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Old 12-20-2011, 07:52 PM
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16's or 17's?

When my Sahara comes in I want to change out the stock wheels and tires. I know it comes stock with 18's and I'm thinking I want to go to 17's with 31 or 32 inch tires.

I see on here mostly everyone runs 15 or 16's and was wondering if thats mainly due to cost or is there something I'm missing with going with 17's?

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Old 12-20-2011, 08:58 PM   #2
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Have you priced 17" tires? I was looking at 33x12.50 for a friend that had 17's. Each tire was about 100.00 more.

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Old 12-20-2011, 11:06 PM   #3
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When my Sahara comes in I want to change out the stock wheels and tires. I know it comes stock with 18's and I'm thinking I want to go to 17's with 31 or 32 inch tires.

I see on here mostly everyone runs 15 or 16's and was wondering if thats mainly due to cost or is there something I'm missing with going with 17's?
Several reasons for going with smaller rims:

1. Tires cost quite a bit less (see post above) in the 15-16" size than they do for 17's and up.
2. Tire and rim combo is lighter, and is less apt to trash your powerband and require regearing, which will cost you about $1500.
3. There's a much greater selection of tires in the 15-16" range than in the 17" range.
4. With the smaller rims, you'll have a greater contact patch on the pavement, trail, mud, snow, etc.
5. With the Sahara's stock rims (18's) and to a lesser extent the 17's, you have to run smaller tires (given the same clearance) than you would with the 15-16" rims. For example, if you run 33's with your stock 18" rims, they'll rub without a lift. Drop your rim size to 15, and you can get away with a lot more.

All that said, it's your Jeep...you want bigger rims, have at it.

If you decide to go with aftermarket rims, make sure you buy wheels in the 4.5" backspace range (or less), to minimize the potential for rubbing. The smaller your bs #, the more your tires will stick out from your Jeep, which, beyond a certain point, may cause you problems with the law. Most states have statutes that govern how far your tires can stick out past the fenders, if at all.

Also, if you decide to go with 15's, check to make sure the wheel you want will clear your brake calipers. Some will, some won't. This is usually not a problem with 16's.

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kbw nailed it. I don't even need to post. I just wanted to make em feel good.
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x3 what KBW said.

I went with 16". Nothing looks better than more side wall + more functionality and less expensive.

Go 15" if you can find a rim that you like that will work. Rim selection is kind of slim though for 15" that will fit on the 2012.
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Im on the fence about this decision too!
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I agree fully with all of you. So why is Jeep putting 17 & 18 inch rims on their new vehicles?
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I agree fully with all of you. So why is Jeep putting 17 & 18 inch rims on their new vehicles?
If you haven't noticed, Chrysler makes a lot of "odd" mfr decisions. 3.21 gears stock? Who's the genius that brought that one to the engineering meeting?
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If you haven't noticed, Chrysler makes a lot of "odd" mfr decisions. 3.21 gears stock? Who's the genius that brought that one to the engineering meeting?
The reality is that 3.21s and stock tires are gonna yield the greatest mpg numbers. That's a selling point however since 90% or more of jeep owners mod and go to a bigger tire it's not that great of a selling point.
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The reality is that 3.21s and stock tires are gonna yield the greatest mpg numbers. That's a selling point however since 90% or more of jeep owners mod and go to a bigger tire it's not that great of a selling point.
I agree with you. However, my reality as a Jeep buyer is that the 3.21 gears suck. Putting them on a vehicle that's rarely gonna see 20mpg is a poor marketing decision, at best.
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I agree with you. However, my reality as a Jeep buyer is that the 3.21 gears suck. Putting them on a vehicle that's rarely gonna see 20mpg is a poor marketing decision, at best.
It is unfortunately all about the numbers. Funny how we still try to find ways to get those numbers up after we buy them.
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It is unfortunately all about the numbers. Funny how we still try to find ways to get those numbers up after we buy them.
lol...very true.
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Thanks for the responses. I'm leaning towards 16x8 Dick Cepeck DC-2's or 17x9 MKW M19's, and 32in Duratrac's. No lift but maybe a leveling kit to cancel out the rake of the Sahara. Still up in the air on the rims, but TJ Newbie's ride looks nice with the DC-2's

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