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I've been sniffing around a bit thinking about tires for the RRC.  I have 2 sets of the stock three-spoke 16x7 wheels, but my plan is to run 35" tires...maybe moving to 37s one day if I feel really silly.  

 

But I don't see much of anything at 35" that will fit the stock wheel.   There's some 15" stuff from 'back in the day', and plenty of 17" stuff from the JK crowd, but 16" isn't getting much love these days.

 

While I'd hate to buy new wheels when I have 8 perfectly good ones, it seems a 17" wheel would offer the most options.  But I have no idea if that even exists and this is supposed to be a budget minded build.  I'd rather find a tire that will work with the stock wheel.  

 

Any thoughts or suggestions?

 


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I have 315/75/16's on a 16x7 factory wheel in my profile pic. That's almost a 35" tire and you have many choices in that size.



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No help, but I wonder how hard it would be to find a 17" wheel in the old Rover bolt pattern....yikes.

 

Actually, hold that thought. I did just see a set of 18's in old Rover bolt pattern with tires. They were either on DSource or Expo, can't recall which. But if you are going all the way up to 35's I don't think you'd lose too much by having an 18" wheel.


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I have 315/75/16's on a 16x7 factory wheel in my profile pic. That's almost a 35" tire and you have many choices in that size.

You're running 315s on a 7" wheel?  Yikes!  I figured 8" was a minimum for something that wide.  But it does open up a lot of options.


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No help, but I wonder how hard it would be to find a 17" wheel in the old Rover bolt pattern....yikes.

 

Actually, hold that thought. I did just see a set of 18's in old Rover bolt pattern with tires. They were either on DSource or Expo, can't recall which. But if you are going all the way up to 35's I don't think you'd lose too much by having an 18" wheel.

 

The main reason to go to 17" would be for tire options/pricing.  The Jeep boys run 17" stock on the '07 up JK, so there's a huge market for 17" tires.  18s....not so much.


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I ran most of the life out of 305/70/16 goodyear mtr's on a16x7. They are just as wide as the 315's and I never had a problem. I just never aired them down as much as the skinny tire guys. I didn't need to. Once the time came to change tires. They were unbelievably hard to break the bead off on the stock wheel. I tried 3 different tire machines to break the goodyears. No luck, I gave up and sent them out to the professionals. 

 

But this is on my p38. It's not a rock crawler. More like my vista cruiser that if I ask it. It better get me there with the A/C on.


Edited by myroverleaks, 11 January 2016 - 08:28 PM.


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If your staying 35's i would go 15x8 like Colin's rig 17s are good for 37's. 35's on 15inch are about $50 cheaper


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Marsh wheels will make your wheels to order for pretty cheep but you get a pretty cheep product. I have their 15x10 with a 4.5 inch back space and run 35's. I know Tim cooper runs a custom steel wheel he likes. Can't remember the brand right now though.
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Off to google Marsh....


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The 15" wheel option used to be the better way to go as far as larger tires go!  this has changed and is getting tougher to procure 35" and the 37"'s have gone! 

The 16"  metric option is way more expensive but availability is abundant.

 

Try pricing out a 35" 17" tire.

 

Choose a steel wheel if going serious but stay away from real beadlocks as in my experience tend to leak.

 

35" is really a happy medium with all of the additional lift goodies and trimming especially when you have the 4.2 to power you!

 

Recommend lockers & 4.11 R&P or bigger (that's another topic)


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When you do the gears go for the newer 4.12's.

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I haven't begun to figure out my driveline/axle stuff yet.  For that matter I'm not even close to buying wheels/tires; I'm just stuck here on the boat killing time on the forum instead of burning data over on youtube.


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I haven't begun to figure out my driveline/axle stuff yet.  For that matter I'm not even close to buying wheels/tires; I'm just stuck here on the boat killing time on the forum instead of burning data over on youtube.

you're doing research for both of us!


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you're doing research for both of us!

Planning more mods for the RRC?  I thought it was pretty much done.  Wait- what am I saying?  A Rover is never 'done'.  :)


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... I know Tim cooper runs a custom steel wheel he likes. Can't remember the brand right now though.

 

Lots of Series guys have used Stockton Wheel Service to widen stock series wheels (15" & 16").  They do nice work.


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Robb,  Only problem with that is you have to have some old 15 or 16" wheels that Stockton can re-hoop.

 

I had them make me a set in the past for my Series they were 15x8" with 4 1/2" back spacing.


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Sorry if this was already posted, but I can't seem to see some of this thread?

 

I read that someone got 17" wheels from MudTech 4x4 and they are for the LR3 and fit stock without the need to do anything. I think if you have the LR4, you would need to switch out brakes and calipers.

 

Here is the website:

 

http://www.mudtech4x...-racer/?lang=en


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Planning more mods for the RRC? I thought it was pretty much done. Wait- what am I saying? A Rover is never 'done'. :)

So yeah i am. It needs castor corrected swivel balls, a front skid plate, fender trimming, spacers on the springs, and a crapload more! You find the sweet deal ona 35" tire and ill be down for it. I dont want them to stick out too far as i like being able to squeeze in between where a lr3 cant fit.
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So yeah i am. It needs castor corrected swivel balls, a front skid plate, fender trimming, spacers on the springs, and a crapload more! You find the sweet deal ona 35" tire and ill be down for it. I dont want them to stick out too far as i like being able to squeeze in between where a lr3 cant fit.

I'm with you, but don't expect anything soon.  I've got a bunch of expenses this spring/summer so I doubt I'll be doing any big RRC projects for a while.


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So yeah i am. It needs castor corrected swivel balls, a front skid plate, fender trimming, spacers on the springs, and a crapload more! You find the sweet deal ona 35" tire and ill be down for it. I dont want them to stick out too far as i like being able to squeeze in between where a lr3 cant fit.

 

Need any of my old stuff?  I'll probably be taking a few random things off as I move a little bit more back to stock :)






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