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Old 05-19-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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Question 235/85/16s Advice ... ?

I'm looking to put something near 32x9.5 on my no-lift '98 4.0L TJ (3.73 ratio).
As we all know, that size is not available. However...

A 235/85/16 would be in the ballpark. Lo an behold, tirerack.com shows a gazillion options in that size.

So my question is... what do y'all think of this idea? I figure I could find some 5x4.5 16" Rubicon rims to fit the bill. Issues with backspacing? Anyone run this? Anyone hate this? Anyone want to start an internet forum fight over it??

Anecdotes welcome...

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Old 05-20-2011, 07:52 AM   #2
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Well, first, a load range E tire on a TJ is gonna be stiff as all get out. But yeah, you shouldn't have any bs issues with 16" moabs and a 9.2" wide tire.

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Old 05-20-2011, 11:46 AM   #3
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Thanks. I was worried when the crickets started chirping...

I'm looking at the backspacing of the 16" Rubicon Moabs (5"?) which seems to differ from that of the 15" Gamblers (5.5"?). It's hard to find the truth, everyone reports a different number on these things. The worst that could happen is I get the new setup and it sucks, I sell em on craigslist and try something else... oh well!
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:41 PM   #4
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That .5" of bs isn't gonna make much difference. As I mentioned the stiff sidewall of the tires is gonna be the bugger...
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:43 PM   #5
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I like the look of a tall, skinny tire on a TJ, or any Jeep for that matter. You shouldn't have any issues with rubbing due to the backspacing.
I'm wondering if you will have any rubbing at full flex since you're not running a lift with 32's.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:25 PM   #6
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how many inches in diameter are 235's?
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:39 PM   #7
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Sorry to bump an old thread (I saw you eventually went with the 215/85/16s) but just because I know it was a pain trying to find examples of the 235/85/16s on Wranglers when I was originally searching, here's a couple pictures of my YJ with that setup.





Super-capable setup, very well road-behaved, stuffs inside the flares same as stock.

I would definitely encourage it if you plan on moving larger at some point!
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Thanks for the pics, Crawling!

I went with Kumho KL78 in 215/85/16s, and I like them:
- Gas mileage stayed the same as 30x9.5
- No rubbing issues
- Tires stuff inside the flares
- They've wheeled in Moab well
- Load E does not seem to change the ride
- Snow performance is exceptional (may be more the tread and less the size of the tire)

They are about 0.25 to 0.5 inches shorter than the same KL78 tire in 31x9.5.

I realize pizza cutters aren't in style, and probably no good in mud, but if you like the look and think they may have benefits, I'd encourage anyone to try them out.

That all being said, I'm already thinking about going to 235/85/16...
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I know there is one guy here at least that runs the 235/85/16's on his TJ... I can also tell you running anything over a 31 in tall tire on stock height TJ isnt' the best of idea's.
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Here's my LJ with 235's

I have a RE SF 3.5 and still have the stock Moabs with 285/75-16. I had 235's on a last-gen Trooper and loved them. I put 01-02 TJ Sahara 16x7's on the LJ Rube. Enjoy pics here.
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Bump, because my links broke. How do you edit posts (I'm normally on JeepForum, sorry).

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Sorry to bump an old thread (I saw you eventually went with the 215/85/16s) but just because I know it was a pain trying to find examples of the 235/85/16s on Wranglers when I was originally searching, here's a couple pictures of my YJ with that setup.





Super-capable setup, very well road-behaved, stuffs inside the flares same as stock.

I would definitely encourage it if you plan on moving larger at some point!

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