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Anyone Know Of A 15" Wheel That Will Clear 11" Drum Brakes?

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by Oldpappy, Sep 24, 2021.

  1. Sep 24, 2021
    Oldpappy

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    I bought a very nice set of 15" KH wheels with new tires at the Willys reunion in Fulton.

    I intended to use these on my CJ5 which has been upgraded to 11" drum brakes all around.

    When I tried to mount them today I found these wheels will not clear the 11" drums due to where the center is riveted to the rim.

    I could probably use spacers, but would rather have wheels that would work without them.

    Anybody out there ran into a similar problem?
     
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  2. Sep 24, 2021
    Tom_Hartz

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    I have aftermarket aluminum 15" rims on my CJ with 11" brakes. No problem.
     
  3. Sep 24, 2021
    colojeepguy

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    I have aftermarket 15x8 steel wheels that fit the 11 brakes just fine. I believe they're Wheel Vintiques.
     
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    Jw60

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    Do you have finned drums or smooth?
     
  5. Sep 24, 2021
    Howard Eisenhauer

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    Weld the centers to the hoop & grind off the rivets?
     
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    FinoCJ

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    Do you know the width and backspacing for the 15" wheels?
     
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    Downs

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    I have a set of d window wheels from Quadratec 15x7 with 3.75 inch backspacing. Fits fine over my 76's 11 inch drums
     
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    Fireball

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    Any of the 70s vintage stock steel 15x6 wheels will work since they came with 11 brakes.
     
  9. Sep 24, 2021
    Ol Fogie

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    I know your problem. The brake drums on a 73 were not finned and will work fine if you can find them. My brother had a set of KH wheels on his 73. I bought them from him for My 74 with finned drums and they would not fit so we traded brake drums. Both the 73 and the 74 have 11 inch brakes.
     
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    Oldpappy

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    They are smooth drums, not finned, but all drums are not created equally.
     
  11. Sep 25, 2021
    Ol Fogie

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    Humm the drums on the 73 were the factory drums. As I remember the KH wheels only liked maybe 1/8 inch fitting up, thought about grinding the fins down a little on my jeep but my brother said lets just swap drums. But that has been 35 years ago I may not remember all that I need to.
     
  12. Sep 25, 2021
    iharding

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    I ran 1 inch spacers and still had to grind the calipers. Not a big deal, an inch isn't noticeable and there's plenty of metal on the calipers to grind.

    EDIT: I missed that you have drums. Heh. Not sure what you'd grind. Oops.
     
  13. Sep 25, 2021
    Keys5a

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    I had the same issue when fitting 8" KH on a '72, the rivets hit on the front drums. Like Ol Fogie posted above, I swapped the finned drums for smooth 11" drums and all was good. The '72 already had smooth drums on the rear.
    -Donny
     
  14. Sep 25, 2021
    CHUGALUG

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    US Wheel Series 68 I have 15 x 6 with the correct backspacing for a stock flat fender and 11" brakes non finned drums.
     
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