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Wheels for Dummies - 15 or 17 inch?

I have read quite a bit about wheels on this forum and have a basic understanding of offset and such. The problem is I do not have enough off road experience to really know what to choose.

In the old days driving the crew in a Jimmy to camp..well we just accepted what the boss put on the 3/4 ton 4x4. Seemed to work OK but I am up to being educated by you folks that know the new stuff.

I'm considering getting some 16" rims to go off road. Presently I have the stock 17" Dunlops. As I understand what I have read is that 16" gives more sidewall and thus more flex before popping or being damaged on the trail. Is that correct?

As I also understand, perhaps getting a steel rim like "Procomp 87" is a much more intelligent choice than a brushed aluminum bead lock style. (my preference for the visual factor). I'm not going to be trying to beat the hell out of the rig...but living in the Rockies means that most likely I'll be driving through some loose rock terrain trying to get where I want to go.

If it makes a difference, I will have a 3" lift kit installed druing the next week or so. (Old Man EMU). I have the kit...just need to find time to do the installation.

So if you can help me and perhaps other newbies sort this out...

I would like a bead lock look....but functionality before beauty is my choice.:cheers:

My intention is to swap the tires on a Thursday night before heading out for the weekend and then put the stock wheels back on Monday sometime. This is a second vehicle so I do not need it Monday morning.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Yes a 16" wheel will give you more sidewall.

If I understand correctly, you plan on only running these for certain events? If so, is money an issue? If it is, black steel wheels would be the wise choice. If money is not an issue, go with a true bead lock. If you plan on running these rims daily then a true bead lock may not be the best for you (depending on your driving habits). If your looking at a street lock, Mike (ShadowWarrior) is running 16 Mickey Thompson Classic Locks. I am running the same rim in 17". The only complaint I have on the rim itself is cleaning them after wheeling. It's a major pain in the butt. I have got to the point of removing them before I wheel and putting them back on afterwards. I scratched the hell out of the ring one day when I curbed them, lol.
 

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If you want the functionality of a bead lock but still want to use it as a DD/ trail rig I suggest you get some internal bead lock, which works like the real bead locks, but are DOT approved and are easier to maintain.
 

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If you want the functionality of a bead lock but still want to use it as a DD/ trail rig I suggest you get some internal bead lock, which works like the real bead locks, but are DOT approved and are easier to maintain.
It is not that I want a bead lock wheel, but I do like the street lock look. I may someday consider the internal bead lock for future. Thanks

Really I was just hopping that I would get a few opinions on whether 16 inch or 17 inch wheels were best for off-road use.

Also looking for input on steel versus alloy for casual off road use.

There are so many posts in the wheel section that trying to narrow down this information seems pretty difficult.
 

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The best for off road would be a set of 16" steelies because you get a little more sidewall rubber than a 17" set. Although a set of 17" OEM steelies would be a good choice as well.:bigthumb:
 
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