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Old 04-18-2012, 09:12 PM   #1
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Duratracs on on-road '12 JK DD: 275 65 18 or 285 65 18?

Hi there. Awaiting delivery of a 2012 JK, auto trans with 3.73. Basically a daily driver that stays on the road except for some fire roads and camping and such. I like the aggressive look but really don't want to bog the thing down with tires that are too big and heavy. Any advice on which to go with?

Once I finalize, I'll be picking my wheels...I like the Soft 8, MB, Black Rock etc steel look.

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:34 PM   #2
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Hi there. Awaiting delivery of a 2012 JK, auto trans with 3.73. Basically a daily driver that stays on the road except for some fire roads and camping and such. I like the aggressive look but really don't want to bog the thing down with tires that are too big and heavy. Any advice on which to go with?
Go with Goodyear DuraTracs. Great in snow, mud, rain. Long tread life, if you properly rotate and air em. Very light weight. Not noisy at all. And they look pretty mean. (That's what I'm running, btw).

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Once I finalize, I'll be picking my wheels...I like the Soft 8, MB, Black Rock etc steel look.
You might consider 15" rims...you can generally buy 15" wheels AND tires for about the same, or often less, as tires alone in the 17" size. Only two drawbacks to the 15's, which may or may not bother you:

1. Some of the wheels in that size won't clear your brake calipers. Generally, most of the alloy wheels will (and all 3 of the ones you listed will, I believe...not sure about the Soft 8's). Most steel 15's won't.

2. The 15's usually have a low backspace number, usually about 3.75" or less. This means that your tires will stick out a couple inches farther from your Jeep than your stock tires do. They'll exceed your fenders, which means when the roads are wet, they'll splash road grime all over your doors.

The ideal bs for wheels on a JK is about 4.5". You'll find a much larger selection of wheels near this bs in the 16" size than you will in the 15's.

Read 4fit's initial post in this thread...it'll help you figure out which way to go: Largest tire on stock JK? Here's your answer!

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Old 04-19-2012, 01:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info...appreciate it!
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