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Old 08-12-2015, 10:13 PM
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Going 16 vs. 17" wheels, unsure what to do

I was pretty set on going with 17's, already have factory 17's just need wider wheels to run larger tire sizes, and it would allow me to step up the wheels and tires in stages as $$$ and time allows. My plan was something along the lines of 285's on the factory (largest that is approved for 7.5" wheels) then put the 285's on the new wheels once I get them, then later on when certain drivetrain mods are done step up to 35's.

Now I'm kind of unsure which way to go. If I do 16's the wheels will definitely be sitting around for a while until I have money to put 16" rubber on them. Also I know with 16's I'm essentially boxing myself into a max of "35's" with a 315/75/16, but if I was going to do 37's or larger that's a long long way off anyway.

The other thing making me unsure though is steering upgrades. Metalcloak's replacement tie rod for example says it needs 17's. However I did just notice all the synergy stuff says minimum of 16's will work. I'm not sure about other mfr's though much less who'd I'd want to go with when I need to replace a bent stock component. Would I be seriously limiting my parts selection for stuff like that if I go with 16's? I guess the draw now is cheaper tires and also the price difference in the wheels nearly pays for the 5th one for a spare.

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You would be restricting yourself much more with a 15. As you see synergy stuff will work but at the end of the day stock steering components will still fit unless you need the heavy duty stuff. Get which ever one you want. Synergy makes good stuff so even if you're limited to their steering components for an upgrade you will be happy.

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Oh, definitely not doing 15's, that really locks it in to stock only. The Synergy is 16's or bigger though.
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You'll get a little better side wall flex off road with a 16, something to keep in mind especially if you end up with an E rated brick, I mean tire.
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You'll get a little better side wall flex off road with a 16, something to keep in mind especially if you end up with an E rated brick, I mean tire.
I have 315/75-16 E rated "bricks" and really at 30psi they ride just fine.
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