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Old 09-16-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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Biggest Tires w/o the extras

Hey guys, sorry I'm still a newb and I have a couple tire questions.

First, I'm going to be ordering a Ruby X package and I want to replace the KMs that will come on them. For the first year I have this truck I just can't see myself doing any hardcore off-roading (honestly, I'm just afraid of breaking such an expensive truck). And I drive quite a bit on snow and in rain so I want a better all season tire that the KMs provide.

Second, what's the largest tire size I can go to without having to get spacers or anything else. I just want a nice big and kinda mean looking tire, but I don't want to run spacers.

I guess 3rd - I had Wrangler Silent Armors on my 2007 Sahara and loved them, and I've heard awesome things about Duratracs...Any recommendations?

I've learned more about these new wranglers in the past couple weeks stalking these forums than I ever thought I would know. Can't wait for Dec/Jan when I actually pull the trigger! Thanks guys!

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Hey guys, sorry I'm still a newb and I have a couple tire questions.

First, I'm going to be ordering a Ruby X package and I want to replace the KMs that will come on them. For the first year I have this truck I just can't see myself doing any hardcore off-roading (honestly, I'm just afraid of breaking such an expensive truck). And I drive quite a bit on snow and in rain so I want a better all season tire that the KMs provide.

Second, what's the largest tire size I can go to without having to get spacers or anything else. I just want a nice big and kinda mean looking tire, but I don't want to run spacers.

I guess 3rd - I had Wrangler Silent Armors on my 2007 Sahara and loved them, and I've heard awesome things about Duratracs...Any recommendations?

I've learned more about these new wranglers in the past couple weeks stalking these forums than I ever thought I would know. Can't wait for Dec/Jan when I actually pull the trigger! Thanks guys!
I am in the same boat!
Rubicon (2014 JKU) should arrive the end of October so I have started to research replacement tires now.
I spent last night using the search function reading old threads and I am more confused now then ever. Some say Duratrac 285's rub some say they don't. Some threads list model and year of there JKU most do not.

I would like a Duratrac in 275 but I'll keep dreaming. I don't want lift or use spacers. Just a better wet/snow tire with aggressive look.

Soooo, do I need to stay with Duratrac in 265 or can I sneak in 285's with out rubbing.

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Old 09-17-2013, 07:19 AM   #3
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There's a sticky for that. I hope you have some spare time...

Largest tire on stock JK? Here's your answer!
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:54 AM   #4
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If you do mostly paved roads and want something good in the snow and rain, then IMHO, I wouldn't go with an overly wide tire, as they don't "bite" into the snow. I have 275/55/20 on my Silverado (that's what they came with) and they're OK on the highway, but not so great in the rain. In the winter, I take them off and put on some 245/75R/17 studded snows. I do some serious snow driving in the winter and no way would I have a wide tire. Silent armor tires look OK, and I haven't tried them yet....but they will be on my JK this winter.
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Hey guys, sorry I'm still a newb and I have a couple tire questions.

First, I'm going to be ordering a Ruby X package and I want to replace the KMs that will come on them. For the first year I have this truck I just can't see myself doing any hardcore off-roading (honestly, I'm just afraid of breaking such an expensive truck). And I drive quite a bit on snow and in rain so I want a better all season tire that the KMs provide.

Second, what's the largest tire size I can go to without having to get spacers or anything else. I just want a nice big and kinda mean looking tire, but I don't want to run spacers.

I guess 3rd - I had Wrangler Silent Armors on my 2007 Sahara and loved them, and I've heard awesome things about Duratracs...Any recommendations?

I've learned more about these new wranglers in the past couple weeks stalking these forums than I ever thought I would know. Can't wait for Dec/Jan when I actually pull the trigger! Thanks guys!
Calling your Jeep a truck is better than calling it a car.

Get Duratracs.

If your not going offroad, I would recommend a sport with LSD instead of a Rubi. Will drive better in snow and rain. With the money saved you can buy a cool bumper, rims and hood and save lots of money.

Read the forum stickies for answers to all your questions.
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Calling your Jeep a truck is better than calling it a car.

Get Duratracs.

If your not going offroad, I would recommend a sport with LSD instead of a Rubi. Will drive better in snow and rain. With the money saved you can buy a cool bumper, rims and hood and save lots of money.

Read the forum stickies for answers to all your questions.
Thanks, I'm leaning towards Duratracs. I'm going to off road on the Ruby, just not for the first year I own it. I can't get past the idea of taking a brand new $40k wrangler on a trail in the first year and damaging it. Once I'm comfortable with it and learn it over the year I'll start taking it off road. I'll probably even keep the stock tires so I have something for the trails. And I don't want to do the work myself, so Sport/Sahara are out, stock Ruby will be just fine for my needs.
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Some say Duratrac 285's rub some say they don't.
That's likely because everyone drives differently. If you don't venture offroad and don't need to turn full lock, 285s probably won't be a problem.

It's when you flex and turn sharply that the wider tire becomes the issue and rubs some of the steering components. This is sometimes overcome by installing washers on the steering stops to prevent the tires for hitting. This decreases your turning radius, though.


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Some threads list model and year of there JKU most do not.
That's because it really doesn't matter. The chassis is the same for all JK/JKU models.


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I would like a Duratrac in 275 but I'll keep dreaming. I don't want lift or use spacers. Just a better wet/snow tire with aggressive look.
You can get a BFG T/A KO in that size which is pretty aggressive, but it's an E-rated tire which is pretty hard.

Lifting won't solve this issue, as that only helps you if you go to a much larger diameter tire.

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Soooo, do I need to stay with Duratrac in 265 or can I sneak in 285's with out rubbing.
As you can probably guess, the only way to tell is to put them on and drive. On the road, you will likely be okay, but because the tolerances are so close, there can really be no definitive answer for everyone.

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Running 275/70r17
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285/70/17 Duratrac Load C 1/2" trim on airdam 5 min job with dremel
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285/70/17 Duratrac Load C 1/2" trim on airdam 5 min job with dremel
Looks great. You needed to trim the air dam with the Pintlers? You're the first person I've heard of that needed to trim anything when going with 285s on Pintlers. Always thought the 5.2" backspace corrected that.
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Looks great. You needed to trim the air dam with the Pintlers? You're the first person I've heard of that needed to trim anything when going with 285s on Pintlers. Always thought the 5.2" backspace corrected that.
Thanks, it rubbed very slightly on airdam driverside when turned at full lock so I trimmed it. no worries.

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