Originally Posted by Artimities
So my 2011 Wrangler Sport that I just got "used" has the stock 16 inch rims on it and I ahve a few questions.
1) I would like to get black rims, or maybe even get my current set powdercoated Black.... about how much does powder coating cost? or is is even suggested over just buying black rims?
2) I want to get some bigger tires... I still have to use my jeep as a every day commuting car, so I cant go to big, any suggestions?
3) If I stay with the stock rims (powdercoated) how big of a tire would you reccomend and about how much do they cost?
Any ideas or suggestions would be great... I am kinda at a lose when it comes to tires and rims. I just know I want black... thanks again!
I would not recommend powder coating or painting the stock wheels. In the end the expense will run more than a new wheel. When calculating cost you need to figure in the cost of materials and time ... Example: You spend $5 on a can of paint PLUS 6 hours of scrubbing brake dust, cleaning overspray off your driveway PLUS dinner for your girlfriend to make up for spending all day Saturday in the driveway. Paying someone to powder coat stock wheels just isn't cost effective and I don't think you will be happy in the long run.
That said, you've got a number of variables here. You want to use your Jeep as a daily driver - Why do you want larger tires?
I would recommend staying with STOCK wheel and tire combinations - Stock meaning what Jeep puts on any of the Wranglers from Sport to Rubicon.
I would recommend AGAINST putting a 15" wheel on a Jeep that was designed with a 16" wheel in mind. You need a 5 on 5 bolt pattern and I don't believe there are many options (if any) for 15" wheels with a 5 on 5 bolt pattern AND an appropriate back spacing.
You're looking for a recommendation ... I'd need a budget before I can give you a solid recommendation ... really the bigger you go the more you spend. It's never just wheels, or just tires... Always more to spend.
Option 1: Search Craig's List and find a Jeeper that's selling out of his aluminum sport wheels and tires. You can find deals on 5 wheels and tires mounted for under $500 depending on the style wheel and tire. Going this route you can be certain the rim will fit your Jeep. You still run the risk of rubbing depending on the tire size, your jeep's suspension, etc.
Option 2: Aftermarket Steel Wheels, about $80 a piece. Go with a 16x8 and a 255/70-17. This is a 31" tire ... slightly larger than the stock 225 you're running now. You will maintain highway drivability. Depending on the tire you select, you can dramatically improve off-road performance. The wheels will tuck under the fenders so you don't have to worry about clearance issues or slinging mud. Most likely you will not need to level, lift or modify your suspension. Worth noting here is an aluminum wheel will run about $40 more each ... $120 per wheel shipped for a 16x8 with 4.5" back space. Upside here is if you decide to go bigger down the road, your wheels can accommodate a slightly larger tire. Tire cost can vary from $80 per tire for an all season radial to $250 per tire for a mud terrain.
Option 3: Buy the cheapest rim and biggest tire you can afford. Mount them by hand and go wheelin' as hard as you can. Whatever rubs will most likely break off.
Seriously ... Jeep + Daily Driver = CONSERVATIVE
JEEP = 'J' UST - 'E' MPTY - 'E' VERY - 'P' OCKET
I can help you spend as much money as you want ... but I think you're trying to save money, make your Jeep look cool and enjoy your ride to work. Option 1 is the best way to achieve a new look without breaking the bank. Option 2 costs more money and looks much cooler.
Hope this helps!