For my Suzukalypse project, it looks like I am going to be going with Bushwacker 6" fender flares.
If you are obsessed with the 6" flairs, then my post here will be of questionable value.
I want to make sure that I get the right size and offset wheel and tire combo. I have done a lot of searching but I see a lot of conflicting information so I am still not 100% sure so I want to verify before I go ahead and start ordering parts. I want the wheels and tires to fill the wells, but not stick out or be too inset.
Conflicting information is probably largely due to the different uses of the Zuk. For example, a trail only rig can get away with a much larger tire than a DD. Driveability and road manors are much more important on a DD. Gearing cannot be ignored. Another thing to realize, each of us have our own ideas as to what looks good.
I am thinking a 15" x 10" wheel, with a 30" or 31" tire (to go along with my 3" lift). Is my thinking correct? If so...what should the offset (or offset and spacer combo) be?
I do not agree with a 30" or 31" tire on a 10: wide wheel. Using my Cooper tires numbers, which are typical, the 30" tire wheel width is 6" to 8.5" wide, with 7.5 ideal. The 31" tire wheel width is 7" to 9" wide, with 8.5 ideal. I have 8" wide wheels. If the wheel width does not go with the tire, you will have improper tire wear on a DD.
In my Coopers, the 31" are only 1/2-inch wider. The 31" are 1-inch taller. The width is no big deal, but the diameter is. I had 31" for a couple of years, and that 1-inch makes a lot of difference in seat of the pants driving. It is also important to note the 31" are about 5 pounds heavier, which pulls HP real quick. Takes longer to get up to speed, and definitely slower going up hills. My Samurai performs much better with the 30" than it did with the 31". I should point out gearing really does not do much for the power required in a heavier tire when on the highway.
I have Cooper DIscoverer STT, 30X9.5.50R15LT tires with 8-inch wide wheels and 2-1/2" back space. I have a 4:1 tcase. Primarily a DD, some trail, and has been through the Rubicon. I too have considered the Bushwacker's, and think 4" to 5" wide. My tires are out from the body by about 4".