I believe I have narrowed down my search to one of the two wheels listed in the title. These will be going on my 14 JKU and will be paired with some 37's of some variety(most likely MT/R K's).
Im trying to determine what kind of strength these have to hold up to going off road. I dont really do any serious rock crawling mostly just trails and mud out here in Missouri. I know these arent going to be as strong as what most of the bead locks are designed to do, but I also dont want to deal with bending, splits, etc... when off road. I know they are both cast wheels and on the cheaper side of things. I would love to get a set of Rock Monsters, but I just cant choke down the $400+ per wheel.
Those wheels should be fine. You will have plenty of cushion with the 37s and rocks are usually the biggest threat.
The MTR/K are really tough tires which makes them ideal for rocks but the tread pattern is not the best for mud. The asymmetric tread makes them a pain to keep balanced. There are so many great choices for tires you might want to consider a different tire.
"A man has got to know his limitations."
Ive considered some KM2's. The Toyo Open Country MT's were also on the radar. If the Falken Wildpeak MT's would ever get released they would be worth a look as I have been reading great things about them. And the Nitto Mud Graplers.
The KM2's are pricey, but lighter than the MTR/K's by a few lbs. Price difference across 5 tires is between 125 and 200 bucks which isnt crazy in the grand scheme, but its also nothing to sneeze at either. The Toyo Open Country are even more expensive than the KM2;s, are heavier(by 20lbs) and are E rated so the ride suffers. Same with the Nitto's.
So I think my tire choice is between the KM2's and the MTRK's. I probably do less mud than trails(I hate cleaning mud for months) and small rock obstacles(we just dont have big boulder filled trails here). The stock Rubicon tires(I think they are KM1's vs. KM2) have been fairly impressive with what I have put them through so far so that keeps the KM2 on my radar.
We have 2 jeeps and both have MB TKO wheels. Went multiple times rockcrawling and no problems whatsoever. Only few scratches at most. I actually like them that way I run duratracks 315/70/17 with them fyi.
You don't have to do it all at once though. Also, maybe I can get it a little less than you think.
Well got to do the lift to fit the 37" tires, gears to get back in the right rpm(I know I could run for a bit without) and truss, ball joints and axle shafts to keep the front end together. Most likely another 350-400 for a front drive shaft too and possibly having to do the exhaust too to keep the drive shaft out of it. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
At a minimum would need to do lift and tires so 5k. Planning Currie lift with Fox or King shocks so there is $3k right there.
ETA: also contemplating Reid knuckles to go to high steer along with all the stuff required for that is like $1500 all said and done.