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Old 02-18-2014, 11:28 AM   #1
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Newb Wheel Question.

Ok Guys, I want to order some new wheels for my 2014 JkU sport. I have an idea of the wheels I want, im just not sure what ones to order.

I would like these wheels, but they come in 20x10, and 20x9. I guess Im not sure what would be best on the jeep. The tires a want to get are nitto mud grapplers. I would like to do a 35" but beyond that I get confused on what all I need with lifts. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:48 AM   #2
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Either wheel would be ok...guess it depends on how wide you want the 35's to be.

If you plan to wheel I wouldn't recommend 20's.

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If you are going that route, why not just get 22s" and REALLY be ghetto.
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If you are going that route, why not just get 22s" and REALLY be ghetto.
This is reason I regret using these forums sometime. I ask questions because I dont know what size I really want. Then you get these people who assume their way is the right way and if its not, then insult. Forget I even asked.
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This is reason I regret using these forums sometime. I ask questions because I dont know what size I really want. Then you get these people who assume their way is the right way and if its not, then insult. Forget I even asked.
I have 20's with 35's and I don't believe it looks "ghetto" at all! I get several compliments.
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If you are going that route, why not just get 22s" and REALLY be ghetto.
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Big aftermarket rims aren't my cup of tea, but one think I like about Jeeps is that they all look a little different.
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This is reason I regret using these forums sometime. I ask questions because I dont know what size I really want. Then you get these people who assume their way is the right way and if its not, then insult. Forget I even asked.

You will find ignorant a-holes in every forum. Hes probably alone and lonely...

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I like 20's or 22's on jeeps. As I said depends on what you plan to do with it.
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I guess I dont plan to off road a whole lot, but would like the ability to do so. I mainly like the look of big wheels. I have no problem getting smaller than 20" if it means It opens my options up for doing more off raod stuff. But to be honest I just love the look.

With that being said, maybe this turns into me going off road more.


Did you need a lift with those 20" wheels? I love the look, but with a black wheel. What size and type of tires are those.

Thanks guys.
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I guess I dont plan to off road a whole lot, but would like the ability to do so. I mainly like the look of big wheels. I have no problem getting smaller than 20" if it means It opens my options up for doing more off raod stuff. But to be honest I just love the look. With that being said, maybe this turns into me going off road more. Did you need a lift with those 20" wheels? I love the look, but with a black wheel. What size and type of tires are those. Thanks guys.
I have a 2.5 inch lift. They are Toyo open country tires. I believe you need a lift for 35 inch tires.
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For Off Roading you typically want the tire height to be twice the wheel diameter for optimum amount of sidewall. So for 35" tires 17" wheels would be the biggest I would go. That doesn't mean you can't ever take your Jeep off road with 20's. With that being said I'm breaking my own rule because my Jeep came with 17" wheels and I'm running 33" tires. It works but I wish I had more sidewall.

Aside from off road performance I'm not a fan of the look but if you like the look of them go for it. Get what you like.

Just realized you said you wanted Nitto Mud Grapplers. That is a very aggressive tire. Seems like it would really out of place of place on a 20" inch rim. Again, my opinion.
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For Off Roading you typically want the tire height to be twice the wheel diameter for optimum amount of sidewall. So for 35" tires 17" wheels would be the biggest I would go. That doesn't mean you can't ever take your Jeep off road with 20's. With that being said I'm breaking my own rule because my Jeep came with 17" wheels and I'm running 33" tires. It works but I wish I had more sidewall.

Aside from off road performance I'm not a fan of the look but if you like the look of them go for it. Get what you like.

Just realized you said you wanted Nitto Mud Grapplers. That is a very aggressive tire. Seems like it would really out of place of place on a 20" inch rim. Again, my opinion.

honestly I just threw 20" out there as a number because it was the size of the weel design I liked. They also have it in 18". Im not set on any size, I just wanted to understand what I was getting myself into. Same with the wheels Im just throwing out options that i think look good.

My jeep gets painted next week, so I was trying to get some wheels ordered and in. My brother in law runs a body shop, and we plan to paint it matte black. Perfect time time to get some cool wheels put on.
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Im not going to comment on the looks of 20" wheels, since looks are in the eye.....

By running 20s, you are going to spend A LOT more money on tires. You will also have far less sidewall to aid offroad, and you will also be MUCH more prone to bending/cracking your wheels. If you want to run 35s, stick with 16s or 17s.
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honestly I just threw 20" out there as a number because it was the size of the weel design I liked. They also have it in 18". Im not set on any size, I just wanted to understand what I was getting myself into. Same with the wheels Im just throwing out options that i think look good.

My jeep gets painted next week, so I was trying to get some wheels ordered and in. My brother in law runs a body shop, and we plan to paint it matte black. Perfect time time to get some cool wheels put on.
If you are going to go that route, since it's a jeep, consider getting it line-xed or kevlared, so that your finish is really Jeep-proof.

(ignore the builds themselves, just look at the finish.)

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Old 02-18-2014, 01:50 PM   #15
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I think 20' with 37 could work anything smaller would sort of defeat the purpose of bigger wheels for off-roading. The flippant response that 20 or 22 is "ghetto" is kind of asinine.
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For Off Roading you typically want the tire height to be twice the wheel diameter for optimum amount of sidewall. So for 35" tires 17" wheels would be the biggest I would go. That doesn't mean you can't ever take your Jeep off road with 20's. With that being said I'm breaking my own rule because my Jeep came with 17" wheels and I'm running 33" tires. It works but I wish I had more sidewall. Aside from off road performance I'm not a fan of the look but if you like the look of them go for it. Get what you like. Just realized you said you wanted Nitto Mud Grapplers. That is a very aggressive tire. Seems like it would really out of place of place on a 20" inch rim. Again, my opinion.
This. If you like 20" go for it. You'll without question increase your abilities off-road with a smaller rim. 16-17 on a 35. 17-18 on a 37. Bigger wheels decrease your ability to air down, increase your chances for damage, etc.
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Would a 35" Tire work on an 18" wheel? just curious. It sounds like Im goign to stick to a 17" wheel. I just want to know for future reference. Now to figure out what tire I want.

Also, what does ET20 mean. There is also a ET-12. im confused a bit. Here is the wheel im looking at. 17x9 MHT FUEL KRANK 5x5.0 5x5.5 ET20 MATTE BLACK MILLED WHEEL.
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Pick your tire first, it will dictate your wheel size. For me, I wanted Duratracs and duratracs only. in 35" flavor, you can only have 16" wheels, so that's what I run.
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If you go with 20's you can forget about airing down off road--unless you want to buy more rims. Also a smaller sidewall will be stiffer which will also hurt the ability of the tire to flex when it is looking for traction off road. If I was gonna get 20's I would get the shiney ones with the spinners because they are best suited for trips to the mall
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generally the larger you go with the wheels the heavier your combo will be, Id highly recommend dropping to an 18" wheel, It will ride better due to more sidewall, will be a better choice off road and should also end up being lighter than 20" rims.

I'm hoping you at least have 3.73 gears or are planning to regear for such a heavy combo??
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When you ask for opinions you are going to get answers that you don't necessarily agree with. Few in the Wrangler community favor 20 or larger wheels. The 18 is only tolerated because it comes stock on a Sahara, but even then...

Those that run chrome 20 or larger wheels don't usually take them off road which gives it the "mallcrawler" stigma as well. It's your Jeep, put whatever you want on it. Just keep in mind that not everyone likes what you like.
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When you ask for opinions you are going to get answers that you don't necessarily agree with. Few in the Wrangler community favor 20 or larger wheels. The 18 is only tolerated because it comes stock on a Sahara, but even then...

Those that run chrome 20 or larger wheels don't usually take them off road which gives it the "mallcrawler" stigma as well. It's your Jeep, put whatever you want on it. Just keep in mind that not everyone likes what you like.
Doesn't that apply to every mod you put on a jeep? why just with wheels? I mean not everyone likes the same mods. If that were the case then why even post about changes unless they pass the everyone tolerates criteria. But I agree I won't like every post. Its why i said just forget it.

I was looking for help on how to get my jeep to what I liked, not what the majority thinks I should like. I see lots of posts with wheels 18 or bigger, so i figured it was ok to ask here. Maybe someone can point me to the "mallcrawler" section for advice. Is there a place I need to register so that everyone knows Im convicted "mallcrawler"? (assuming I go with 18 or larger)

anyway, thanks for those that offered advice in PM's. I am about to order my wheels/Tires and lift. let the mods begin.
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Doesn't that apply to every mod you put on a jeep? why just with wheels?
Maybe, just maybe, because this thread is about wheels?
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Is there a place I need to register so that everyone knows Im convicted "mallcrawler"? (assuming I go with 18 or larger)
No, it will be obvious, like the white one pictured previously.
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Hey Montezuma-first welcome to the boards! Second, it is your Jeep to do as you see fit - if you like 20 inch wheels, go for it. There are a couple members here who run them and have some pretty nice looking Jeeps.

That said-if you plan to offroad, 20 inch is a bad idea as I think others tried to point out. So base what you do on that fact - if you want to offroad, or not. Good luck and let us know what you decide!
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Don't worry. Idiots don't bother me. If anything I feel sorry for anyone who needs the attention. I just block his posts and move forward.

I do know I won't be going off road very much. I base my decision on what looks cool. Money really isn't factor either, so It gives me plenty of options. Still I'm not sure a 20" is something I want. It's seems a little big for me. Maybe I buy it just to join the hated mallcrawler crew.
No one said it's "hated", it just is what it is. All show, no go.

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My brother owns a body shop and is looking into the kevlar for me.

Man the jeeps in that link are super cool. I did notice a few with 18" or bigger wheels. so this must be considered a mall crawler also?

Jeep - Full Metal Jacket - Starwood Motors
Yup, pretty much a mallcrawler. All show, no go.
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What type of off-road do you plan on doing. If you just want to trail Therese really no need to air down tires. 20s will be alright for trails. If you plan on going rock crawling 20s may not be the best idea. Hope this helps

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What type of off-road do you plan on doing. If you just want to trail Therese really no need to air down tires. 20s will be alright for trails. If you plan on going rock crawling 20s may not be the best idea. Hope this helps

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Thats what I figured. I plan to do some trails but nothing crazy.
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What type of off-road do you plan on doing. If you just want to trail Therese really no need to air down tires. 20s will be alright for trails. If you plan on going rock crawling 20s may not be the best idea. Hope this helps

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Is it safe to assume that by "trails" you mean dirt fire roads? You can usually drive a car on these. Even on greens and blues it's a good idea to air down.
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Thats what I figured. I plan to do some trails but nothing crazy.
Then you should be fine with 20s.
I actually like the 20s with some nitro trail gaplers.

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