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Unread 12-02-2013, 07:30 PM   #1
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Is my local shop leading me astray (towards more expensive options)

Hey all,

I've been doing a good amount of research into my lift and tire/wheel options for my '14 JK and today I gave my local shop a call to see what they recommended/carried but I'm not sure if what they told me was true.

I asked them about 15" aluminum wheels and C rated 35" tires as it would keep the cost relatively low and keep the weight down but they said that 15" wheels would rub on the calipers and I should go with 17" and D rated tires as the Jeep was too heavy to run C's. This kinda baffled me as I know steeles wont fit but alloys normally did and the $$ the quoted was $190 per wheel $330 per tire which was much higher than what I had been seeing around for 5 wheel/tires at my original size estimate.

I've seen other JK owners running this combo wheel/tire combination so come to you my fellow Jeepers. Help me find the true path to the Jeep of my dreams.

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Unread 12-02-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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ive never researched the rim fitment. I bet its close and down the road doesnt leave room to upgrade certain things on the front end if i recall correctly. Only real benefit of going smaller is the tires are significantly less. Personally id go 17". But aluminum rim cost could be about right depending on what rim your looking at. Ive seen some in the 120 range though. But if you compare 15" tires to 17" tires the 17" are quite a bit more, prolly close to 500-600 more for 5. Just ballparking...
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Unread 12-02-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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I know in the past it has been difficult for people to find 15" rim combinations that work without issue. I haven't kept up on what does or does not work. I don't like the way the 15" set up looks, but it's your rig. I've heard some people say that what works with one rig might not work with an identical appearing rig. Sorry, not much help there.

As far as the weight rating. JK's come off the line with C rated tires so that isn't an issue.
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Unread 12-02-2013, 07:46 PM   #4
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No reason you can't run C rated tires.

15" wheels are a mixed bag some will work some won't. Aluminum vs Steel shouldn't be that big of a deal, its mostly about back spacing.

It is much easier for a shop to say they don't fit then ordering them and them quite possibly fitting.

15's that work will also make you pretty limited in any tie rod/drag link/brake mods.

I believe there is a thread of 15" wheels that will and won't work that you may want to check out.
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Not all 15s fit. I believe there is a thread on here with which will work.
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Unread 12-02-2013, 07:55 PM   #6
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I would listen to the shop they were pretty honest with you. You could run c rated tires in 35s but the only one I know that makes c rated 35s are gy mtr/k. As far as pricing goes it all seems in the balk park depending on brand of tires and wheels.
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Unread 12-02-2013, 08:00 PM   #7
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I would listen to the shop they were pretty honest with you. You could run c rated tires in 35s but the only one I know that makes c rated 35s are gy mtr/k. As far as pricing goes it all seems in the balk park depending on brand of tires and wheels.
thats true on a 17" rim, but on a 15" rim thereare many more load range c tires...
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I have ProComp 15" steelies and 33" tires. Got the wheels off CL for $200. I do run a 1/8" spacer on the front to clear the caliper.

I did it to save $100+ per tire. Plus I like the look and flex of more sidewall.

I can get 35" BFG A/Ts for under $200 per. No special hookups, thats the cost. That's next when my Duratracs wear out.

Might be better to go directly to the tire shop, after your lift is on.


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Unread 12-02-2013, 08:09 PM   #9
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thats true on a 17" rim, but on a 15" rim thereare many more load range c tires...
I stand corrected .
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Unread 12-02-2013, 08:43 PM   #10
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Not all 15s fit. I believe there is a thread on here with which will work.
Thanks for the info, Im checking out that thread now
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Unread 12-02-2013, 09:10 PM   #11
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Looks like Level8 Trackers fit 15x8, they have it with a -19 MTB (3.75 BS) and -30 MTB (3.25 BS). I am guessing the -19 MTB would be favorable to not have them stick out as much and still seems in the okay range for not rubbing.

Anyone heard any reason to stay away?

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Unread 12-02-2013, 10:19 PM   #12
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Sounds like lack of experience with the jk. There are actually several 15'' wheels made primarily with the jk in mind. Like the level 8 tracker mentioned above. Sure they will fit older application such as 2wd Chevy trucks but they were brought into production for the jk.

Also don't let them tell you the jk is too heavy for load range c tires. They jk isn't even a 1/2 ton vehicle and the c is load indexed higher than necessary. I sell wheels and tires for a living would have no problem setting you up with a 15 inch wheel and tire package ideas that will work all day long with lift or no lift at all. Don't be over sold unless that I what you want
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Unread 12-03-2013, 08:13 PM   #13
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You can find wheels that fit, just be advised that it may limit your choices in upgrading tie rod, drag link, etc. by running 15" wheels.
And trust me, if you're running 35s and wheeling it, you'll be upgrading those things eventually.
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Unread 12-03-2013, 09:48 PM   #14
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hmm good points here. Looking at Level8 Trackers as they are more affordable but have a look I like. I can get the following from discount tire direct:
5 35x12.5R15 MT/R Kevs with wheels for ~$1750
5 35x12.5R17 STT with wheels for ~$2030
5 35x12.5R17 MT/R Kevs with wheels for ~$2350

Heard good things about the STTs (even if they are E load) as I'll be mostly in the mud and less on the rocks.

Anyone have any any thoughts on those combos?
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Unread 12-03-2013, 09:52 PM   #15
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I like the 17s personally....I'm going with the 35 12.50 17 mtr because it a load range c
It's light and basically made for the jeep.
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