I am looking to change out the wheels and tires on a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport. The vehicle belongs to my husband who is currently deployed so I want to surprise him when he comes home and unfortunately I know nothing about Jeeps and nothing about wheel sizes so I'm hoping for some advise on who to contact on brands, size, etc.
I would like to go up a size from a 17 to 18 but can I have this done w/o a lift? I have been looking on Quadratec's site and love the Black Rock and American Racing black matte finishes but know nothing about how to match up wheels and tires, not to mention all the extras.
I assume I can order both wheels and tires and have them mounted and balanced with sensors installed? and delivered ready for "someone"? to install? I have 2 months to make a decision. Any advise I can get would be helpful.
Biggest question is what does he do with the jeep? Wheel size doesn't play so much into the equation as tire size does. If you just want to go a little bigger tire you don't even have to change wheels just tires.
He does mostly commuting and occasion trails but nothing exciting. Keeps all 4 on the ground if that helps. I was hoping to give it a facelift mostly and thought some nice wheels would do the trick. At least that's the only thing he talked about doing to it so far.
I recommend doing some research online first. Try using Google to look at some images or WF; there are lots of good threads on here, just do a search. Tirebuyer.com is a nice place to look. With no lift on the 4drs, I like the look of 33" tires and if he's mostly commuting, you might want to look at an all terrain tire. I run 33" Goodyear Duratracs on mine and they are quiet on road, have an aggressive look, and hold up great in the rocks. I now want some 35" mud terrains, but that is only because my Jeep is no longer my daily driver. Discount Tire was very good to me and actually matched an online price I found.
33's will totally change the look of that Wrangler. IMHO. Good luck!
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TAKE YOUR TIME! A lot of us have made snap decisions, spent money only to re-do what we did because we got more information and realized we wanted to go a different route. Take everyone's advice as subjective, just because someone LIKES or does NOT LIKE a place doesn't mean it's right or wrong for you... go in, ask questions,go home, think about it, TRUST YOUR GUT...then decide what YOU like... Good Luck.
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First thing I want to do, I would like to thank you and your husband for the sacrifices you guys make with him being in the military.
Next thing, you will have to really think about tires on this one. Do you think he would rather have mud tires that look better on jeeps but don't last as long because of all the pavement driving. Or more street suitable tires that will last longer but in my opinion dont look half as good.