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Unread 11-05-2009, 08:24 AM   #1
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Question: 15" or 16" wheels on Stock WJ?

Hello,

I need some new wheels/tires for my stock 2000 WJ and I'm looking to put black Crager Soft 8s on it. My question is, since the stock wheel size is 16x7, should I get another set of 16x7s or should I do the 15x8? I want it to look more aggressive so I was thinking the smaller wheel would look better with those tires but unsure of the rubbing while turning with the 8 inch wheel. My plan is to put on BFG All Terrains (30 x 9.5R15) as the 15s are cheaper so I'm hoping the 15s would work.

If it helps, the Jeep is mostly driven on the road so I'm not worried about flexing on the trail.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Unread 11-05-2009, 08:44 AM   #2
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you may need to clearance the brake calipers in front a hair for steel 15x8's, 4" backspace minimum.
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Unread 11-05-2009, 09:02 AM   #3
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you may need to clearance the brake calipers in front a hair for steel 15x8's, 4" backspace minimum.
Yeah, I didn't think about the brakes. I can get the 16x7s in the soft 8s...just sucks that the 16" ATs are $40 more more expensive per tire vs. the 15".
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Get cragar soft 8s in the 15x7. They will fit. That is what I run.
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Unread 11-05-2009, 09:11 AM   #5
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Get cragar soft 8s in the 15x7. They will fit. That is what I run.
Are you running the BFG MTs?
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Get cragar soft 8s in the 15x7. They will fit. That is what I run.
X2 on the 15x7. They will clear the calipers and you don't need an 8 inch wide wheel. My question to you is why swap out the wheels and get marginally larger tires on a stock height Jeep? Throw a cheap 2" budget boost on there and you can put a 31" tire under it.
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X2 on the 15x7. They will clear the calipers and you don't need an 8 inch wide wheel. My question to you is why swap out the wheels and get marginally larger tires on a stock height Jeep? Throw a cheap 2" budget boost on there and you can put a 31" tire under it.
I really just want the new tires and a more aggressive look. The Jeep doesn't go offroading so it would be more overkill to spend a couple hundred bucks on a boost and then more for bigger tires.

Unless of course you know where I can get a cheap boost. I looked at Kevin's Offroad and TeraFlex but they appear to be around $250 or more shipped.
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