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Old 09-19-2008, 11:53 PM   #1
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15x8 or 16x8?

I'm looking at replacing/upgrading my rims along with a lift in a few weeks and i want to know whats the benefits/drawback of running a 15 inch rim vs. a 16 inch rim. I want to run 33" x 12.50 tires and the more i look at these stock rims i have...the less i want them. i do have to say, the stock Rubicon rims on my 04 do look good. but i want something that will standout.


Here are a few pics from the day i bought it:

Newbie from LA checking in...

i haven't changed a thing only i tinted my windows, and added nerf bars.



So CONVINCE ME GUYS! i want to go with either a regular aluminum mag type rim or the Dick Cepek DC-1 black and grey rims...my jeep is grey with a black hard/soft top black fenders and nerf bars. but i love that shine of a mag wheel too...what do you guys run? Would i be better off with my stock rims? I would love to see some pics.



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Old 09-20-2008, 12:42 PM   #2
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just realised this thread looks alot like mknight759's thread

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Stay away from 16" wheels. There are very few tires out there in 16's. If you want to cut costs and save a few bucks then stick with the 15's as the tires and wheels will both be less expensive. If you want a little better performance then go for a 17" wheel and tire. The 17's will cost more but have a little less sidewall and when you get into bigger tire sizes it will payoff.
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Oh, also you can easily run a 12.5" tire and an 8" wheel. I'm running a 13.5" tire on an 8" wheel right now.

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Old 09-20-2008, 01:17 PM   #5
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Go with the 15x8 with the 33x12.50 . . . better prices, and a bit more side wall for when you are offroad. Noticed that you mentioned that you are totally stock . . . beware . . . if you go to 33" tires with your stock suspension, you'll have issues with rubbing, etc . . . especially if you do any type of wheelin' . . . even with a 2" lift you'll be rubbing a lot and would need some bumpstops and/or fender trimming. Most people do a 4" lift to accomidate 33's.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:25 PM   #6
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Go with the 15x8 with the 33x12.50 . . . better prices, and a bit more side wall for when you are offroad. Noticed that you mentioned that you are totally stock . . . beware . . . if you go to 33" tires with your stock suspension, you'll have issues with rubbing, etc . . . especially if you do any type of wheelin' . . . even with a 2" lift you'll be rubbing a lot and would need some bumpstops and/or fender trimming. Most people do a 4" lift to accomidate 33's.
im stock NOW, but i will definately be lifting it to tuck those 33" tires under there.
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I love that jeep scout what brand tires are you running? also, how far do your tires stick out from your fenders? i had a buddy of mine tell me that, in the state of Louisiana anyway, that you can't have it sticking out more than one inch, but hell, its not just jeeps that i see this on, but big fords and chevys run with no fender flares and they stick out a good five inches on either side. Have you heard of anything like this?
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Check with a local club to see what the laws are in your area are and if the guy's get hassled out there. I've got the 33x12.50 on 15.8 on my Rubi which should have the same flares as yours and they do stick out a good 1.5-2 inches . . . enough to fling mud onto the inside of my windshield . . . I've had no issues with the PoPo, but a friend of mine had to make mud flaps for the back tires for him to get his fix it ticket signed off . . . but his stuck out a lot more and he might have removed the flares now that I think about it. You can always keep your old tires/wheels and slap'em on if you get a ticket, but unless the cops out there have a hard-on for that type of thing you should be fine.
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I love that jeep scout what brand tires are you running? also, how far do your tires stick out from your fenders? i had a buddy of mine tell me that, in the state of Louisiana anyway, that you can't have it sticking out more than one inch, but hell, its not just jeeps that i see this on, but big fords and chevys run with no fender flares and they stick out a good five inches on either side. Have you heard of anything like this?
36x13.5x16 Iroks.

They stick out about 3 inches (roughly).

I have no idea about Louisiana but here in Texas they could stick out 4 feet and they wouldn't say anything.
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36x13.5x16 Iroks.

They stick out about 3 inches (roughly).

I have no idea about Louisiana but here in Texas they could stick out 4 feet and they wouldn't say anything.
haha i love the south. YOU MEAN YOU DONT HAVE BULLHORNS ON YOUR HOOD!?
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