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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-24-2008, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Rims that will hold up to 36"

Just curious. Ive had these rims for a long time with 33's on them. I bought the cheapest Les schwab specials that I could find. I think they were $35 each. Since putting the 36's on them Ive been bending one after the other I think because of the small 41/2" bolt pattern. Are there any rims that would hold up a little better without a huge price tag?

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How are you managing to bend rims without breaking axle parts? For 36" tires you really need some bigger axles with a 5 1/2" bolt pattern.

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I take it very easy on the Jeep while wheeling. Any side load bends the rim where the bolt pattern is.

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There might be stronger steel rims available, although probably not a lot stronger. There are only a very few manufacturers making steel wheels in the U.S. and there probably isn't much difference between their products. Almost all of their output goes to vehicle manufacturers, so their products all meet the same specs.

An aluminum rim might be stronger and cure your problem, but it also might break and lose air catastrophically. There are dozens of different aluminum wheel designs and manufacturers. It would take a lot of research to figure out which is the strongest.

You could fit and weld gussets to the rims you have and strengthen them enough to cure the problem, but the work would have to be done very precisely or it would warp the wheel. And if you have to pay to have the work done you'll spend as much as axles would cost.

I still think you should start at the beginning with bigger axles.

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Maybe this is a good time to start thinking about getting some wheel spacers with the 5 5-1/2 bolt pattern. IM thinking about changing my back axles to this pattern anyway. If I remember right they do make axles for the Ford 8.8 with this bolt pattern.

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I'm not one to disagree with Jim, but there are plenty of guys running 35-37 range tires on 5-on-4.5" wheels. A ford 8.8 and some 'quality' steel wheels will run 36s on your TJ, provided you don't drive it like an idiot. Your weakest item would be your D30 front. TJ Rubicon guys run 35-37 all the time with the F/R D44s, and those are 5-on-4.5 too.

I think you just have some really crappy wheels.

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I'm willing to be convinced (I don't know anythiong about Jeeps either,) but it sure seems like you're pushing things to run 36-inch tires on wheels (and axles) that were designed for 29s.

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You did see that I have a ford 8.8 in the rear didnt you? I'll be replacing the front eventually once I have a little more cash to blow. So no matter what I will need to solve this problem in the future.

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How about turning those rims into beadlocks? That would give a little extra protection...
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I did not see you have an 8.8, it's not in your public profile, unless I missed it.

Do you know what manufacturer of wheels you bought? I surely don't know everything either, but I'd think a simple set of American Racing 767 steelies would be fine.

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