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post #1 of 20 Old 04-05-2020, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Anybody know what brand these wheels and tires are? Just bought a black 1978 CJ and want to have this look. thanks

I have searched Quadratec and Crager sites but no luck.

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post #2 of 20 Old 04-05-2020, 09:02 PM
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Canít help with the wheels but tires by tread pattern look to be super swamper thornbirds


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post #3 of 20 Old 04-05-2020, 11:19 PM
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Wheels remind me of a Centerline wheel. Tires are Super Swamper Thornturds. Worst off road tire EVER.
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post #4 of 20 Old 04-06-2020, 12:04 AM
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i would also agree with the centerline brand as it has their older styling and looks like some of my old ones.. it may also be stamped on the inside somewhere. although i cant find that exact one anymore so it may be gone and the newer ones like it have a bunch of busy decorative ribbing and crap on them. and ya CSP nailed the tire
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post #5 of 20 Old 04-06-2020, 12:33 AM
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Far Out, 'Black Betty' is a '78 also


The parts shop that stocks part for Skylab II will not have parts for our year/model of Jeep
We cannot accurately judge the trajectory of a speeding critter (cat, dog, sasquatch)
Record heat waves and floods only occur when we visit that area
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post #6 of 20 Old 04-06-2020, 10:20 AM
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Wheels appear to be American Racing AR 23's.
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post #7 of 20 Old 04-06-2020, 11:21 AM
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Defiantly AR 23's, likely a 15x10 or perhaps even 15x12 based on the pic, and yes, those are TSL's thornbirds, very likely 14.5" wide!

Not a great set-up for a CJ

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post #8 of 20 Old 04-06-2020, 02:06 PM
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Defiantly AR 23's, likely a 15x10 or perhaps even 15x12 based on the pic, and yes, those are TSL's thornbirds, very likely 14.5" wide!

Not a great set-up for a CJ

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lol... back in the day a guy in our club was building a 76 cj-7 and bought a set of wheels and wide 35" thornbirds, bolted them on and couldn't move... the massive side lugs caught on the leaf springs with narrow track axles...



I think I bought about the 3rd set of thornbirds off of the line back in 96. thought they were the greatest thing ever... no traction on wet roads, no traction in the mud, and they would not seal to the bead and would go flat about once a week on a set of factory aluminum wheels on my 88 gmc s-15 jimmy
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post #9 of 20 Old 04-06-2020, 02:17 PM
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I was surprised to see they still make them! To be fair, it does look like they've changed the lugs to add a bit of siping .

Ah, yes, the ThornTurds. Worked at local 4x4 shop in the early 90's, everybody got a good chuckle out of those tires. We always joked that they had to have one of the best tire ratings ever, because they never EVER wore out (Because no one ever ran them long enough to actually wear them out)

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post #10 of 20 Old 04-07-2020, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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I should have said this in original post.....Those two pics were grabbed from google image search for Black Cj's. I liked the look of this one. The jeep i just bought has little baby factory sized wheels. Kinda looks like it's going to tip over at any second. I bought it online without seeing it and shipped it from Arizona to Minnesota. I was pleasantly surprised when it showed up. Pretty decent. Only sucky thing is the roll bar is goofy. I expected the typical 'sport' bar right behind the seat with two diagonals running back on each side. This one has two pipes running across about 2' behind seat. Looks silly.

I finally found LMCtruck.com has those style wheels. $124 each. I'm assuming 5 lug x 5.5" spec means they will fit my CJ.
Thanks for info on tires. I found Nicco Trail Grappler Mud Terrain M/T 33x12.5 15 tires that look pretty rugged and gnarly. $244 each. Placing order tomorrow. Then when it all arrives I suspect I'll be placing order for 2.5" spring lift....
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post #11 of 20 Old 04-07-2020, 08:35 PM
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Almost everybody carries those wheels, Jegs has them for $117

And yes, you'd definitely a want a lift to fit 33" tires.

What engine, trans/ and gear ratio do you have?

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I guess I'm pretty old school, I think these old CJ's look best with aluminum slots
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The parts shop that stocks part for Skylab II will not have parts for our year/model of Jeep
We cannot accurately judge the trajectory of a speeding critter (cat, dog, sasquatch)
Record heat waves and floods only occur when we visit that area
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post #13 of 20 Old 04-13-2020, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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It's my own little Covid Christmas in April !! Now I'm thinking 1.5" spacers would make it look better. A little tight along the leaf spring...
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post #14 of 20 Old 04-13-2020, 05:45 PM
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Some observations / recommendations / questions:

Your CJ has narrow track axles.

I wouldn't tow an empty lawn tractor cart / trailer with that draw bar.

What size wheels did you purchase? I know 5 on 5.5 but what diameter? width? backspacing?

I think backspacing on a narrow track CJ should be 3.75 inches maximum.

What size tires? Edit: Saw in your post - 33x12.5 15 - They look wide and the sidewalls really bulge.

I run 15 X 8 white spoke wheels on my '79 CJ5 with 31 X 10.50 BF Goodrich All Terrain tires.

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post #15 of 20 Old 04-13-2020, 05:50 PM
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Also buy a 90 degree exhaust pipe bend and run that exhaust out the driver side.

You'll be glad you did.

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