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Overland w standard 20s or 18s?

Ordering my 4x4 v6 overland this week! Thoughts on the standard 20 inch wheels and tires vs the 18s one gets in the off road adventure 2 package ? Looking specifically at ride comfort and ability in snow and ice. Will do a little mild off road stuff but nothing serious. Also any change in fuel economy? Thanks !


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If you're doing any off-roading I would lean towards the 18's for better wheel protection with the thicker tire profile. The 20's require a lower profile tire.
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Re: Overland w standard 20s or 18s?

I just got a '15 but kept my 18" tires from another GC because I don't like the looks of the 20" & also a little better in snow.
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Re: Overland w standard 20s or 18s?

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Ordering my 4x4 v6 overland this week! Thoughts on the standard 20 inch wheels and tires vs the 18s one gets in the off road adventure 2 package ? Looking specifically at ride comfort and ability in snow and ice. Will do a little mild off road stuff but nothing serious. Also any change in fuel economy? Thanks !


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I would go with the 18s I have 20 on my overland my son has 18 on his in my opinion the 18s give a much more better grip to the road from what I can tell these good years aren't my cup of tea will be getting a set of Nokians for mine.
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Re: Overland w standard 20s or 18s?

Compared to the 5 spoke 20's on the Overland, I like the ORA 18's much better. I think it makes it look like a real Jeep.
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Re: Overland w standard 20s or 18s?

So seems like no real benefit to the 20s except that you don't hAve to buy the off road package. Does it sit lower with the 18s? (Maybe that's a stupid question). I am most concerned about performance in snow but don't want to sacrifice ride comfort and noise and fuel economy for better in snow and off road.


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Re: Overland w standard 20s or 18s?

5 spoke 20's will be much easier to clean.

I just ordered a 15 with hemi, skipped Off Rd 2 and QD instead to keep the 20's.

Are you going rock crawling, then maybe the 18's with thicker tire side walls makes sense.

I am getting the skid plates at cost and will add them. I personally like the 20" 5 spoke over the 18" wheel with all the nooks and crannies to clean brake dust and caked dirt, fancy pattern alloys are a PITA to clean in the winter.

ALso are the Michelin on the 18's any better than the Goodyear on the 20's?

I also note there are a lot more tire options in the 20" range at DTD than 18's.
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Re: Overland w standard 20s or 18s?

I decided up front that I wanted the 18 inch wheels. The roads in N/VA are getting worse every year. I have had to replace 2 front tires and true a wheel on a BMW with low profile tires. I want to have as much rubber between my rim and the road. I think the 20 inch is just part of a tend for bigger wheels for looks, not real world performance. I also plan to do some offroading out west when we take a xcountry trip.
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Re: Overland w standard 20s or 18s?

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Ordering my 4x4 v6 overland this week! Thoughts on the standard 20 inch wheels and tires vs the 18s one gets in the off road adventure 2 package ? Looking specifically at ride comfort and ability in snow and ice. Will do a little mild off road stuff but nothing serious. Also any change in fuel economy? Thanks !


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I was in exactly the same situation in December. I decided on a '15 Overland with the stock/OEM 20". Just had the most snow in NE in a while and had no complaints with them on road in the snow and "wintery mix".

Consider that the Overland stock comes with everything in the ORAII pkg except 18" wheels and skid plates. If you add skid plates you have everything except the 18" wheels. If down the road/trail you feel you want 18" wheels, just buy a set and swap them in/out as needed with the 20" wheels.

I had dealer add the skids plates for about $1,000 parts and labor.

The 20" wheels and QL give me the best ride comfort I've ever had, and I have no complaints with how it handled this winter.
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Re: Overland w standard 20s or 18s?

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So seems like no real benefit to the 20s except that you don't hAve to buy the off road package. Does it sit lower with the 18s? (Maybe that's a stupid question). I am most concerned about performance in snow but don't want to sacrifice ride comfort and noise and fuel economy for better in snow and off road.


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Sounds so trivial but it is a tough call. I liked the 18" rims more than the 5 star rim on the 20s, and I wanted the off road package but after test driving both (found only minor differences in feel) the decision came down to looks. Parked both side by side and as I walked away totally uncertain what to do I looked back and the Jeep with the 20s just sat better and looked better from behind. Can't even say for certain that the 20s are actually wider than the 18s but from behind the 20s had a lower profile and fat grippy look that I liked.

I run dedicated studded winters on 18" rims for winter and won't take the my Overland off road until its well scratched up, so I can't help on that front.

Best part about opinions is everyone got one.

Good luck and enjoy the ride.
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Re: Overland w standard 20s or 18s?

18s are better for off roading, depends on the type and how much off roading . The 20s are fine for mild off roading if you are getting into more rock crawling type stuff get the 18s. 18s will give you a softer ride, 20s a little better handling in the on road turns, less role.

The only benefit you really get from the 20s is "the look" and maybe a little better handling because of the shorter side wall.
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Re: Overland w standard 20s or 18s?

I opted for the 18's. The additional profile also helps in the event of "curb pruning". The tires would run against the corn and not your alloy wheels. There are more replacement options too! I just switched to the Michelin MS 2's and what an improvement over the latitude tours that came with it.


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