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Old 02-10-2013, 07:43 PM   #1
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15-16-17 Rims...Pros and Cons...

Decided to go with 2.5" TF lift kit for my 2013 two door Sport....now need help to decide on rim size.
I am shooting for 35" tires...any advise...?

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Pros of smaller wheels: lighter, cheaper (for both wheels and tires), bigger contact patch, fatter sidewall (which some might also see as a con).

In many cases, you can buy 15" wheels AND tires for the same, or less, than 17" tires alone.

The cons are more size-specific. For example, the 15s generally come with 3.75" of backspacing or less, which means your tires will stick out from the Jeep, usually well past the fenders. Some folks don't like this, since the tires will throw dirt, grime etc all over the side of your Jeep anytime it's wet. Others would see this as a pro.

Also, there are fitment issues with the 15s; most alloy 15s will clear your brake calipers; most steel 15s will not. DTD (forum vendor) has a list, if you're in doubt.

On the flip side to the smaller-is-cheaper/lighter argument, if you think you'll ever go to something like 37" tires, you'll want to stick with the 17" wheels.

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For the record, I run 16" wheels with my 35s, and haven't had a problem. But I won't go any bigger, so...
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For the record, I run 16" wheels with my 35s, and haven't had a problem. But I won't go any bigger, so...
I am leaning towards same set up 16" MB TKO wheels with 35" DuraTrac's...
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what kind of gas milages r u looking to get with those tire an wheels, am also lookin to use 35" tire too
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what kind of gas milages r u looking to get with those tire an wheels, am also lookin to use 35" tire too
I get around 16 mpg with my setup, but I've seen posts where guys are getting far less, in the 13-15 mpg range. Depends on Jeep weight, driving style, etc.
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I am leaning towards same set up 16" MB TKO wheels with 35" DuraTrac's...
Sounds like a plan. I don't see any reason why that wouldn't ROCK!
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I am leaning towards same set up 16" MB TKO wheels with 35" DuraTrac's...
That's what I've got.
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I run 15" wheels with my 35" tires. It came down to weight for me. I'm hypersensitive about adding weight to an already bloated vehicle. Considering we're talking unsprung mass here I was even more keen on keeping it as low as possible. I was willing to trade the risk of having balancing issues with keeping a considerable amount of weight out of my wheels and tires. I chose the GY MTR also because it is one of the lighter tire choices out there in the MT category.

My tires balanced just fine and still seem to be that way. I'll exercise due diligence with my rotation and balance routines to ensure I get consistent wear and life out of them.

Them being much, much cheaper was just a cherry on top. It's incredible the price difference between 15" and 17" rubber.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:07 PM   #10
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I get around 16 mpg with my setup, but I've seen posts where guys are getting far less, in the 13-15 mpg range. Depends on Jeep weight, driving style, etc.
I'm getting 11-13 mpg with my stock 2008 Rubicon :S i don't know why. Now that I'm finally getting to modding it i can't decide if i should be worried because my mileage is already so bad to begin with or if its already so bad that it likely won't get much worse.

Any thoughts? My 1.5 year plan is 2.5" budget boost, xhd bumper + winch (steel cable), and lastly 35 MTRs with 15" wheels.

Am i gonna grind down to a standstill?
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I run 15" wheels with my 35" tires. It came down to weight for me. I'm hypersensitive about adding weight to an already bloated vehicle. Considering we're talking unsprung mass here I was even more keen on keeping it as low as possible. I was willing to trade the risk of having balancing issues with keeping a considerable amount of weight out of my wheels and tires. I chose the GY MTR also because it is one of the lighter tire choices out there in the MT category.
This is a HUGE factor that most Jeep owners don't think about.

It amazes me how much heavier the Wrangler is than it has to be. Weight does NOT equal toughness.
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It would be interesting to see what the weight difference is between the 17" and 15" alloy wheels and also the difference in weight between a 15" and 17" tire.
I have a feeling there is not much difference in weight for alloy wheels but there may be a substantial weight difference in tires.
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I have a Rubicon and stuck with the factory size 17" and have seen several good tire size options in about any brand and pattern you could want. I think that 17s have a wide variety right now because its such a common size. Just my opinion
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Also check www.onlinetires.com they have really CHEAP tire prices!
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I run 16s as well. Only downfall I've seen is tire selection. A lot more options for 15s and 17s.
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Just out of curiosity I did a search on tire and wheel weights. All things being equal, it's looking like weight difference between 15" and 17" is negligible.
17" does offer a better variety of tires and as already mentioned if you plan on going with 37s you'll want 17" rims.
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After reading ESP's thread http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/33x...os-165614.html it seems like 15" wheels are prone to balance issues.

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I have a Rubicon and stuck with the factory size 17" and have seen several good tire size options in about any brand and pattern you could want. I think that 17s have a wide variety right now because its such a common size. Just my opinion
Your going to need to run spacers most likely with any larger tire. So you get the backspaceing needed not rub when turning. I would just factor in new wheels into any plans to go bigger.

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