04-03-2016, 09:59 PM
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WK2 with JK 17" Wheels
Since I found conflicting information on this at times, I wanted to post this up here for any others that are thinking about going this direction.
I was one of the unfortunate suckers that had that gawd awful 18" plastic/chrome clad wheel on my WK2. Before winter, I plasti-dipped them, and it looked alright. Unfortunately... The bonded plastic wheel cap is such a tight fit around the lugs, no matter how I tried, the lugs came into contact and spun off chunks of dip. I tore all that off a few weeks ago after it started to shrink.
Friday I found some JK wheels on CL. Normally I would pass, but these are the charcoal ones that come on a special edition. He wanted $750 for 5. Before dipping a toe in, we had the same wheels, but different color on my GF's TJ with some adapters. I took 2 off quick and tried it out. Rear was no problem. Front touched the caliper bracket, but just barely. After getting him down to $550 for a set of 5 take offs, I was game enough to try.
Some threads I found these go right on.... Some threads say spacers. I say you just need some creative skills and a 4.5" grinder.
As shown here, they barely touch the inside of the rim behind the spokes. And I mean BARELY. While it is a tight fit, it can work. I put one on, and found it was scraping on the very corner of the caliper bracket.
When I got to looking at what it was really hitting, most of it was just basically casting flash where there were rough edges around the bracket. This confirmed my thoughts as to why some got away with this. Some castings probably had less of the imperfection (or some people just let the bracket machine itself) and got it to work. Some brackets were probably less rough, and no one was the wiser.
Anyway, I broke out the cordless grinder, and got fancy. The only thing you have to do is round the corners of the caliper bracket. Since I was in there, and the calipers are so visible through the rim now, I touched up all the other areas with casting flash like the middle of the caliper and such.
With the wheel on, you can see how much more visible the calipers are now. It looks tight, but there is room.
With the new shoes on.
Size difference between the 265/60R18 and the 255/75R17
Oh, and as a bonus, since you generally find JK wheels in sets of 5, the 5th does in fact fit in the spare tire area. You end up losing the storage containers, but I was missing one anyway. You can't put the jack kit back in with the fancy styrofoam holder, but you can fit a ton more in the center of the rim without it anyway. I just put a moving blanket in half folded, put the tools and jack in, then folded the top over and closed the lid.
Oh, and after a few minutes of struggling with the cover on my shoulder and constantly opening it, I found this gem under the lid... Dur.
All in all... I like these rims a ton more than the stock ones. These were off of a '15 JK. I bought 5 rims and tires for the price of tires. Not only that, but just as I expected, the tire sensors self learned and had the new tires programmed in after about 2 miles of driving.
Can't beat that.