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Unread 03-01-2008, 09:58 AM   #1
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Wheel compatibility for an '03 Liberty Limited

I recently got rid of an old Cherokee and got an '03 Liberty Limited. I'm sure this has been discussed but I did a search and came up empty.

What other Jeep wheels will fit an '03 Liberty without having to get things like adapters, spacers, etc.? I'm not concerned about things like wheel width or height because I should be able to figure that out myself. My question centers around the lug pattern.

Based on some preliminary research, it looks like some Grand Cherokee wheels are a direct fit (i.e. no mods needed.) What's throwing me off is I know I've seen both Grand Cherokee and Wrangler wheels on Cherokees yet I'm pretty sure Wrangler wheels are not a direct bolt-on to a Liberty.

I've also seen some info indicating Commander wheels are a direct bolt-on to Liberties. Also, since the Dodge Nitro is so similar to the Liberty, what about Nitro wheels? Or Patriot or Compass wheels?

Pardon all the questions, but I'd really like to know. Thank you.

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Unread 03-01-2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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Lug pattern is 5 on 4.5, 16X7 with 5.5" back spacing.
Slightly Modified O4 Liberty LTD
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Unread 03-02-2008, 06:49 PM   #3
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Remember you have a 5 on 4.5" bolt pattern. You may run into brake gap tolerances between the rim and the brake caliper if you try to install a 15" wheel. The only Wrangler wheel that would fit would be from the Rubicon(16").

There was also a couple of Cherokee wheels, the Icon from 2000 and the Ultra Star from 2001 that were 16" and would fit.

I put a set of ZJ Grand Cherokee (93-98) 16" wheels called Luxury on my daughters 02 with no problems. The WJ Grand (99-2004)switched to a 5 on 5" bolt pattern along with the new Grands and Commanders.
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Unread 03-06-2008, 08:10 PM   #4
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Wow! Thanks for all that info!
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