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post #1 of 12 Old 12-17-2015, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Need wheel/tire recommendations

I just got my first jeep the other day. It's a stock '14 Sahara with 18" wheels. I would like some wheel/tire recommendations. I want a more aggressive look. I have a white jeep, so I would prefer the wheels to be black. I'm mostly using the jeep to commute, with the occasional off-roading. I would also like them to hold up well in the snow.
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post #2 of 12 Old 12-17-2015, 10:09 AM
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welcome. congrats. try tire rack website or general searching for images on what YOU THINK is the best for your ride. I personally love BFG A/T for inclimate winter weather after driving them 3 winters i WV but that's my opinion.
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Budget?

Figure around $1600+ for tires. What's left for wheels?

Look at black Rubicon wheels...can save some money there. Find 'em on CL or eBay.

Do you know your axle ratio?
If you have 3.73 gears, you can go 1"-2" taller on the tire.
If you have the 3.21 gears, you don't want to stray too far from the original(32") tire size.

Getting too big at all(consider width, as well) brings a whole other set of considerations having to do with clearance while turning and flexing.

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welcome. congrats. try tire rack website or general searching for images on what YOU THINK is the best for your ride. I personally love BFG A/T for inclimate winter weather after driving them 3 winters i WV but that's my opinion.
Thanks for the response, Raddad, I'll be sure to check them out.
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Budget?
Figure around $1250 for tires. What's left for wheels?
My budget is around $2500 for both the wheels and tires.
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My budget is around $2500 for both the wheels and tires.
I had a brainfart on the $1250 tire price, has since been edited.
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Budget?

Figure around $1600+ for tires. What's left for wheels?

Look at black Rubicon wheels...can save some money there. Find 'em on CL or eBay.

Do you know your axle ratio?
If you have 3.73 gears, you can go 1"-2" taller on the tire.
If you have the 3.21 gears, you don't want to stray too far from the original(32") tire size.

Getting too big at all(consider width, as well) brings a whole other set of considerations having to do with clearance while turning and flexing.
Thanks for all the info, funfred. My axel ratio is 3.21.

So I've got two questions. My current wheels are 18x7.5. Some of the ones am I interested in are 17x9. Would those work fine? As far as the tires go, would 33" be too big?
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I think it will depend on the backspacing of the wheel.
I couldn't tell ya a hundred percent that 33" would have no issues. You have to consider the extra width that generally comes with larger tires.

There used to be a cool link I had that showed all kinds of tire/wheel combos - you set the specs - measured against another set or stock, graphics, number/clearance differences... I spent hours on that thing.
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I bought a set of OEM Rubicon Hard Rock wheels and BFG Mud terrain tires for my Anvil 2014 Sahara For $1200 for all 5 and they look awesome.
Really like the BFG mud terrains so far.

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bfg KO2 in 34x10.5-17 work well in the snow and will work great with 3.21.
you can get them under $225 at discount tire as they beat lowest price and Sears has them on line for 225.

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Ok guys. So I've found some wheels that I really like. They are 17x9. My current wheels are 18x7.5. Will the extra 1.5" width be problematic?
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Ok guys. So I've found some wheels that I really like. They are 17x9. My current wheels are 18x7.5. Will the extra 1.5" width be problematic?
depends on how wide of tire you go with. wide rims with narrow tires look funny like tuner car tires. tire manufacturers will give a range of rim widths their tires work with.
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