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Old 01-20-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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2 Door JKs w/ 33" KM2s or Duratracs

Looking for some pictures/insight of 285/70/17 Duractacs or KM2s on 2 door JKs without a lift. Extra points if you've got em on a silver Jeep.

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Old 01-20-2011, 09:02 PM   #2
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You're obsessed! Duratracs are not what you want for where you wheel.

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I think we are going to have to do a tire intervention at Selma.
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:17 PM   #4
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Jude, do you have any pictures of you going through the mud pit? You shouldn't be afraid, I'm sure Shell would strap you out.
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He's got some fancy-pants road tires. He gets better mpgs than a Prius.
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Jude, do you have any pictures of you going through the mud pit? You shouldn't be afraid, I'm sure Shell would strap you out.
Ask and ye shall receive.





I've owned Duratracs before and loved them. They are the only AT tire I'd do besides getting MTs. The tread depth on the Duratracs are 18/32 and the BFGs are 19/32. Those are nearly identical in grab as the MTs and the Duratracs have better side wall protection than the KM1s.

I've been considering also the possibility of switching down to 15" wheels and getting a set of 33X12.5R15 Duratracs. I'm really liking those on the smaller wheel and the tire size is 32.5 inches. A little larger than what I have now height wise and they are bigger width wise so it would also have a great wide appearance too. And yes for the record, when I'm shopping for gear I research...research...research. You could say obsessed too.

I might add that a full set of 33X12.5R15 Duratracs are a lot less than 4x 255/75/17 KM1s. This is also a big deal because its way cheaper to buy wheels for 15"s.
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Too funny MTH because I park next to one almost every night where I live. I usually chuckle a little pulling in as I think one of the most fuel efficient vehicles out there next to one of the worst.

So maybe my question is will 33X12.5R15 Duractracs work ok without any additional things to install? Everything I know is really just 16-17" wheels and tires. I haven't looked into options with 15" until tonight. If these are ok, what size wheel do I need or other info to run these tires Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac on my JK?
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That wasn't the mud I'm talking about. You know know which part I mean. You tire education isn't quite up to snuff. Tread depth is not the key to mud. Lug space is. Hilldweller has made some good real life comparisons in mud and the Duratracs failed. He runs the Cooper SST which compares very favorably to the KM.

You had better rethink your 15" rim idea. They most likely will not clear the JK calipers unless you shave them down, which I would not recommend doing. Take a look at 16's instead. Do you have ADD by any chance?
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Just make sure to check to see if the 15" wheels fit first. There have been reports of issues with 15 inch wheels rubbing the brake caliber.
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Well that's pretty bada*s--haven't seen a lot of Priuses (Pria?) do that.

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That wasn't the mud I'm talking about. You know know which part I mean.
He's talking about that one by the tracks. Have you been there Daggo? My stock JKU pulled it off just fine. ESP's got a video. Kudos to the BFGs.

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They most likely will not clear the JK calipers unless you shave them down, which I would not recommend doing.
That's what I heard too. No personal experience though.
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He's talking about that one by the tracks. Have you been there Daggo? My stock JKU pulled it off just fine. ESP's got a video. Kudos to the BFGs.
that's the spot I'm talking about. Jude's Jeep hasn't appeared in any of the videos I've seen of that area yet. His pictures are of him going through some puddles, not mud.
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That wasn't the mud I'm talking about. You know know which part I mean. You tire education isn't quite up to snuff. Tread depth is not the key to mud. Lug space is. Hilldweller has made some good real life comparisons in mud and the Duratracs failed. He runs the Cooper SST which compares very favorably to the KM.

You had better rethink your 15" rim idea. They most likely will not clear the JK calipers unless you shave them down, which I would not recommend doing. Take a look at 16's instead. Do you have ADD by any chance?
I wheel in many other places that have little to no mud so I'm not overly concerned with MTs being the be all end all for me. The Duratracs I've owned and from experience with them, were the best off road tire I've used. And yes I've had all kinds and all makes from every maker over the past two decades of wheelin with multiple Jeeps. I read some on the issues with 15"s and them rubbing so that's not something I need to rethink, I'm still thinking on it. It's not impossible but it takes additional steps to achieve and do correctly. I have many friends that wheel with 33-37s on 15" and could easily get up with them to shoot some ideas about them for my JK.

Regarding the ADD I think it's funny that most of your responses on here are first negative and then followed by telling someone there wrong about what they're asking only to be topped off by more insults in the end. Shell, we could definitely have an intervention that involves more fun in the dirt. Still looking into the KM2s but I've put them into line with several others witch is actually helping me to have some options with other tires.
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I run KM2s LOVE them.. but id run the Duratracs in a heart beat.. Here is a buddy of mine with Duratracs in a Xterra.. I thought for sure he was done...
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I wheel in many other places that have little to no mud so I'm not overly concerned with MTs being the be all end all for me. The Duratracs I've owned and from experience with them, were the best off road tire I've used. And yes I've had all kinds and all makes from every maker over the past two decades of wheelin with multiple Jeeps. I read some on the issues with 15"s and them rubbing so that's not something I need to rethink, I'm still thinking on it. It's not impossible but it takes additional steps to achieve and do correctly. I have many friends that wheel with 33-37s on 15" and could easily get up with them to shoot some ideas about them for my JK.

Regarding the ADD I think it's funny that most of your responses on here are first negative and then followed by telling someone there wrong about what they're asking only to be topped off by more insults in the end. Shell, we could definitely have an intervention that involves more fun in the dirt. Still looking into the KM2s but I've put them into line with several others witch is actually helping me to have some options with other tires.
Did you or did you not just have a huge thread about the BFG MT's and how they were exactly what you wanted? Talk to your friends all you want, 15's don't fit over JK calipers. When have I not tried to help you?
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Talk to your friends all you want, 15's don't fit over JK calipers.
No one said that they did, your on your own there. What was said is that you need additional things done to make it work correctly. Not impossible by any means just another step.

^ Nice vid.
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Good luck with you tires and rims. Have fun figuring it all out. I'm done with it.
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Another buddy of mine leading a run through Rausch Creek last fall on 15" with his JKU.


Thanks for the link J.B.

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