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Old 11-26-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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20" rims or smaller...?

I am getting new wheels and tires and getting rid the stock 15's. I have an '06 Wrangler SE. Any advice or opinions? I love the way big rims and aggressive tires look but these things are not the smoothest riding to begin with. Will I notice that big of a difference between 17" or 20" rims? We just changed out my dad's(54 years old) 20's on his GMC 2500 to 17's and it is a huge difference. I would like to go 32-33" on the tires, will I have to lift it? I am extremely new to everything Jeep, only had it a few months. Every little bit of advice helps, thank you in advance.

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Old 11-26-2012, 05:12 PM   #2
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In my opinion, for 33s I'd do 16 biggest, I like the way 15s work, lots of sidewall and room to air down offroad, you'll need a lift for the size tires too and I would think of gearing to run them also. Just my opinion though, your rig do what you like not what others like.

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Old 11-26-2012, 05:13 PM   #3
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Please dont go 20's but if you like the look then its your call. Most like small rims on large tires to you can air down and grip the trail better if your not going to do any hard core wheeling then sure go for it but IMHO I dont think it looks good.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:15 PM   #4
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The general rule of thumb is to double or more the rim size for tires that will be off road.
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My "20/20 foresight" is that you will buy the bigazz rims and then you will eventually ask youself why you did and then you will go back to 15" rims.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:21 PM   #6
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This is my daily driver for now until its paid off. And the way the weather is in Oklahoma you never know when you will need to drive through a foot of snow or water. I was thinking 17's with 265/75/17.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:24 PM   #7
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That's about a 33" tire if I recall, is your jeep lifted?
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not yet. i found a tire chart that puts it at 32.65. still too tall without a lift?
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:26 PM   #9
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Yes, 31 is Max on stock suspension.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:27 PM   #10
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not yet. i found a tire chart that puts it at 32.65. still too tall without a lift?
Yes, biggest would be a 31 without rubbing, even then there might be some rubbing.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:31 PM   #11
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well that puts a damper on things. so for sure smaller rims since i will be lifting it too.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:46 PM   #12
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20"= Mall Crawler!

Personally I don't think a TJ should have anything bigger then 16" unless your running 37" tires or bigger then 17" and up are ok.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:54 PM   #13
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any good websites for decent priced rims and tires?
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any good websites for decent priced rims and tires?
Try America's tire or DTD.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:03 PM   #15
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Just my humble opinion, but big wheels on jeeps look about as good as mud tires on Corvettes or racing tires on minivans. There's nothing inherently wrong with them, but they're incongruent with the format and essential function of the vehicle. It's like putting a winch on a Porsche--no matter how good the winch is or how well mounted it is, it still looks somehow out of place.
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they're incongruent with the format and essential function of the vehicle.
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Any advice or opinions?

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Just my humble opinion, but big wheels on jeeps look about as good as mud tires on Corvettes or racing tires on minivans. There's nothing inherently wrong with them, but they're incongruent with the format and essential function of the vehicle. It's like putting a winch on a Porsche--no matter how good the winch is or how well mounted it is, it still looks somehow out of place.
Speaking of racing tire on a mini van... Saw that earlier this week wish I had a picture.
Oh, and 16's max.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:38 AM   #19
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Tires are much cheaper too for 15" wheels. All other comments have already been made. Stick with 15"..............
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:47 AM   #20
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15" Gets My vote shop Craigslist you may find a deal Stock Jeep "Cnyon' wheels are 15x8 and would be fine for 31-32" tires
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:08 PM   #21
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Less rim more rubber. Where in OK are you?
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:23 PM   #22
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16 is the biggest you should put on it if you intend on actually offroad with the thing. 20 on a jeep are LAME
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I forbid you you put anything larger than a 17" wheel on your jeep. Even 17" is pushing it with the size tire you want to run. Just playin, do what you want.
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OP, time for you to do some Googling and some reading on here. No need to ask a bunch of questions about tire size and lift options for 33s. These questions have literally been asked and answered hundreds of times on here already.
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I'll be going 33 inch tires. With 17 inch rims. 4 inch lift
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Wish I could find that silver jk 4 door that's ridden around town and blow it up cause it had 22" wheels or bigger with thin tires
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I'll be going 33 inch tires. With 17 inch rims. 4 inch lift
Would highly recommend a 16 for a 33
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Would highly recommend a 16 for a 33
2002 wrangler... Why?
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2002 wrangler... Why?
He's referring to the general "rule of thumb" that, for a jeep, you want to equally divide the overall height of the tire between sidewall and wheel diameter.

So 17s would be best for tires that are about 34" tall--which in reality means 35s. 16s fit best with 32" tall tires, which will in reality be 33s. Hence, 16s are "perfect" for 33s.

But the truth of the matter is that when you're at 35" or below tire sizes, really anything from 18" down is fairly typical. 17" and down is especially common. Most JKs come with 32s on 17" wheels, for example.
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. 20 on a jeep are LAME
I guess my buddies CJ is lame, the 20's on it are wrapped in 46X19.50 Baja Claws.




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