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Unread 04-29-2013, 09:37 AM   #1
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15 or 17" wheels.....the long term opinion

Yes I did a search but still have questions.

My current setup is a 05 Rubicon LJ that has 17 JK wheels on it (from PO). Short term I want to get some 33" tires on it and then long term (2years) put 35's on it. I want to buy one set of wheels and be done with it. Here are my points/questions.

1 - Short term the 15's look good but it looks like there are starting to be less and less of a section of 15" tires. I could be wrong about this but just seems that way from my searching

2 - This is my DD, maybe hit the trail 1 time a month and am no means hardcore. With 17" wheels I would have an easer time balancing and keeping them in check on the road. 15" would be better off road with more sidewall flex

3 - Really 16" would be a good comprise but there is not much out there tire wise

4 - Long long term I have been thinking about doing a vanco brake kit and these require a 16" or larger. Not sure I will need or do this but I like the option of being able to do so.

5 - 15" are a lot cheaper......


So what is your feedback on this?

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Unread 04-29-2013, 09:47 AM   #2
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Much of this is going to depend on the tires you want to run. Like you said 15s are stepping aside to larger wheels but only certian tires. On my truck I have 18s and am thinking of dropping to 17s as the tires are cheaper and better selection for my size and load range E.
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Unread 04-29-2013, 10:02 AM   #3
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My current setup is a 05 Rubicon LJ that has 17 JK wheels on it (from PO). Short term I want to get some 33" tires on it and then long term (2years) put 35's on it.

1 - Short term the 15's look good - sidewall flex
2 - With 17" wheels I would have an easer time balancing and keeping them in check on the road.
3 - Really 16" would be a good comprise
4 - Long long term I have been thinking about doing a vanco brake kit and
5 - 15" are a lot cheaper......
1. If you're doing something in a DD that NEEDS that much sidewall flex or you won't make it, then your definition of "what makes a trail appropriate for a DD" differs greatly from mine. 1" more rubber before the rim starts crunching on rocks is a good thing with 15s though.

2. I find my 17s feel a lot better (even at a modest size tire like 33s) than my 15" rims did on the road and freeway.

3. No it wouldn't. 16s cost very nearly as much as 17" tires and rims, and have a lot more limited options for tires. The only real reason to runs 16s if you ask me, is because you already have some TJ Rubi Moabs and want to keep them.

4. You can do Vanco kits on 15", 16" and 17" rims. I have it for a 15", and even that is a vast improvement over stock.

5. Can't argue that.

How about get some 33" mild AT tires on a set of 17" wheels for the street, and then get some 35" more aggressive tires on 15" wheels for the trail? Best of both worlds?
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Unread 04-29-2013, 10:05 AM   #4
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I switched to 17's from 15's some time ago in part because the tire brand/size I wanted was not made in a 15" rim, and it looked, even back then, like 15" size options were becoming more limited.
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