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Unread 06-23-2010, 06:34 PM   #1
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WK wheels on a WJ

I have been looking at wheels to replace my badly curb rashed wheels and started looking at WK wheels. I do believe they will fit my 2000 laredo. I like the 2005 to 07 laredo wheels named orbitek. They have 6.25" back spacing and 50.8mm offset. I am still deciding between a3 or 4 inch lift and tires in the 255 or 265 by 70R17. What do you all think Good choice or the other option is moab wheels from an 07 to 09 wrangler.

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Unread 06-23-2010, 06:48 PM   #2
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as long as its 5x5.5 bolt pattern!
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Unread 06-23-2010, 06:57 PM   #3
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Yes all the 17 inch wheels have 5x5.5 bolt pattern according to wkjeeps.com
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Unread 06-23-2010, 07:02 PM   #4
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yep, then they will bolt right up, but be sure the moabs came off a JK, not a TJ. thats a 5x4.5 bolt pattern. 17" is good, i remember people running smaller rim sizes ran into trouble clearing the brake caliper.

you can probably squeeze a 265 under your jeep with 2" of lift. but im no WJ expert. im sure you can do it though.
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Unread 06-23-2010, 07:09 PM   #5
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as long as its 5x5.5 bolt pattern!
WJ/WK's are 5x5.
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Unread 06-23-2010, 11:23 PM   #7
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Sold my stock WK wheels to a WJ-er, so it's possible. Since that's the case, XK and JK wheels will also fit your WJ.
(Whew, that's a lot of acronyms...)
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Yea, I've seen SRT rims on a WJ, which doesn't look half bad
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Thanks for the replies. Mostly its all going to come down to if I can come up with a good spare tire carrier. I can't afford the prices they are charging for them so I am working on a design. I am a woodworker so I plan on building one out of wood first as a model and then either finding a welder or using this as a way to teach myself how to weld. If things don't work then I will have to stay with a 16 inch wheel and tire combo that will fit in the spare tire well.
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Thanks for the replies. Mostly its all going to come down to if I can come up with a good spare tire carrier. I can't afford the prices they are charging for them so I am working on a design. I am a woodworker so I plan on building one out of wood first as a model and then either finding a welder or using this as a way to teach myself how to weld. If things don't work then I will have to stay with a 16 inch wheel and tire combo that will fit in the spare tire well.
Good luck, welding isn't too difficult to learn, you should be able to get the hang of it quickly. Just lots of practice on scrap (make "T's") before the real thing, my first couple welds would just fall apart when I first learned to MIG weld.
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Thanks for the replies. Mostly its all going to come down to if I can come up with a good spare tire carrier. I can't afford the prices they are charging for them so I am working on a design. I am a woodworker so I plan on building one out of wood first as a model and then either finding a welder or using this as a way to teach myself how to weld. If things don't work then I will have to stay with a 16 inch wheel and tire combo that will fit in the spare tire well.
If you want to stay with 17s, all you would have to do is go down a size for the tire. For example, a 245/75R16 tire is the same size as a 245/70R17 tire (both are 30.5 x 9.5). The bad thing about staying with the tire well is you will only be able to go so big on your spare.

There was one member here who did post a picture of his 265/70R17 spare with it in the well. The tire lifted the cover up by an inch or two. It did not look as bad as I thought it would.

Another idea is just use the well as another cubby hole, and leave the spare in the cargo area on top of the cover. That's what I'm thinking about doing.
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Unread 06-25-2010, 05:44 PM   #12
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The problem with just leaving the spare in the cargo area is it gets in the way. I do a lot of hauling of lumber and stuff. So I use practicaly every inch of the cargo area.
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