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Old 12-08-2010, 08:23 PM   #1
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Just learned my 11 JKU Tires are hard to come by...great...

Ok...my Sahara came with 18" wheels. It's my DD and I thought that this would be the perfect mix of fun and work. I'm not a particularly flashy guy and don't like chrome or the white lettering on the tires.

I stopped by America's Tires to ask how much it would cost to have them flip them around. $100...then I asked how much it would cost to pick up a new set of AT Revo 2s...$900 installed...apparently they are a difficult size tire to come by...#@$!

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I just spent 1300+ on 4 studded snow tires with 16" steel pulloff wheels. About 940 dollars for the tires studded, mounted, balanced, and aligned. So, 18s are usually more expensive than 16s even though for the same diameter there is more rubber on the 16s. Go figure.

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I just spent 1300+ on 4 studded snow tires with 16" steel pulloff wheels. About 940 dollars for the tires studded, mounted, balanced, and aligned. So, 18s are usually more expensive than 16s even though for the same diameter there is more rubber on the 16s. Go figure.
i have heard that the larger wheel size tires are more expensive because of the quality of the rubber or the stiffness of the tire, because the side wall is smaller??

i don't know if there's any truth to that but i'm sure this will stir some conversation....

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Old 12-08-2010, 08:56 PM   #4
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Hilldweller posts a lot on tires on the forum and he said that it has to do with the economics of supply and demand. Because 16 inch are more mass produced, they can afford to make a ton of them at a lesser price. It made sense to me when he said it. 18s are still pretty scarce compared to vehicles with 16s. Most engineers have to take economics courses and even though I changed my major, I got those courses before the change. Tires are a large enough market that this type of economics applies.
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Ok. That makes sense. If I run 16" wheels with 32" tires on my is there any work I need to do since it's currently set for 18" wheels?
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Ok. That makes sense. If I run 16" wheels with 32" tires on my is there any work I need to do since it's currently set for 18" wheels?
You should be able to run 16 because the stock sport runs that wheel but I think the 17's is a good option also. 17 will still be more then the 16 but cheaper then 18 and still gives that larger profile. But if price is more of the concern the 16 is the way to go. Just make sure to get a better backspacing. 4.5 to 5" depending on how big a tire you want and the wheels width
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so just paint over the white lettering, or grab some sand paper and sand them off. The chrome? Nothing a good mud bath won't fix =D

$900 isn't that bad to be honest, sure there are plenty of cheap tires for shitty cars, but you want quality tires for a quality ride, in a quality vehicle such as a jeep, or say, a shelby cobra, and that is going to cost you. Look at it this way, it's the biggest performance mod you can do to your jeep for under $1000.. Nothing effects the drive like the rubber on the pavement.
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thanks rick and flyin! thanks for the advice and good ideas!
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The only thing that matters as far as the speedometer and odometer being accurate is the outside diameter of the tires, not the size of the wheels. As long as the OD remains near the stock diameter of 32 inches, the speedometer and odometer will measure accurately. With regards to wheel size, an important consideration for off roading is putting a lot of rubber between the wheel and the trail. With 16s as opposed to 18s, you can air down more easily and not be as concerned with rocks damaging the wheels. If your jeep never sees trail time, the size of the wheels is less important.
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I asked how much it would cost to pick up a new set of AT Revo 2s...$900 installed...apparently they are a difficult size tire to come by...#@$!
That's not a bad price for tires........ My 33's were more and they're 15's... But yeah, any 18 is gonna run more as everyone above me already said. Tires aren't cheap, period, especially in truck sizes. Now those little bitty lawn mower tires they put on Honda's are pretty inexpensive.....
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Try discount tire. They are here on this site.
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the bigger the wheel the more expensive the tire.
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I put a set of Revo 2s on my F-150 4x4. They're expensive (I bought 10 ply LTs). I only got to drive with them about a month before I came overseas, but I liked them. They were smooth and quiet on the hardball.....and sticky, even in Georgia clay. I did notice a slight drop in fuel economy when I put them on, but overall liked them a lot better than the goodyear tires. Can't remember exactly how much I paid, but they would have easily been the most expensive brand the store offered if they hadn't been on sale. How much for a set of Revo 2s for a 17" wheel?

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