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Old 09-28-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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Yet another wheel/tire question

So the wheel bug has got me going. I want to go with a new set of 33” in black. First off I have the Sahara 18” 7-spokers and I really like them. However I want a bit wider stance and a bit more of a capable tire for all purpose. I am also decided on GY DuraTracs.

I am not going to rock crawl and I won’t be off-roading a whole lot. At least not right away. I will not be installing a lift nor will I be re-gearing my 3.21. I simply want a bit wider stance on 33” tires and move to black wheels. I will keep the stockers as a winter wheel set just for the sheer damage that winter inflicts on wheels in the Northeast. Sure polished 7-spokers are not the ideal “winter wheel” but I have free wheel replacement on those (from the dealership) so if they get destroyed, they get replaced for free.

I initially thought that the Rugged Ridge wheels were going to be the ones. The 17x9 in black have the proper backspacing to give me what I want without rubbing, they look great and a ton of people have them and love them. But then I did some additional searching and really like the Pro Comp 7069 in black. Also seem to be a popular choice. Pro Comps come in 16” and a 17” versions.
I am debating on 17” or 16” wheels. Now 99.99999 % of you are going to say 16” for crawling and wheeling etc. However I am not going to be doing very much of that – if ever - right now.

The other thing is that the Pro Comps in 16” are about $500 less expensive than the RR. Then add the slightly less expensive cost of 16” Duratracs over 17” and the savings is even better.

What I am wondering is the weight difference of a 17” wheel/tire set compared to a 16” wheel/tire set and just the wheel difference between a 17” RR compared to a 17” Pro Comp alone. I don’t think there will be a drastic difference between 2 different manufacturer 17” aluminum wheels. I haven’t been able to locate any wheel weights (admittedly not extensively searched). In general a smaller wheel with the same overall outer tire diameter should weigh less, right? So a 16” set should weigh less than a 17” set using the same tire?


So here are my choices:
  • Rugged Ridge 17x9 with 285/70/R17 Duratracs
  • Pro Comp 17x9 with 285/70/R17 Duratracs
  • Pro Comp 16x8 with 285/75/R16 Duratracs
Also are the Pro Comps hub-centric? I cannot locate a definitive answer. I know the RR are.
Thoughts? Comments? Speak to me people.

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Old 09-28-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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First, the PC are hub centric.

2nd, this is me. I would go 17" Procomp, because I wheel regularly and am stepping up to 37's and it is difficult to find 37's for 16" wheels. Now in your case, that may not be a deal breaker for you. You can find up to 35's all day long for 16's, I know, I have 16's. If savings is important, then I say 16" ProComp.

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Old 09-28-2012, 10:02 AM   #3
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I am not so much worried about the price difference of 16" vs. 17" in the Procomps with the consideration of tires. Just factoring in all angles...
  • Rugged Ridge 17x9 with 285/70/R17 Duratracs ~ $2,500
  • Pro Comp 17x9 with 285/70/R17 Duratracs ~ $2,030
  • Pro Comp 16x8 with 285/75/R16 Duratracs ~ $1,780
I also didn't figure in a set of TPMS sensors with the new wheels. Above prices are rough numbers of tires and wheels.
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IMO, it comes down to price. There is just visual differences in the wheels you chose.

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Old 10-01-2012, 10:41 AM   #5
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I think I narrowed down to the PC 7069 wheels. Now deciding on 16 or 17"...
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:38 AM   #6
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Hi

Is PC 7069 really hub centric?

Here it says Hub Centric = No

PXA 7069 - Pro Comp Xtreme Alloy Series 7069 Wheels - PXA7069

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