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Old 04-10-2016, 06:11 PM
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Wrangler to WK Rims/Tires. Assistance Please.

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I just recently purchased a 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. I want to get a budget leveling kit. I am looking at "Rough Country - 664 - 2-inch Suspension Lift Kit" or "Daystar KJ09132BK Comfort Ride 2" Lift Strut and Coil Spring Kit". I don't like the stock rims so I am looking for another set. I found a Craigslist add selling a set of wheels from an 07-16 Jeep Wrangler, with an attached set of Nitto Trail Grapplers 255/75/17. The ad says the pattern is a 5x5. Pictures of tire/wheel combo are attached.

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1. Will the wheels perfectly fit, or do I need to purchase an adapter?
2. Will the tires rub with either of those leveling kits?
3. Off personal experience, do you recommend a different leveling kit and/ or tire and wheel size/combo?




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Re: Wrangler to WK Rims/Tires. Assistance Please.

They will fit height wise all day, but you will probably have to get some wheel spacers to clear width. 5x5 is the right lug pattern.
Also there is a pinch weld on the back of the inner fender in front wheel wells, you may have to modify that. It's easy to do, just do your research.


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Re: Wrangler to WK Rims/Tires. Assistance Please.

The hight will fit if you cut the upper ball joint stud but will rub on the inner wheel well on full lock with some body lean. It's a steel edge and can rupture the tire. Not practical. Best answer is to do the pinch weld mod and get some wheel spacers. Pay for the peace of mind and get spydertracs. I've put mine through hell and high speeds for 4 years with no problems. You don't have to cut the ball joint with spacers but you will have to do the pinch weld. Otherwise those rims have the same lug pattern and hub bore as the wk.


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Re: Wrangler to WK Rims/Tires. Assistance Please.

You think they will still rub with a 2" leveling kit? I'm having the kit installed professionally, should I say something to them?


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Re: Wrangler to WK Rims/Tires. Assistance Please.

Yes. Lifting the car doesn't change the relationship between the upper balljoint and tire. But it can never get any closer to the tire because they're both attached to the steering knuckle so don't cut it unless you have to. As far as the rub on the inner wheel well, that's a matter of tire width plus the larger diameter allowing it to contact the wheel well. Even a larger lift may not resolve that. I'll tell you that if you install the lift and possibly cut the bj studs you will be able to drive the car home and address other issues later but be careful of sharp turns. My tires are slightly bigger than those so maybe you won't have some of the issues. Those tires are 32" high x 10" wide. Mine are 33"X 10 3/4. Maybe you'll get lucky.


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Just get the wheel spacers. 1.5" spacers will clear the ball joint no problem. DO NOT CUT THE BALLJOINT!
As for the pinch weld, yes, it will be an issue at full lock even with the 2" lift. At first the tire just rubs the plastic fender liner, but it's very thin and will wear down to the metal behind it quickly. Like I said, it's very easy to do, just research it. If you are handy with tools at all you can do it in a couple hours at home.


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My ball joint studs were cut for two years before I upgraded the control arms. Nothing wrong with cutting them. They are a tapered stud that gets pressed in when they're tightened so the nut comes off without spinning the stud. The portion that your cutting is only useful when tightening them.


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