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Old 01-27-2012, 04:24 PM
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machining low offset wheels to fit....

Hi everyone, i'm new to this site and must say it's nice to be part of a Jeep loving group.

I need some opinions and/or solutions...
I have a 2005 WK with factory 17x7.5" rims & +50mm offset on the normal 245/65R17 tires. I just bought a used (basically new used 1 month) set of gorgeous chrome 22x9.5" rims with +13mm offset and 265/35R22 tires. I knew buying them that with the lower offset that they would stick out a bit past my fenders. After trying one on the front they stick out approximately 1-1/4" out past the fender.
I could've bought a new set with a higher offset but i couldn't beat this price for almost new and i just love this wheel design! It doesn't look that bad, and i've seen many Grand Cherokee's online of all ages with 20+" rims that stick out a bit. BUT i don't want to chance getting a ticket as it is a violation to have your tire out past the fender here. Also, this is a fully loaded WK- my luxury SUV not like my old low option beastly XJ where having oversized off-road tires looked cool sticking out.

Getting to the point... Has anyone personally or known anyone to have machined the inside of their wheels to tuck them back in the fenders more? There are places i know of that are well rated wheel shops here that can do it, and i want to know of anyone's experiences. I know they prob can't mill off the whole 1-1/4" but whatever they can take in will be better. Also i've never seen WK fender flares for sale and i'm not sure if i want to do that regardless.
OR....Are there any other options that can bring the wheels in a bit?
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Re: machining low offset wheels to fit....

It all comes down to the thickness of the hub section of the wheel. You may be able to get around 1/4" but probably not more than that. With that size wheel too you will have to check the full turn radius for contact in the wheel well.

Ive had a set of wheel done before, but only for minor changes, not the amount you are looking at.

I think you will need new wheels, but see how you go!

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Re: machining low offset wheels to fit....

Thanks for the info Dave! As i said i tried one of the rims on my front, and turned the wheel lock to lock with plenty of turning clearance so that i'm not worried about.

And ya i figured they won't be able to mill off the whole inch and a quarter but even 1/4" or whatever they can do will be better. I have 295mm wide tires on negative offset wheels on the rear of my old muscle car and the tires stick out past the fender. I've never been bothered by the cops (knock on wood) but that is my sunday driver that only sees about 500 miles a year. This Jeep is one of 2 daily drivers so it will be out and about a lot more.
I have looked at 22" wheels all over the web and have yet to find a set i prefer so i guess i have to accept they stick out a bit just like so many Jeeps i've seen with 20+" rims. At least i'm not the only one
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Re: machining low offset wheels to fit....

They do make a set of fender flares for the SRT that will fit your WK with a bit of finesse. Your dealer should be able to get them.

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Re: machining low offset wheels to fit....

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They do make a set of fender flares for the SRT that will fit your WK with a bit of finesse. Your dealer should be able to get them.

Thank you "Escape", I may just have to take a drive down to my dealer and look into that. Not sure i want flares but if they are paintable I'd consider it.
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Re: machining low offset wheels to fit....

those flares are over $1100.....LOL.


I would call the manufacturer of the wheel and see what they suggest
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Re: machining low offset wheels to fit....

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those flares are over $1100.....LOL.


I would call the manufacturer of the wheel and see what they suggest

$1100!?!? Thanks for saving me the trip Scott! LOL.

I will talk to the wheel manufacturer and the local wheel repair shop, have them mill down what they can, and live with a tad bit of tire sticking out like many other Grand Cherokee owners i've seen who just don't find a rim they like in the limited high offset selection
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Re: machining low offset wheels to fit....

$1,100???

Guess they never want to sell these...ever!

That's insane. Sorry man.
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