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post #1 of 120 Old 02-18-2011, 06:53 AM Thread Starter
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17x7 Mopar Steelies 255/75 JK Rubicon BFGs



A few of my friends and I figured this out, after a lot of searching.
I got a great deal on JK Rubicon take off tires, and needed/wanted a cheap 17" steel wheel.
Please read up on the difference between 5x4.5, and 5x115, if you decide to run a similiar setup. Do so at your own risk.

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300c, Challenger, Magnum (LX Platform) 17x7" stock steel.
Some sources say 5x4.5 others list them 5x115. That is 0.02" difference, so run these at your own risk!!!
71.5mm center bore. Seats PERFECTLY on the hub, better than the Cragars I have.
4.5" backspacing. EDIT 5/24/15 - Guys are telling me it's 5" backspacing. SORRY

Tire:
255/75r17 BFG Mud Terrain (measure a full 32")
Front is about 1/2" tucked, rear is about 1" tucked in the fender.

Center caps are stock XJ, the wheels needed the mounting holes for them, but even they fit great.

The combo is around 67 pounds tire & wheel.

Thanks Hammered.
If you can't tell, I'm really happy with how this came out.
You heard it hear first, cheap 17" wheels, and cheap/light 32" mud terrains, I have just over three hundred into it, including mounting & balancing.
I'll get more pictures today, I finished up late last night.















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post #2 of 120 Old 02-18-2011, 07:44 AM
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good job on keeping it low cost. i have spent my past week looking for wheels and tires. it is very hard around me to find a used set of AT or MT tires for a good price i have found out. but persistance found me a set of 33x12.5x15 Mickey MTZ for $175 mount and balance well i only had my stock steelies (i was gonna go smaller tires but what a deal) with me so he threw them on there as i wanted to test out fitment issues. well i can tell you now from experience...they dont fit! backs wont even go on 1/2 way because they hit the leafs. fronts fit but there is not much turning, almost 1 full turn. it was just a test i wanted to do. now i was onto how to get better wheels cheapest way. cheapest new wheels around me was $330 mount and balance OTD. that would put my wheels/tires at $505. i got my ranger soft 8s 15x8 with 4.5 BS swapped around for $70. they fit perfect and totals out to $245 for everything

PS: my steelies fit jeep and ranger perfect on hub and lugs but they do hit the calipers on the ranger a small amount...angle grinder
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post #3 of 120 Old 02-18-2011, 11:19 AM
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those steelie type rims really fit your xj well, looks really good

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Thanks guys. Tested them out at highway speed, they roll great!
Tomorrow I'm headed to the creek for an off road trail.
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The longer I look at those rims the better they look

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post #6 of 120 Old 02-19-2011, 11:34 PM
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Those look great.

Can anyone tell me what other vehicle's wheels will fit our XJ's(non Jeep)? Preferably with proper backspacing. I'd like to find 16" steel wheels.
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Lester, check this link out:
http://www.roadkillcustoms.com/hot-r...&StudSpreadMM=

Search for anything that's 5x4.5, 4-5"backspacing, 71.5mm center bore.

So,
Dodge van, caravan, dakota
Ford, ranger, explorer..... (all would need a little bit of material taken off the center bore) but I've had explorer 16s on mine.
Honda Oddesey (not sure of backspacing)
Jeep Liberty
Lincolns
Mazda pickup, navajo
mercury mountaineer
You'd need to verify backspacing and center bore on all these though.

That ought to get you started searching, but I looked for a while, checked a ton of numbers, before I was pretty sure these would work. Good luck though, hope something in here helps ya.
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I don't think I would have seen the potential if I just saw those lying there, but seriously, they look great on your XJ!
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The MTs seem to work good





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Those really do look good on there. If i were looking for 17s those would be my choice. great work.
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I can't wait to get this thing dirty.
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thats f-ing awesome! i dunno but i like plain jain steel wheels! and i want a set for my jeep. ive got 265/70r17 tires right now. do you think those would fit on those wheels? and how much do they stick out compared to a stock steel wheel?

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thats f-ing awesome! i dunno but i like plain jain steel wheels! and i want a set for my jeep. ive got 265/70r17 tires right now. do you think those would fit on those wheels? and how much do they stick out compared to a stock steel wheel?
Backspacing is very similiar to a stock 15" steel wheel, the wheels don't stick out at all. The front tire is just about flush with the front fender. The rear is tucked maybe 1/2"-1".

Tire rack says: 265/70R17 = 31.8"x10.7" measured on an 8" wheel.
You'd probably need a little lift, or possibly grand cherokee lower control arms to run them on a XJ.
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That looks fantastic! Im always seeing people ditching the stock jk wheels and tires for $250. This is a great way to run possibly cheaper tires, as nobody seems to sell trucks with 15" rims. We will definitely see a decrease in 17" tire prices as most suvs will be running that size or larger these days.
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i have a 3" lift on my cherokee now, but i fear the tire would be to close to the back of the fender. you say grand cherokee lower arms? are they long?

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