Seems like the 17's came with higher gear ratios.
If so, were the tire diameters making both ratios about the same in the final drive?
Reason I'm asking, I have the EB too w/ 17's
Switching to a wider 16 but slightly smaller diameter (than the 17's) combo would give it a tad more response while still having a bigger footprint for the beach sand.... (maybe?).
However, after spending a couple days toying on the beach, I may not even need too. Thing is like a tank! I tried, couldn't stop it without getting really stupid.
Gotta say though, the 4AWD in mine is next to useless. 4HI /LO is completely a different story though.