Awful time deciding! 35 vs 37! Help!

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What wheels do you have?
My wheels are Ion Alloy 171 in matte black. 17x9 with 0 offset



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Well Im gonna disagree....

We have two Rubicon Gladiators and both are stock height. When I bought mine in July I went searching for wheels, with COVID, there were no 17" available that liked. All the ones I wanted were backordered with no estimated date for shipping. I always knew that I was going with 35's M/T because at the Rubicon stock height, to me they look perfect... so Ive been told dozens of times. So I decided to look at 20's when I couldn't find any 17's and many of the ones I liked I could get shipped and receive in days, so thats the route I went.

Im so happy I did. It looked so good, when I got home my wife said "I want that!!!".... and a week later she did. Both are 35" M/T on 20" wheels. I a side note, we have a Gator Max Tow and its on my old wheels which are the 33" M/T and I also think it looks fantastic compared to stock.

To squash some of the haters that dont like 20's....
Look at the pictures... specifically, look from the top of the wheel to the top of the tire... there is 6 1/2" of side wall, thats plenty for everything I plan on doing at home in AZ.

I think the 35's are the way to go.

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I went wheeling today and I can't tell you how many times I was grateful for going with 37's for the extra ground clearance (with the 3.5" Metal Cloak suspension lift). Every inch matters off road and you already said you prefer 37's.

Also, you must re-gear and don't worry about reliability. You need to re-gear to get the Gladiator back to factory performance with the larger tires.

And finally, forget about 20" wheels. If you're going off road you need as much sidewall as you can get and that means 17" wheels.

You asked for advice and that's it :clap:
 
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Well Im gonna disagree....

We have two Rubicon Gladiators and both are stock height. When I bought mine in July I went searching for wheels, with COVID, there were no 17" available that liked. All the ones I wanted were backordered with no estimated date for shipping. I always knew that I was going with 35's M/T because at the Rubicon stock height, to me they look perfect... so Ive been told dozens of times. So I decided to look at 20's when I couldn't find any 17's and many of the ones I liked I could get shipped and receive in days, so thats the route I went.

Im so happy I did. It looked so good, when I got home my wife said "I want that!!!".... and a week later she did. Both are 35" M/T on 20" wheels. I a side note, we have a Gator Max Tow and its on my old wheels which are the 33" M/T and I also think it looks fantastic compared to stock.

To squash some of the haters that dont like 20's....
Look at the pictures... specifically, look from the top of the wheel to the top of the tire... there is 6 1/2" of side wall, thats plenty for everything I plan on doing at home in AZ.

I think the 35's are the way to go.

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This has won me over. Thank you for helping me make my decision. I'll be going with 35's. I don't necessarily want to mess with re-gearing (not yet at least) or killing my gas mileage. I think the 35's look GREAT with 20's on your Jeeps. Thanks man!
 

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Just my opinion but I think the 37's are going to look better based on the wheel you have chosen unless your going for a more wheel than tire look.
 

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If you go with the 35’s i would stick to the smaller lift. I’ve got the Mopar on 37s ( 4.10s) and I’m already wishing I had 38’s cause I feel like I need more tire. With the bigger lift your tires will look very small, IMO
 

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Well Im gonna disagree....

We have two Rubicon Gladiators and both are stock height. When I bought mine in July I went searching for wheels, with COVID, there were no 17" available that liked. All the ones I wanted were backordered with no estimated date for shipping. I always knew that I was going with 35's M/T because at the Rubicon stock height, to me they look perfect... so Ive been told dozens of times. So I decided to look at 20's when I couldn't find any 17's and many of the ones I liked I could get shipped and receive in days, so thats the route I went.

Im so happy I did. It looked so good, when I got home my wife said "I want that!!!".... and a week later she did. Both are 35" M/T on 20" wheels. I a side note, we have a Gator Max Tow and its on my old wheels which are the 33" M/T and I also think it looks fantastic compared to stock.

To squash some of the haters that dont like 20's....
Look at the pictures... specifically, look from the top of the wheel to the top of the tire... there is 6 1/2" of side wall, thats plenty for everything I plan on doing at home in AZ.

I think the 35's are the way to go.

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You have no lift on either?
 

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I was talking to a guy about his gladiator and he was running a 3.5" rough country lift with 37" on 3.73 gearing. He had nothing but great things to say. But he did also mentioned he was going to regear to 4.88 in the upcoming weeks..

imo sticking with 35's and a 2.5" lift would look great!
 

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You have no lift on either?
The grey, blue, and gator pictured are all 100% stock height the exact way they came out of the factory. No spacers or modifications of any kind.

Heres a different picture of them if that helps better to show the height.



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The grey, blue, and gator pictured are all 100% stock height the exact way they came out of the factory. No spacers or modifications of any kind.

Heres a different picture of them if that helps better to show the height.



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Nice!
 

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Go with the 35’s. I just installed 315/70r17’s (34.4” tall). I would not go over 35’s on your Overland with the 3.73 gears if you ever plan to tow. And even with the 35’s, you’ll want to reprogram your speedo so the shift points aren’t off.

Here’s mine:

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@PNWGladiator Is this stock height?
 

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My contribution ....Mine is the black stock height Rubi on the left as you look at it. The one in the middle is on 37s. The white one in the right is on 35s

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Where do you live? Like mostly flat highway driving or hills, mountains etc? Also do you plan on towing much?

I’m on 35s and 3.73 and it’s perfectly adequate for city/ flat highway driving, But as soon as I get up into the hills I can feel her struggling and jumping around gears. I’ll end up going 4.88s when I do 37s and recommend it to anyone who wants to maintain drivability in these cases. 35s are tolerable on 3.73 but 4.10 would definitely be the sweet spot here.
Funny enough one of my 35 pats failed the day after writing this and I’m now on 37s. So to follow up, I’m now on 37” KO2s which are on the smaller side of 37s and it’s right on the line of what I’d consider acceptable highway performance. 3.6L, 8 speed automatic, 3.73 gears with the Speedo recalibrated and it’s okay around town. Just okay. However it takes a lot for her to get going at high way speeds. I’ll definitely want to regear before heading into the mountains later this year and I’m expecting that towing a trailer this weekend is going to suck. (I’ll add a picture so everyone can tell her she’s pretty ☺)

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