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post #1 of 16 Old 09-24-2017, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Need to know what wheels to buy

Im planning on getting new wheels for my cj5 along with some new tires and i saw a guy at the store who had some really nice ones that I would love to own anyways I have no idea what they are called or anything i found this picture that looks similar (i put the picture down below because apparently i cant post links with only 1 post) Anyways that was the design but they weren't as flashy as those were If someone knows what im talking about please help me out and the wheels need to be 15x8 and there cant be any cover because the front axle has the manual locking hubs and the back wheels has a black thing that sticks through the wheel i can take a picture of it if needed

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-24-2017, 02:10 PM
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What year is your Jeep, what axles do you have front and rear, how is it geared?? What size tire are you planning to buy? All of this matters.

The wheels must be 5-5.5 inch bolt pattern if you have OEM Jeep axles. They must have a 4.25 inch center hole to clear the front hub. You should educate yourself regarding offset and back spacing.

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I have the exact same wheels on mine, they came with it and they do have the front covers that allow access to the front hubs. I think look good on the CJ, I'm running 31's so it's not lifted to my knowledge, all appears stock, but I could be wrong.
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The picture of the wheel you posted looks very similar to the mickey thompson classic II , they're a popular wheel with Jeeps.
hope that helps

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On the rear axle, the "black thing" that sticks out sounds like the dust cover for the factory 2 piece axle shafts. Center caps (the "cover" in the center of the wheel) will fit over this. For the front, the center caps can be removed. Most just slide in from back side, do you can just push them out if the wheel isn't mounted to the vehicle. If you want a nicer look than no center caps, there are also open center caps that allow access to the hubs. These are fairly universal and pretty cheap.

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I run Eagle Alloy 058 series in 15x8 on my 76 CJ5. 3.25" backspacing IIRC. They look similar to the wheel you posted.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/a...5857/overview/



They also have the correct size center hole for the hubs. They sell both a solid and an open hub cover for those wheels. I have them on mine.

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Those are ION Alloys, a copy of the mickey Thompson classic 2's or really any big bullet hole design. ProComp makes an alloy like that as well. they come in 15x8. why do you need a 15x8? what size are your tires? Wheels that come with center caps don't have to have them installed. the deep center caps that stick out can cover your rear hub if you want it to, then polish up your manual locking hubs up front. I ran those eagle alloys mentioned above IIRC on one of my recent pickups. It's a timeless design. I'd have put them on my f250 if I could find them in the size I needed.

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It's a 1980 I couldn't tell you what axles are on it or gears but its stock btw this is my phone account I posted this on my computer account
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I want to get new tires and there a tire I really like but I can't seem to find the size in 10.50 and so I would have to run 12.50 which is why I'm looking for 8 inches
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I want to get new tires and there a tire I really like but I can't seem to find the size in 10.50 and so I would have to run 12.50 which is why I'm looking for 8 inches
If you are going to do both tires and wheels, why not look at going to 16" wheels? This will open up more available tires in more sizes.

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Yes I will be doing both tires and wheels
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12.5 tire on an 8" wheel is going to squeeze the side walls in and wear out the center lugs of your tire faster. I'd be looking for a 9 or 10" wheel. These wheels you have shown are one of the most common designs out there.
Be more specific. what type of tire do you want? If you can't give us specifics, we can't help you in what works with your setup.

If you are talking a 12.5 wide tire, you're probably also looking at a 33" diameter tire and you're probably going to be rubbing or hitting the tie rod ends unless you pay attention to back space.

run a 32x10.50 on an 8" wheel, or a 33x12.50 on a 15 x 9 or 10" wheel. 15" diameter wheels are still common and there's plenty of tires out there from all the major manufacturers for them. If I were you, I'd be looking at 3.5"-4" back space to run a 12.5 wide tire. They look good that way and will keep you away from the steering components and springs.

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12.5 tire on an 8" wheel is going to squeeze the side walls in and wear out the center lugs of your tire faster. I'd be looking for a 9 or 10" wheel. These wheels you have shown are one of the most common designs out there.
Be more specific. what type of tire do you want? If you can't give us specifics, we can't help you in what works with your setup.

If you are talking a 12.5 wide tire, you're probably also looking at a 33" diameter tire and you're probably going to be rubbing or hitting the tie rod ends unless you pay attention to back space.

run a 32x10.50 on an 8" wheel, or a 33x12.50 on a 15 x 9 or 10" wheel. 15" diameter wheels are still common and there's plenty of tires out there from all the major manufacturers for them. If I were you, I'd be looking at 3.5"-4" back space to run a 12.5 wide tire. They look good that way and will keep you away from the steering components and springs.
This is not true. The general rule of thumb is to use wheels 2"-4" narrower than the tire sidewall. 8" wide wheels work well for 10.50 and 12.50" widths.

My 12.50's mounted on 15x8.5 wheels.


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I want to get new tires and there a tire I really like but I can't seem to find the size in 10.50 and so I would have to run 12.50 which is why I'm looking for 8 inches
The tires in the pic above of my CJ5 are 32x11.50-15. They are mounted on 8" rims.

You have a CJ5, which is a narrow track Jeep. Running large diameter and wider tires, will cause them to hit the springs before you get to full lock on the steering. You can adjust the steering stops to prevent contact, but you are then losing a bit of turning ability.

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This is not true. The general rule of thumb is to use wheels 2"-4" narrower than the tire sidewall. 8" wide wheels work well for 10.50 and 12.50" widths.

My 12.50's mounted on 15x8.5 wheels.


I didn't say you can't do it... I said it would wear faster. It is absolutely true. You said yourself, you should run 2-4" between wheel and tire size. a 12.5 tire on an 8" wheel puts you outside that at 4.5" unless you don't math good... Hey, I've run 33x12.50's on 8" wheels before... just not going to get as much longevity out of the tire and I wouldn't be spending money on new wheels and tires if I was going to end up on the outside edge of spec. a 10" wheel or 9" wheel puts him right where he needs to be, and results in a much flatter/even tread profile, ie surface contact with the road. How's that combo you're running doing? How many miles ya got on them? you are on the line with a 12.50 on an 8.5. it's not going to hurt anything, but over time your tire centers will wear a little faster. Do you see what I'm saying?

** I should also say the rounding of the contact patch effect gets less and less with bigger side walls, meaning a bigger tire doesnt matter as much. I like running 37x12.5 on an 8" wheel all day long, i pay attention to air pressure and contact patch on the road though but you'll never blow a bead thats for sure!

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