I agree, but I'll need to upgrade to 1 ton axles, and since the intent would be to use 1 tons from a 2005+, I'll need a minimm of 17" rim to clear the calipers. but even then, 44 boggers on 17s should look good.Personally, I think you can't beat the look of 15's with 44" super swamper tsl's.
Yep. Much better design on the 05+ super duties. I'd still truss it though.I agree, but I'll need to upgrade to 1 ton axles, and since the intent would be to use 1 tons from a 2005+, I'll need a minimm of 17" rim to clear the calipers. but even then, 44 boggers on 17s should look good.
That makes some good sense for some usage scenarios.I usually run separate tires on the street vs offroad - much cheaper and better to have good tires for each purpose... also helps I have tire machines and a lift at home. on the XJ it's 32s on the street and 33s offroad right now, going to move to 33/35 if the bronco does end up having an IFS and I'm stuck with my XJ. On my old rubicon I ran 35s on the street/37 trail, though finding a quiet, street thread 35 was a pain in the ass.
You don't have to have larger brakes. Especially if you're not racing it. The larger brakes are for heat management. I can't imagine heat being an issue in a vehicle like the Bronco versus something like a Mustang at the race track.The only problem with 17" wheels is that there are only a few tires that seem to be made in a load range C when you get to the larger sizes. Most seem to be at least D. And they are not cheap, even thought that seems to now be the most popular off-road wheel size. 15s are nice but you have to have larger brakes to stop a heavier tire/wheel and rig.
Wranglers are pretty light weight though. I the combination of light weight is offset by the rotational mass so the brakes might be at the peak of their capability.This is the truth right here. The stock brakes on the 1st gen Explorer axles (disc front drum rear and fit inside 15" wheels) I have under one of my Bronco IIs can lock up my 37" tires no problem. Now, if I were to try and perform repeated high speed panic stops or try and stop a big heavy trailer I would probably have fade and warpage issues, but that would not be normal operation for me and most other future Bronco owners.
The brakes on JKs were small enough that some 15" wheel styles would fit and they don't seem to have issues stopping with 37s and ton of added on weight. I would be interested whether 15s fit a JL, but it is fast becoming a moot point since the popularity of 15s is waning and 17s are now the most popular wheel size for good tire selection. I still remember the days when guys were grinding down their brake calipers to fit 15" wheels on one ton axles. Crazy how things change. I think a lot of it has to do with Jeep, half ton trucks, and mini trucks running primarily 17"+ wheels for the last 10-15 years.
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