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Junkyard wheel scores: Durango, Grand Cherokee, etc.

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As new cars continue to get older and old cars continue to get newer, it's about time we have a fresh discussion on wheels.

We should establish fitment and some general specs for wheels that can be easily acquired for cheap.

Many here on the forum are aware that the 3rd gen Grand Cherokee uses the 5x5 or 5 x 127 pattern. What do we know about offset, backspacing, etc.?

The 3rd gen Durango (2011+) also uses a 5x5 pattern, with several wheel options in the 18-20 inch range.

Some of the Chrysler Pacificas also used 5x5 and had 19" wheels.

Late model Mopar mini-vans used 5x5, but those wheels are very narrow and only built for soccer-momming.

To get us started, here are a couple of Durango wheels that are cheap on Rock Auto:

18" x 8": More Information for VARIOUS MFR 136570001

20" x 8": More Information for VARIOUS MFR 188320001
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We should establish fitment and some general specs for wheels that can be easily acquired for cheap.
You are suggesting FWD rims that require spacers up to 2 inch in width.

How does this make them cheap?

In many places it is not legal to use spacers for on road use.
In the United States, wheel spacers are not currently regulated under the Department of Transportation's current legislation. There are no existing federal laws ...
A good cut and paste from a page one google search.

Spacers are not allowed under several states legislation. Easy to search.
States and municipalities in the US are allowed to legislate on motor vehicles.
Same thing in Canada it is provincial authority.

To be clear the legality of wheel adapters at the state and municipality level is harder to research.

8 lug trucks have no problem swapping wheels GM and Chrysler.
That may be linked to the axle supplier. In the "good old days" any eight bolt rim would fit any of the big three. I ran ford ones on my dodge.
Back to the original post. One would have to really like the durango wheels to want to pay for a quality solution to their 56mm offset.

Most rims went "deep dish" a long time ago.
never heard/seen any spacer police. How would they possibly enforce such a silly law
State or provincial inspections.
Insurance inspections.
Insurance contracts.

Where I am both the insurance inspection form and the insurance contract ask: Has the vehicle been modified for speed or performance. Everyone should check their policies for this as lawyers may define your modifications differently than you do.

The other investigative route is after a accident. A bicyclist went through a red light and hit a friends stock truck. They impounded the truck to check it for "deficiencies". (none found and totally irrelevant)

A insurance lawyer may go after modifications to shift blame or draw out or deny claims.
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