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Old 03-02-2012, 04:55 PM   #1
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Thinking about going to 17's

I have the stock 16's at the moment and really want some black rims to go with the Dozer color. Dont want to buy all new rims and tires so I was thinking about grabbing a set of 17 take off's with the factory tires and plasti dipping them.
Im still new to jeeps and dont want to go throwing a ton of mods at it yet just the black rims. I want to take it off road like that just to get used to everything.
Will the factory 17's make a difference that I will notice off road? I know the tires are a little bit taller than the 16's.

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You'd be hard pressed to have any one on the boards here recommend keeping either the stock 16s or 17s. Look into an aftermarket set with better backspacing. Any wheel with 4.5 or less will work. If your considering a new set of wheels, you should also look at 15s.

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Will 15's fit on the new ones? I didnt know they would.
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Will 15's fit on the new ones? I didnt know they would.
Yes most makers of 15" alloy wheels fit JKs with no modifications. I have the MB72 15x8 wheel with 33" duratracs and they fit just fine. PM discount tire direct on here (supporting member) and ask them to send you their list of 15" wheels that are guaranteed to fit your jeep. There is quite a selection. If you want to see pics of my set up, you can do so under my jeep profile.

15" wheels = less money and less weight for both your tires/wheels.
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Will 15's fit on the new ones? I didnt know they would.
yeah but you have to find a set with 3.75" BS so the wheels are going to stick way out. also might have to grind your brake caliper a little. my 0.02, go with a 16" and 4.5" of BS. there are TONS of tire choices, much CHEAPER than 17" wheels...

thats what i did (went from 17" to 16")

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Old 03-02-2012, 05:31 PM   #6
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For my benifit ( and likey a few others) why is going DOWN on your wheel size a good idea? I have considered new rims or painting mine........you have my interest here. Does your ride heigth get lower? Honestly don't understand why going down is overall a good idea. Thanks, Jim.
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yeah but you have to find a set with 3.75" BS so the wheels are going to stick way out. also might have to grind your brake caliper a little. my 0.02, go with a 16" and 4.5" of BS. there are TONS of tire choices, much CHEAPER than 17" wheels...

thats what i did (went from 17" to 16")

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Properly fitted 15" wheels require no modifications to the brake calipers and there are many available to choose from. The most popular size is 15x8 and it will be 3.75 of backspacing and -19mm off set. An alloy wheel in this size fits perfectly fine on JKs.

MB72 15x8 alloys on 33x12.5R15
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For my benifit ( and likey a few others) why is going DOWN on your wheel size a good idea? I have considered new rims or painting mine........you have my interest here. Does your ride heigth get lower? Honestly don't understand why going down is overall a good idea. Thanks, Jim.
Going to a smaller wheel has several advantages over a larger one. A smaller wheel will weigh less and the tires for the wheels in the same size will cost less than those on a bigger size wheel. You also have greater side wall protection, a greater contact patch, and a bigger and stronger stance cosmetically.
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Properly fitted 15" wheels require no modifications to the brake calipers and there are many available to choose from. The most popular size is 15x8 and it will be 3.75 of backspacing and -19mm off set. An alloy wheel in this size fits perfectly fine on JKs.

MB72 15x8 alloys on 33x12.5R15
i didn't realize that. i thought you had to do something for any of the 15 incher's... good to know! thanks!

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I priced the 33x12.5x15 today at DTD and the 33x12.5x17 Duratracs and there was about $100 difference between the tires. Add the MB-72's at $95 each and the cost was more to go with the 15". I do agree that it looks better.
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I priced the 33x12.5x15 today at DTD and the 33x12.5x17 Duratracs and there was about $100 difference between the tires. Add the MB-72's at $95 each and the cost was more to go with the 15". I do agree that it looks better.
i just bought a set of 5 Level 8 ZXs and Duratracs 315/75r 16 and the set was almost 700 cheaper than the same thing in a 17" setup.

in my limited experience, the savings is in the tires, not the wheels. my 0.02 for what it's worth...

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THAT is from ONLY downsizing the wheels and putting a biger tire on????????? It looks awesome.
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i just bought a set of 5 Level 8 ZXs and Duratracs 315/75r 16 and the set was almost 700 cheaper than the same thing in a 17" setup.

in my limited experience, the savings is in the tires, not the wheels. my 0.02 for what it's worth...

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Id save $500 on the tires but the wheels kill the savings. I think I need to find some wheels local. DTD is cheaper on tires than I can buy in Canada even after the duty is added, but I can probably do better on the wheels.
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i just bought a set of 5 Level 8 ZXs and Duratracs 315/75r 16 and the set was almost 700 cheaper than the same thing in a 17" setup.

in my limited experience, the savings is in the tires, not the wheels. my 0.02 for what it's worth...

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You're right. And you only went from 17's to 16's (like me). Going from 17's or 18's down to 15's saves even more.
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You're right. And you only went from 17's to 16's (like me). Going from 17's or 18's down to 15's saves even more.
yeah, man going from a sahara 18" down to a 15" holy crap you could save enough money for say... a rear bumper and tire carrier!

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Thanks for all the info guys, I am going to start shopping around a little bit and see what I can find. If I go with 16's will they fit the stock tires if I get 16x8's just until I save up some extra cash for tires.

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