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Question on the 'stockness' of my wheels


 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 2:57 pm    Post subject: Question on the 'stockness' of my wheels Reply with quote

I just got my '00 TJ about a month ago, and was wondering if these are 'stock' Jeep wheels.

The tire size on 'em is 31x9.5x15. The spare tire is a wee little thing on a stock steel Jeep wheel. So- here are the actual questions:
1. Did these wheels come on 2000 Jeep TJ SE models?
2. Running 31" tires, did someone change my speedo gear, or is it resetable electronically? OR, is my speedo off?
3. How wide a tire will those wheels hold, without using a spacer?
4. Would I look at the top or bottom of the spring to see if I have a BB?
5. And finally, are these wheels worth keeping, or are they... poo?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Question on the 'stockness' of my wheels Reply with quote

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1. Did these wheels come on 2000 Jeep TJ SE models?

No, they're the optional 'Gambler' 15x8's that came with Sports and Sahara's in '97, '98, and early '99.

2. Running 31" tires, did someone change my speedo gear, or is it resetable electronically? OR, is my speedo off?

There's a speedo gear that needs to be replaced, chances are if they didn't put a full size spare on, they didn't replace the gear.

3. How wide a tire will those wheels hold, without using a spacer?

The wheels have 5.5" of backspacing, so 10.50 comfortable, 11.50 if the axles are centered properly, 12.50's are when you're gonna be looking at spacers.

4. Would I look at the top or bottom of the spring to see if I have a BB?

Top of the coils, they'll stick out like a sore thumb if they're there.

5. And finally, are these wheels worth keeping, or are they... poo?

They're nice factory 8" wheels. Not great if you plan on going wider w/o the use of spacers, but used with a moderate width tire, they help keep things tucked under or close to the flares.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Small change- they're 30" not 31" Sad Oh well.
So, going with a 31x10.5x15 will pose no problems on these wheels? I don't plan on going too radical (yet- Jeeps are more addictive than I thought Smile ).

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nah, no issues going to that size. Only thing ya might have to do is add a washer or two to the steering stops to prevent rubbing on the control arms up front during full lock. No big thing.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2005 4:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just went to 31" Procomp XT's (love'em) and found that my speedo is dead on now!
I verified it with a GPS.

So now I"m thinking DC did the overindicating speedo on purpose to increase odometer readings and reduce the value of the vehicle....not sure if they think this will work in their favour....but it's a pisser anyhow!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only thing you will loose with the 31's is 5th gear on the highway in windy and hilly conditions. The SE is the 4Cylndr model that is a little underpowered on the highway with bigger tires. On the trail with correct gearing or stock tires the 4banger is a go getter!

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Small change- they're 30" not 31" Sad Oh well.
So, going with a 31x10.5x15 will pose no problems on these wheels? I don't plan on going too radical (yet- Jeeps are more addictive than I thought Smile ).

Peter M

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2005 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOSE 5th?!? I never HAD it!!! rofl
Driving around San Diego, I'm constantly in and out of 5th as it is. I'm still debating how big I want to go with it.

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