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Old December 31st, 2020, 21:05
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WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

I am collecting parts to do the WJ knuckle swap on my MJ but I was curious if anyone has had wheel fitment problems with OEM 15" wheels. Specifically the Eliminator specific 10 hole with fake rivets (similar to XJ "salt shakers". However, a general consensus would be useful.
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Old December 31st, 2020, 21:41
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

I think it all depends what brake calipers you plan to use. If you do the akebono than no, but with the teves you should be able to. Back spacing of stock rim shouldn't hit as the dubjs are similar? The rim width is the factor with the akebonos however.
I have dubJ knuckles and run 15" rims with the teves. People hate on em cus they "aren't as good" as the akebono, but dual piston is better than the stocker single piston any way you slice it
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Old December 31st, 2020, 21:49
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

The teves have the wire hanger retaining clip on the outside that is a dead give away fwiw
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Old December 31st, 2020, 22:09
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

Interesting. I thought they had a similar footprint.
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Old January 1st, 2021, 11:55
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

The akebonos are all the rage... they ARE superior to our stock calipers, but they ain't brembos! LOL they also make it a much more expensive upgrade, as most people would have to replace 15" rims with something bigger- AND new tires on top of it all $$$$
The Teves are still a good upgrade imo, and I don't want to run 16+" wheels. People do so and it works good for them, but I prefer less rim weight and more rubber. Always have preferred 15s on my offroad rigs.
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Old January 1st, 2021, 15:57
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

In my experience, 15" aluminum wheels cleared the Akebonos. The clearance issues came from over the knuckle, offset TREs.
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Old January 1st, 2021, 20:11
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

Really? I haven't heard of people running the akebonos with 15s....
I have OTK steering with zero issues on dubj knuckes
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

seems to depend on the 15"s. I think steelies work but alloys might rub.

I watched something on OTK one ton TREs hitting a 15, maybe heims dont?
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Old January 1st, 2021, 21:05
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

I plan to run modified stock WJ TRE's (Cut, sleeved, welded). It's going to be a road truck, stock height, etc.
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Old January 1st, 2021, 22:07
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

I'm running heims, so that probably explains it
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

My steel 15” steel beadlocks don’t clear my akebonos. I have to run spacers on mine.
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

I had issues with 15" stock rims and AKebonos. I do have Chevy 1-Ton cross over steering and OTK track bar. 16" Aluminums worked for me.
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

I run 3.75" backspace wheels with 1" spacers and offset heims. I ground off a little material on the back of the calipers (about 1/8" or so on the highest point).
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Old January 4th, 2021, 10:04
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I run 3.75" backspace wheels with 1" spacers and offset heims. I ground off a little material on the back of the calipers (about 1/8" or so on the highest point).
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Old January 4th, 2021, 12:40
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Re: WJ Knuckle swap and wheel fitment

I just finished swapping WJ knuckles on my XJ with Akebonos and stock WJ TREs. My 15" Jeep grizzly wheels will not clear the caliper. Stock 15" steelies will also not clear. Zero offset 15" steel wheels did just barely fit.
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