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Old 08-13-2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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New wheels - questions for 17" folks

My JKU came with "big wheels" from the dealer - and I like them. Well, sort of. I have a bad jones for some black wheels. I plasti-dipped my spare this weekend and I like it pretty well, but I'm starting to wonder about just getting new wheels.
From what I've read, 16's are really the way to go - but honestly, I'm not going to be crawling. At the most, I'm going to be on some fire roads and definitely up in the snow. I started thinking that I could just replace the wheels with 17's and stick with the stock tires which are the 255/75R17's.
Am I smoking crack thinking this way? I'm planning on a leveling kit before long - but can't bite off all that goes along with a real lift right now. I know wheels cost a bunch, but it's way less than wheels, tires and a lift... you know? Thoughts?
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I just put these on and like them a lot!
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man Im so on the line myself on this. I keep looking at 15's and 17's i know im not going to do much crawling exp in the columbus ohio area. but love the look of 15's with 33's on them.
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I'm getting my 17" Crager black soft 8's installed tomorrow, I'm putting my stock 17" tires on them...untill spring, then I'm going for 33's. I did get 4 1/2 backspacing for the tires I'm gonna get.They are steelies and you can't beat Summit's prices on steel wheels.
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you have the wheels im looking at but i want the black just dont know what size yet. It would be hands down 15's if I didn't live in the city.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:23 PM   #7
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Stock tire 255/75/17 on new MT Classic II black wheels. I did what you're talking about. I'll get 285/70/17 Duratracs once the stock tires die.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:28 PM   #8
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I think your wheel size choice is just going to boil down to personal preference. You want 17's? Go for it. I personally think 17's may be a bit large for a tire that size but you can always use those wheels in the future for bigger tires if you choose to go that route. 15's are a popular choice too, especially on the older models, but it seems that those are phasing away with the JK's. If I'm not mistaken there are many more tire options when it comes to a 17" wheel vs the 15" wheel. That might want to be something to consider too.
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yeah - I'm not ashamed to say I'm being sort of cheap here - I can't bear throwing out perfectly good tires after buying two sets last winter for the family cars. UGG!!!
I know the wheels are mostly cosmetic, but they soooo make the look of the jeep. I have no idea what the back spacing is on the stock 17's, but I know I want wider tires for my next set. Not much taller really - though that might be pretty sweet.
I really like the look of the black MT 2's in black. Is summit a brand or a retailer?
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:39 PM   #10
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Mickey Thompson. 4.5 back spacing. I think the stock is 6.25? Not sure, do a thread search and it should pop up. Might be under one of the sticky threads too.
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yeah - I'm not ashamed to say I'm being sort of cheap here - I can't bear throwing out perfectly good tires after buying two sets last winter for the family cars. UGG!!!
I know the wheels are mostly cosmetic, but they soooo make the look of the jeep. I have no idea what the back spacing is on the stock 17's, but I know I want wider tires for my next set. Not much taller really - though that might be pretty sweet.
I really like the look of the black MT 2's in black. Is summit a brand or a retailer?
www.summitracing.com/ retailer...check them out.
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I live in an area which gets a lot of snow and I went from the stock wheels on the Sahara which if I recall right are 18's down to a set of 16s and it was the best choice I ever made. Not only did I save a good amount on tires, now I have no trouble with snow packing in my over sized rims and throwing my tires off balance.

IMO if you do a lot of snow driving avoid "mag" style rims and go with 16s, you won't regret it!
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:57 PM   #13
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G8R - any lift on that picture? The MT's are callin my NAME!!!!
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My JKU came with "big wheels" from the dealer - and I like them. Well, sort of. I have a bad jones for some black wheels. I plasti-dipped my spare this weekend and I like it pretty well, but I'm starting to wonder about just getting new wheels.
From what I've read, 16's are really the way to go - but honestly, I'm not going to be crawling. At the most, I'm going to be on some fire roads and definitely up in the snow. I started thinking that I could just replace the wheels with 17's and stick with the stock tires which are the 255/75R17's.
Am I smoking crack thinking this way? I'm planning on a leveling kit before long - but can't bite off all that goes along with a real lift right now. I know wheels cost a bunch, but it's way less than wheels, tires and a lift... you know? Thoughts?
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One good thing of keeping the wheels and tires at stock size is you can always find cheap almost new tires and wheels than buying new tires alone.
People, like many here, are dumping the stock tires at dirt cheap price.

That's what I'm doing, probalby like you, I'm not going to do some serious rock crawling but mild offroading (Mohave and Death Valley trips are coming) and ski trips. I picked up a set of Rubicon wheels and tires with TMPS at great price locally.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:18 AM   #15
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Are the Rubucon wheels different than the upgraded wheels they sell on the jku sport with 17's? Have any pics?
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Are the Rubucon wheels different than the upgraded wheels they sell on the jku sport with 17's? Have any pics?
For 2012, wheel size is the same for Sports and Rubicon, I think the difference is only the finish. The tires for Rubicon are BFG mud terrain.
I now have 2 set from Sports and Rubicon, one set for daily use and the other for trips.

However, they changed the wheel style for 2013 Rubicon, some people like it, some people don't. I kinda like that, might pick up a set when they're cheap. You might see more people dumping the 2013 wheels in a few months. Check the 2013 thread for the pictures.

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Old 08-14-2012, 12:38 AM   #17
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Ahhhhh I like the tires - but not a fan of the rims.... That's a great tip though.... In a few months might be some food deals. As for buying some new 17s I've read that steel wheels may not fit over the breaks on the jeep - what measurement am I looking for to make sure they'd fit? Also for wheel width is there a size that's too big or small to run the stock tires or bigger when the time comes? Summit was listing by diameter, bolt pattern and width. Thanks a million - I really feel like I'm learning a ton! You guys rock!
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:46 AM   #18
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15's for 33's, but for sure 17's for 35's. It's a good ratio of wheel to rubber. I think 35's on 15's look like too little wheel (lets face it, wheels are nice, show them off a little, unless you're strictly business, all crawl no mall ). I understand that there is less wheel to scratch off road, but I'll be damned if there isn't enough rubber on 35's with 17 inch wheels. I can't see how you can scratch a 17 on 35's unless the situation would also scratch the 15's. Plus, when it gets real old and you go to 37's (and we'll all get there some day), you'll be set
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:09 AM   #19
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I got a TeraFlex leveling kit on mine. 2" spacers in front, 1" in back.

Some 15" steel wheels fit over the brakes, some don't. If you're looking at 15" and wheels, I suggest you call the guys at Discount Tire Direct. I've seen nothing but postive reviews about them on this board. They are also educated enough to let you know what 15" steel wheels will fit and which ones won't.
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For 2012, wheel size is the same for Sports and Rubicon, I think the difference is only the finish. The tires for Rubicon are BFG mud terrain.
I now have 2 set from Sports and Rubicon, one set for daily use and the other for trips.

However, they changed the wheel style for 2013 Rubicon, some people like it, some people don't. I kinda like that, might pick up a set when they're cheap. You might see more people dumping the 2013 wheels in a few months. Check the 2013 thread for the pictures.

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I did this when I first bought my Rubi. It was one of the first changes I made.



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I put these 17" Ion Alloy wheels on with 35's

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Vin - love the wheels - are those MT II's in 17" ? Did you lift or level? Or just change wheels? Thanks!!
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2012gecko - Nice! Lifted I presume?
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Anyone have any opinions on these? http://m.summitracing.com/parts/crr-3978850 Not sure if this is low ball or not. I love the look - will it make my jeep ride bad? They are 17's so my tires could stay. I think with the TF leveling kit I'd be dialed.
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I can't find the article but in the last 2-3 months, either Off Road Adventures, Four Wheeler, JP or 4-Wheel and Off Road had an article that said your wheel size should be close to 1/2 of the tire diameter. IOW, 34" tires should have a 17" wheel, 32">16", 30">15", etc.

But that sure goes against what I've seen in various forum postings.
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Attachment 150522I recently removed my stock COD black Rubi wheels and BFG KM tires at 2700 miles and put on Procomp 7036 wheels and Procomp 35x12.5x17 Xtreme tires. I really like them.
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@bearman - did you lift at all with that setup?
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:44 PM   #29
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Rugged Ridge 17" wheels with 33" Duratracs...
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Yes, its has a teraflex 2.5 inch suspension lift with daystar 3/4 inch spacers front and back. I have a Warn 9.5cti winch on the front. The back sits a little higher right now but this weekend i am putting my AEV tire carrier on the back mounted to the AEV bumper and that should level it out.
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