Originally Posted by dinosaur12
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?