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Unread 07-20-2013, 08:22 AM   #1
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wheel noise?

ok so this has been bugging me for about 3 months
i have this type of wheel on my zj
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and they are fine but i have this other style from a xj/ wrangler that made a lot of noise
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so has anyone put this 5 spoke steel on? i was thinking it had to do with the thickness of the wheels are different and may need a spacer to make up the difference?

the reason i as is because the 5 spoke steel wheels have 30x9.5 tires

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Unread 07-20-2013, 09:37 AM   #2
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I've seen a ZJ once or twice with those. Personally I think what you already have fits the ZJ look better. I think the noise would me tire related not the wheel itself.
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Unread 07-20-2013, 09:56 AM   #3
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I have the top photo alloy wheels on my 96 ZJ and the bottom photo steel wheels on my 93 XJ. As already mentioned the wheel itself shouldn't have anything to do with noise unless a wheel itself is bent/cracked. Sometimes a tire rotation with spin balancing again works wonders.. Also have them checked for tire roundness and an alignment doesn't hurt either.

Are you hearing noise from all wheels and just front/back or one in particular? Not a bad idea to check your wheel bearings on these older ZJ's if they haven't already been replaced before.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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i just had an alignment and have since replaced the track bar in the front, i know the lower rear control arms may have bad bushings and i might get to it soon. most of the noise sounds like it is coming from the passenger rear side. i did jack the back end off the ground and put it in drive(no noise at all) and everything sounded good no gear or bearing noise
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Unread 07-21-2013, 02:55 PM   #5
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Given that it didn't make sound after running up off the ground - that really sounds like it must be tire sound then - right?
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Unread 07-21-2013, 07:06 PM   #6
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Axle bearings can get quiet when you take the weight off of them.
Mine did.
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Unread 07-21-2013, 10:36 PM   #7
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well i did come to the conclusion that the wheels might be bent based off the fact the tread wobbles back and forth. i was thinking it might be the axle u-joint, however i have crap luck with replacing them... i usually end up cutting them off to replace them
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