A quick before and after comparison I did to the stock steel 16" wheels on my JKU. There are a couple threads that discuss the larger size tire I used but it gets thrown in with comments that include 17" and 18" wheels so I decided to create this thread specifically for the 16"er and what a JKU looks like with the 265/75R16.
P265/75R16 Firestone Destination AT
Its been three weeks owning my JKU and after 1100 miles the tiny tires had to go. I definitely do not like the look or how they handled. The final straw was yesterday when I was driving in the rain, the ABS kicked in often approaching intersections, I could feel the front end slide easily on a turn if made too sharp or too fast and conscious throttle control was necessary to keep the rear tires from breaking traction.
These were things that I considered were important for me.
1. I live in the desert so mud terrains seems like a waste for me and my DD. An A/T tire that is not too aggressive where road noise will be a factor. I still drive 75 miles round trip on the highway to and from work.
2. The new tire must fill up the wheel well without any rubbing at all, not lift, no washers, no bump stop issue etc required. I just want a bigger and wider tire with no additional required modifications.
3. I thought about new wheels or even Rubi take offs that I could find for $1000 but they have MT tires on them. But then what kind of hassel am I going to deal with trying to get ride of the steel 16 inchers with tires mounted on them? Keeping the stock steel wheel gives me back tires off the wheel ready to sell by themselves.
Specs of stock tire and Firestone
Stock wheel diameter 29.29" Firestone diameter 31.65"
Stock tire width of 8.86" Firestone width 10.43"
Stock tire weight 27 lbs each Firestone weight 42 lbs
I am surprised to find no difference in road noise between the two tires at highway speeds. The wider grip makes for better traction on the streets. And the overall ride quality is an improvement with the new tire. I have an auto with 3.73 gears and feel no noticeable difference in acceleration but I can tell the shift points are a little off now. I already have the procal ordered and it is on the way. Now when I ding up the wheels on rocks it will not matter because I did not buy expensive nice looking aluminum aftermarket wheels.
I don't have brand loyalty to a tire manufacture but I choose the Firestone destination A/T based on the price of $123 each tire, it was the highest rated tire on tirerack.com, and consumer reports had it equal to the bridgestone revo 2 ($155 tire) and michelin LTX ($215 tire). When all was said and done 5 new tires, lifetime balance and road hazzard warranty and other fees was $895.
I have read about other people having issuse with the TPMS light and resetting issues. I had no issues, I got in the Jeep, started it up and drove off. No issues and the pressure readings were transmitting like they always have. No unwanted flashing lights or pressure reading issues, all is good.