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Old 07-02-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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Does it make sense to "upgrade" rims and keep factory tires?

Haven't seen anyone do it and I'm wondering why...

I am planning on spending more time in sand (and on road) than anything else, so the stock Goodyear Wranglers are actually fine with me. Would like a little bigger, but not a huge issue now. It's more the offset and back spacing of the factory rims that I don't really like...
Was thinking of going with something like the Choas 5 in 17x8 and keeping stock tires until they wear out and then going just a little bigger.
I don't see anyone do this... Am I missing something? Does it look like crap or not make sense in some other way?

If anyone knows of a pic of one set up like this, please post a pic!

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Old 07-02-2013, 08:52 PM   #2
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I've seen a few people do this and don't see anything wrong with it. If the tires you have are workin for you but you wanna change the look of the jeep, then a new set of rims will definitely do that. Then when you wear those tires out and maybe want something more aggresive, the rims are already there to compliment the new tires. Ultimately it's your jeep so just do whatever makes you happy with it.

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Old 07-02-2013, 09:28 PM   #3
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No you must get 33> tire and lift it atleast 2.5 then take it into the deepest pit you can find and buy a 1k$ winch to pull yourself out.


Jk I've heard of people keeping factory rims and new tires but not vice versa. But I don't see why your setup would be any different. If your lifting at all then it might look a little wimpy with small tires, if not.. Do you.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:30 PM   #4
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Sure it does. If nothing else it saves you some money up front. Get the new wheels and pay $5 - $10 per tire to swap the tires over. Then over the next year or so, while you're getting your money's worth out of the original tires, you can be researching and saving for new tires that may work better for you.

I think most people do the wheel/tire combo so that they get the whole looks/function package at one time. Other times it just amounts to them needing new tires anyway and deciding to go for wheels also.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:31 PM   #5
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No you must get 33> tire and lift it atleast 2.5 then take it into the deepest pit you can find and buy a 1k$ winch to pull yourself out.
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No you must get 33> tire and lift it atleast 2.5 then take it into the deepest pit you can find and buy a 1k$ winch to pull yourself out.


Jk I've heard of people keeping factory rims and new tires but not vice versa. But I don't see why your setup would be any different. If your lifting at all then it might look a little wimpy with small tires, if not.. Do you.
Haha. Good stuff...

I am not planning on lifting right now BTW. Even if I was picking my tires right now I think they'd be the Toyo AT in 33" so don't know if I'd ever lift to be honest. Like I said on road performance, pulling boat and beach sand are my priorities...

Wish I could see a pic or two of one, but like you said most people do the tires, not rims.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:10 PM   #7
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Haha. Good stuff...

I am not planning on lifting right now BTW. Even if I was picking my tires right now I think they'd be the Toyo AT in 33" so don't know if I'd ever lift to be honest. Like I said on road performance, pulling boat and beach sand are my priorities...

Wish I could see a pic or two of one, but like you said most people do the tires, not rims.
What wheels and tires do you have btw? As long as your honest with yourself of what your going to do with your jeep then you'll never regret spending whatever on it! )
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:13 AM   #8
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The one negative is the cost to remove the tires from your wheels, then mount and balance them on the new ones. Expect it to cost around $100.
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:32 AM   #9
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I have new tires now, but got more out of the factory ones while I saved some money.

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I'm of the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" mindset. That's why I waited until I wore out my stock tires and then replaced the rims with a set of MB Chaos 5's (-6MTB) wearing 265/70 Hankook Dynapro's (which are almost exactly the same height as stock, but a little wider):



The combination of the wider tire & 4.5" backspace of the MB's gives me a wider stance while keeping with ~32" tires ensures that I still have a fair amount of clearance and that I don't have to do any re-programming to correct my speedo, etc:

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Old 07-03-2013, 11:46 AM   #11
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I agree the stock SRA's are fine in even the softest sand at 18psi. However in the super soft stuff it's common to find others stuck and I'm usually too chicken to stop and help in fear of getting stuck myself.

My plan is to ditch the stock tire/wheel combo after they wear out. They seem to wear really fast so it shouldn't take long, maybe by 40-45k miles.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:51 AM   #12
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Another thing you can do when you get your new wheels is have the shop turn your blackwalls out. Changes the look more than you'd think!
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I'm of the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" mindset. That's why I waited until I wore out my stock tires and then replaced the rims with a set of MB Chaos 5's (-6MTB) wearing 265/70 Hankook Dynapro's (which are almost exactly the same height as stock, but a little wider):



The combination of the wider tire & 4.5" backspace of the MB's gives me a wider stance while keeping with ~32" tires ensures that I still have a fair amount of clearance and that I don't have to do any re-programming to correct my speedo, etc:

Thank you, thats very helpful. That's the wheel I was looking at, and I bet the stick tires would look almost identical. Are those the 17x8.5 Choas?
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:45 PM   #14
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Smile Upgrade wheels

I went to 4 3/4 offset & kept original tires. I'm
going to run them at least 20,000 miles & then
upgrade to 33's. Love the look for now.

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