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Old 07-13-2012, 10:40 AM   #1
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Cost of wheel & tire upgrade?

Hi there,

I'm still vacillating between ordering a '13 JK Unlimited Sport S or a Rubicon Unlimited. If I go with the Sport S, I'd want to immediately upgrade the tires and wheels, so I'm trying to get an idea of the costs involved. I'd get the 3.73 gears (of course) and hope I can run 33"s with this set-up. Yes/no?

So, what would a reasonable tire/wheel package cost? I'm not looking for anything too fancy or expensive; probably black(ish) wheels with BFG MT (or similar) tires. Any feedback would be appreciated! Also, what would the OEM tires & wheels be worth, if I were able to trade them in at a place like Discount Tires?

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Old 07-13-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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There’s a big difference between a sport and rubicon. Why these 2? Will you need lockers, electronic sway disconnect etc? A rubicon will come with 4.10’s.

As for cost, just start looking at them online or call discount tire since it sounds like you already know what you want. Are planning on lifting it at all?

Cheapest way to get in 33’s would be with 15” wheels and proper backspacing. Depending on your off road style you can go with an AT which will be cheaper than a MT. They aren’t any less aggressive, see Goodyear Duratrac and Kelly Safari TSR. They will also be lighter than a MT but not as strong a sidewall. As for trade ins, I never done that at discount so couldn’t tell you.

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Old 07-13-2012, 11:40 AM   #3
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Dan pretty much covered it. 15" wheels, 33x12.50 duratracs (or km2s) your lookin at around 1500$ish could be less if you get discounts from forum vendors.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:43 AM   #4
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forgot to mention, i dont know about trading tires in anywhere, but you can DEFINITELY sell them in the for sale section here. if you go with the rubi their wheels/tires together go for about 600-1200 depending on the location and how many are being sold at that time. if you sold your rubi wheels and tires for 1000 and went with 15" wheels/duratrac combo it would only cost you about 500 or less
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:03 PM   #5
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Guys,

Thanks for the replies so far. I should've been a bit more specific: I've had TJs in the past, a '97 with a lift, 33"s, ARB lockers, heavy duty bumpers, re-geared, etc.; the other (an '03) only with a "budget boost" and 32"s. Of course, I lived in Colorado when I had the first one. Don't really NEED the Rubicon here in Dallas, but would like to have its out-of-the-box capability if/when I get out of here; besides, resale value seems to be very good. I'd probably only do a mild lift with either one of the two, just enough to make room for 33"s.

OTOH, when configuring a loaded Rubi (auto, dual tops, leather, etc.) and comparing it to a more basic Sport S (manual, soft top, cloth, etc.), the difference in MSRP is close to $10K! Two very different vehicles, of course (and I can probably afford it), but I have to ask myself if it's really worth it. This would be a daily driver, and I like stick shifts; however, I also understand the Jeep's 6-speed isn't the smoothest unit on the market.

So, about $1,500 for a decent set of wheels & tires, and maybe a few hundred bucks in return for the stock components?

Thanks again,

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forgot to mention, i dont know about trading tires in anywhere, but you can DEFINITELY sell them in the for sale section here. if you go with the rubi their wheels/tires together go for about 600-1200 depending on the location and how many are being sold at that time. if you sold your rubi wheels and tires for 1000 and went with 15" wheels/duratrac combo it would only cost you about 500 or less
this is really good info.. new Rubi takeoffs can get 1,000 - 1,200. Stock wheels are half that..

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