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Old 07-19-2012, 10:41 AM   #1
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I'm lost on wheels and tires

I've got a new 12 Unlimited.P255/75R/17I don't rock crawl or do serious mudding.I hunt and fish and it is my DD.I will get it muddy on logging trails hunting and fishing.A few deeper ruts and mud, but nothing like what most of you guys are doing.I'm wanting some black rims and a little more aggressive tire.I really like the look of the Pro Comp 98 series and it does have 4.5" back spacing (which I've learned is important on here).If what I'm reading is correct then a 255=32" tire.I have a few questions on what will work on my stock unlimited.If I were to put 265/70R17 Duratracs on the Pro Comp wheels I'm looking at will there be any rub?Will they stick out past the fender?I've picked these tires based on what I've read in here and how they will perform on the road in the snow as well as in the mud.It would be nice if I had a shop that could throw one on and see if it would work but such is the life of living in WV.Appreciate any help in advance.

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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I've personally never owned pro comp tires but I heard they are a very soft tire, and as the tire size goes idk about your jeep but I had a stock Tacoma and I put 32's on it and they rubbed everywhere idk if that's any help but I had to cut down my wheel wells to fit the bigger tires and then every time I went off roading and flexed they'd rub like hell. Maybe look into a 2 inch budget lift or something or even a body lift to fit the bigger tires I think ull end up rubbing a bit. But idk I'd have to see everything pictures please?

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Old 07-19-2012, 11:10 AM   #3
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I've personally never owned pro comp tires but I heard they are a very soft tire, and as the tire size goes idk about your jeep but I had a stock Tacoma and I put 32's on it and they rubbed everywhere idk if that's any help but I had to cut down my wheel wells to fit the bigger tires and then every time I went off roading and flexed they'd rub like hell. Maybe look into a 2 inch budget lift or something or even a body lift to fit the bigger tires I think ull end up rubbing a bit. But idk I'd have to see everything pictures please?
The tires will be Goodyear DuraTrac and the wheels will be the Pro Comp 98 Series.I can't post pictures of the wheels and tires since I haven't bought them yet.I'm not going to buy if I'm not sure it will work or not.If I have to do any kind of lift to make them work, I'll just stick with the sizes I have and find a different option.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:22 AM   #4
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The tires will be Goodyear DuraTrac and the wheels will be the Pro Comp 98 Series.I can't post pictures of the wheels and tires since I haven't bought them yet.I'm not going to buy if I'm not sure it will work or not.If I have to do any kind of lift to make them work, I'll just stick with the sizes I have and find a different option.
Ohhh I gotcha I love those tires, dude I'd get some aggressive tires it's the best thing you'll ever do for off road.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:26 AM   #5
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If what I'm reading is correct then a 255=32" tire.
The 255 refers to the width, which in your case does equate to a 32" tire. However if you ran a 255/50R17, that would NOT be a 32" tire.

First number (255) = tire width
Second number (75) = percentage of that width for the sidewall height
Third number (17) = diameter of the opening for the wheel

A 275/70R17 is also a 32" tire. It's just wider and the sidewall percentage is smaller. This mathematically works out to a tire which is wider, but has the same sidewall height as the 255/75R17.

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I have a few questions on what will work on my stock unlimited.If I were to put 265/70R17 Duratracs on the Pro Comp wheels I'm looking at will there be any rub?
No. The 265/70R17 DuraTrac is just about the exact same size as what you have on your Jeep now. That tire won't rub on the stock wheels. With the offset of your chosen wheels, you could go up to a 285/70R17 and not rub.


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Will they stick out past the fender?
Just about any backspace which is less than stock will stick out past the fender "some." But by how much is also affected by your tire width. The 265s may not stick out even with the backspace, whereas the 285s probably will.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:56 AM   #6
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I appreciate the help.Basically I would just be taking a chance on the wheel sticking out past the fender and having a cop cite me for it?I'm pretty tight with the law enforcement in my area, but I go out of state to hunt a lot.
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If you want to keep the tires inside the fenders, you need 5" or more backspacing. Anything less is going to throw mud and gravel down the side of your Jeep.

Stock wheels are 5.75-6.25" backspacing depending on wheel...fyi.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:45 PM   #8
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I have a set of Good Year Wrangler Territories ( Made for Canadian Tire) and they are basically a Dura Trac. I had these tires on my Cherokee and loved them so I wanted them on my 2010 JKU Sport. Of course, they didn't make them in a 255/75/R17 and they didn't have the next size up so, I went with 245/75/R17's and very happy with with them with no problems. I as well hunt and fish and wanted a good dependable tire to take off the pavement.

Not sure if they make Dura Tracs in that size but might be worth looking into.
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:28 AM   #9
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Use this to get accurate measurements for tires: Tire Dimensions Made Simple - Discount Tire

And this, to get an idea of rub, no rub, width, backspacing, etc: Largest tire on stock JK? Here's your answer!

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