Originally Posted by diesel88
Hi I just bought a set of steel cragar soft 8s. They are 17x8 with 4 1/2 backspacing. They fit great in back but the fronts don't . The guy I bought from had them mounted on an 08 JK and I just found out the grand has beefier front calipers. I really don't want to use spacers. I'm thinking maybe trimming the brake caliper bracket or maybe a different caliper altogether. Any ideas or know of a place I could find info for my dilemma? I noticed on AZ website the JK has a single piston caliper where as my Wk has a double piston caliper. Thanks.
I agonized over that decision- what fits? I emailed a guy at some custom wheel company for over a week trying to get something that would fit, but I'm no exert on offset and back spacing. In the end I went with the Pintlers because they were designed specifically for the WKs, and even though they were expen$ive, they were well worth it. That credit card bill is long forgotten but the wheels are still great.
I have heard of people shaving the calipers to make 16" wheels fit, but I don't know much about it. For me the problem (with the stockers) was the upper control arm bolt. You may run into that even if the wheel will fit over the shaved calipers.
As for the speedo, my hand is usually in the way when I'm driving and I can't see it. I use the speed read-out on the GPS since it's more accurate anyway.
When I got the M1009 it needed tires badly, and I was just about to spring for the Wrangler Authority from Wal-Mart when some BFGs came up on craigslist for less. They're not the E load range like the ones on the WK, but they're still a great and tough tire.