I'm getting my new 2-dr Wrangler Sport B today and I have an option to go up from the 16" steel to 17" alloy wheels for $400. What are the pros and cons? Should I settle for the stock Goodyear Wrangler ST tires or try for an upgrade? Will this affect my speedometer and mileage etc. I occasionally go on extreme 4x4 back roads in the Big Bend National Park, Texas. Thanks
I don't really see a con here. Of course you should try and squeeze all you can out of your dealer but if the 17's are all they will budge on, then get them. The one downside is rubber price is more expensive, that is if you run 33's or 35's on them with wheel spacers in the future but the good thing is there are tons of rubber options. In the future if you do decide to get aftermarket wheels you can sell the 17's and not lose any money.
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Like I said, the biggest question is...do you plan on getting different wheels in the near future?
If you plan on going to 33's or 35's soon.....don't bother. You might as well apply that $400 to you new rims/tires, and you will need a procal to reset you speedo.
If you plan on running stock for awhile, then that is a solid price. The biggest benefit being that the dealer will (should) adjust your speedo for free. It is just a quick flash for them since the SR-A's on 17" rims are a "standard" Jeep size. Keep pressing....you might be able to get them cheaper.
see if they will upgrade the tires but see if they will let you get some 17" rims with 4.5" backspacing just to make things easier in the future. Also if you are going to really do some offroad stuff try and see if they have some rubicon takeoffs that they will give you the same deal on. I will say 400 is a screaming deal. I originally had the stock 16" steelies on my 2013 jku and they are the uglies rims out there
They offered me 18's for the same $ but I don't want to go that tall.
I'm assuming the pre-2012 stock Sahara wheels? New? $400 for 5 tires with TMPS?
For me, I would take the Sahara wheels for $400 over the Sport S wheels......mostly for the Bridgestone Duelers over the SR-A's.
New Duelers are $196.00 each at Tirerack. (new SR-A's are $159.00 each.) I've been keeping my eye out for deals like that. When it is time for new tires, it will probably be cheaper to simply buy 5 "new" take-offs than have 5 new tires mounted.
But if you will be doing off-roading, I can understand not wanting the lower profile tire on the 18" rim.
However...I'd ask about Rubi take-offs as well. That dealer seems to have some nice prices.