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Unread 03-27-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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opinion on rim selection

So here is my situation- I have a 4.5 inch lift on my XJ, and I am getting ready to order my 32x11.5 cooper discoverer stt. My fenders are not trimmed yet, but it sounds like I will have to. I personally want to trim as little as possible. I am currently running some bald 32x11.5 BFG's on stock jeep rims with wheel spacers. I have a set of 15x8 rims with 3.75 back spacing sitting in my garage from my last jeep. My question is, what do you think would be the better rim to use and why? Stock rims or 15x8 with 3.75 bs? This jeep is my daily driver, but will see off-road use.

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Unread 03-27-2013, 05:23 PM   #2
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always love the stance / feel of rims being out farther from the axle IMO.
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Unread 03-28-2013, 02:35 AM   #3
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It sounds like you've figured out 11.5" wide tires don't work so well on stock rims, thus the wheel spacers currently in use.
Why wouldn't you want to run the 15x8 rims with 3.75" backspacing and eliminate the wheel spacers? They'd move the tires out 1.5" more than stock wheels.
15x8 w/3.75bs is a pretty common and desireable configuration in lifted XJ's with oversize tires.

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Unread 03-28-2013, 12:40 PM   #4
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I also love the look of the wider stance, but what are the disadvantages to running the 15x8 rims with 3.75 bs? The 32's on stock rims on the jeep now are fairly even with the fenders as it sits. I figured I will have to trim and ditch the fender flares either way, but I assume that more trimming will be required for the 15x8's.
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Unread 03-28-2013, 12:47 PM   #5
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I am running 33'' cooper stts on my XJ with about 5 in of lift on soft 8s. I still have my fender flares, as you can see. I have had to trim A LOT in order not to rub....and I still rub a bit. Use your 15x8s but be prepared to trim trim trim. Now I'm getting a 6.5'' long arm kit so I can actually use these tires the way I want to.

I thought my picture might give you a close idea of how yours might look if you use your 15x8s. Obviously the stock rims would probably yield less trimming...

Good luck

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Unread 03-30-2013, 08:29 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input guys, the tires are in and I am going to get them on Monday.
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