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Old 07-23-2010, 09:48 PM
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Thoughts on tires & wheels

I have a 2008 4dr Sahara Unlimited. I am thinking about getting different tires (something with a little more meat on the bone!!!!). I have the 18 inch rims (have original tires/rims); if I just want chunkier tires - u think I need smaller rims to fit a bigger tire? I'm not looking to do a lift kit yet. Perhaps just get the tires that come with the rubicon? Thanks for ideas!?

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The tires that come on the rubicon I believe only come in 17".

Id go 15" but 17" would be good. Thats my range, the smaller the rim the more tire youll have. You can run up to ATLEAST 40"s on a 17" rim.

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You could do either, get a bigger set for your stock rims or sell them with the wheels and pick up a set of 15-16" Crager rims $40-$60 a rim and mount whatever you want on em. Not sure if you have looked into any tires as of yet but the Goodyear Duratrac ATs are the best looking and best offroad handling tire I've ever owned.
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The problem I've found with the Sahara rims is that you are limited in terms of tire choices. I'd pick up new smaller rims (even stock ones off an X or Rubi) and open up your tire choices. Pencil out the cost... Matching tires to your current rims may cost more in the end. Whatever you choose, definately get meatier tires. You'll never look back!
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I decided that I wanted 33" tires for my Sahara and found the options/prices for 285/75-16 to be the winner. So I sold my stock wheels and went to 4WheelParts during a sale to score some 16" alloy wheels ---- I went with alloy for the weight savings. I didn't care what I got as far as style; I don't really care what they look like as long as they don't look "ghetto" to me.

5 wheels and tires in this way cost less than just 5 tires of the same diameter for 18s.

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Keep your eye's open for the JK Rubi take off's, they're ALL OVER the place

Uaually $500 bucks for a set of 5 and if you don't want any lift, it's much safer to doit that way !!

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Thanks for all the comments. I like the good year duratrac's. They look good. Problem is - can't get them for the stock rims (was searching on tirerack.com). So, need to look at a) meaty tires that will fit the stock 18's or b) new rims/tires. I haven't done that much off roading; some beach running in south jersey... Plus, I use the JK as my daily commuter and trek the kids around on the weekend - so don't need something (yet) that requires lift, etc

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