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Old 05-25-2011, 08:07 AM
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School me on wheel size? (newb question)

Am planning on getting a JK sometime in the next year or two. It will be a daily driver and go on weekend runs with one of the local New England offroad clubs. Nothing crazy, but I expect lockers will be desireable.

I see that the different trim levels offer different sized wheels. I also see posts by members talking about larger tires than stock. What are the considerations one takes into account in making the wheel size decision? What are the pluses and minuses of the different choices? Thanks in advance!

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You need to go in an read the threads where have you seen people make these choices. There are plenty of threads asking about tire and wheels size all over if you just search and read.

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Generally: larger tires result in more ground, sometimes require a lift of some sort depending on how big you want to go, and will lower your fuel milage. If your tires are large enough over stock, you may want to consider regearing as well.

as to wheel size, there is not much to the 18 vs 17 inch wheels that come on the new jeeps. a smaller wheel will give you more tire for a compairitable sized diameter tire. so a 32" tire on a 17" wheel will have 7.5" of tire on each side of the wheel where and 18" will only have 7" on each side. this may not seem like much but it can effect the ride quality on some of the "not smart people" that put 20" wheels on compact cars with almost no sidewall. that tire acts like a second shock.

Also from what I have heard, tires are cheaper in some wheel sizes versus others.
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You need to go in an read the threads where have you seen people make these choices. There are plenty of threads asking about tire and wheels size all over if you just search and read.
Way to be helpful and answer his question. Why bother even posting this is all you have to add?
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Some wheel sizes, there is less of a choice when you go to buy new tires. I don't know if jeep still uses the 16 inch rim. Not knowing this... 16's offer less of a choice of tire sizes and or load range.
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Way to be helpful and answer his question. Why bother even posting this is all you have to add?

Give a man a fish, teach a man to fish. Why have 3000 wheel and tire threads all asking the same thing. The beauty of a forum is to have the ability to search for threads that ask the same question and gain the knowledge, if you still have questions start a new thread.
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Give a man a fish, teach a man to fish. Why have 3000 wheel and tire threads all asking the same thing. The beauty of a forum is to have the ability to search for threads that ask the same question and gain the knowledge, if you still have questions start a new thread.
Any question can be asked via the search, but some people like it to be more personal.
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Give a man a fish, teach a man to fish. Why have 3000 wheel and tire threads all asking the same thing. The beauty of a forum is to have the ability to search for threads that ask the same question and gain the knowledge, if you still have questions start a new thread.
Have you tried the search engine here yet? Especially from a mobile device? Not the easiest way. Anyway, rather than give te guy grief, you can ignore it, and people that done mind answering the same question over and over can chime in.
Why have 2999 threads of people complaining about someone not using the search?
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Have you tried the search engine here yet? Especially from a mobile device? Not the easiest way. Anyway, rather than give te guy grief, you can ignore it, and people that done mind answering the same question over and over can chime in.
Why have 2999 threads of people complaining about someone not using the search?
We wouldn't if people searched
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In all honesty, I don't often tell posters to search, but sometimes just spending some time reading is the best education one can get. This would appear to be one of those instances, since the OP doesn't have a Jeep yet, and has no idea what is involved in making any alterations to the vehicle. If he spent the next year or two reading while awaiting his purchase, he would have a very good idea about much more than just wheel size pros and cons.

OP, welcome to the forum, as I mentioned, I highly recommend reading as much here and elsewhere as you can, so that you can make an informed decision when you purchase, and be much better educated when it comes time to start modding your new Jeep.
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OP - Welcome! As you can see, this is a diverse group... I will say that we have successfully hijacked the thread into a discussion of using the search engine here... Nope, not the best I've seen; Yep, I could build a better one; BUT - I agree that hitting "search" before "New" is in order. It's worth spending the time learning about what to do with your new/new-to-you toy than simply for asking opinions, albeit that many people in this forum have opinions that should be taken seriously. If you read the searched forum posts you gain perspective and context, not just a "reply" to a question that you may or may not have all the needed information to implement. I try to use search as much as possible, and then, if I don't see the perspective and context, or if I don't find it (or if I'm just confused by the posts), I'll throw out the question, but at least I now have something to go on other than "how big a tire should I get?" or "what size gears do I need?" or the ever popular title "HELP" ...
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Thanks for all the responses, folks!

Yes, I do need to spend more time searching and reading, and I will do that as time permits (work sucks ).

It is likely that when I do finally get a JK that it will take me a while to have the spare $ to get things like wheels, bumpers, winch, etc., but that's ok, I want to learn about what one needs and how one uses it before spending my hard-earned cash anyway. This site seems like a great place to learn a lot.

I do currently own a Jeep, and it is my first, but I didn't mention it because it isn't one that this site seems to like. ('02 Liberty) Still, what it DID do is introduce me to Jeeps and cause me to dig a bit and find out that the "Wrangler" type is the most capable and what I really want to check out. I will try not to burden the forum with too many stupid questions, and I have a thick skin anyway, so won't be upset if someone tells me to STFU.
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Thanks for all the responses, folks!

Yes, I do need to spend more time searching and reading, and I will do that as time permits (work sucks ).

It is likely that when I do finally get a JK that it will take me a while to have the spare $ to get things like wheels, bumpers, winch, etc., but that's ok, I want to learn about what one needs and how one uses it before spending my hard-earned cash anyway. This site seems like a great place to learn a lot.

I do currently own a Jeep, and it is my first, but I didn't mention it because it isn't one that this site seems to like. ('02 Liberty) Still, what it DID do is introduce me to Jeeps and cause me to dig a bit and find out that the "Wrangler" type is the most capable and what I really want to check out. I will try not to burden the forum with too many stupid questions, and I have a thick skin anyway, so won't be upset if someone tells me to STFU.
No one will tell you to STFU, and no one will think you ask stupid questions, it's just always easier if you have done some reading before asking so the question is a bit more specific than the typical "What tire should I buy, or How high should I lift it?" Those get frustrating because there's no right answer for everyone. Until you know how you are going to be using the Jeep, know one can advise you about how to make it the most useful.
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Thanks for all the responses, folks!

Yes, I do need to spend more time searching and reading, and I will do that as time permits (work sucks ).

It is likely that when I do finally get a JK that it will take me a while to have the spare $ to get things like wheels, bumpers, winch, etc., but that's ok, I want to learn about what one needs and how one uses it before spending my hard-earned cash anyway. This site seems like a great place to learn a lot.

I do currently own a Jeep, and it is my first, but I didn't mention it because it isn't one that this site seems to like. ('02 Liberty) Still, what it DID do is introduce me to Jeeps and cause me to dig a bit and find out that the "Wrangler" type is the most capable and what I really want to check out. I will try not to burden the forum with too many stupid questions, and I have a thick skin anyway, so won't be upset if someone tells me to STFU.
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No one will tell you to STFU, and no one will think you ask stupid questions, it's just always easier if you have done some reading before asking so the question is a bit more specific than the typical "What tire should I buy, or How high should I lift it?" Those get frustrating because there's no right answer for everyone. Until you know how you are going to be using the Jeep, know one can advise you about how to make it the most useful.
Hey, STFU!

Sorry, I couldn't resist. There are 2 forums that have KJ sections. Jeepforum, and LostJeeps. Have you checked them out? I have a JK as well as a KK.
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haha, Tire size was one of the first threads i started...haha I didn't get any grief about not using the search function...guess you are the straw taht broke the camels back...haha since starting the thread i have gone back and read a lot and it is a lot to take in...seems that 18" rims offer you less tire options and more expensive...seems Ideal is 17 or 16...just keep in mind when you change tire sizes not only do you have to consider lifts, spacings, suspension, body lifts, MML's etc but you need to remember that you need a fifth one for the back and the tire carrier may need to be adjusted or replaced...unless you don't want to carry a spare on the back that is...
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Thanks, yes, I've been on those as well as kjforum. More often when it was new, though.
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No one will tell you to STFU, and no one will think you ask stupid questions, it's just always easier if you have done some reading before asking so the question is a bit more specific than the typical "What tire should I buy, or How high should I lift it?" Those get frustrating because there's no right answer for everyone. Until you know how you are going to be using the Jeep, know one can advise you about how to make it the most useful.
Yes, nice people on this forum, I would be surprised if anyone went off on me seriously.

I will keep reading around the forum and try to get a better feel for how and why people decide to choose one size of wheel and tire over another.
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You need to go in an read the threads where have you seen people make these choices. There are plenty of threads asking about tire and wheels size all over if you just search and read.
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