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post #1 of 8 Old 11-11-2008, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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16's or 17's

I am wanting to replace stock tires and wheels on 08 wrangler. Mostly highway driving and weekend off roading. looking for a recommendation.
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You'll have more tire options with a 17.

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Going with a 17" wheel will also give you a little better feel regarding on-road handling because it will reduce the amount of sidewall flex. For a daily driver, I would suggest the 17 as well.
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depends on what tire size you will be running.

17's will give you less sidewall, that will flex less, so will ride better on the street, and when (if) you air down, it could mean more potential damage to the wheel.

16's will give more sidewall on the tire, and potentially not as good of a ride on the street. more tire profile can potentially protect the wheel better while aired down.

17's look better, imo.

i would say if you are going with 35" tires or larger, get 17" wheels. if you are staying with stock-sized tires (32" or less) go with 16's if you think you will do much off-roading. if you will rarely go offroad, go with 17's for 32" tires or less.

now that i re-read that, i'm not sure it is of any help.

pick the one that looks the best to you. it's not really going to make a huge difference either way.
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I have 16's as I used the tires off my former vehicle. That said, I wish I had 17's. Your tire choices are way too limited in 16".
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I have 16's as I used the tires off my former vehicle. That said, I wish I had 17's. Your tire choices are way too limited in 16".
Yep, I have 16's now, and I am going to get a set of 17" soft 8's for my next set of tires. Too limited with larger tires with 16's.

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Thanks for the great info on wheel size. Looks like the 17's are where I am headed. How about tire size recommendations? Not planning on lifting and how will performance be effected.
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32's like the Rubicon has. You can fit 33's, but if you wheel it you are going to rub the fenders a bit.

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