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Old 08-03-2013, 08:51 AM   #1
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33x10.5? or get the tire I really want?

So...I am about to be up for a tire replacement on my 97 tj. 4cyl, 5spd, currently on a teraflex bb with 31x10.5 on stock wheels with spydertrax 1.25 spacers. jks 1.25 body lift going on next week (Its in the mail as we speak!)
My question is this, Ive been shopping for quite a while now, and want 33x10.5 as I daily drive my jeep and so far (in the almost year of owning it) has seen very minor trails. I live in the north east and we see a fair bit of snow/rain, some nasty weather so I really think the 10.5 wide tire is the tire for me.
my dilemma lies in that I REALLY want duratracs as supposed to the bfg all terrain or KM2 that come in the 33x10.5
I'm just looking for some jeepers out there with some personal experience with a similar situation. pros/cons of real life everyday driving the 10.5 vs the 12.5 wide tires.
Is the Duratrac really that better of a tire for my needs over the bfg at or the km2 to go with the 12.5"?
Will I really see that much of a difference?
Thank you all ahead of time. I'm really just looking to start a conversation. I've read everything I can find on the skinny vs wide tire or 10.5 vs 12.5, blah, blah.
Just looking for some real evidence to help sway me one way or the other, while maintaining a "practical" (haha ) road jeep, yet still appealing to the looks my childhood is after.

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Old 08-03-2013, 09:54 PM   #2
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I had a '03 4 banger SE and really felt the difference when going from a 28 to a 31" tire. I wouldn't go any larger than that.
BTW: I had the Duratracs in 33/12.5 15 and loved them. I now have the 35" KM2's and love them even more.

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Old 08-03-2013, 10:04 PM   #3
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I say get what you want so you won't have any regrets. The Duratracs are one of the lightest tires out there in the 33x12.5 category. Lighter tires = better mileage. IIRC, they actually measure up to be around 11.5" wide maybe a little bit more. So they aren't quite as wide as other 12.5's if that makes any sense. I have them and love them! Relatively quiet on the road and do surprisingly well off road for an AT tire. They are good tires for a DD Jeep, IMO.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice fellas.
I'm thinking about weight as well.

My current cooper discoverer 31x10.5 =65lbs
Bfg all terrain 33x10.5 = 55lbs
Goodyear duratrac 33x12.5 = 49.? (under 50lbs)
That seems like a lot of sprung weight to loose even though I'm climbing in tire size.
Will the extra 2" in width make a big difference in bad weather traction and mpg even though the bigger duratrac weighs less?
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:00 AM   #5
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I run 33x 10.5s bfg at's. N love them for the streets better mpg, s than my old 33x12.5s pro comps mud terrans.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:05 AM   #6
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Another good thing about 10.5s u dont need big fender flares to cover the tires
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:03 AM   #7
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Thanks for the advice fellas.
I'm thinking about weight as well.

My current cooper discoverer 31x10.5 =65lbs
Bfg all terrain 33x10.5 = 55lbs
Goodyear duratrac 33x12.5 = 49.? (under 50lbs)
That seems like a lot of sprung weight to loose even though I'm climbing in tire size.
Will the extra 2" in width make a big difference in bad weather traction and mpg even though the bigger duratrac weighs less?
Those weights are all over the place. How did you get to those? The Cooper STT doesn't weigh anywhere close to 65 lbs. per tire.

Also, if you know you want Duratracs AND you know you want a 10.50 width tire... then all you gotta' do is switch to a 16" wheel and you can have your cake and eat it too! 265/75-16 for the win!
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:27 AM   #8
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I went from a 33x12.50 swampers to 33x10.5 KM2. What a difference. Better mileage, and no cupping (15x8 rims). They'll be much better in snow and rain too.

Gives the Jeep an old school look, which I'm digging. The KM2s are much quieter than the swampers, of course, but are also more quiet than the mud kings I used to run.

I haven't gone wheeling with them yet, but as soon as my build is done ill get them out in the rocks and mud.
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The duratracs are excellent in snow, no worries. Run the ones you want.
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Old 08-06-2013, 08:34 AM   #10
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Those weights are all over the place. How did you get to those? The Cooper STT doesn't weigh anywhere close to 65 lbs. per tire.

Also, if you know you want Duratracs AND you know you want a 10.50 width tire... then all you gotta' do is switch to a 16" wheel and you can have your cake and eat it too! 265/75-16 for the win!
Sorry, I should've been more specific. I currently have cooper discoverer atr in 31x10.5, not stt. The wight information was gathered from the manufacturers websites.

A 16" wheel is not something I had thought about too much. I do not want to purchase new wheels, but will add it to my craigslist/forum searches as an option just to see what's out there.
Thanks.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:37 AM   #11
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What about 32x11.5 kinda in between.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:40 PM   #12
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What about 32x11.5 kinda in between.
Wait!...this is what got me confused in the first place!

Haha. 32's were my first choice, but after seeing the price if them compared to 33's. I know I'll park next to someone with 33's and kick myself. I know it sounds silly. That's what made me cross the 32" off my list. I have no worries about parking next to 35's, because the additional cost to support them is no where near my plans or budget.

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Those weights are all over the place. How did you get to those? The Cooper STT doesn't weigh anywhere close to 65 lbs. per tire.

Also, if you know you want Duratracs AND you know you want a 10.50 width tire... then all you gotta' do is switch to a 16" wheel and you can have your cake and eat it too! 265/75-16 for the win!
Also 265/75r16 is a 31" tire. The 285 is the 33", which I'm finding pretty expensive. But I can go with the cooper st maxx, which is a good bit less expensive and looks amazing!
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Old 09-19-2013, 03:07 PM   #14
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I went thru the same thing I went back and forth over 33 x 10.5 or 33 x12.5 then I decided i did want some Kumho Road Venture MT KL71 tires. I looked at the specs and the 33 came in at 32.3" and 12.5" 57 lbs but then I looked at the 32" and they spec out @ 32" and 11.4" 53lbs. I ended up going with the 32x11.5x15 and then I got them and they look huge LOL so look at the specs on those tires and find out how much taller your really getting with 33 vs 32.
I also orderd some black ultra 168 rims 15x8 @ 16.7 lbs
Here is a pic of the tires

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