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I am new to this site and to buying wheels. I just got a 2011 GC Laredo X (will be picking it up I a few weeks when I get home from deployment). It has stock 18x8 wheels. I have a few questions...

Would getting 18x9 wheels adversely affect anything? Would I have to do anything special to make them work since the ones that are on it now are 18x8? Also, how do I know what offset I want? I found some wheels I like that are 18x9 with 10 offset. I saw somewhere that someone recommended a 30-40 offset.

One more question. If I went with 20" wheels, would it be too much work to switch back and forth between 20's and 18's. My plan is to keep the stock 18's that are on it now, throw some winter tires on them, and put those on in the winter months.

Any help would be appreciated! Sorry for being a noob.
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:30 PM
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I am new to this site and to buying wheels. I just got a 2011 GC Laredo X (will be picking it up I a few weeks when I get home from deployment). It has stock 18x8 wheels. I have a few questions...

Would getting 18x9 wheels adversely affect anything? Would I have to do anything special to make them work since the ones that are on it now are 18x8? Also, how do I know what offset I want? I found some wheels I like that are 18x9 with 10 offset. I saw somewhere that someone recommended a 30-40 offset.

One more question. If I went with 20" wheels, would it be too much work to switch back and forth between 20's and 18's. My plan is to keep the stock 18's that are on it now, throw some winter tires on them, and put those on in the winter months.

Any help would be appreciated! Sorry for being a noob.
If you are planning to stick with the factory tire size an 18x9 with a +10mm offset should fit BUT they will stick out about 1-1.5" beyond the fenders. If you are planning to upgrade your tires to something slightly larger we'd recommend sticking with a higher offset. The 30mm to 40mm offset recommendation you read before is a good recommendation however if you find a wheel within these offsets you will want to make sure they clear your Cherokee's brakes. High offset wheels are more likely to have brake clearance issues.

It doesn't matter if you want to run 18" or 20" wheels part of the year and then factory wheels with winter tires the other part of the year. If this is something you want to do you may want to purchase a 2nd set of TPMS sensors for your new wheels. This way you won't have to swap the sensors over each time you want to change wheels. Swapping your TPMS sensors between wheels twice a year can add up $$$.

Thank you for what you do, if you live near one of our stores, come see us when you have your new vehicle. We'll be happy to explain offsets and make some recommendations for a wheel and tire package for you. Come home safe.
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I am new to this site and to buying wheels. I just got a 2011 GC Laredo X (will be picking it up I a few weeks when I get home from deployment). It has stock 18x8 wheels. I have a few questions...

Would getting 18x9 wheels adversely affect anything? Would I have to do anything special to make them work since the ones that are on it now are 18x8? Also, how do I know what offset I want? I found some wheels I like that are 18x9 with 10 offset. I saw somewhere that someone recommended a 30-40 offset.

One more question. If I went with 20" wheels, would it be too much work to switch back and forth between 20's and 18's. My plan is to keep the stock 18's that are on it now, throw some winter tires on them, and put those on in the winter months.

Any help would be appreciated! Sorry for being a noob.
Where are you shopping for wheels? A good wheel dealer would be able to translate the offset needed and tell you if a simple 1 inch would make a huge difference [no, it wouldn't].

As for 20's, they will ride a bit rougher due to the lower profile tire you will need to fit to maintain the same outside diameter--you may not care--but will allow fitting some of the more aggressive high speed SUV tires.


Good idea on the 18s for winter...
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Where are you shopping for wheels? A good wheel dealer would be able to translate the offset needed and tell you if a simple 1 inch would make a huge difference [no, it wouldn't]. As for 20's, they will ride a bit rougher due to the lower profile tire you will need to fit to maintain the same outside diameter--you may not care--but will allow fitting some of the more aggressive high speed SUV tires. Good idea on the 18s for winter...
Thanks. I'm overseas right now, so I'm just window shopping online at the moment until I get back home. I'm not sure what all there is for dealers in my area, but I'll definitely have to stop in and talk to them.
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If you need any help finding a set of wheels I'd be more than happy to help you out with that. We offer discounts for jeep garage members at OE Wheels and I love being able to help out fellow military. The link below is to all the wheels we have in stock right now that will fit your vehicle. I can work with you on some of the prices if you see something you are interested in. Give me a call when you get back and I'll see what I can do to help you out. Thanks for your service and stay safe.

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Thanks. I'm overseas right now, so I'm just window shopping online at the moment until I get back home. I'm not sure what all there is for dealers in my area, but I'll definitely have to stop in and talk to them.
If there is an Americas Tire/Discount Tire in your home area, start there.
They can set you up with sensors, etc. and wheels that will fit.
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If you need any help finding a set of wheels I'd be more than happy to help you out with that. We offer discounts for jeep garage members at OE Wheels and I love being able to help out fellow military. The link below is to all the wheels we have in stock right now that will fit your vehicle. I can work with you on some of the prices if you see something you are interested in. Give me a call when you get back and I'll see what I can do to help you out. Thanks for your service and stay safe. Results for All Products > Year: 2011 > Make: Jeep > Model: Grand Cherokee > Type: Wheel - Search by make and model
Thank you for your support! I will definitely take a look and give you a call when I get back.
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