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Old 05-13-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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15 or 17 in rims

Need some expert advice on the pros/con on 17in vs 15in rims. I have a 2013 jku sport-s, I'm looking to replace the rims and tires with 33's. I'm new to all this tire/rim stuff and the more i read the more confused i get. LOL
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Need some expert advice on the pros/con on 17in vs 15in rims. I have a 2013 jku sport-s, I'm looking to replace the rims and tires with 33's. I'm new to all this tire/rim stuff and the more i read the more confused i get. LOL
17's look better and are fairly common now, you can shove bigger brakes in 17's
That being said tires get more expensive the bigger rims you have.

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Here is a thread of JK's with 33x12.50 on 15" rims.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/33x...deo-96568.html
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Thanks! Other than cost which is a better set up 15 or 17? 90% dd and 10% light off road.
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Do you think you will ever go bigger than 33's? If not, IMHO 15's look good on 33's and of course, they are cheaper.
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I'm more like 99% on road and 1% dirt road. I've had 33x12.50 15" tires on my Chevy PU for 15 years and I love them. I just ordered a set for my 2013 JKU and they should be here by the end of the week. I love the look of the balloon tire.
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Here is a thread of JK's with 33x12.50 on 15" rims.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/33x...deo-96568.html
Big Fan, I was looking at that set-up, just wasn't sure if 15 or 17's were better or if it really matters.
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2resa, no i don't see myself going larger at this point. But from what iv'e seen that could change in time.
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Do you think you will ever go bigger than 33's? If not, IMHO 15's look good on 33's and of course, they are cheaper.
2resa, no i don't see myself going larger at this point. But from what iv'e seen that could change in time.
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17's look better and are fairly common now, you can shove bigger brakes in 17's
That being said tires get more expensive the bigger rims you have.
If you ever have to replace the brakes and rotors for better ones, you need to go with the 17's. Also, I think 17's look better. Here is what mine look like (33's x12.5 on 17's).
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do your research, make sure the wheel/tire combo you want will work. Would hate for you to fall in love with a tire only to find it doesn't come in the same size as the wheels you want.
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Tweak, I looked at Level 8 Trackers with DuraTrac. Also BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A DCT states both will work with 5in bs.
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Tires are one thing but I think the larger concern is the brakes.

Ahsumtoy mentioned one apsect (the ability to increase rotor/caliper size) but the one thing that hasn't been mentioned is the original, engineered design.

The brakes are engineered/designed to work best in conjunction with the larger stock wheels.

Two important things to consider with the stock setup.

1. Temperature. The larger wheels allow more airflow around the brakes, keeping them cooler.

2. Clearance. The chances of damage (from mud, rocks, etc.) to the wheels or brakes is increased because there isn't as much or enough clearance between the wheel and brake assembly for the debris to clear efficiently.

Just my thoughts on the issue.
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Tweak, I looked at Level 8 Trackers with DuraTrac. Also BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A DCT states both will work with 5in bs.

In the 12.5 width or 10.5 width? I'm guessing only the 10.5
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I'd suggest looking at others and see which look you prefer.

I happen to like the look of 17's more so I stayed with stock wheels.
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17s all the way! They cost more, but they are worth it!
They look a lot better on the JK AND JKU!
You still have plenty of sidewall deflection for rock crawl.
If you do any high speed, highway driving, they also corner better, because of less sidewall roll.
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From a pure aesthetics standpoint, the 17s just look better dimensional wise on the JK/JKU.
I like 15s on the TJs.
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noog7, 12.5 on both.
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Thanks for all the help/ideas. It looks like 17in is the way to go.
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Would like to thank everyone for the input, 17in level 8 trackers with 4.5 bs.
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If your not going to wheel it and money is not an issue then 17s are better on the highway.
15" tires are cheaper and offer better performance offroad.
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Would like to thank everyone for the input, 17in level 8 trackers with 4.5 bs.
Here's my 17" Level 8 Trackers with 35" GY MT/R tires:



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