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Old 03-28-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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Take 2, 15" vs 20"

I am getting ready to purchase my first jeep, 2007 Rubi with a Skyjacker lift. I have the option of 15" wheels with 33s or 20" wheels with 325 60 R20. My choice. I was wondering the pros and cons of both. My wife likes the 20s.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
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15s I guess. Why do you have to settle for one or the other? Why can't you get something like 17s or at least 16s?

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Old 03-28-2013, 09:16 PM   #3
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why buy an offroad vehicle and put 20's on it?
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20s = more metal to hit off rocks
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This will be my first jeep, the owner has both sets of wheels and tires and said I have my choice of one or the other. I'm new to the forum and jeeps .
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15s all day long.

Just my 2 pennies though.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:57 PM   #7
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Take the bling 20's
Sell them on CL
By some Rubi or Sahara (if you like the bigger rims) takeoffs
= Profit $$$

20's will suck offroad, and the 15" will suck onroad, worst of both worlds.

Some people will decry that and say that 15" are the greatest, I disagree, I had a old CJ and a YJ with 15" and 33" and the tires were squishy and the rig tended to meander more on the road with the high sidewall. Some will say that is due to the leaf springs and old suspention, but again I disagree, comming from a SCCA race background too. If you plan to spend most of your time offroad and on rocks, get the 15's, aired down they are king, but if it is a DD, I think that 17's are about the right compromise for 33" tires for onroad manners and offroad capability.

Of course YMMV and it is my opinion...

Edit - 325/60R20 are also 35.4" does that Rig have a lift?
Why would some one buy 33" on 15" and almost 36" for DD?
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:06 PM   #8
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I would normally steer you away from 20s, but MaskMan has a good idea. Sell those awful things on CL and you'll have a good chunk of cash to buy wheels of your choosing (non-20s) that are better suited for a jeep.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:54 AM   #9
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I guess it all comes down to what you are going to do with the Jeep. But if you like the 20's get the 20's. About 98.9% of people on this forum hate 20's, but there are a handful of us that like them. Again it's YOUR decision and don't let all the haters of the 20's sway your decision.

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Old 03-29-2013, 08:09 AM   #10
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A con to 20's is the tire is going to cost more when you need to replace them. A pro for the 20's is I like that tire that is currently on there better....
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15" Pros: Classic look, can air down and hold a bead without popping off, best priced replacement tires due to the volume tire makers sell in the 15" size.
Cons: none (unless they are cheaper steel rims)

20" Pros: Cost more originally, will impress Hummer drivers, frat boys and high school girls.
Cons: More expensive tire replacement, difficult to air down without losing the bead, mall-crawler look- everyone will know you don't really ever offroad.

Regarding getting the 20" to resell and buy whatever you want- while it's a good idea and I'm sure the original price of the 20" wheel/tire package was more than the 15", resale takes a big hit. Check used prices on eBay and craiglist before going that route to avoid any surprises.
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15" Pros: Classic look, can air down and hold a bead without popping off, best priced replacement tires due to the volume tire makers sell in the 15" size.
Cons: none (unless they are cheaper steel rims)

20" Pros: Cost more originally, will impress Hummer drivers, frat boys and high school girls.
Cons: More expensive tire replacement, difficult to air down without losing the bead, mall-crawler look- everyone will know you don't really ever offroad.

Regarding getting the 20" to resell and buy whatever you want- while it's a good idea and I'm sure the original price of the 20" wheel/tire package was more than the 15", resale takes a big hit. Check used prices on eBay and craiglist before going that route to avoid any surprises.
I knew it wouldn't take long for someone to come along and act like a jackass...
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:58 AM   #13
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Is buying the second set an option? Pay a little more and leave with two sets of wheels/tires.
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Like I always say, do which ever you like and don't worry what other people think.

With the right lift and tire, either one will good.

I run 33x12.50x15's on my TJ and a friend of mine runs 46x19.50x20's on his CJ.
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15" Pros: Classic look, can air down and hold a bead without popping off, best priced replacement tires due to the volume tire makers sell in the 15" size.
Cons: none (unless they are cheaper steel rims)

20" Pros: Cost more originally, will impress Hummer drivers, frat boys and high school girls.
Cons: More expensive tire replacement, difficult to air down without losing the bead, mall-crawler look- everyone will know you don't really ever offroad.

Regarding getting the 20" to resell and buy whatever you want- while it's a good idea and I'm sure the original price of the 20" wheel/tire package was more than the 15", resale takes a big hit. Check used prices on eBay and craiglist before going that route to avoid any surprises.
Maybe he doesn't want the "classic" look that everyone runs and maybe he is not out rock crawling every weekend and doesn't need to air down. And there are plenty of people with 20's that go off-roading.

Again to the OP, if you like the 20's then go for it!! Don't let comments like this one sway you either way. Your money, your Jeep, mod it the way YOU want to.
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I knew it wouldn't take long for someone to come along and act like a jackass...
...says the butt hurt guy with 20" rims. Get bent. He asked for opinions so I gave mine. Give yours too or quit whining.
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Im not going to lie, there is nothing appealing at all about either of those sets. those 20's belong on a ricer, and those american racing wheels belong in the 90's.

I would take the 15's and throw some 35's on it.
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Ya, those wheels are ridiculous lol
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Take the bling 20's
Sell them on CL
By some Rubi or Sahara (if you like the bigger rims) takeoffs
= Profit $$$
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THIS!
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I love the style of those 20's - but as a 16 or 17. Thinking of some american racing 16" versions of the baja myself instead of buying a new set of 18's in the next 20,000 miles or so.

.... but definitely not 20's .....ever

That is unless its on a keg filled covered wagon pulled by the Budweiser Clydesdales. That might be interesting.
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...says the butt hurt guy with 20" rims. Get bent. He asked for opinions so I gave mine. Give yours too or quit whining.
Want opinions? Here's mine... You're a hive-minded sheep. The guy asked a question and you feel the need to chime in with a bunch of snide crap about Hummers and high school girls rather than give a new jeeper an answer based on anything other than your opinion and insecurity. Watching the forums, you see alot of answers like yours. There's nothing of substance there, but a regurgitated opinion based on what the cool kids are saying at the time. Next week when the hive mind changes its opinion, you will too. You should make a poll to find out what your favorite color is, or what kind of music you should like, too.
PS.. My jeep has 18" wheels. It's cool though, you can still bash on them, the forum opinion 4 months ago was that they're too big for a real jeep. I'm not sure where they fall on the cool-scale now, and I really don't care.
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Super witty whetstone. Actually, my opinions and recommendations are based on time tested, proven setups created by people who have been Jeeping for many, many years. I resent seeing Jeeps turned into the next trendy thing now that ricers and H2's are played out.

I got a kick out the "current trends" posts you suggested for me. You appear to be a great source of helpful Jeeping info. Posts you actually created include "where did your screen name come from", "BEWBIES", and "vacation ideas". Have fun taking your JK to the dealer for oil changes until you trade it in for a BMW, poser.
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Super witty whetstone. Actually, my opinions and recommendations are based on time tested, proven setups created by people who have been Jeeping for many, many years. I resent seeing Jeeps turned into the next trendy thing now that ricers and H2's are played out.

I got a kick out the "current trends" posts you suggested for me. You appear to be a great source of helpful Jeeping info. Posts you actually created include "where did your screen name come from", "BEWBIES", and "vacation ideas". Have fun taking your JK to the dealer for oil changes until you trade it in for a BMW, poser.
Thanks for taking time out of your day to e-stalk me, that's not creepy at all . If you did a thorough search, you'll also know I've been driving jeeps since the early 1990's, that I've done a couple of body-off restorations, that I built my own bumpers for my current Jeep, and probably many more non-jeep related facts. You'll know that my experience isn't limited to Jeeps, I've built a Bronco (old style), and a couple of Scouts. You'll probably have found that I do let the dealership change my oil, I don't want those freebies to go to waste . Oh yeah, one of my jeeps is an unlimited, you might want to ask the forum if its a real jeep or not and feel free to call me a soccer mom if the cool kids say so. Don't worry, you'll grow up someday, have real world experience, and be able to form your own opinion. Poser? You're right, I probably am. If I get a jeep keychain and jacket, and whine about people I don't know not waving at me, will you let me in on the vast expertise you've gained from reading the Internet so I can be a real jeeper?
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15s with 33 or 35! 17 with 37s! Don't do 20's unless its just a mall crawler....
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The analogy to the jeep on chrome 20s is the same as ripping the low pro tires off the challenger(insert any sport or muscle car of your choice) and lifting it with 33s. You would not be welcome on the challenger forums and would be mocked by dudes with lowering springs and superchargers. Then ask about performance on the track with the 33s and wait for the answer...
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Do whatever you like. To answer the pro and con part of it.
15 will provide a better ride over a 20 at the same height.
15 is much cheaper to replace than a 20 of the same other dimensions.
Most15's have trouble clearing the brake calipers.
The bfg's on the 20's will be a better tire but see the 2nd point above.
I'd say take the 20's then sell them and get some 16 or 17 takeoffs really cheap.
I'm also not a huge fan of aftermarket wheels in general but hopefully that all comes across as non biased (no pun intended)
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Do whatever you like. To answer the pro and con part of it.
15 will provide a better ride over a 20 at the same height.
15 is much cheaper to replace than a 20 of the same other dimensions.
Most15's have trouble clearing the brake calipers.
The bfg's on the 20's will be a better tire but see the 2nd point above.
I'd say take the 20's then sell them and get some 16 or 17 takeoffs really cheap.
I'm also not a huge fan of aftermarket wheels in general but hopefully that all comes across as non biased (no pun intended)
I will add 15's don't clear my Synergy tie rod ends

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