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Do any of you know any companies out there that make a 17x8 or 17x9 steel wheel that will fit our Bko's?

I tried RC, and US Wheel and they only have 16.5 as the tallest.

(I would prefer something under $50.00 or so also).:)
 

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try stazworks, he makes rims besides the beadlocks i believe, but the $50 may be your limiting factor. the only other place is stockton. they make alot of the 20" you see on trucks in the mags. AXE
 

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Have you tried Bart or Eaton??:shrug
While we're on the subject, can anybody tell me any real benifit of bigger wheels?? I don't understand...I always thought it was people wanting that low profile tire look, and then the tire and wheel companies capitolized on it so they could make more money, and then it bled over into the truck market.:confused: I realy can not think of the benefits of it....somebody help...
 

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yeah his 17" beadlocks are about 4x that. but im sure he could make you a non beadlocked version for cheaper. call his shop at 1(715)333-5591. I think his name is John. Most 17's are either beadlocks or alloys, and way more than your $50 budget.
 

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Blaze, the bigger the rim, the less side wall that is exposed to things like snaggle tooth rocks, and branches.

A 37 " tire is a 37" tire whether it comes on a 22" rim, or a 15" rim.
I just figured that if I can find steelies for cheap in a 17 x 9 then I could run the 37x12.50x17 " MTR's.

I have also heard that if you ever swap to larger brakes and calipers that a 17" rim would have much more clearence then the 15, leaves option open.

Oh well, just another idea shot to hell.
 

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Thanks Blaze, thats exactly what I am looking for.
I will call them tomorrow to see what they want for them.
I can do like 75 or so, what I meant about the 50 budget was all around cheaper rims, not like the 600.00 rims that I have seen people on. DAMN.
 

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Blaze said:
Have you tried Bart or Eaton??:shrug
While we're on the subject, can anybody tell me any real benifit of bigger wheels?? I don't understand...I always thought it was people wanting that low profile tire look, and then the tire and wheel companies capitolized on it so they could make more money, and then it bled over into the truck market.:confused: I realy can not think of the benefits of it....somebody help...
Well, Blaze the idea behind it is better handling...i.e. cornering. You(people in general, not particularly just you) have to remember that this "handling" idea can only go so far with SUVs. Some want it for handling, others are looking to spend $4K+ just for the style...it's up to the person in question. 17" wheels aren't all that big and are still within reason for running on a bronco and still looking like a good 4wheeler. Take the 1st gen. Lighting for example 15" alloys available for your ho-hum 150's and Bronco's but the Lighting built with performance in mind came with 18" alloys stock. Now the lightning's suspension has improved along with power so the rim size increased...also just like what was said previously bigger brakes can be added then for braking power. Sometimes bigger rims are for performance other times it's just for show.
 

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dudes get this. now thanks to someone on this site, who's name i wont mention, now i am considering a set of 20" rims & XLs. you know who you are you bastage... i just never knew military tires were so cheap.
 

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Axe, you ain't the only one. I got bit by the ultimate super duty project in 4wor.
 

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OK, thanks guys, I just never really could see the benefits (especialy for the extra money) and Beerdude, I thought about the sidewall thing last night...I figured that might be what you were after.....But I thought you'd like those "explorers" :thumbup What di you think of those "mud slinger" (I think they were called) beadlocks??? I gotta check a price on those!:toothless Unless you wanna check for me since your already callin'..(I'll stick with the 15's thanks):beer
 

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But with less sidewall, you have less sidewall flex, and less sidewall to absorb impact. Don't forget, any size above 16", the wheel is missing a lip that helps keep the bead seated, so you can't go as low air pressure than 15 or 16" wheels without a beadlock.
 

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Well, like Beerman said, there are caliper clearance issues and he could always add the weld on beadlocks as money permits...I'm sure his line of thinking right now is just get through with his axle swap (I know that what I'm thinking) I my self am just gonna stick with the 15's but i'm gonna run beadlocks too. I just can't wait to be done..:beer
 

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But with less sidewall, you have less sidewall flex, and less sidewall to absorb impact. Don't forget, any size above 16", the wheel is missing a lip that helps keep the bead seated, so you can't go as low air pressure than 15 or 16" wheels without a beadlock.
No, it's just the 16.5" wheel that doesn't have the safety bead retention.
 

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17's make perfect sense when running a tire 37" or larger IMO. It's just less sidewall, but still plenty of sidewally. Why do you need a 44" tire flopping around on tiny rims? It's all about proportion I suppose.

Yes, 17's have the safety bead altho some report they don't hold as well as 15" safety beads (I have no idea why or if this is even true).

And most important, Beerman, run from Stockton. They have a pathetic reputation for customer service. Seriously.
 

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17's make perfect sense when running a tire 37" or larger IMO. It's just less sidewall, but still plenty of sidewally.
wouldn't a 37 on a 17 have roughly the same size side wall as a 35 on a 15? 35s on 15 seem to be a good combo. makes sense to me, especially if you are running MTR because they flex so well.

also, don't you need a 17" to clean the calipers on a D60 easier. i know 15"S fit, but don't you need a lot of offset and grinding?
 

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I know 4wpw sells 17x9 black rockcrawlers, I think it was off-road mag that used a set with some 37x12.5 mtrs. They don't list them, you gotta ask, they should be able to build a set for 5 x 5.5 if they don't already sell them. This is what the magazine said at least.
 
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