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Old 10-28-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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Looking to switch to a set of Duratracs. If I ran a steel wheel in the duratracs for the upcoming winter months would it be possible to switch to a nice alloy wheel in the spring while using the same set of tires. Has anyone done this? Would it look right? Sizing?

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315/70/17s on a 3" lift.
I run 'em year round on the same wheels... in northern Canada.
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Looking to switch to a set of Duratracs. If I ran a steel wheel in the duratracs for the upcoming winter months would it be possible to switch to a nice alloy wheel in the spring while using the same set of tires. Has anyone done this? Would it look right? Sizing?
You can switch them as long as the rims are the same diameter. Their width does not have to be the same, but has to work with the tire. For example, 285/75R16 DuraTracs (33") have a rim (width) range of 7-9 inches.

I used 16" rims as an example because it will be cheaper to buy tires for that size...17 and 18" tires go up greatly in price. 16's will also save weight, and give you a bigger rubber footprint on the road.

I live in Wisconsin, where it snows a lot (not like Canada, though), and I'll keep my DuraTracs on the same rims (alloy) all year. Because of the salt they use on the roads here, however, I would never run chromes. In fact, nothing that is going on my Jeep will be chrome.
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Currently sitting at stock height with no lift. I want to add a 2 or 2.5" lift come spring. Looking for a size that would work with my stock height AND future lift. 16"? 17"?
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I have read that 33x12.5x15 duratracs and MB72 15x8 is one of the lightest tire/wheel combinations (in the 33 size) available. Just something to keep in mind.
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Interesting Tommy. I'll pass it onto a friend. He's got an Unlimited, stock, and is wondering about more aggressive tire wheel combos on stock suspension.
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I love my Duratracs.

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I have read that 33x12.5x15 duratracs and MB72 15x8 is one of the lightest tire/wheel combinations (in the 33 size) available. Just something to keep in mind.
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Well i run 295/65/R18 Studded Duratrac's with no lift and Spidertrax spacers

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Old 10-30-2011, 12:58 PM   #15
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Here's a question: Whay do you want to run steelies in the winter? The road salt will ruin a set of steel wheels in one season. I ran my Mickey Thompsons all last year and they still look great. The center caps not so much, but the wheels are good.

Here's a pic from 2 weeks ago when I put my hard top back on.

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Hey Vin,

What size tires are those? Lifted or not? My Jeep is virtually your twin, looks great!
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What size tires are those? Lifted or not? My Jeep is virtually your twin, looks great!
315/70-17 Duratracs and a Teraflex 2.5 inch Coil lift.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:56 PM   #18
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Looks good Vin!
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Old 11-01-2011, 11:23 PM   #19
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Just went with Zone 3" lift with 285/70/17 duratracs and 17X8 blackrock series 909 D alloys. Blackrock didn't have 18" wheels in that style. Looks great. Have to post pics. Was told steel wheels are too heavy for newer vehicles.
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Was told steel wheels are too heavy for newer vehicles.
News to me.
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It isn't that you can't go heavier, it is you shouldn't go heavier.

The JP magazine article went deep into the fact that way too many are adding way too much weight to their Jeep when you should be trying to decrease it.
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Well i run 295/65/R18 Studded Duratrac's with no lift and Spidertrax spacers

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Do you have any more pictures? Love to see side shots...
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Looks good Vin!
Thanks! I may go with 3 inch shocks this next Summer for a little more room, but no rubbing issues as of yet.

I still say go with alloy year round.
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Love the look and considering an upgrade from my stock SR-As. Reasonable decision if you are 90% on road and don't want to compromise wet and hard pack snow / ice traction? I'm sure they are considerably better in the deeper snow, sand, and mud.

In other words are they at least as good as the SR-As on road?
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I was all set on getting Duratrac's. Went to Discount tire yesterday. The salesman didn't recommend them here in Arizona because of the heat. He said they had softer rubber than the BFG's that I have used for years. I think Duratrac's would be the ticket in snow in cooler climates. Anyone had an issue with them in hot climates as far as wear goes?
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305/70/16...love em
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How do the Duratracs balance up? any problems there? doing research, and am reading a lot of problems with balancing Kevlars, so am curious if similar issues for the Duratracs?
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I have read that 33x12.5x15 duratracs and MB72 15x8 is one of the lightest tire/wheel combinations (in the 33 size) available. Just something to keep in mind.

I was just looking on TireRack and saw the max tire pressure for that particular size was 35psi. WTH? Why is that? Every other size is 50psi and up. Cant argue with $175 a pop though
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I was just looking on TireRack and saw the max tire pressure for that particular size was 35psi. WTH? Why is that? Every other size is 50psi and up. Cant argue with $175 a pop though
50 and up??? I thought the typical max was 36! Lol

Well Im thousands of miles away from my 34s. Can't even step out and check. I can tell you though that for highway driving, I usually run at 32psi.

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