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Old 03-10-2012, 10:05 PM   #1
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[2012 JK Sport S] Tire Help

Hi all ) Going to take advantage of DTD's special this weekend and get a 5 wheel/tire package for my new JK, but need some advice.

The wheels I want are 15" Black Rock Vipers: http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...il.do?pc=60226

My Jeep is my DD; I'll also be making 560 mile trips once or twice every month. Any off-road will be during camping trips, so it's pretty much 95% pavement driving.

I want to put 33's on her, and have been looking at the BFG AT T/A KO's. However, the hubby pointed out Duratracs also. I didn't buy a Jeep for great MPG, and I know bigger tires = less mpg's than what I get stock, but I also don't want them to seriously tank either.

Hope this isn't too stupid of a question, but are Duratracs mainly for off-road or do they do just as well on a DD? They look more aggressive, like MTs.

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Hi all ) Going to take advantage of DTD's special this weekend and get a 5 wheel/tire package for my new JK, but need some advice.

The wheels I want are 15" Black Rock Vipers: Black Rock 15 inch custom rims

My Jeep is my DD; I'll also be making 560 mile trips once or twice every month. Any off-road will be during camping trips, so it's pretty much 95% pavement driving.

I want to put 33's on her, and have been looking at the BFG AT T/A KO's. However, the hubby pointed out Duratracs also. I didn't buy a Jeep for great MPG, and I know bigger tires = less mpg's than what I get stock, but I also don't want them to seriously tank either.

Hope this isn't too stupid of a question, but are Duratracs mainly for off-road or do they do just as well on a DD? They look more aggressive, like MTs.

Thanks for reading )

Rosalynn
The DuraTracs are great on-road. Excellent in snow (y'all don't get much in TX, I know), rain, mud. They're quiet, and are one of the lightest AT tires you'll find. It's also not uncommon to get 50K + outta the tread, provided you air and rotate em properly.

I'm running them on my Jeep, and love em. In fact, I waited almost two months while they were on backorder. When these turn into Kojak tires, I'll buy another set exactly like em.

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The 15" black rocks fit on a 2012 JKU
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The DuraTracs are great on-road. Excellent in snow (y'all don't get much in TX, I know), rain, mud. They're quiet, and are one of the lightest AT tires you'll find. It's also not uncommon to get 50K + outta the tread, provided you air and rotate em properly.

I'm running them on my Jeep, and love em. In fact, I waited almost two months while they were on backorder. When these turn into Kojak tires, I'll buy another set exactly like em.
Thanks so much for your reply, it's exactly what I was looking for. Always helps to hear personal experiences.

Just ordered the DuraTracs from DTD, needed to get in before the special ended
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And another thing...

When you get your 33's, the tire shop or dealer will almost surely overinflate em. They're very reliable when it comes to that.

As a general rule, you'll wanna run about 28-30 PSI in 33" tires on the road. It sounds low, but it's very close to what you'll end up with. To find out the optimum tire pressure, do a chalk test.

There are two versions of the chalk test:

For the first, you simply draw a straight line across your tires, then drive on em and see how the line itself wears. You can use chalk, grease pencil, crayon, etc...just make sure it's a dry day.

Here's a link:

Tire Pressure Tips - JP magazine

For the second, you need some sidewalk chalk and a flat asphalt parking lot or driveway.

How to Chalk Tires | eHow.com


Do this, and rotate your tires every time you do an oil change, and you'll get maximum use outta whatever tires you run.
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Great advice, thanks again

Now I need to figure out what to do with the stock wheels/tires after install ...
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Great advice, thanks again

Now I need to figure out what to do with the stock wheels/tires after install ...
Sometimes the tire shop that installs your new ones will buy them, if they think they can move em.

I sold mine to my Jeep dealership for $500, but mine were 18" Sahara wheels with less than 1K on the tires. Also, here in WI there's a decent market for "winter" wheels.

Best bet would be here on the forum (after you get 15 posts you can put an ad in the classifieds looking for local buyers), e-bay or CL.
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This probably sounds ridiculous, but my stock set has only 300'ish miles on them. It was one of the first things I wanted to change as soon as I bought my JK last month ...

My husband will be putting the new set from DTD on; didn't know about the possibility to list them here after 15 posts, so will look into that, as well as CL.

Thanks again for taking the time to reply, really appreciate the help.

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