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Old 02-27-2014, 08:26 PM   #1
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wheel size

I am looking to put a 2.5" lift on my jeep and 35" tires. 17" rims seem too small proportionally.

What size wheel makes the best sense?

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Old 02-27-2014, 08:30 PM   #2
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I went with 18's because like you I think the 17's are too small and think that 20's are too big so 18's made sense for me.

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Old 02-27-2014, 08:36 PM   #3
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Statute #278 of WranglerForum:
Thou shall not break in excess of 18 inches in a wheel whose absolute circumference is determined by classical Catersian math as "2 x Pi x r", where r is the radius of such circumference, when used on a "Jeep" and the difference of its y-axis axle-frame cathetus is of 2.5" over its initial conception, and furthest, the diameter of the enveloping body, "tire", is no such size above 35".

-- Note: Limit raised from 17" to 18" to appease the masses on the 5th day of July, year 2013.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:43 PM   #4
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There are many things to consider before making a decision on wheel size. Are you using the Jeep off-road or are you lifting just for the looks? Off-road the 17 " wheel gives you more tire sidewall which provides additional cushion from rock damage to your wheels with aired down tires. For paved road driving, a larger diameter wheel with a lower profile tire will give you less sidewall roll which returns slightly better cornering ability, though you still have to be concerned with the high center of gravity of the Jeep. Also keep in mind that typically tires for larger diameter wheels cost more than comparable tires for a smaller diameter wheel.

Choose your driving style / terrain, pick a tire or two you think you're interested in, and see what sizes they are available in. That in itself may limit your choice of wheel diameter. I personally maintained a 17" wheel when I installed my 2.5" lift and went to 35" mud terrains. It fit what I wanted to do with the Jeep and I prefer the look of the higher sidewall to a like tire on larger wheels.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:38 AM   #5
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if you leave the pavement with your jeep there is no reason to ever go above a 17" wheel. not only are you sacrificing off road performance, but the tires cost more.

when I built my jeep I already had a set of 18" sahara wheels that I planned on using, turned out a set of 37's and new wheels were cheaper than buying 37's for an 18" wheel.

A 15" wheel actually makes the most sense.
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As Tweak says regardless of what "look" you prefer, the selection goes way down and the price goes way when you go to 18"+ wheels. Sahara owners can almost pay the price the of new wheels when they buy 35"+ tires for the stock wheels.

15" tires make a lot of sense off road but you can run into interference with the caliper very easily. If you like big wheels you will be happier with 17" rims in the long run.
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35 on 17 is the best way to go.






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Old 02-28-2014, 07:10 AM   #8
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I have 35 inch nitto's on 17 inch Crank wheels. I personally like the beefier tire look that's why I went with 17's
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Old 02-28-2014, 10:47 AM   #9
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As Tweak says regardless of what "look" you prefer, the selection goes way down and the price goes way when you go to 18"+ wheels. Sahara owners can almost pay the price the of new wheels when they buy 35"+ tires for the stock wheels.

15" tires make a lot of sense off road but you can run into interference with the caliper very easily. If you like big wheels you will be happier with 17" rims in the long run.
true, but that can be solved pretty easily. the two JK's that I have installed 15's on both required no grinding.
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35s on 17s for me as well

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