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Unread Yesterday, 11:36 AM   #1
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15" vs 17" wheels

I have read on here where a smaller rim size would be better for off road use.

However it seems the tire selection has gone to larger rims generally.
I plan to run larger rims to standardize my Jeep with my other vehicles and run 265/70/17 tires.

What specific advantage would it be to run smaller rims?

I have 235/75/15 BF goodrich at now. I have been able to go places that I never thought it would go but really want a larger tire to not only fill the wheel well, but allow tire swapping to my other vehicles should the need arise.

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What specific advantage would it be to run smaller rims?

15" rims and tires cost less. If you are going to run 4x4 trails, expect tire and/or rim damage.
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I am trying to get tires on my vehicles that are more common to the main stream size wise. Not an odd ball large mudder or anything that will be hard to find in a emergency scenario. I am at a point where I can go 16" on everything or 17" because one truck has 17", one has 16" and the jeep has 15". Thought I would start on the jeep and then work my way to the rest when I can. Either way, all will end up with same tire.

If an adapter wheel spacer was avail to go 5x4.5 to chevy 6 lug, I would run those so I could swap wheels and all if needed.
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IMO 17" wheels just look to big on a XJ. It's your preference. I run 16" Moab wheels and I'm considering dropping down to 15s.
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15" rim size for tires is still very common so I don't see that being a problem. The only plus I can see from the larger rims is potential for larger brakes but the need for larger brakes for say a larger tire would likely exceed the axle strength. I'm sure 17's will look great in the mall parking lot though
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If you wheel just go to a 2 wheel system.. Stock 15's for wheeling.. 17's, you know you really want 20's, for posing.
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15" rims and tires cost less. If you are going to run 4x4 trails, expect tire and/or rim damage.
Not in Florida.
I talked to a group of jeepers from Utah last year at jeep beach here in Daytona. They said it best. Sidewalls make or break you off road. More sidewall the better. Most of those guys were in jk's and were running 15's
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