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Old 07-01-2015, 08:20 PM
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Wheel & Tire size suggestions

Hey all, I'm having a real hard time choosing a wheel and tire size to get a balanced look on my Sahara. I'm installing a 2.5" left and would like some suggestions or pics. I currently have the stock 18" rims and not sure if I should drop down to a 17" or what to do. With so many options, I don't want the wheels/tires looking to small, and then again, I don't want them oversized! HAHA! Any suggestions??

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I am a fan of the mid size tire as well. Below is the look I am working on. It's 295/70-17 with 4.75 back space.

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I am a fan of the mid size tire as well. Below is the look I am working on. It's 295/70-17 with 4.75 back space.

This is @Cooperstown39 rig.



There are more photos in this thread: https://www.wranglerforum.com/f27/coo...s-1277409.html
^^^Good choice on the tire size and Back Spacing!!! They are also in my future plans...
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This is 33x12.5R20 on a 2.5'' lift

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This one is 295/70/R18 on a 2.5'' lift

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and last 295/70/18 on a 3.5'' lift tires are 34.6'' x 11.5''

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Thanks for your responses. I think I'm leaning towards the 295/70's
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I did a 2.5" lift with Fuel Trophy 17" wheels and BFG KO2's 35x12.5x17, It rides great and works well off road, I am not a huge rock crawler, but you can see it works well enough...
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Hey all, I'm having a real hard time choosing a wheel and tire size to get a balanced look on my Sahara. I'm installing a 2.5" left and would like some suggestions or pics. I currently have the stock 18" rims and not sure if I should drop down to a 17" or what to do. With so many options, I don't want the wheels/tires looking to small, and then again, I don't want them oversized! HAHA! Any suggestions??
Maybe this will help; it's my assessment of the options out there:
15" = Excellent offroad tire selection; terrible wheel selection; lots of C-Load tires; tires and wheels cost less; works excellent when aired down; not great road manners; no brake upgrades
16" = Mediocre tire selection; cost is decent; ok road handling; no brake upgrades
17" = Superb tire selection AT and MT; behaves well on or off road; brake upgrades available
18" = Mediocre tire selection; behaves great onroad; not ideal offroad; airing down not as effective; brake upgrades available

Generally, if you are not one to build Venn diagrams to make decisions... go with 17s up to 37" tires. After that 18+ wheels make more sense. If you are an average Jeep owner with normal aspirations you will not regret 17s.

With a 2.5" lift and stock fenders, 17" wheels with 315/70-17 tires or 35x12.5x17s will suit you just fine and look excellent.
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295/75r16


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Depends on what look you want and how you will use the vehicles.

I love my 18's....but I think 17's are the most versatile.

With that said, I love the look of 33" pizza cutters on the stock 16" steel wheels. And the good thing about 33" pizza cutters is that they not just about looks, they perform.

33" pizza cutters on 16"'s


33" pizza cutters on 17"'s


33" pizza cutters on 17"'s


33" pizza cutters on 17"'s
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^^^Good choice on the tire size and Back Spacing!!! They are also in my future plans...
Yes, they have a great balance of bigger without being over stuffed. 35's on a 2.5 is over stuffed in my humble opinion. And if your suspension can fully flex, it will rub without flat fenders... Sure you can bump stop to keep it from rubbing, but at the expense of wheel travel.
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Thanks guys! I went with the 285/70 17's. I kept it pretty tame since my daughters hauling it off to college. I ordered a 2.5 Teraflex lift as well so hopefully everything will look halfway decent.

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