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Unread 07-15-2008, 01:51 PM   #1
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Correct backspacing for Wrangler Wheels

Hello everyone,
I am going to buy some cheap black steel wheels for my 98 wrangler. I know the bolt pattern is 5X4.5. I have BFG's 31's on the stock wheels going to go with simple 15X8's. I do have a bit of tire rub on the inside when I turn all the way. WHat would be a good back space to go by when I order the new wheels? I would like them to be out a little more then stock. Thank you.

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Unread 07-15-2008, 05:08 PM   #2
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I have stock steelies that look like hell. One of the wheels are bent so I may as well buy a new set for $200. So a 3.75" or 4.00" back space would be decent?
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Unread 07-16-2008, 08:13 AM   #3
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If you want the tires to stick out further, 3.75" to 4" is what you want.

The stock wheels have 5.5" of backspacing. Knowing that, you can do the math and figure out exactly how much further an new wheel/tire combo will move outwards.

Also, if you have 7" wide wheels, new 8" wide wheels will add another 1" to how much further the new wheel/tire combo will move outwards.
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Unread 07-16-2008, 11:20 AM   #4
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Thanks dude, That is really what I should have asked for, the stock back spacing. Yes, I would really like to buy the **** Cepek wheels for it they look so bad *** but, $250 for a set of wheels is just smacking my cheap arss. I have too many things going on and just can't afford killer wheels for it. I would love to put even some stock alloys but I am running out of time to look for them. Besides, maybe next year I can sell the black steelies and get some pretties! Thanks guys.
In your honest oppinion what backspacing would you recommend? Do you think 4.25? I mean is an inch really going to be that big of a deal? I found a nice set that will go to 4.0. But if you think that is too much then...
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