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Old 04-14-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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best wheel size for duratrac?

Hello - I think 17" wheels look good with DT's on the Wrangler. It looks like the appropriate combo for the vehicle for onroad/light offroad use.

A bigger wheel size seems to give it a funky low profile look that I don't think most true Wrangler enthusiasts would approve of.

As the wheel size becomes smaller the tire starts to look like a donut. I'm guessing this starts to impact the road handling although it may give more options for rougher offroading without as much risk of scraping the wheel.

So what are your thoughts on DT wheel size from an aesthetic perspective as well as a handling perspective? And what do you think is the best wheel size for a Wrangler that's going to be used primarily onroad with occasional light offroad use?

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I prefer 16" wheels with the 315/75R-16 (35") Duratracs. Makes the tire look bigger.
15" wheels for 33"

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I prefer 16" wheels with the 315/75R-16 (35") Duratracs. Makes the tire look bigger.
15" wheels for 33"
^^ I'm with him.

Only thing I'd add is that the 35" DuraTracs in the 16" wheel size are E-rated. They've got a thicker sidewall, but are a lot harsher for everyday on-road use. They're also heavier.

I run em on my Jeep, but I like the "truck" feel you get from em. Not for everyone, though.

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Wheel size can vary between 17 and 16, but what should not vary is the tire size.

YOU HAVE TO GO WITH THE 315.

anything smaller is will be too small for you inside 6 months of install. I have the 315s. They are barely big enough. Im going to 37s soon.

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17" wheels will give you a good tire selection as well as room for bigger brakes if you ever do a brake upgrade (definitely a need mod with bigger tires 35+, IMO). I ran 32s with 17s and just moved to 35s on 17s. A slightly shorter sidewall will give you better highway manners too.
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yeah I posted a thread on this forum about e-rated tires a few months ago. Based on the feedback a D-rated tire is probably better for me.

If 35/16 DT's are only offered as E-rated then that helps simplify my decision to go with 35/17 DT's
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yeah I posted a thread on this forum about e-rated tires a few months ago. Based on the feedback a D-rated tire is probably better for me.

If 35/16 DT's are only offered as E-rated then that helps simplify my decision to go with 35/17 DT's
For 17s vs 16s, you'll save about 20 lbs on weight (for 5), but they'll cost you significantly more.
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Hello - I think 17" wheels look good with DT's on the Wrangler. It looks like the appropriate combo for the vehicle for onroad/light offroad use.

A bigger wheel size seems to give it a funky low profile look that I don't think most true Wrangler enthusiasts would approve of.

As the wheel size becomes smaller the tire starts to look like a donut. I'm guessing this starts to impact the road handling although it may give more options for rougher offroading without as much risk of scraping the wheel.

So what are your thoughts on DT wheel size from an aesthetic perspective as well as a handling perspective? And what do you think is the best wheel size for a Wrangler that's going to be used primarily onroad with occasional light offroad use?
I agree with you, that 17s look the best, plus you still have plenty of sidewall! 315x70Rx17, it just is a great size and they look Bad ass...............
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I've run 15, 16, and 17 inch wheels with many AT and MT tires. The best street handling was definitely with the 16 and 17" wheels and tires. However, my wallet thanked me many times for running 15" wheels/tires.

For 33s, 15x8s work perfect. Light weight, and cost the least.
For 34,35 or larger, go with a 16x8 or 17x9 wheel.
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I agree with you, that 17s look the best, plus you still have plenty of sidewall! 315x70Rx17, it just is a great size and they look Bad ass...............
@Miser - now you're getting me excited lol
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Primarily on road usage, then I would go with either 16s, or 17s. I like 17s, because 15s and maybe even 16s with large tires will give you more side defection "side roll" when cornering at higher speeds. 17s will just be move stable for cornering on highway, but they will still be good off highway. A 285, or 315, either will work.
Differential ratio, minimum 3:73 for these larger tires.
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@dogger - sounds like 315/17 ftw
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Primarily on road usage, then I would go with either 16s, or 17s. I like 17s, because 15s and maybe even 16s with large tires will give you more side defection "side roll" when cornering at higher speeds. 17s will just be move stable for cornering on highway, but they will still be good off highway. A 285, or 315, either will work.
Differential ratio, minimum 3:73 for these larger tires.
How fast are you cornering in a Jeep to make any difference?
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:54 AM   #14
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I went with 17 wheels because the 315/70/17 is D rated.
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Planning my 35 upgrade project and trying to decide on 16s vs 17s.
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lesgoff - you have a badass jeep!

how do you like the trektop nx?
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I see alot of snow up here in Wisconsin. Wide tires hurt more than help in snow. 315's look cool but they are too wide for my needs. Just put 285's on it and it's perfect. I get both the look and the performance.
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Thanks, I really like the Trektop. It also works great as a bikini top when the rear windows are removed. The only negative is when folded back it only exposes the front seats unlike the stock top that folds back far enough for front and rear passengers. This works great for me because I rarely have passengers in the rear seats.

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how do you like the trektop nx?

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