I experimented with steel wheels for maybe two years before I got tired of having to beat the dents out of them so they'd hold air and went back to aluminum. Never again will I run a steel wheel on a Jeep on a Jeep that sees tough trails.
Here's a pic of a steel wheel on a friend's YJ after a day on a rock crawling trail in Johnson Valley. Granted the trail was an extreme level trail but...
Thanx Jerry n others on the timely advice. Forgot to ask, what "backspacing" if any will I need/duplicate? N any recs onwhere to purchase?It's going to be hard to find an aftermarket wheel with enough backspacing to position a 10.5" tire in far enough to be totally covered by the fender flares. The factory wheels come with either 5.25" or 5.5" of backspacing which is really what you need but there still may be a little protruding past the fender flare with that slightly wider tire. It's hard to find an aftermarket wheel with even as much as 4.5" of backspacing which would stick the tire/wheel out another inch. You're probably going to have to go with an aftermarket fender flare if your state doesn't allow even a tiny amount of tread to protrude.
OK Jerry, thought you were commenting on other guy. My bad. So I will also have same problem with my 31s then I'll presume. Mines a Sahara so factory plastic molded flares. My current steel setup doesn't stick out at all.Re-read what what was written, that backspacing question you just asked was specifically covered. Or did you have a different question about backspacing?