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Old 01-16-2014, 04:02 PM   #1
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New Wheels/Stock Rubber OR Stock Wheels/New Rubber

I am picking up my new ride tomorrow, a 2014 JKU Sport 24S w/ Max Tow, and plan on doing one of the above tweaks in the very near future. I am leaning towards the first option mainly to improve the stance but I don't know much about the stock rubber, aside from the fact that it looks underwhelming. I certainly wouldn't rule out the latter option and would likely go to a very full 32" or even a 33" (2-2.5" lift to follow eventually). By the way, if I could afford to do the whole package I would. Curious to hear your take - if in my shoes what would you opt for? Thanks!

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Old 01-16-2014, 04:51 PM   #2
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I would vote new rubber stock rims for one reason.

If you sell the stock rubber with only a few miles on them. You can get a pretty good price selling them. After a few miles not so much.

I sold my stock rubi tires with less than 300 miles on them for $700. It helped offset my new ones.

Now if I could just sell my set from my last car it will be time for the new rims

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Old 01-16-2014, 05:07 PM   #3
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I personally like my factory rims so I've opted to go for new rubber. I think the stock tires stink anyway, in both size and tread design.
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:22 PM   #4
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Put the Rubi KM's on. Look good, will take you just about anywhere. If you are in a winter area, keep your old tires for winter.
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I was up and down with this. I had a hard time with replacing new tires with new tires so I went with wheels. I'm glad I did because even though I'm still running stock 31's they look much better on a 9" rim that sticks out just a little past fender flares then the stock 7" rim. I know you can get close to that look with wheel spacers but tires still look skinny.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:49 PM   #6
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Put the Rubi KM's on. Look good, will take you just about anywhere. If you are in a winter area, keep your old tires for winter.
Really like the rubi tires. Actually asked what the dealer up-charge would be but haven't heard back. I do live in the northeast so can I assume they aren't great in the snow?
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:53 PM   #7
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I was up and down with this. I had a hard time with replacing new tires with new tires so I went with wheels. I'm glad I did because even though I'm still running stock 31's they look much better on a 9" rim that sticks out just a little past fender flares then the stock 7" rim. I know you can get close to that look with wheel spacers but tires still look skinny.
I hear you. I need to get the tires out from under the fenders ASAP! I am looking at 17x8.5/9, however, the stock tires say max rim width is 8.5. Are you having any issues with 9"? Do you have any pics of the new set-up? I have looked high and low and can't seem to find any. Thanks!
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I would definitely replace the rubber before the wheels. The stock rubber is "ok" but definitely not a strong point.

Make sure you know what your state laws are on tires vs fenders. I believe some states require the tire not stick out further than the fender. Check to be sure because you don't want to invest the money and then have to undo it to pass inspection or get out of a ticket or whatever.

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Old 01-16-2014, 08:59 PM   #9
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Really like the rubi tires. Actually asked what the dealer up-charge would be but haven't heard back. I do live in the northeast so can I assume they aren't great in the snow?
Mud tires in general are pretty bad on packed snow or ice. Great in deep snow. Generally your stopping distances on packed snow or ice would be a lot worse with the Rubi tires than the stock tires on any other Wrangler.
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I hear you. I need to get the tires out from under the fenders ASAP! I am looking at 17x8.5/9, however, the stock tires say max rim width is 8.5. Are you having any issues with 9"? Do you have any pics of the new set-up? I have looked high and low and can't seem to find any. Thanks!
So far they have been fine on my 9" rims no issues and 2000 miles of use
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:09 PM   #12
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Forget the stance you can't change it enough to provide any benefits and you will change the loads on the bearings.

Get new rubber if you're going to hit the trail.

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