Help With New Wheels

FudgieB

New member
City
Tampa
State
FL
#1
So this is my first post, I've owned my CJ-8 for about 18 months now and it looks about how it did the day it came off the transport. Which really isn't so bad, but has been a few things I wanted to change and seeing that I have this extra time on my hands, now is the time. The chrome on the wheels is starting to flake, they are vintage style but aftermarket I believe. Not a huge fan of the chrome and I want to replace them. I was thinking about going up to a 16x8. American Racing AR1726885B Baja Series 172 was what I have been thinking but I am worried about the 4.5 backspacing with 0 offset. My questions is does anyone have experience with these wheels. Was thinking 32x11.5 or may a 33/12.5 tire combo but trying to figure out the wheels first. Open to other options. Not really sure the benefit or if it's even worth the hassle of going with a 16 over a 15. I'll apologize in advance if this is a dumb question or if it has already been answered elsewhere.
 

sdsupilot

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OKC
State
OK
#2
Does your jeep have narrow track or wide track axles? That backspacing isn't ideal as it will narrow the jeep a little more.
 

Randyzzz

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Redmond
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OR
#3
Welcome! First off, we need pictures!

16” wheels are great but you are discovering the drawback of modern sizing. Most 16” have more backspacing- tucking the wheel inside more. Not a bad thing, but you might lose turning radius or the wheels might rub on your tie rods. I would have a local shop bolt up a similarly sized bare wheel and check clearances first.
 

FudgieB

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City
Tampa
State
FL
#4
It is an 83, so has to be WT, I'm pretty sure. I should ask how would I be able to verify though. I have been doing my reading, and so it is my understand that the OEM 15x7 had a 3.5 backspacing and there was some 15x8 which had 4 backspacing. My concern is with rubbing and reducing turning radius. I'm not sure what has convinced me that going up to a 16 wheel would be more beneficial.

Here are a couple quick pics
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Need to fill that wheel well gap
 

Randyzzz

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Redmond
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#7
Beautiful Scrambler!

16" tires are usually a "big truck" load range, 10 ply rating, and give a stiffer ride. Unless you just want 16" wheels, I would stick with 15"s. The tires are a lot cheaper and anything is available, just 35" and under.
 

tower210

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Olathe
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KS
#8
Won’t have this issue with steel wheels...but some of the modern aluminum wheels are much thicker face and will require longer lugs....
 
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