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Unread 08-12-2013, 05:59 AM   #1
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Is there any way to shoehorn 15" tires onto a JKU?

I just bought beadlocks and tires for my TJ and now have a set of 5 35" MTK with kevlar with a ton of tread on them. I can sell them but would love to throw them on my JKU sport. Is there any tire out there that may clear the calipers or would I need a spacer to push the rims outside of the caliper area? How bad would it be with 3.73 a manual transmission backed by the Penstar?

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Unread 08-12-2013, 08:32 AM   #2
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I have been running 15" wheels since I bought my JKU. There are a lot of threads about this and the different wheels that work. I have aluminum ultra's on mine. There are a lot that work.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 10:01 AM   #3
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or you can go cheep like me and shoe horn on a 15 that needs love to fit.
You can not shim the rim out past the rotor/caliper, that would be like 0 back space. the tire would stick out like 8" a side.
A few things I know for sure about my Unique 15x8@3.75 Steel with the round holes went. They cost new 42$. During the test fit they did rub the Face of the front caliper. People have faced off/ground the caliper front. BUT if they would have looked at he rim(s). It is the decorative holes that were punched through the steel. This created a "lip or ridge" on the back side. If they were "smoothies" would be no issue. I just smoothed off the back of the holes were needed ON the rim. took 15 minutes and a flapper wheel to do all 5.

Seems most the alloys work. I can not say for certain.

Some people claim they could not upgrade the tie rods to a heavy duty like Currie or Synergy.
I researched it and found only" it mat not work" no real personal details. Currie center link is top dollar 1K plus kit with the drag. I went with the Synergy 1ton + tres and there rod and drag. It fit. They warn that the off set must be at 4.5. well most steel rims that fit are 3.5-4.0 B.s. This is so it clears at lock. Will not work on stock rims, with out spacers.

YOU will never be able to go with big brakes. That's a no brainer.

When balancing you can not STACK the tape weights. they will hit the caliper.

Not for everyone. but an option.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 11:00 AM   #4
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My friend just put the synergy Tie-rod on and I test fit my 15's on his jeep and it fit fine.

It seems the alloy wheels fit better than the steel wheels. If they put the weights in the right place they can stack them on my wheels.

I was going to switch to 17's this last tire change but I like the look of the 15's and the price per tire was more than $100 more each tire. So, I will stick with 15's until I feel I need the bigger brakes.
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Unread 08-13-2013, 07:01 AM   #5
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thanks guys! I dont play too much with upgrades for the JK and I was suprised the new tires for the TJ had so much meat on them... Love m MTRs so I may run those on my JKU.... I will search for the other threads...
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My friend just put the synergy Track bar on and I test fit my 15's on his jeep and it fit fine.

It seems the alloy wheels fit better than the steel wheels. If they put the weights in the right place they can stack them on my wheels.

I was going to switch to 17's this last tire change but I like the look of the 15's and the price per tire was more than $100 more each tire. So, I will stick with 15's until I feel I need the bigger brakes.
the track bar is not near the rim and has nothing to do with steering and fit of 15"
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Unread 08-13-2013, 11:40 AM   #7
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the track bar is not near the rim and has nothing to do with steering and fit of 15"
I miss-typed, he installed the tierod and drag link by synergy and neither contacted my 15" wheel. The tie-rods were very close though, probably 1/8".
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I used US Wheel D window Daytonas in 15x8 with a 4 in bs from Summit. I didn't have to grind anything to fit them. I used dynabeads for balancing instead of lead weights.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 12:11 PM   #9
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does a TJ have a 5 x 4.5 bolt pattern and a JK have a 5 x 5 bolt pattern, so you would need to convert that, sure there must be spacers to it
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Unread 08-14-2013, 01:07 PM   #10
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I miss-typed, he installed the tierod and drag link by synergy and neither contacted my 15" wheel. The tie-rods were very close though, probably 1/8".
they are close I was worried when I ordered the parts myself. at the time never found a definitive answer.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 09:14 PM   #11
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thought I'd give my 2 cents worth. I recently purchased 2010 Sahara 4 door. I have always loved the sixty's Cragar Mags. Bought one wheel (free shipping from Summit) tried it on and had caliper rubbing. I ordered a set of 5/16" spacers from Amazon. Did the trick for me. I have 15 X 10 Cragars with 33 x 12.50 x 15 BF ATKO. No lift, No need. Fit is excellent, no rubbing even at full lock. BTW wheels have 4.5" BS and 5x5 pattern.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 11:18 PM   #12
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I'm running MB TKO 15 X 8 and 35 x 12.5 GY MTR/K. There are a bunch of wheels that work. It must have 3.75" BS to fit.
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