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16" or 17" Wheels... Which one?

OK I am new to this kind of stuff and not sure if this has been asked before but here I go. I am in the market for both new tires and wheels... I and torn between going with 16" wheels or 17" wheels.. Can anybody tell me why I should go with 17's over 16's or vice versa?

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post #2 of 13 Old 05-15-2011, 01:05 AM
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I would go with 17's due to it being the more common size now and having a wider selection of tires to choose from.
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I would go with 17's due to it being the more common size now and having a wider selection of tires to choose from.
Ditto. Using 15's and 16's is just holdin' on to the past.


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I currently have 15" wheels and they work well for my needs. I have run 15" wheels for years and the tires are much better priced, but tire selection is not good for the 15/16 crowd. You should go 17" to give yourself choices on tires. Plus if you want to go bigger on brakes (we all need them) later this is your best option. I will end up changing mine when I go 37's down the road.

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Yep... we spend enough $$ on stuff to have to search for a tire in a 16" size. 17s are very common, you won't have any trouble finding tires at a better rate. I had 20s on a truck one time and will never again... the cost of the tire was BS compared to the others.
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Yup I had 20's on my dodge, last time ill do that. Price gouging hippies!

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Thanks for all the information, I appreciate it.

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I'd go with 16s over 17s. You get more tire sidewall which helps out when offroading. If you don't offroad, then I guess it doesn't matter.
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Not that big a difference between the sidewall of a 16 and 17. I run 16" now but will eventually switch to 17 due to the price and variety. When I bought my 16" wheels there was more variety in the 16" at a much better price. 18" are also very expensive.

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I am gonna end up getting some 17's as well, I am not sure if I am gonna get some rubicon takeoffs/spacers, or new rims all together

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17's for the tire selection!
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16s - more sidewall, cheaper tires. Less selection of some tires, but most popular brands have quite a few options, only really matters if you plan to go 37s.

17s - look like too much wheel unless you run 37s, less sidewall, more expensive tires.

I run 16s so maybe I'm biased. And I love em. I'd even get 15s if they made 37s for em.

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From what I am seeing if I am going to run anything over 35's I need to go with 17's, anything under 35's I am good to go with 16" wheels. I don't plan on going over 35" tires probably going with a 285/70/16.

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