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35's on 15" or 17"? Difference?

So, after 2.5 months in the JK, (and upgrading from stock to 32's) I'm already considering going to 35's. lol. I haven't had a chance to upgrade to the wheels I want yet, but what I am noticing is that 35's are a lot cheaper on 15" than 17"... so before I "invest" in the new 17's I'm slightly in love with (that don't come in 15") I was wondering if anyone could tell me the difference solely in PERFORMANCE between a 15" running a 35 and 17" running a 35... hoping this can help sway me in the long run...

cause let's face it... 5x15's is a lot cheaper than 5x17... and 5x35x15's is a lot cheaper than 5x35x17s. But if the performance is roughly the same... Its worth it for the ones I REALLY want. lol.

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i went with 15" steelies with 3.75"bs and 35" km2's. i had to smooth over the front calipers to fit. i went this rout to save money as the 5 rims, tires, caps, mount ect were $1400. i understand discount tire has cast 15' wheels that fit without grinding the caliper for about $90 each. if you go to 35" tires you will need/want to re gear.

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What brand of tire/wheel combo were you thinking?
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I run 15s on my two door and 17s on my Unlimited. I drive the 2 door like I stole it and do not have any issues with tire roll or handling. I actually prefer it.

My tires are 35" MTR w/Kevlar and I run them at 24 PSI.

I've got a few 15" wheel options that you can go with if you want to touch base with me before purchasing. I can assure you I'll save you some money and you won't be dealing with the guy at the tire store who's gonna tell you they won't fit.

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Thanks for the heads up guys... not sure which I'm going with yet as far as brand of each... For tires I'm looking at the Pro Comp Radial MT or Xtreme MT, the BFG KM2, the MTR MTZ... or the General Grabbers are on sale...

As for wheels, I'm really considering the 15" steelies for price... otherwise its these Ballistic Jester Jokers http://www.rimslegend.com/index.php?...3134fr8yx4a171

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I had 15" soft 8 steelies and 35" Goodyear Wrangler MT/R's w/Kevlar.

I didn't like that the steel wheels are 2 piece and welded together, or that they rust. I do like that they are cheap and look good. The tires were great.

I swapped to 17's mainly to change things up, however, the ride is more compliant and overall better. If I were to do it all over I would have went straight to 17" aluminum wheels and 35" tires.

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15's will be better aired down, due to more sidewall flex. It'll also be a BIT more forgiving over rough stuff at full pressure.
17's will handle better on-road, due to a slimmer sidewall.

Up to you which you want- I know I love my 35X12.5X15's Mark W.

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This is sort of a duplicate post as I put this info in another thread. I am running Cragar soft 8's 17"x8" with 4.5" backspace. As noted above, cheap, steel and reasonably good looking. I have trxus 37's so the sidewall is still deep enough for airing down, I have only gone to 12-14 #'s so far but I am sure I can go lower.
The only issue with 17" rims so far is the Tera big brake calipers on the front had to be clearanced (ground off the name) to fit.
Bond's alpha1 kit in the rear was fine.
Price wise, it would have saved me $ to go smaller, but fwiw, I think any dd mods needs to be done with thoughts for retaining or improving road manners as well as off road ability. Ergo, I felt the need to upgrade braking. Others may feel differently.
I know Rebels' kit really works well, but can anyone post if the rotors will work with 15" rims?
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To throw a wrench in the thread...

Go with 16"

I am running 16" steelies. You get the cheaper tire benefit but dont have to worry about rubbing your calipers. The only drawback is there is less of a tire selection for this size rim...

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I can't get that link to load but if you're going steel wheels I'd recommend Cragars from summitracing.com. They are cheaper than anywhere else (including at my cost) and they ship them for $15!

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To throw a wrench in the thread...

Go with 16"

I am running 16" steelies. You get the cheaper tire benefit but dont have to worry about rubbing your calipers. The only drawback is there is less of a tire selection for this size rim...
^^^^^ what he said
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Anyone running 35's on stock wheels? I'm concerned more with backspacing than anything.
Tires and lift are going to necessitate waiting on wheels.

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If you go with 12.5" wide 35's, you'll need wheel spacers with stock wheels- Mark W.

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Anyone running 35's on stock wheels? I'm concerned more with backspacing than anything.
Tires and lift are going to necessitate waiting on wheels.
I'm running 35x12.5R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers with my stock 17's. I used Spidertrax 1.5" wheel spacers. I have no issues and still have my full turning radius.
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Running 35x12.50 ... 15's - GY MTR w kevlars.... on Pro Comp alum wheels.... still fairly cheap !! I have enough backspacing where they bolted right on... no complaints whatsoever...except i am a little wider than i need to be... like the stance tho.

I can tell you that 35's on 15's look like more tire because of the smaller rim... I have has sevreal people ask if me if they are 37's

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Running 35x12.50 ... 15's - GY MTR w kevlars.... on Pro Comp alum wheels.... still fairly cheap !! I have enough backspacing where they bolted right on.
How much backspacing do you have?
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To throw a wrench in the thread...

Go with 16"

I am running 16" steelies. You get the cheaper tire benefit but dont have to worry about rubbing your calipers. The only drawback is there is less of a tire selection for this size rim...
^^^^x3. I have pro comp 7069 in 16" with mtr/k. I am happy with it!

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How much backspacing do you have?
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