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16" rims no problem?

I have 17" rims now and thinking of going to 16" rims cause tires are a lot cheaper but I've heard some rims rub the brake caliber whats the deal.
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If you're never going bigger than a 35" tire then 16" wheels are okay. If you have plans for going bigger then stick with the 17" wheels. There are a brazillion choices of 37" and above in 17" wheels and virtually none (less than I can count on one hand probably) in 16".

Seriously... I wish I had 17" wheels instead of the 16" wheels I have.


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The plan was to go 37's guess I'll look a little harder for some cheaper tires.
where in Boston are you I'm just south of you.
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The plan was to go 37's guess I'll look a little harder for some cheaper tires.
where in Boston are you I'm just south of you.
never buy cheap tires, just find the tires you want for less money.

I have a jeep and it goes over shit.
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I run 36" Super Swamper IROKS on 16" wheels, And no problems!

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I don't understand why it's a problem to run 35"+ tire on a 16" rim?


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I'm looking for the best performing wheel and tire combo for wheeling.
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I don't understand why it's a problem to run 35"+ tire on a 16" rim?
Its not a problem running the tire, the problem is finding the tire.

Ever see a 37x12.50R16 GoodYear MTR w/Kevlar?
How about a BFG KM2 in the same size?
Toyo MT? Nitto Mud grappler? The list goes on and on... These tires are at the top of the list because they work off road and on road. They handle both of these jobs very well and seem to have little or no compromise in owning them. You just can't get them in a 16" wheel.

These are the 37ish sized tires that I know of. There may be more, maybe my google-fu is weak , I donno... If anyone knows of other choices please chime in and let us know. I'll break them into three groups:

Everyday Driver MT tires
325/80R16 Cooper Stt (325/80R16 = about a 36.5x13.50 I think)
325/80R16 Micky Thompson Baja Claw
325/80R16 Pro Comp X Terrain

Tires that I don't think are worth mentioning but will anyway
325/80R16 Dick Cepek F-C II
325/80R16 Pro Comp Xtreme All Terrain
37x12.50R16 Interco SSM-16

Interco tires in 37x12.50 that are going to be great off road but will they last on road?
IROK
SSR
TRUXUS MT


I like the Interco's. The're going to be awesome off road, but can they cut it as an everyday driver tire? The SSR and TRUXUS maybe, but I doubt the IROK will last a long time on the street. Anyone running IROK radials want to chime in on this?

Hmmmmm.... after making this list it seems that there are more choices than I thought, but either way, the choices available in a 17" wheel far exceed those available in a 16' wheel.

All that said the new PitBull Tires Mad Dog radial in 38.5x13.50R16 looks pretty interesting! I'm waiting on PBach's review before I make any decisions though.


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The plan was to go 37's guess I'll look a little harder for some cheaper tires.
where in Boston are you I'm just south of you.
I'm in Bedford, between Concord and Lexington. You?


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I mount up the stock 32" Rubicon wheels for my daily driver, And only run the IROKS on the trail.

win/win, IMO

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Its not a problem running the tire, the problem is finding the tire.

Ever see a 37x12.50R16 GoodYear MTR w/Kevlar?
How about a BFG KM2 in the same size?
Toyo MT? Nitto Mud grappler? The list goes on and on...
Nothing on the Goodyears, but they suck anyway

http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/specs...-km2/3930.html

http://www.nittotire.com/#index.tire.mudgrappler.sizes

Just need to look harder!!!! (and convert from metric eq)
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Nothing on the Goodyears, but they suck anyway

http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/specs...-km2/3930.html

http://www.nittotire.com/#index.tire.mudgrappler.sizes

Just need to look harder!!!! (and convert from metric eq)
They might make the size but how many tire carriers actually care or have them in stock thats the real ?

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Nothing on the Goodyears, but they suck anyway

http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/specs...-km2/3930.html

http://www.nittotire.com/#index.tire.mudgrappler.sizes

Just need to look harder!!!! (and convert from metric eq)
In the BFG I'm assuming that you're talking about the 345/75R16. Thats a new one on me and wasn't on the chart last time I looked. Hmmm. Its a 36x13.50 so I guess thats close but the only place I could find it online was from a Canadian dealer. My guess is that it'll be super spendy and a special order

On the Nitto the closest I could find to a 37x12.50 in a 16" wheel was a 385/70r16 which works out to be a 37x15.50. I don't know about you, but thats a bit too wide to be beneficial as I see it.

Thanks for the heads up though.


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The problem with 16" rims is backspacing. If you stay between 4.25 to 4.75 you should be okay. Just remember to stick the rim on your jeep to check clearance issues with the brake caliper before you mount any tire to the rim.
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anything over 4.75 may rub
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i know im giong smaller than the stock 18s, damn sahara, im thinking 16-17 not settled yet though

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The problem with 16" rims is backspacing. If you stay between 4.25 to 4.75 you should be okay. Just remember to stick the rim on your jeep to check clearance issues with the brake caliper before you mount any tire to the rim.
Agree with this.


My wheels have a 5" BS and require me to use spacers. The 1.5" Spidertrax work great it gives me a 3.5" BS.

It might be a little much, But it works well with the 13.5 wide tires

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I don't understand why it's a problem to run 35"+ tire on a 16" rim?
my 35's run great on 16 wheels. I think though that what they are saying is when you go into a bigger tire, there are more selections with a 17 inch wheel

I have a jeep and it goes over shit.
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I'm running 35" tires on 16" rims with no problems whatsoever.

Hey Ipe... Bull**** on the not finding 35" tires for 16" rims. I'm currently running 35" Toyo Open Country M/Ts. Had no problem finding and ordering them. Same for other brands. You have to look for the metric sizing of 315/70/16, it's the same fawking thing.

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99Ę a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money.
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I'm running 35" tires on 16" rims with no problems whatsoever.

Hey Ipe... Bull**** on the not finding 35" tires for 16" rims. I'm currently running 35" Toyo Open Country M/Ts. Had no problem finding and ordering them. Same for other brands. You have to look for the metric sizing of 315/70/16, it's the same fawking thing.
Ummmm.... What U talkin 'bout Willis?

I'm pretty sure I never said anything about having difficulty finding 35" tires in a 16" wheel. Hell, I'm running 315/75R16's now. The topic was about the limited options for sizes greater than 35".

Reading comprehension isn't your strong suit, is it? Just kidding!


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I dun reed so gud.

It's hard to read and keep an eye out for my boss at the same time.

Re-read your post and I'm now trying to pull my head out of my a$$.

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99Ę a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money.
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Its not a problem running the tire, the problem is finding the tire.

Ever see a 37x12.50R16 GoodYear MTR w/Kevlar?
How about a BFG KM2 in the same size?
Toyo MT? Nitto Mud grappler? The list goes on and on... These tires are at the top of the list because they work off road and on road. They handle both of these jobs very well and seem to have little or no compromise in owning them. You just can't get them in a 16" wheel.

These are the 37ish sized tires that I know of. There may be more, maybe my google-fu is weak , I donno... If anyone knows of other choices please chime in and let us know. I'll break them into three groups:

Everyday Driver MT tires
325/80R16 Cooper Stt (325/80R16 = about a 36.5x13.50 I think)
325/80R16 Micky Thompson Baja Claw
325/80R16 Pro Comp X Terrain

Tires that I don't think are worth mentioning but will anyway
325/80R16 Dick Cepek F-C II
325/80R16 Pro Comp Xtreme All Terrain
37x12.50R16 Interco SSM-16

Interco tires in 37x12.50 that are going to be great off road but will they last on road?
IROK
SSR
TRUXUS MT


I like the Interco's. The're going to be awesome off road, but can they cut it as an everyday driver tire? The SSR and TRUXUS maybe, but I doubt the IROK will last a long time on the street. Anyone running IROK radials want to chime in on this?

Hmmmmm.... after making this list it seems that there are more choices than I thought, but either way, the choices available in a 17" wheel far exceed those available in a 16' wheel.

All that said the new PitBull Tires Mad Dog radial in 38.5x13.50R16 looks pretty interesting! I'm waiting on PBach's review before I make any decisions though.
I've got the 37x12.5 Truxus MT's on a 16" wheel and it is pretty damn good on the street. Let me point out that they sucked on the street at first until I got them balanced right. Some shops just don't do a good job balancing! Anyway, the wear isn't bad either. I feel your pain with the choices of tires with 16" wheels! Man, I would love to get the MT/R Kevlars next round!

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Jeff, Its good to hear that you're having good luck with the Truxus. Just out of curiosity, why would you rather have the MT/R Kevs than the Truxus for your next set? I think I know the reasons why but would like to hear it from someone who actually owns them. Also, how close to 37" do they measure in at?

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I have an 09 X and I kinda of like the stock 5 16x7 5 spokes. However, the largest tire I can find for 7" rims are 32" 265/75/16s. All the tires that larger than those require at least 7.5" or 8" width. Anyone know larger tires for a 16x7?
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