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Old 06-26-2015, 12:17 PM
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Ignorant about tires and rims... Make me smart!

My wife's 94 YJ has stock steel wheels I it.... 15's. What size rims/tires should I look for to stay stock with out a lift. She just wants a cooler looking profile with AT ratings and a tougher looking rim? It has 215/75/R15 tires now but are my rims 15x8 or 15x10? Are they 5 x 4.5 lug? I am a 45 year old tire newby. Help!!!!!

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My wife's 94 YJ has stock steel wheels I it.... 15's. What size rims/tires should I look for to stay stock with out a lift. She just wants a cooler looking profile with AT ratings and a tougher looking rim? It has 215/75/R15 tires now but are my rims 15x8 or 15x10? Are they 5 x 4.5 lug? I am a 45 year old tire newby. Help!!!!!
Most likely they are 15x7 4.5, 215/75R15 & 225/75R15 were the stock optional sizes

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OK cool, so I can go to 225/75R15 with no worries?
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OK cool, so I can go to 225/75R15 with no worries?
Yes but sadly you won't find more aggressive tires in that size, for the most part they are in the 215 size... BFG makes nice AT KO & AT KO2 will be avail this October also MT if you really going after the look but not the ride

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/bfgoodrich-tires.jsp

As far as wheels, its opinion based.. I personally like the YJ stock look with (steel wheels)
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does it matter if I get 15x7 or 15x8's?
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does it matter if I get 15x7 or 15x8's?
Yes. You need 15 x 7s.

8" is too wide for these sizes. Not till you go to 31s and bigger.

You can go up to 235/75R15 size. There is a better selection of offroad tires in that size. The BFG all terrains look great.
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Thanks so much! Trying to learn as much as I can so I can do more of this myself. I'm not gonna mount and balance tires but at least I can make more informed decisions about what I buy.
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Check Craigslist too, a lot of people sell their stock sized tires and rims when they install a lift and go bigger. You might find some rims you like. I found 5 matching stock Gambler rims for $200. Some of the optional/upgrade rims look very nice with AT tires. These are the ones I got:

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Craigslist for like new take offs will save you big$$$.

For the rims make the bolt pattern matches.

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Thanks everyone. We are trying to spiff this one up for my wife. No lift. She is 5'0". Just put the new top on. Now shopping for rims and tires. Really appreciate all the info and suggestions
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What about backspacing? The rims I am looking at offer 4.00" or 3.75" ?
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The YJ came with 5.5" backspace. 4" would move the tire out 1.5". I doubt you want to do that. My '87 had the stock 15x7 steel 5 spoke rims. If you are changing rims those are the best buy.... maybe $100.00 for 5 from an auto wrecker. And before my lift I ran BFG 30x9.50 ATs. They fit and added a bit of attitude.
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Thanks! That looks sweet! So is backspacing mostly cosmetic or does it effect performance? I am looking for rims on quadratec and see several but these were the first that actually addressed backspacing... I guess if depends on the "look" you want?
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No backspacing definitely affects performance and handling. Jeep and everyone else engineers for the best balance. Moving the wheel out 1" or 2" changes all the geometry and the extra leverage adds stress.

Also moving the wheel out might give you issues with fender coverage laws in your state... alto no one seems to be enforcing that law.

All that said.... Generally Jeep and everyone else over builds the steering and suspension components. But I would not see any reason to move the wheel out unless you need it to fit larger tires.... like 33x12.50x15s.
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I am looking at rims that have a 4" back spacing. Guess I need to find others that are closer to stock.
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I just saw this, and lemme just say one thing: if you get 31" AT tires on stock suspension expect some rubbing of the flares. Just my two cents
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GOOD POINT. The 2" RE lift I installed lifted my YJ 4". The 33s I installed before the lift definitely trimmed the plastic flares. 31s on full height stock leafs should also clear without issue. But if your springs have lost their camber.....

Hard to say if armybass has flattened springs. A few more pics of the springs would help. IF you need new springs?? and if yours are flat you do.... I found the cheapest way was with a Rubicon Express 2" Lift. Chrysler wanted $800.00 for 4 leafs. RE wanted $560.00 for 4 leafs plus shocks, plus sway bar links, plus, plus.

The stock leafs were flat in 13 years. The RE leafs looked new at 13 years.
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No, 31's and no lifts... my 91 YJ has a 4" lift and 31's. This is my wife's 94 YJ and it is staying as close to stock as possible. She is only 5' and my daughter with cerebral palsy will also be riding in this Jeep. They need it as close to factory as possible. I am looking at getting 15x7 5 4.5 steel wheels and probably 235/75R15 AT tires. I want it to look classic and sporty but be practical and as close to stock as possible.

Sorry I should have been more clear but I have learned a lot since I started this post. Truly appreciate all the input and advice!
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All the best. Rare to hear of anyone wanting to keep their Jeep stock/classic. Yours is definitely classic. Hopefully your wife and daughter get the lift and inspiration I feel when a classic drives by.
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Army Bass - those are the wheels my '91 came with along with LT225/75R15s and I almost immediately went to LT235/75R15s. I came across an old spread sheet where I had the calculations on that change as well as the change in tires on my '90 Dodge W250. The LT225s are 28.3" tall and the LT235s are 28.9" tall. I also had the specs for an LT245/75R15, but apparently no one makes them anymore. Some tire sizes do tend to disappear over time.
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I swear I came in to this forum to post this exact questions. My gf and I bought a 95 Yj with rusted up chrome rims and bald tires. 235/75 r15 good size not to big or to small. I bought stock steel wheels while I had the chrome wheels painted over in black looks good now. just last week I bought a set of used 30" bf goodrich mud tires with pretty new 15 D-window steel wheels for $300. I thought it was a steel. while I raplaced them I noticed my YJ has 5 leaf springs all the way around but they are flat as can be. I justified a lift to my GF this way.
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jcast... new springs... I bought a 2" lift for my YJ because the springs were flat and a full lift was cheaper than springs from Chrysler but my YJ had lost so much camber the 2" lift actually raised it over 4".

I loved the result but but forgot the lift was 2" over stock, not 2" over where my YJ was sitting. And 33x9.50x15s fit with no clearance issues.
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We actually decided to stay with the stock steel rims and just bumped up to 235/75R15 Cooper AT3's. Get it back this afternoon and will post pics!
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jcast... new springs... I bought a 2" lift for my YJ because the springs were flat and a full lift was cheaper than springs from Chrysler but my YJ had lost so much camber the 2" lift actually raised it over 4".

I loved the result but but forgot the lift was 2" over stock, not 2" over where my YJ was sitting. And 33x9.50x15s fit with no clearance issues.
Body lifts will raise the vehicle the said amount from its current height. Suspension lifts will raise the vehicle from the factory/stock height.
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Here she is with stock rims and 235/75R15's
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As long as your wife is happy with it, that's all that matters
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Here she is with stock rims and 235/75R15's
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perfect balance

look great !!
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Yes. You need 15 x 7s.

8" is too wide for these sizes. Not till you go to 31s and bigger.

You can go up to 235/75R15 size. There is a better selection of offroad tires in that size. The BFG all terrains look great.
I have 235/75R15's on my 92 YJ. Just bought the Jeep about a month ago. So, are these 7" or 8" or 10"? I would like some new shoes and have been looking around at wheels too. And at what point do you want/need wheel spacers?

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