Originally Posted by Kaisertod
Yeah, it's probably going to be a few months until I can lift it, and then swing that purchase, so I'm just playing to help make those decisions when the time comes. I'm (at this point) convinced to go with 2-2.5" lift, 35's, and am weighing the gazillion options on rims. Ironically, buying 35" tires for 18" rims is just slightly cheaper than buying the tires with brand new 15" rims. Unfortunately, I'm running 3.21's, so I'll have to re-gear too...
All of that gets a little humbling, so buying a few cans of PlastiDip was a surprisingly cheap and impactful weekend project.
Yeah, it is odd that buying tires for larger rims is more expensive considering that they use less material. Pretty sure it should be significantly less expensive to go all the way down to 15's though. This is because the tires are less expensive as already mentioned. You would also need wheel spacers to keep the stock rims though. So when you factor those in, it should be much less expensive to go with a smaller rim. When I was looking at using the stock rims + spacers and 17 X 33" tires, it was already less expensive to go with new rims.
Just check into it before you make the move though. Not all 15's will work with the 2012 because the brakes are larger than previous years. I know the MB72 will work. The discount Tire rep has a list of all the others that will work. I ended up going with 16's because the rims I wanted wouldn't work with a 15.
As you mentioned, if you go with 35's, you will want to eventually re-gear. 35's even on the 3.73 are borderline, most want to re-gear. I will probably move up to 35's at some point and will try it out with the 3.73 and go from there.
As far as the lift, if you want 35's, you will either have to do the lift first, or do flat fenders. A budget boost would also be a quick fix and you could sell the spacers when you get a suspension lift. I would say go with the 2.5" over the 2" if you're doing 35's, but not a big difference there.