out if the rims will work before they get here? Or is it more of a trail and error thing?
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I think you are thinking of 15" wheels in your first paragraph. There are some steel 15"s that will fit a stock JK, but hardly any alloys.

I am going by posts I have seen on here over the past 6 years. Some have tried 16" alloy wheels and had fitment issues. It may also be whether the wheels have the outside rim where external weights can be clipped on, or smooth outside rims requiring stick on weights which reduce the clearance even more.

Yes, my understanding is that the number of 15" alloy wheels that will fit on a JK is virtually none.

Looking at the Quadratec website since they are Jeep only, they list 28 16" alloy wheels that fit a JK and even have 7 15" alloy wheels they say will fit. In the 17" it's over 500.
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I had a set of 15'' AR23's on 35's installed on my old 2010 that fit w/o any grinding of anything although very close. https://www.4wheelparts.com/p/americ...PQMS=15+Inches Discount tire had a list of 15'' rims that would fit.
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The stock 16" wheels on the JK are steel wheels. Steel 16" wheels should clear the brake calipers, but most alloy 16" will not. Some can be made to fit by grinding on the corners of the stock brake calipers.

Before you invest in the wheels, you should post the exact ones you are looking at and find if anyone else is running them on a JK. Depending on the vendor return policy, you may order one and see if it fits. If it does and spins easily, then order the other 4. Most vendors will not take back a wheel one it has had a tire mounted on it.

FWIW, Jeep has also gone to 17" steel wheels on the entry models of the JL.
The JL is using larger rotors, the optional I believe is 14" rear.
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I am going by posts I have seen on here over the past 6 years. Some have tried 16" alloy wheels and had fitment issues. It may also be whether the wheels have the outside rim where external weights can be clipped on, or smooth outside rims requiring stick on weights which reduce the clearance even more.

Yes, my understanding is that the number of 15" alloy wheels that will fit on a JK is virtually none.

Looking at the Quadratec website since they are Jeep only, they list 28 16" alloy wheels that fit a JK and even have 7 15" alloy wheels they say will fit. In the 17" it's over 500.
Thanks! I think I will step down to 17” - best selection of wheels and tires.
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pretty sure this is the set up i'm going with. 33" KO2's on 16's with the rancho 2".



what back spacing are your rims? the ones i'm looking at are 4.5" backset



thanks everyone for dropping some photos!


That exact setup has served me well so far for both DD and off road. E’s do ride a little rough, nothing unbearable though. Keep them at a max of 32 psi. 4.5” on the backspace.


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The stock 16" wheels on the JK are steel wheels. Steel 16" wheels should clear the brake calipers, but most alloy 16" will not. Some can be made to fit by grinding on the corners of the stock brake calipers.

Before you invest in the wheels, you should post the exact ones you are looking at and find if anyone else is running them on a JK. Depending on the vendor return policy, you may order one and see if it fits. If it does and spins easily, then order the other 4. Most vendors will not take back a wheel one it has had a tire mounted on it.

FWIW, Jeep has also gone to 17" steel wheels on the entry models of the JL.

Mostly it's the opposite issue - the steel wheels don't fit that well, and the alloys have no issues, but usually this applies more to a 15" wheel.

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