Often we get questions on what tires fit on what kinds of Jeeps with this or that lift, etc. In addition we get many questions asking on what wheels will fit on this particular Jeep or that.We have put together a guide to help you figure out what fits what.
CJ – 41-86
All CJ model Jeeps use the 5 on 5.5″ lug pattern. The large front wheel hub on the CJ was used to provide space for lockout hubs that were found on nearly all CJ’s.
YJ – 87-95, Cherokee 84-01, Liberty 02-07, TJ 96-06, Grand Cherokee 92-98
These models use the 5 on 4.5″ lug pattern. When Jeep eliminated front hubs from the Jeep Wrangler in 1987 using small wheel centers became possible.
JL 18-up, JK – 07-18, all Commander, Liberty 08-12, Grand Cherokee 99-up
These models use the 5 on 5″ lug pattern.
Determining the proper lug pattern.
Use the above guide to properly measure lug pattern. Obviously you are most likely interested in the 5 lug measurement but you can see how other patterns are measured.
Adapting wheels from one model to another.
A few companies offer adapters to convert one lug pattern to another. Spidertrax and Teraflex make quality adapters that will provide years of safe use when mounted and maintained properly. Adapters are usually 1.25″-1.5″ thick and will add to the overall track width of the Jeep.
Adapter Fitment Chart
|5 on 5.5″ Wheel|| 5 on 4.5″
| 5 on 5″
| 5 on 5.5″
| 5 on 4.5″
| 5 on 5″
Adapting to the CJ style hub is typically not possible due to the lockout hubs and axle flanges.
Important Things to Remember
- Check backspacing to make sure that the wheels will not stick out too far. The adapter will add width.
- See Wheel Terminology for more information on backspacing.
- Running smaller than 16″ diameter wheels on a JK Wrangler may cause the wheel to hit the brake assembly.
- Periodically check the adapter/spacer to ensure proper torque is maintained. Some manufacturers recommend every 3000-5000 miles.
Jeep Wrangler JK 2007-2018 Wheel Fitment
The JK used wheels with 6.25″ of backspacing which could handle a tire around 10.50″ wide without rubbing on suspension arms or swaybar. Anything wider would require a wheel spacer or aftermarket wheels.
Jeep Wrangler JL 2018-up Wheel Fitment
The JL is similar to the JK with the 6.25″ backspacing on the wheels but Rubicon models used wider axles that allowed larger and wider tires on the factory rims with little or no rubbing. Sport and Sahara models would require spacers with wider and larger tires.
Both the Wrangler JK and JL are best when equipped with a wheel that is 5 to 5.25″ of backspacing. This will allow a 12.50 width tire to fit without rubbing or exceeding the flares in excess.