Last post on Sep 19, 2011 at 12:38 PM
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#217 of 226 Re: 2001 Jeep Wrangler 15" rims to 17" rims [msudawg812]
Jun 08, 2011 (6:04 am)
Something doesn't sound right with the rims you're intending to get, especially if you can get the 17" tires and rims for a better price than just replacing your 15" tires.
Which rims are you looking at, and are they new?
#218 of 226 Re: 2001 Jeep Wrangler 15" rims to 17" rims [mac24]
Jun 08, 2011 (10:59 am)
Internet concensus (I know. That's an oxymoron!) is that adaptors are bad news. they are the source of many problems and should be avoided.
#219 of 226 Re: 2001 Jeep Wrangler 15" rims to 17" rims [capriracer]
Jun 08, 2011 (12:46 pm)
Couldn't agree more. One should always get the right size to start with, not adapt the PCD and offset with adaptors and spacers.
#220 of 226 Re: Lift, Tires, and Rims [rowland08]
Jun 13, 2011 (11:05 am)
I have a 2005 jeep wrangler X, I have 33x10.5x15 tires on my stock rims. To make this work I installed a 2 inch suspension lift (springs and shocks) and a 1.25 inch body lift. I also placed a washer behind the steering stops to keep from rubbing.
#221 of 226 Re: 2001 Jeep Wrangler 15" rims to 17" rims [mac24]
Jun 22, 2011 (7:23 am)
I have Wrangler factory wheels AND spacers on mine, but that is only to fit the 33x12.5" tires.
Same effect as wheels with the same effective backspacing. Only a pain in the butt when it comes to working on the brakes - twice as many lugs.
Having said that, if I had the chance to replace my wheels with alloy wheels of the same backspacing (or even a bit less), I'd jump on it in a heartbeat.
But problematic? No, not unless you don't install them properly or maintain them when you do rotations.
#222 of 226 Re: 2001 Jeep Wrangler 15" rims to 17" rims [erickpl]
Jun 22, 2011 (7:54 am)
As I recall, you are using high quality spacers with OEM rims and no adaptation of the number or location of the lug nuts.
If spacers must be used then that is probably the ideal application.
#225 of 226 Re: death wobble [erickpl]
Sep 19, 2011 (12:26 pm)
Death Wobble, that seems about right. I've had my 03 wrangler since the beginning with only 5 miles. I now have 97,165 and the death wobble has been happening now for a few weeks. I assumed it was the tires. got em balanced, rotated, inflated, and basically any "ated" thing I could and for a bit, PERFECT!
But oh the wobbles... back in full force. Its not EVERY time, but it's definitely every OTHER time. Usually with an acceleration or decelerations, 40-50 get me shaking like an alkie in detox! and i have to let up a bit, then wait for the shakes to go away. I can usually GRADUALLY speed back up. Same thing when i'm slowing down. If i start the process and try to make it all happen faster than it wants to, it starts shaking.
So, i guess it looks like some fixin is need here.
Also, i do have a question "can i install an AC system in it?" I live in Austin and well, i think that explains it. Would be a nice little treat to have an ac.
#226 of 226 Re: death wobble [wranglinwillis]
Sep 19, 2011 (12:38 pm)
Hey .. I have 2003 Wrangler and had the EXACT same problem. The fix: replace the traction bar. The part was about 125.00 and the labor was about 125.00 but the death wobble has been gone for the last 30K miles. My Jeep has 102K miles in it with 30 inch Goodyears and rides perfect at all speeds. I did all of the same things you did ... rotate tires, rebalance, etc. nothing worked until I replaced that traction bar. Good luck! Ron