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Howdy. So I have read so many posts about tires/wheels... I know there are many threads, but did find anything to be exactly on point for my question.

I have a 2013 JKU Sport with 16" steelies and am looking for new tires/wheels. I'm looking to put a small lift (likely spacers) to safely clear 33s (probably my long term size) w/o rubbing in all conditions. I am looking for a deal on the factory Rubicon 17 x 7.5 wheel (the polished mineral gray ones...not the Moab) with the BFG mud terrains that someone just took off, but am also looking at all options. If I don't end up with that wheel I am looking to get a black alloy wheel, preferrably in a flat or satin black, nothing too flashy.

My question is: do I step down to a 15" or go up to a 17"? I hear there are more options and cheaper prices on the 15s, but my gut tells me to step up to the 17". I'd appreciate any opinions in terms of function, pricing, or look.

This is my DD, but will see some off road action. Unless I pick up a like new wheel/tire set as described I will be running an all terrain tire. I've had really good luck in the past with the BFG A/T, but am open to other quality tires of similiar quality, durability, wear, noise, etc.

Thank you all in advance.
 

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There are LESS options in wheels in the 15" size. There aren't many 15" wheels that will clear the brake calipers on a JKU.

If you like any of the few 15" wheels that do fit, then you can save a few hundred dollars up front and a few hundred on each set of replacement tires.

If you want to have more options in wheels, then you'll want to step up to the 17" wheels, but will pay a little more.

I wanted the 15" inch, but hate all of the choices that are available in that size. So I will be going with the 17".
 

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My wheeling tires are 35x12.50-15 Pro Comp XMT on 15x8 PC 52. These wheels fit fine, no rubbing, grinding needed to make em fit. My street tires are currently 265/75r16 Duracraps.

I love mt 15" wheels, particularly for wheeling and only went back to smaller tires for DD use to save money on gas.
 
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