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Old 02-02-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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Where can I learn about tires and wheels?

Hey all...

Jeep noob here...

I currently have some 31x10.5 R15 tires on my jeep and I'm looking to upgrade wheels and tires.

I dont know much about tires....I need to learn how to shop. 5x4.5 lug patterns, etc....

Is there a resource or link that can educate my newbness?

is it a good idea to buy locally or through quadratec, tirerack, etc.

thanks

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:15 PM   #2
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It would help if you gave us information on what kind of jeep you own, everyone on here is very knowledgeable and can answer pretty much every question you have and give you some tips based on that.

I'd also go look at the wheels and tires section on this forum. Read what others have asked, read the stickies at the top of the page. You'll be surprised at how fast you'll learn things around here.

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Old 02-02-2013, 10:16 PM   #3
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Hey all...

Jeep noob here...

I currently have some 31x10.5 R15 tires on my jeep and I'm looking to upgrade wheels and tires.

I dont know much about tires....I need to learn how to shop. 5x4.5 lug patterns, etc....

Is there a resource or link that can educate my newbness?

is it a good idea to buy locally or through quadratec, tirerack, etc.

thanks
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:09 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help.

It's a 2.5 TJ.

I'm planning on a lift kit a wheel spacers if needed.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:43 AM   #5
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Most of what I learned I picked up in bits and pieces, on forums such as this. There's a wealth of information in these pages, if you can sort through all the debris. Kinda like picking through a landfill.

There's really no one-stop shopping, as far as Jeep wheels and tires go: sizing, fitment, backspacing and offset and wheel spacers, steel vs alloy, MT vs AT, caster and toe and pinion, big wheels vs little wheels...

Man, it'll make your skull ache. Best to just pick it up as you go along, IMO. Sometimes a little trial and error is necessary.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:08 PM   #6
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Find a good local shop that also offers lifetime balance and rotate.
Discount tire for me.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:10 AM   #7
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+1 for Discount Tire. I haven't found the online stores to be cheaper than Discount Tire, and sometimes they are more expensive. Discount is a great example of a business that does one thing extremely well. Only tires - no brakes or batteries, etc.

As far as learning about tires - you've figured out your pattern 5 studs on a 4.5" bolt circle. I'm guessing your stock wheels were 15", but I'm not 100% sure if TJs ever had larger wheels. I have TJ stock alloys on my YJ, and they are 15".
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #8
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thanks for the replies all.

Yes stan they are 15's. I think I'm actually going to stay with them. I think I'm going to go with some ion alloy's and a 2.5 suspension lift.

Shark, there is a local tire store that will do mount and lifetime balance for about $20 per tire, so that was a great tip!

New wheels and a modest lift ought to be good....for now...LOL..


thanks again!

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