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Old 04-13-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
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Wheel & Tire Upgrade

I just bought an '09 JK and am looking at upgrading the wheels and tires to get a more rugged look. My jeep came with 17'' tires stock. I am looking at Mickey Thompson SideBiter wheels and 20'' tires (BF Goodrich etc). How much lift will I need (if at all)? Simple 1" to 2" lift or total suspension lift? I'd prefer to keep it simple. Any suggestions?
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Old 04-13-2009, 03:54 PM   #2
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Do you mean 20" wheels? What size tire will you be running?

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Yes, 20" wheels. Not sure how to size the tires.
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:14 PM   #4
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You'll need lift and the correct backspacing on your wheels, but that will be determined by the overall width and diameter of your tires.
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Please don't get 20 inch wheels. Please don't. Please don't.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:28 PM   #6
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lol your 17's should work fine..... Take the money you were going to spend in the rim's and buy a lift and tires for that price..... Just a thought.
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:04 PM   #7
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NO 20's ON WRANGLERS!!!!!!
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Old 04-13-2009, 10:12 PM   #8
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Agreed. 20's are unnecessary, unattractive, and un-cool on a Wrangler. Either rock your stock 17's, or go with a wider 17X8.5 or even 9" wide. But there simply is no good reason for 20's! Mark W.
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:05 PM   #9
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Rock out the stock rims??

I was actually thinking that the tire and wheel upgrade would be my next project. I am not sure that I really like the way the stock wheels look though. So you guys suggest sticking with size 17" and get some bigger tires??
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Yes...... Keep the 17inch. You could even get them powder coated if you like the black wheel look. Oh and welcome to WF Victoria2657. If you want to go with bigger tires and new rims, you could fit 33's with no lift. Probably will need a wheel with 4.5 backspacing. Add a 2 inch budget boost and your all set.
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:13 AM   #11
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Do more research before buying wheels and tires. I suggest that you set a mandatory 1 month study period first.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:50 AM   #12
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Yeah, that looks quite ghetto..... lift and tires only.
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AAAAH! TURN IT OFF! TURN IT OFF! AAH! Mark W.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:24 PM   #14
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it looks like a model t.
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Old 04-14-2009, 09:23 PM   #15
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These wheels are bigger than 17 and they look pretty good dont you think????
http://www.autotrucktoys.com/jeep/im...9&CF=Field%202
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If I could see them, I could tell you Mark W.
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These wheels are bigger than 17 and they look pretty good dont you think????
First of all, we're JEEPers and the way it looks is secondary to the way it works in the field.
And yes. There are people mounting 35's and larger on 18" wheels these days and are happy with the results.
But, for a daily driver/weekend wheeler that's going to get the most out of a set of 33's, stick to 16" wheels. Trust me.

It's all up to the individual. I had a chat with a guy that wanted to know an opinion about Cooper Zeon LTZ tires --- he wanted to mount a fairly low profile wide footprint tire on his Jeep. I told him to go for it if that's what he wanted but not to expect them to perform well at all offroad. He totally couldn't understand why they weren't suited to the task; he got too hung up on how they looked.
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I guess I was a little confused on tire & wheel sizing. Sorry, new to the Jeep world and tire selection. I have 225/75-R17's on my Wrangler X (S Package). I am looking for a little more aggressive tire tread to give my JK a more rugged look. I don't want to bother with a lift if I don't have to. I'm looking for a tire that is close to the stock tire size without worrying about rubbing the wheel wells. Can anybody recommend a good off road tire?
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A 255/75-17 will fit right in there and is stock on the Rubicon.
You can go up to a 275 width and 33" o.d. without any problems.
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Hey, John- are you sure on that tire sizing?
Jeep offers 225/75/16 on the steel 16" wheels, OR 255/75/17 (some are 245 for some reason, though)- no 225/75/17's available, though- Mark W.
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that jeep on what looks like 24's is a good loooking but it defeats the purpose of having a jeep... the only thing that is touchin is dry payment and the show room..
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:50 AM   #22
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that jeep on what looks like 24's is a good loooking but it defeats the purpose of having a jeep... the only thing that is touchin is dry payment and the show room..
Or does it defeat the purpose. Jeep Owners want to put big tires on there Jeeps... Rims not so much but tires yes.... Those look like big/thin tires to me lol
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I am looking at Mickey Thompson SideBiter wheels and 20'' tires
i say you try out those 20" tires
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I just bought an '09 JK and am looking at upgrading the wheels and tires to get a more rugged look. My jeep came with 17'' tires stock. I am looking at Mickey Thompson SideBiter wheels and 20'' tires (BF Goodrich etc). How much lift will I need (if at all)? Simple 1" to 2" lift or total suspension lift? I'd prefer to keep it simple. Any suggestions?
Thanks.
1.75 in spacer in front .75 spacer in rear is what i saw on a new 2009 jk at a jeep dealership,the jeep was running 295/70/17 wich comes out to be 33.5 in diameter.the jeep looked greatneo

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Please don't get 20 inch wheels. Please don't. Please don't.
biggest wheels i would run is 17'sneo

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