SUZUKI JIMNY 2018+ WHEEL & TYRE GUIDE
Looking to change your Jimny's wheels and tyres but don't know where to start? You've come to the right place!
Thanks to its incredible popularity, there's no shortage of aftermarket wheels and tyres to choose from if you're looking to transform the style of your 2018+ Suzuki Jimny.
Don't worry though - we're here to help! Thanks to our own Jimny experience and data gleaned from hundreds of our customers, we have all the information you need to find the best wheel and tyre setup to suit your requirements.
Once you've chosen your dream wheels, we can supply them to you either as a wheel-only bundle, or as a fully assembled wheel & tyre package.
This is the first thing that we ask when approached by a customer. There are two main camps that Jimny wheels fall into; modern or retro.
This decision is all down to personal preference! While modern "spoke" style wheels will typically be lighter, retro wheels can ooze character and old-school cool.
This is another common talking point and, again, the decision comes down to personal preference! You'll find that almost all Jimny wheels tend to be offered in either 15" or 16" diameters, as these sizes look the best while also providing good performance and have plenty of suitable tyre sizes to choose from.
A 15" wheel allows you to use a tyre with a bigger sidewall, giving a tough and chunky look. If you are a serious off-roader, or you prefer a "small wheel/big tyre" look, then a 15" wheel is for you.
Compared to 16" wheels, there are fewer designs to choose from, and there are slightly fewer tyre options.
Pictured: HIGH PEAK J-02 15" wheel with 215/75R15 BF Goodrich KO2 tyres.
If your Jimny is predominantly used on the road, with a bit of weekend off-roading on the side, then 16" wheels will suit you perfectly.
Compared to 15" wheels, there are more designs and tyre options to choose from. The tyres will also have a slightly lower profile/smaller sidewall, which can improve road cornering performance but provides less wheel protection when off-roading.
Pictured: HIGH PEAK J-01 16" wheel with 215/70R16 BF Goodrich KO2 tyres.
WHEEL WIDTH & OFFSET
This can be a minefield on other cars, but thankfully this isn't the case when it comes to the Jimny!
The wheel width controls the width of tyre that can be installed, while the offset determines how far the wheels will "poke" out from the suspension components and bodywork.
Due to the Jimny's suspension design and bodywork, almost all aftermarket wheels adhere to the same basic width and offset specifications in order to provide a "flush" and chunky look. This makes choosing a wheel that you like much easier!
A small number of wheels are designed to be much more aggressive and might be designed to protrude from the bodywork. If this is the case, you'll find a warning message regarding this on the respective product listing.
The vast majority of wheels are designed to sit "flush" with the Jimny's wheel arches. This gives the Jimny a tough stance but without any concerns of tyres protruding from the bodywork (which, here in the UK, would cause the car to fail an MOT).
Unless there is a warning stating otherwise, all aftermarket Jimny wheels in our shop are designed to provide a great looking "flush" fitment without the need for any additional modifications.
Pictured: HIGH PEAK J-02 15" wheels with 215/75R15 BF Goodrich KO2 tyres.
These are for experts, or those who don't mind modifying their Jimny more heavily!
Usually, these wheels will protrude from the Jimny's wheel arches. They might be compatible with larger/wider tyre sizes, but suspension modifications (such as a lift kit) and bodywork modifications will often be required.
Wheels that fall into this category will have warnings on their respective product listings.
Pictured: EVO Corse DakarZero 15" wheels with 235/75R15 BF Goodrich KO2 tyres.
Once you've found a wheel design that suits you, the final decision to make is choosing a suitable tyre that meets your needs.
Mud-terrain tyres with aggressive tread patterns look really cool, but they can affect fuel economy and handling in wet/icy conditions. They can also be quite heavy.
All-terrain tyres with less aggressive tread patterns might not look as cool, but they will provide better fuel economy and road manners than more aggressive tyres. They also tend to be lighter.
Ideal for those that drive many miles on the road.
Typically, these tyres have less aggressive tread patterns compared to dedicated off-road tyres. They also tend to be lighter, provide better fuel economy and will handle better in wet/icy conditions.
Pictured: Falken Wildpeak AT3W tyre in 215/70R16 size.
Ideal for those who do regular off-roading, or want the coolest look for their Jimny!
These tyres tend to have more aggressive tread patterns, ideal for driving through mud and across rocks. The BF Goodrich KO2 has both great looks and decent road manners, whereas the BF Goodrich KM3 is recommended for those that spend most of their time in fields and mud.
Pictured: BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 tyres in 215/75R15 size.
Moderate Tyre Sizes
These are tyre sizes that will fit the Jimny without any modifications necessary, while still filling the wheel arches nicely and providing a chunky look.
Recommended tyre size for most 15" wheels: 215/75R15 (pictured)
Recommended tyre size for most 16" wheels: 215/70R16
Pictured: HIGH PEAK J-02 15" wheel with 215/75R15 BF Goodrich KO2 tyre.
Aggressive Tyre Sizes
These are tyre sizes that will fit the Jimny so long as certain modifications are performed (i.e. a suspension lift, bodywork trimming etc.). You can find these recommendations on the respective product listings.
Aggressive tyre size for most 15" wheels: 235/75R15 (pictured)
Aggressive tyre size for most 16" wheels: 235/70R16
Pictured: EVO Corse DakarZero 15" wheel with 235/75R15 BF Goodrich KO2 tyre.
STILL NOT SURE?
If you're struggling, don't worry about it! Wheels & tyres can be quite confusing, and you'll always want to make sure that you're making the right decision for your car and your requirements. Please contact us with any questions you might have and we'd be more than happy to help.