I have a 3.5" lift on my Jeep Wrangler Unlimited and just bought Fuel Krank 17x9 wheels and was thinking of LT315/70R17 Nitto Terra Grappler G2s. Anyone have a similar combo that has an opinion? Is 17 too small for 35s?
In my opinion, with Wranglers you should ask yourself "are these wheels too big", not are they too small. I like the small wheel/beefy tire look on Jeeps, and the big wheel/small tire look on sportscars.
Here's my 37" on 16" combo:
Well, to be honest, I also like the small wheel/medium tire combo on some sportscars:
Brakes caliper clearance and tire size/cost drive wheel/rim size
Wheels for the Jeep JK are available in 15", 16", 17", or 18" (inch) diameters. You just need to ensure they have the 5x5 bolt pattern.
The only real constraint on wheel/rim size is the inner diameter and clearance for brake calipers, especially if you're going to outfit the Jeep with a larger aftermarket brake system. Tire width will also drive wheel/rim width. Lift and clearances will drive backspacing needs typically 4.5". The rim diameter/width you choose may either increase or limit your tire choices and cost.
The taller sidewall you get by running a 15" wheel/tire set-up will help off-road especially when aired down and the average driver won't really notice a difference in handling with the 15" set-up when compared to a 16" or 17" combination (when running a tire with the same diameter).
A side note, lower profile tires have stiffer sidewalls and handle/respond better on road but is that really the reason you bought a Jeep? .
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