Originally Posted by eh384
I just got a 2007 2 dr Sahara. Its sitting on stock rims and tires, as of now. I've been alotted $1500 bucks by my bank ( okay, its actually the wife
) to do what i want which is put on new tires/ balck rims. I drive about 60 miles/day back and forth to work and want to do some lite off roading. I'm looking to do a lift in the near future, but right now from what I've been told at the local shop, I can run 33's without a lift. For the budget I have, what 33's can I run, and should I stick with 17 inch rims or go 15 inch. I have about 2 weeks to decide. I've been looking at the KM/2, Mickey Thompson ATZ, and Super Swampers, and pro comp rims. If somebody can give me an idea of a solid setup in my price range, i would be forever grateful.
Just to let you know, it might be hard to get 5 matching wheel/tires for $1500. However you might be able to reach that if you get some steel wheels, they run crazy cheap and come in most standard sizes. Only thing is, they weight more. If you are willing to spend a few extra hundred, id go with the alloy's.
Yes, you can run 33's with no lift, but you will probably run into a problem of rubbing so either make sure to have the correct amount of backspacing on your new wheels or get a set of 1.5" spacers.
Since you dont do a lot of off roading, i would suggest going with a more agressive AT than a big MT. Any MT has very high rolling resistance, causing a power loss, and they weigh A LOT more, not to mention the cost. While they do look cool, they wouldn't be practical for your use. If you go the path of the AT's i would check out the Goodyear Duratract's or ProComp Xtreme AT's. The Baja ATZ's that you mention are also a good choice.
As for the wheels, if you go with the 17" it will have less sidewall which is better for street use but not so much for the trails. The 15" gives you more sidewall which is better for off road, but not so much street. They also make 16" which is a good median.
If you dont do a lot off trails, i would go with the 16" but its all up to what you think looks best and has the right amount of backspacing.
If you want an idea for a set up:
-33" Agressive AT's (Duratract's are lightest, Mickey's and PC are heaviest but both aren't nearly as cumbersome as an MT)
-16x8 wheels (make sure you have about 4.5" of backspacing or 1.5" spacers)
-Just a suggestion...you may want to get a programmer (superchips or AEV Procal) because the bigger more agressive tires cause you to loose power, acceleration, and MPG's) with a programmer, you can help minimize those effects.
Hope this helps!