I want to mainain the ability to take the TJ offroad but I want some good looking wheels. I'm really wanting to go with an 18 because I'm not a fan of the bubble looking sidewalls. (like a 31x10.50 on a 15x8-my current setup) I want to keep the SW height around 8" or less so I've pretty much decided on 18s.
I'm looking for pics of other rides on 18s with 4-6" lift to give me an idea of exactly what I want. Please list the lift and the tire/ wheel size in your post.
Well the more side wall ya have the better for wheeling. You can air down better and allow the side wall to flex more giving a better flat spot on the ground. The bigger you go in rims the opposite happens, as well as you increase things like heat on the tire, and brake fade.
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What he said. But more importantly, to me anyway, is the fact that tires for wheel sizes like that are OUTRAGEOUS!
YES...thats why I hate that my JK has 17's but I like the stock wheels.
From the sound of the OP doesnt seems like he cares more about look than function. Dont get me wrong thats fine if you like it. But If you gonna go offroad you might wanna get a smaller rim.
Even if you go with 17's and a 35" tire.
^ jdmtru has hit the nail on the head. I like my (... mom's) Commander's 17" wheels, but the performance with the same tires I run in 17s would be terrible. In an off-road vehicle, I even like the look of the 15" rims better. It shows the meat on the tires better So in all, if you're looking to go w/ 18" rims, stick to 35s minimum. I don't personally care for them, but again, it is YOUR Jeep. Unfortuantely, you will have a hard time finding photos.
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I really like the look/ profile of the stock tires/wheels on the Rubicon. I'd like to keep that same sidewall profile. I honestly didn't think about running a 15x10. The more I look at tires/ wheels the more I think I might go with a 16 or 17. I don't plan on dropping mine off in a mud hole or anything like that for a while. I don't plan on doing any "wheeling" that an all terrain tire can't handle. I'm not really looking to go "all show no go" but I am not going to put myself in a situation where i may roll it or lean it against a tree at least until it's paid off !!
If you offroad, I would not go with 10" wide wheel for a 12.5" wide tire. An 8" wide wheel will be better able to keep the tire seated when it is aired down for offroading than a 10" wide wheel will. It takes more air pressure to keep a tire securelly seated against two wheel edges that are 8" apart than if they are 10" apart.
For primarily a street Jeep, which I would not suspect your Rubicon to be, a 10" wide wheel is ok.
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A 17" wheel will give you the look you are seeking, with the tire availbility and selection to go with it. A 9-11" sidewall height is about perfect. Like a 33-37 on a 15, 35-39 on a 17 etc. 18" rims are expensive, so are the tires that fit them. If you like the bling look, that is cool, I kind of do too.