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Unread 04-21-2010, 06:14 PM   #1
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Not loving my 18" Sahara rims too much..

Not loving my 18" Sahara rims too much..

They just look a little "big" on my Jeep, and seem to take away some of the Jeep raw-ness.. Anyone else with 18" rims and any thoughts? These have the stock 32" tire I guess, which is the same size tire as the 17" Rubicon rims? I prefer a nice fat sidewall, and this 18" just looks kind of funny to me.

If I were to try and swap to a set of Rubicon take offs, think its a fair deal for a straight trade? Are the 18" worth about the same as the 17"?

Another thought, I'm pretty sure I dont have TPMS on my 2007, can anyone confirm? How would I know if I have it? I have my build sheet in email somewhere, maybe I'll check that..



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Unread 04-21-2010, 06:16 PM   #2
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TPMS I believe goes on the end of the valve stems. If you don't notice it you probably don't have it. It will tell you on your dash somewhere if the tire pressure is low.
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If you have metal valve stems, you have TPMS, if they are plastic/rubber, you do not. The TPMS module is inside the rim and can be transferred to new rims. I do not believe TPMS was std on 2007, they are on 2008 and later.
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Were in California are you, Im trying to get rid of my 17" wheels for 250 obo. Already have replacement wheels.
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I'm in SF Bay Area. Considering very low mileage flawless takeoffs with rims/tires. I need to look over some pics of silver 2 DR with Rubicon rims so i can compare side by side. I'm not fully convinced to dump my 18" yet, just thinking about it.
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Were in California are you, Im trying to get rid of my 17" wheels for 250 obo. Already have replacement wheels.
saw your ad. san ramon.. not interested in rims only. My tires are probably half gone, hence another reason to replace them. I would only buy with a set of tires with under 10k miles on them. There is a set of 5 Rubicon take offs on Craiglist with only 3,500 miles on them, but asking $1000 obo. Even for $800, I wouldnt be convinced. My 18" rims might look killer with a big set of new knobby tires.
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Unread 04-21-2010, 07:08 PM   #7
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Don't worry too much about finding flawless Rubi wheels. They'll get scratched on your first outing.
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Paint them black. Sand, use etching primer, and use black grill paint. Will look kick ***.
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You need bigger tires. Below are 33s on 18s...

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Unread 04-21-2010, 08:57 PM   #10
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ya i considered some 33's.. but i would hope they would fit without any lifts? i have the procal so that wouldnt be an issue. my 3.21 might be a bit weak for 33's but i still plan to up it a tad to 3.73 at some point.
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They just look a little "big" on my Jeep, and seem to take away some of the Jeep raw-ness.
Um, there's nothing "raw" about a Sahara. Kidding aside, black rims would look awesome with your silver color.
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You won't notice much of an RPM change by going with 33s. It's only a 60 RPM difference at 70 MPH. You may notice the weight difference though. You can fit 33s just fine without a lift, but you may need 1.5" wheel spacers depending on the tire width. My pic above is with a Teraflex leveling kit.
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Unread 04-21-2010, 10:40 PM   #13
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Here's my Stock (painted) 18" rims with 35s.
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You won't notice much of an RPM change by going with 33s. It's only a 60 RPM difference at 70 MPH. You may notice the weight difference though. You can fit 33s just fine without a lift, but you may need 1.5" wheel spacers depending on the tire width. My pic above is with a Teraflex leveling kit.
I just ordered a Teraflex leveling kit tonight. I am into very slight changes, nothing major. My Jeep does not have any rake to it. So I'm not sure if I will use both spacers in front.

I wont get 33" for a while, im not gonna just waste my perfectly good 32" tires.

Then I'm always keeping an eye out for a used 3.73 gear set for my rear D44.
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Unread 04-21-2010, 11:00 PM   #15
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Here's my Stock (painted) 18" rims.
dang that looks pretty good. got a full thread on that?
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