17" vs 18" wheels

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Hello all,

I'm about to pull the trigger on wheels and tires for my '18 JLUR. My last decision is between 17" & 18" wheels. I'm getting BFG KO2's 35x12.5 with Fuel Vapor wheels. I like the look of a bigger wheel, but they're more expensive. Both wheel and tires come in both sizes. Will a 17" wheel look tiny on a 35" tire?

Thoughts?

Thanks,
Ray
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Really depends on what your idea of looks is. Many people think 17"s look large on a 35", an 18" even more so.

The 18"s having a larger wheel to tire ratio should help it handle a little better as there is less sidewall in the tire to flex. It's not much and might be hard to feel the difference between the two. I can feel the difference between 15"s and 17s on 35s, but haven't tried 18s on a 35" tire yet.

Another thought is tire purchase in the future. Right now there is a wider selection of 17" tires than 18" and even more so as you go up from 35" tires.
 

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The 17 has more sidewall which is better for off roading, if you’re into that.
 

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Do you have pics with the Fuel Vapors installed?
 

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Thanks for the replies! I went with the 17" wheel. They should be in in a week or two. I'll make sure to post up photos.
Pics? I'm considering the Fuel Vapor so it would be nice to see how they look on your Jeep.
 

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@bongoray Those wheels look great! What offset did you go with? I saw they are offered in +1 mm and -12 mm.
 

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I to struggled with the choices of 17’s or 18’s but after a few weeks I finally gave way to 17’s and they will be installed when my lift gets done by @TTEChris at Tankcustoms, when talking with Chris he did not sway me one way or another he just presented all the facts that I had no idea on and it was clear to me to go with 17’s

I will post up pics when all done but am going with a RC 2.5” lift and then going to run BFG T/A KO2’s in LT315 70R17 on Method MR312’s that are 17x9’s -12, should look pretty sweet on my red Sahara
 
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Yup. Me and a buddy are runnig that same setup. He's rubbed lightly a few times stacking on top of other jeeps. I haven't yet. The spare fits fine, you'll just need longer rubber stops.

Ray
 
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