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Old 07-22-2019, 09:26 PM
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If you were buying new tires and possibly new rims would you stay at 15"?

Right so I've been looking into new tires @ 33" for my jeep.

But I've been thinking should i stick to a 15" rim? are there benefits at all moving to something else?

i don't mean looks I'm talking selections etc.

I've found my selection limited on some retailers "online" regarding a 15" rim etc.

I've also heard some stock jeep rim's don't fit larger /wider tires well either.



What do you guys think about this?

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I wouldn't consider anything except 15's

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I wouldn't go any higher than 17, but I don't think you have to stick with 15's. I've seen plenty of combos with 16's and 17's that looked great. Once you start getting into 18+ I'm less of a fan. Personally, I have 17's and I'm staying with them when I get new tires.
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I bought a Jeep with 17" wheels and my Rubicon came with stock 16". I immediately sold both and went back to 15". More sidewall, cheaper tire prices, and better C rated tires. There are TONS of tire choices for 15" wheels.

p.s. People who get good deals on JK 17" wheels/tires soon find out it's cheaper to find another set than buy tires for them.
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I have only regretted 15 when it limited my brake upgrade options


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Old 07-23-2019, 04:46 AM   #6
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I bought a Jeep with 17" wheels and my Rubicon came with stock 16". I immediately sold both and went back to 15". More sidewall, cheaper tire prices, and better C rated tires. There are TONS of tire choices for 15" wheels.

p.s. People who get good deals on JK 17" wheels/tires soon find out it's cheaper to find another set than buy tires for them.
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I’ve got two Jeeps, one with 15” 33” tires and one with 17” 32” tires. The 15” wheels to me look so much better. I’d stick with 15” but that’s just my personal preference.
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Happy with my 15". I am probably due for new tires next year and plan to stay with 15's.

Federal Couragia 33"x12.5x15 tires have done extremely well by me.
They balanced perfectly, ride nice and have been holding up well over the year and a half I have owned this TJ.
Some complaints I have seen on Federals were smaller tires.
These have been great and would buy them again next time.
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Happy with my 15's, but man, the look of some 17's is nice.
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I just bought and went with 17" for my TJ. The question you have to ask yourself is do you like that "balloon" look or do you prefer a more balanced 60/40 look. I'm a pavement pounder ONLY so the choice was easy for me.
Look at a ton of pictures of Jeeps on-line.
Decide what appearence you prefer and then find out the set-up they're running.
Don't ask a closed ended question like "should I stay with 15inch wheels" unless that's the answer you want.
These are what I went with, Vision Manx, 17x8.5. (bottom pic)
I liked this Jeeps wheel to tire ratio and that's what I want my set-up to resemble.
What looks good to you, not, what do you think looks good.
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If you are sure that you will never upgrade to 16" or larger brakes then 15" wheels and tires remain a solid choice.

If you have a need for a larger wheel diameter, skip 16" tires unless you already have a set of 16" wheels because there are almost no C load rated tire options in that diameter.

There are many who say that 17's are the new 15's because Wranglers have come equipped with 17" wheels since the 2007 model year, but there are still plenty of 15" tire options.
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The ride of a higher profile tire is much smoother than the ride of a low profile, and less wear on the suspension.
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I just bought and went with 17" for my TJ. The question you have to ask yourself is do you like that "balloon" look or do you prefer a more balanced 60/40 look. I'm a pavement pounder ONLY so the choice was easy for me.
You're going to want all the sidewall you can get when airing down for those Walmart speed bumps. If I had a 4 door JK, I'd go with some 24s, a light bar and an angry bird grille.
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you're going to want all the sidewall you can get when airing down for those walmart speed bumps. If i had a 4 door jk, i'd go with some 24s, a light bar and an angry bird grille.
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I just bought and went with 17" for my TJ. The question you have to ask yourself is do you like that "balloon" look or do you prefer a more balanced 60/40 look. I'm a pavement pounder ONLY so the choice was easy for me.
Look at a ton of pictures of Jeeps on-line.
Decide what appearence you prefer and then find out the set-up they're running.
Don't ask a closed ended question like "should I stay with 15inch wheels" unless that's the answer you want.
These are what I went with, Vision Manx, 17x8.5. (bottom pic)
I liked this Jeeps wheel to tire ratio and that's what I want my set-up to resemble.
What looks good to you, not, what do you think looks good.
Would love to see a pic of your Jeep with the new wheels!
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How about Alex Rodriguez's 2018 Wrangler with 26" rims. IMHO: dumb.
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SMH, dicks will be dicks. I ordered a gold plated, gold studded angry bird grill with one of those funky Punisher type front ends too! Probably do a 20" lift where I'll have to use a ladder to get in and an all chromed out underneath too next! lol
Look'n good, eat your heart out bitch! Bawhahahahahaha!
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You're going to want all the sidewall you can get when airing down for those Walmart speed bumps. If I had a 4 door JK, I'd go with some 24s, a light bar and an angry bird grille.
Needs more "cowbell" though!
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How about Alex Rodriguez's 2018 Wrangler with 26" rims. IMHO: dumb.
Needs larger wheels and tires, like 60" wheels and industrial tires! Yeah baby!
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How about Alex Rodriguez's 2018 Wrangler with 26" rims. IMHO: dumb.
That can't compete with my "Lucky Charms" car on 30s. It's magically delicious.

p.s. Someone locally was actually trying to sell this thing.
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Yes, I absolutely would stay at 15s and I would go for thepatagonia by milestar. Cheap as heck and everyone seems to rave about them.

Id love too but try finding them in Canada.



https://www.northridge4x4.ca/part/ti...5-50r20lt-rowl


northridge wants 400+ and not even stocked.



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I wouldn't, I'd go 17"

While we can straw man this to death, there are c rated 17's and some e rated that most couldn't tell from c rated.

In the end I'll take less sidewall every day and twice on Sunday because the inroad performance is better, for the same reason the offroad is worse.
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X2 to the recommendations for staying with 15" wheels if the Jeep is used offroad.
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That can't compete with my "Lucky Charms" car on 30s. It's magically delicious.

p.s. Someone locally was actually trying to sell this thing.
Damn! Those would look so righteous on a lifted Jeep! You think he still has it for sale (fingers crossed, fingers crossed)?
Need more chrome though.
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You need 37's or bigger to make 17's look "right"
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You need 37's or bigger to make 17's look "right"
Nah! I'm going super low profile, like rubber band style low and lifting it 30" or more with a rope ladder and chrome'n out the entire bottom!
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Go with 16 or 17 inch rims. I had a 2000 sport with a 4 inch lift and when I added 33 inch tires I had the same question. I kept the 15 inch rims thinking that when aired down I would have a bigger footprint. Unfortunately the increased sidewalls made the jeep squirrelly. BTW I bought new, wider rims but always regretted not getting 16 inch rims.
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They arrived and I must admit I'm even more impressed with them in person! Simply gorgeous
17x8.5, 0 offset, 4.75 backspace.
Now for tires.
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Go with 16 or 17 inch rims. I had a 2000 sport with a 4 inch lift and when I added 33 inch tires I had the same question. I kept the 15 inch rims thinking that when aired down I would have a bigger footprint. Unfortunately the increased sidewalls made the jeep squirrelly. BTW I bought new, wider rims but always regretted not getting 16 inch rims.
Airing down is a non-issue with me, my Jeep NEVER leaves the paved road. Too much dust! hahahahaha

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