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Unread 01-05-2014, 09:03 PM   #1
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Pics of Lifted WJ's with wheels offset/spacers

Getting ready to lift my 03 WJ Overland (Kolaks setup). I plan on putting BFG AT KOs on it, but want the tires to stick out 1.5" or more. Gives it more of a wide stance; and IMHO looks great. I do not know much about spacers (such as how wide is too wide), but don't want to purchase the wrong ones. So please post pics of vehicles (preferably WJ JGC) with spacers installed and where tires stick out that far.

Any HELPFUL comments on rubbing experienced would be greatly appreciated. As would spacer recommendations, especially from WJ owners. No offense to wranglers, but they already have a leg up in the looks department I think. I want to get this WJ done right the first time (w/out a bunch of barely used "what was I thinking" parts). For the record, I was thinking of dropping down to 16" rims (17" stock chrome clad), so that I can get the widest look without having to trim. Ive been reading about backspacing, but still don't understand it or how it applies to what im needing. The Overland Is street driven 80% of the time, so on street handling/reliability is more important than extra height offroad.


I'm so tired of searching and searching and searching...help Jeep bros...

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Unread 01-05-2014, 09:49 PM   #2
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Getting ready to lift my 03 WJ Overland (Kolaks setup). I plan on putting BFG AT KOs on it, but want the tires to stick out 1.5" or more. Gives it more of a wide stance; and IMHO looks great. Please post pics of vehicles with spacers installed where tires stick out that far. Any HELPFUL comments on rubbing experienced would be greatly appreciated. Im so tired of searching and searching and searching...help Jeep bros...
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Mine has 2 inch spacers wheels are pretty decent offset though
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Unread 01-06-2014, 01:02 AM   #3
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Yes, that looks great. My first wrangler is what got me hooked on this look anyway. I only need a few inches, but don't want to get the spacers too big and cause an axle (or CV) to be weak.
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First I started with a 4" lift and 265/75R16 Falken Rocky Mountain ATS on stock WJ 16's with 1.5" Rough Country wheel spacers. Tucked pretty well in the fenders. It barely rubbed the lower front bumper.




Then with 285/75R16 Toyo MT on the same rims/spacers. Tires stuck out maybe an inch last the fenders. Maybe. This is about 5" lift.





Now with 15x8 Aero Race Wheels with 3.5" backspace and 33/12.5R15 Federal Couragia MT. Same lift, but cut fenders. No wheels spacers. Sticks out way more

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'Kolak Lift', 1.5" Rough Country spacers, 245/75R16 DuraTracs















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my 01 has a 3" iro lift and 16x8 raceline wheels with around 3.25" bs and 265-75-16 tires with cut out flares

even with the lift and cut outs, i still rub, but i also disconnect my sway bar off road, you can see bare metal in spots on the inner fenders where they rub, when it really flexes i can usually hear the tires rubbing the flares





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Figuring on 275/70/16BFG AT KO tires on 8" wide ion alloy wheels...what should I be shooting for on backspacing to achieve that wider offset of wheels to fender? See alot of wjs on here with 4 or 4.25 bs...but gets kinda confusing when youre a newbie and dont understand wheel spacers, backspacing, and if that translates to more or less clearance? Not worried about clearance offroad, just dont want to rub going full lock coming out of drive. Any explanations would be greatly appreciated... (how much bs, can you run spacers&4"bs together, and would that make rubbing more likely, etc). Thanks in advance for walking me through this.
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As stated above, mine has 245/75R16 tires on the OME HD lift. Without wheel spacers (stock backspacing), I didn't have any rub. When I added 1.5" spacers, I had to trim a bit of the front fascia and wheel well liner. Thus, the spacers cause more rubbing.

That being said, a 275/70R16 is .75" taller and almost 1.25" wider than a 245/75R16. You'll rub with stock backspacing as it is.

If you want your tires to stick out a little, you want a rim with about 4.5" backspacing. The smaller the number, the further they will stick out.

Can you run spacers and rims with 4" backspacing? You sure can. I wouldn't though!
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Unread 01-17-2014, 02:09 PM   #11
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Thankyou. Looking at rims that have 4bs now...
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the smaller number the more they will stick out,

basically from what i've learned, a stock wheel has around 6.5" of backspacing, which means the face of the wheel that bolts to the hub is 6.5" from the back of the wheel, hence why the face of a factory wheel has no depth

a wheel with 3.25" of backspacing, the face of the wheel is 3.25" from the back of the wheel, giving the front of the wheel the deep dish look

also wheels with more backspacing i.e. 6", bigger tires have a greater chance of rubbing at lock or rubbing the shocks or springs when flexing, a wheel with less backspacing, 3", won't rub at lock but will rub fenders and bumpers when flexed

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4 inch lift 1.5 spacers

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Unread 01-28-2014, 09:59 AM   #14
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After 3 wheel orders and two refunds due to backorders...I think I finally got the final setup. Hopefully it wont rub too much, but at this point I just want to get them in hand and on the truck. Planning on BFG AT KO 275/65/17 (had to go back to 17 to get the wheels I wanted) and Vision Scorpion 17"x9 wheels (-12offset, 4.5bs)...not going with spacers. Any feedback on whether this will rub at "lock" in the parking lot?


FYI: directlinewheels.com has been FANTASTIC to work with. Best customer service Ive ever seen. If you need any wheels I highly recommend them; call and speak with Steve (owner).
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Tried the 275/65/17s, but rubbed way too much. So we reordered 265/65/17s BFG AT KO's....I think it turned out great (slight rub at full lock).

Thanks for all your help!!!

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