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post #1 of 49 Old 03-13-2020, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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16" or 17" Wheels/rims

I just picked up a 2000 TJ and with it came a set of 17" rims on the jeep with lug adapter and the stock 16" set. I am just looking to see what size is preferred. right now the 17 has 32" tires and I would like to run some more aggressive 33's maybe some day 35's. I unfortunately do not get to do any hard core off-roading, I live in CT, and at this time will not be traveling. So the tires will most likely be there for show. This is just a toy so it is not a daily driver. I would like to sell what ever rims I am not going to use.

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post #2 of 49 Old 03-13-2020, 09:03 AM
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sell all of the rims/tires that you have and get some 15" rims. i bet you're close to even in the end as tires for 17's are rather expensive when compared to 15's plus you have a better setup


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sell all of the rims/tires that you have and get some 15" rims. i bet you're close to even in the end as tires for 17's are rather expensive when compared to 15's plus you have a better setup
yea I thought of that too.
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post #4 of 49 Old 03-13-2020, 10:56 AM
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17's look terrible on TJ's IMHO. Tire selection for 16's suck and will be more expensive. Get 15's.

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post #5 of 49 Old 03-13-2020, 11:31 AM
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I'd stick with the 17s.

Often there are more tire choices for 17" wheels vs. 15" wheels. 17" wheels have both metric and flotation sizes.

17" wheels allow for bigger brakes. If you think you'll ever do a brake upgrade.

15" wheels are becoming a thing of the past.

16" wheels are worse than 15s. Lots of D and E range tires for 16" wheels, not the C range that works best on a TJ.
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post #6 of 49 Old 03-13-2020, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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I will look at the differences between the 15" and 17" tires. I was going to post a picture but I don't have enough post even though I joined 15 years ago.
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post #7 of 49 Old 03-13-2020, 03:42 PM
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I had to do this on my truck a few times now and yes 15s are cheaper , steel rims are half price of a 17 and tires are 150-300 less depending on brand BUT if you want to do a 15 find your tires FIRST. they are becoming scarce and I had to sell my nearly new rims because just about everyone stopped making 37 inch tall tires with 15 in rims a few years ago and I had to jump to 17 (or my current 16.5). on a similar note 16 is the red headed step child now and tires are also extremely limited so yes I agree with 15 or 17 and if both clear brakes and all parts then pick your tires first and make sure they will be made for a while. ( I bought mine then they were ended 3 months later)
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I will look at the differences between the 15" and 17" tires. I was going to post a picture but I don't have enough post even though I joined 15 years ago.
Good to see another long-timer still around.
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post #9 of 49 Old 03-13-2020, 04:50 PM
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i really like 15s but i will run 16s sometime cause the wife has 16s. everytime i buy new 16s i put them on her car and i run her old ones on my xj. i run 15s on my tj and 31s quadratec had a great sale going on. buy 5 wheels and get a free lug nut set.
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post #10 of 49 Old 03-13-2020, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Good to see another long-timer still around.
Yea I had a YJ back in the early 2000 sold it, and now I am back. Not much of a poster but I search and read a lot of the post. I will be back with more questions, the next thing will be a lift. Right now I am replacing the brake lines, which should be fun seeing this is family thing. I have a 4 and 6 year old to help out and a eager wife, but knows nothing about wrenching.

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Good to see another long-timer still around.
At least you didn't say "old timer".

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I'd stick with the 17s.
15" wheels are becoming a thing of the past.
Where I live, 15" wheels and tires are more popular than toilet paper at Walmart during this Coronavirus crap.
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Don't discount the 17" wheel size so quickly. In many ways 17's are the new 15's. There is a large selection of 17x9 wheels compared to 15x8 wheels and an expanding selection of 17" tires compared to a decreasing selection of 15" tires. Moreover, Wranglers now come from the factory with 17" wheels which suggests that future R&D will be there rather than with 15" options.

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Those Wranglers that come with 17's are engineered that way as you mentioned. Their wheel wells are much larger and the proportions are different. It's preference to be sure, but man 17's look ugly as hell on TJ's.
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It's preference to be sure, but man 17's look ugly as hell on TJ's.
I bought a Jeep with 17" wheels and sold them a week later for some 15" wheels and MT tires. I hated the look. Not to mention the tires are much more expensive in those metric sizes.
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