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Old 02-22-2012, 09:01 AM   #1
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tire reduction. :(

I run 33"s 12.5 now on a 2.5" lift currently. How small of a tire could I go down to without looking stupid? With the threat of $5 a gallon gas i'm thinking downsizing my tires might save me some money. I know offsetting the price of tires verses gas saved blah blah blah, I have the ability to get tires dirt cheap, so I can go that route. Back on stock aluminum rims, light weight. Had 31s on when purchased, 30s 29s??? Opinions?

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Old 02-22-2012, 09:48 AM   #2
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say, "NO," to 29's!!!
i have a '12 with the stock steelie's that come out to 29" - looks sad

i have less than 700 miles on'em if you want to swap! lol

im looking to go to either a 31 or 32 once i get some cash on 15"s

32 doesnt look too bad since the sport s comes with those

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Old 02-22-2012, 10:26 AM   #3
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A swap would work. My tires are a year old with 10k miles on them, rotated three times look new. BUT your rims won't fit my 01.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:37 AM   #4
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31 would be the smallest i'd go...
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:37 AM   #5
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trust me, you do not want 29's..ill happily swap the rubbers for you 33's though!
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:38 AM   #6
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31 would be the smallest i'd go...
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:49 AM   #7
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31x10.5/15 or 32x11.5/15. If your running MT's, change to a aggressive AT.. Um.. I take it your still on stock gearing?
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:42 PM   #8
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Yes still stock gearing. Very mild tires for 33s. I don't get into anything serious off road. The weight of the soft 8 rims are killing me also.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:45 PM   #9
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Hmm yeah so just go back to stock 15x8 canyons and 31x10.5's.. Call it a day.. Probably your best route and you won't look to silly.. You'll have plenty of room for flex to LOL
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:19 PM   #10
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Hmm yeah so just go back to stock 15x8 canyons and 31x10.5's.. Call it a day.. Probably your best route and you won't look to silly.. You'll have plenty of room for flex to LOL
Agreed...

you'll look a lot less silly than how i currently look lol...5 inches of lift, tube fenders in the front, flat rears...and good ol 32x11.5's at the moment lol

but yeah, just sell your current setup and go for a stock wheel on 31's

but to be honest, you're not going to get "that" much better of mpg...i'd guess you to run about 17 mpg with 31's
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:08 AM   #11
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17 I could live with. That's what I was getting with 31s. I'm averaging 12 now.
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I'm applauding what your doing here sir.

I too am considering the move to smaller tires, lighter rims in interest of MPG, among other reasons too though.

If the tires the PO had on my jeep (33x12.5) aren't completely useless I'll check back with you gents about a possible sale / swap.
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Tire reduction is no different than breast reduction. We all hate to see it done, but sometimes it is actually neccessary.

Don't forget craigslist. You can find lots of stock tires there if a member can't hook you up. Members first!!
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Tire reduction is no different than breast reduction. We all hate to see it done, but sometimes it is actually neccessary.

Don't forget craigslist. You can find lots of stock tires there if a member can't hook you up. Members first!!

One of the greatest metaphors I have heard in a long time!

Being that I am highly considering lowering my Jeep from 3" to 1.25" or 1"...Can anyone make an argument for keeping the 3"? All I hear from people I talk to is "its a jeep its supposed to look like that"

For me its not about looks as it is more about money. I will probably not go rock crawling often, and I do plan on making long trips on the highways to take the Jeep to Ocean City and Outter Banks here on the East coast.

To me it just makes more sense to go lower and get smaller tires, If I were to keep the 3" lift I would need new tires ($850) and to ReGear the Jeep ($1200) if I go low wouldn't I avoid the cost of of the ReGear at least?
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One of the greatest metaphors I have heard in a long time!

Being that I am highly considering lowering my Jeep from 3" to 1.25" or 1"...Can anyone make an argument for keeping the 3"? All I hear from people I talk to is "its a jeep its supposed to look like that"

For me its not about looks as it is more about money. I will probably not go rock crawling often, and I do plan on making long trips on the highways to take the Jeep to Ocean City and Outter Banks here on the East coast.

To me it just makes more sense to go lower and get smaller tires, If I were to keep the 3" lift I would need new tires ($850) and to ReGear the Jeep ($1200) if I go low wouldn't I avoid the cost of of the ReGear at least?

No doubt, a lowered jeep with stockish sized tires will be much safer and more economical to drive. Do what you think is best.

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