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Old 06-18-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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How To Make Any Sense Out of Choosing Tires?

Trying to get a handle on the meaningful variables here. I have read the forum post on how large a tire I can get on my new 2012 Wrangler sport, I've chatted with someone at TireRack.com and I have gone through the BFG website and I still can't figure out what size tire 1) I *can* get with no lifts and 2) what size tire I *want* to get with no lifts.

1. My current tire size is 225/75-16, on a Jeep that will mostly see town driving with a little light off roading. This size is on my door sill.

2. The guy from TireRack said I could get a variety of sizes, and suggested 235/75-16 for the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A (Highway All-Season) I was considering because he said that would be more "comfortable." But when I input that size on the BFG site it says it doesn't fit.

3. I would like a tire better in snow and poor weather than the stock tires. Also, it would be nice if it looked a little cooler, which I take means it should be bigger. But how much bigger can I get without causing fit issues?

4. The forum post about how big a tire I can get notes a duratec tire and a size. Would that tire be a good choice ... in what size?

5. If I do get a tire size that is different from the stock size, is that going to screw up my gauges? I do not plan to get the Jeep lifted anytime soon.

I guess this is confusing because Jeep owners routinely put sizes on their Jeeps that normally wouldn't fit. But it has made my stock replacement search a challenge! Any advice? Thanks!

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I just went through this and found a POST that helped.
this one...LINK
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I am sure you will find one that will answer all your questions.

But then you will have more questions! LOL I did...
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You can fit approximately 33” tires on the Jeep without any lift. Are you looking at getting new wheels too?

I wouldn’t go with what tirerack suggested also wouldn’t put too much faith into “will fit” internet calculators, they are usually wrong. If you are keeping 16” wheels a 33” tire will read 305/70R16. You can go any combination 285/75R16 <-Get the idea??

If you want snow performers you should look at snow rated tires, I don’t know them off hand since I don’t deal with snow too much here in AZ. Great all around performers are Goodyear Duratrac, Kelly Safari TSR and Fierce Attitude (all good years). They are aggressive all terrains. I also ran 33” Maxxis Bighorn muds and liked them. Decent offroaders and daily drivers would be the Falken Wildpeak/Rocky Mountain but have heard they are heavy. They aren’t as aggressive as a mud or the Duratrac offspring but get the job done.

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Everyone will say different things, but I do know I put on 285/70R17 BFG MK2's with Mickey Thompson Classic 17-9, back set is 4.5" and offset is 12mm. Work just great with no issues. No lift, or anything at all.

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Trying to get a handle on the meaningful variables here. I have read the forum post on how large a tire I can get on my new 2012 Wrangler sport, I've chatted with someone at TireRack.com and I have gone through the BFG website and I still can't figure out what size tire 1) I *can* get with no lifts and 2) what size tire I *want* to get with no lifts.

1. My current tire size is 225/75-16 on a Jeep that will mostly see town driving with a little light off roading. This size is on my door sill.

OK..

2. The guy from TireRack said I could get a variety of sizes, and suggested 235/75-16 for the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain T/A (Highway All-Season) I was considering because he said that would be more "comfortable." But when I input that size on the BFG site it says it doesn't fit.

Do not waste your time or money on anything near 225/75/16 or 255/75/17. Both are stock sizes and you should get bigger. You are gonna need 1.5" wheel spacers (Spidertrax makes the best) if you plan on running tires on your stock 16" wheels larger than 32". Most get rid of the stock wheels and buy ones with better backspacing. Many...many threads on this. Take your time and read up.

3. I would like a tire better in snow and poor weather than the stock tires. Also, it would be nice if it looked a little cooler, which I take means it should be bigger. But how much bigger can I get without causing fit issues?

Here is your answer. Largest tire on stock JK? Here's your answer!

4. The forum post about how big a tire I can get notes a duratec tire and a size. Would that tire be a good choice ... in what size?

33x12.5R15 = The Combo. Read here and gain mucho knowledge. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/33x...deo-96568.html

5. If I do get a tire size that is different from the stock size, is that going to screw up my gauges? I do not plan to get the Jeep lifted anytime soon.

Yes. A dealership can flash your computer up to the stock size of 32.1 or 255/75/17. Anything larger and you will need an AEV Procal Tuner = a great buy.

I guess this is confusing because Jeep owners routinely put sizes on their Jeeps that normally wouldn't fit. But it has made my stock replacement search a challenge! Any advice? Thanks!

Not true at all. It must fit or it wouldn't fit.
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Oh, yeah here is a quick pic of what the look like on the Jeep.

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Oh, yeah here is a quick pic of what the look like on the Jeep.

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That's good looking...how does it ride on the streets and highways?

The OP said "on a Jeep that will mostly see town driving with a little light off roading". I'm not sure I could do that and not know I was going to off road a lot...
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There ya go.
I appreciate the response, but I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing. At this point I don't plan on any spacers or lifts or anything being done except taking the stock tires off and putting better tires on.

I have read all the posts you added (thanks for taking time to do that) and even the definitive "how big can my tires be" post qualifies its comments with a "most" tires will fit, and then launches into discussions about various sizes. I used that info to search on line and talk to Tire Rack and I can't find a consistent answer.

Basically, I just watch to change tires, with no other mods, and have a better tire in bad weather and, *if possible*, a cooler look than what the stocks are. No rubbing, fit issues, changing speedometers, etc.

I see some good info in your post and others ... I will look at it closely. Thanks!
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I appreciate the response, but I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing. At this point I don't plan on any spacers or lifts or anything being done except taking the stock tires off and putting better tires on.

I have read all the posts you added (thanks for taking time to do that) and even the definitive "how big can my tires be" post qualifies its comments with a "most" tires will fit, and then launches into discussions about various sizes. I used that info to search on line and talk to Tire Rack and I can't find a consistent answer.

Basically, I just watch to change tires, with no other mods, and have a better tire in bad weather and, *if possible*, a cooler look than what the stocks are. No rubbing, fit issues, changing speedometers, etc.

I see some good info in your post and others ... I will look at it closely. Thanks!
I hear ya!

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I appreciate the response, but I'm not sure we're talking about the same thing. At this point I don't plan on any spacers or lifts or anything being done except taking the stock tires off and putting better tires on.

You mentioned going bigger in your original post. If you go larger than 225/75/16 or 29.1" tires you can go up to 32.1 on your current 16" wheels without issue. Want to go larger? You'll need "wheel" spacers not coil spacers to fit them without rubbing your suspension components.

I have read all the posts you added (thanks for taking time to do that) and even the definitive "how big can my tires be" post qualifies its comments with a "most" tires will fit, and then launches into discussions about various sizes. I used that info to search on line and talk to Tire Rack and I can't find a consistent answer.

You just need to decide whether or not you want to go larger than 32" tires on your stock wheels. If so then you need either (A) 1.5" wheel spacers to prevent rubbing because your stock wheels have poor backspacing or (B) new wheels with better backspacing around 4.5"

Basically, I just watch to change tires, with no other mods, and have a better tire in bad weather and, *if possible*, a cooler look than what the stocks are. No rubbing, fit issues, changing speedometers, etc.

Then you must stick with the same size of 225/75/16 to avoid any additional changes. This is something you will regret severely.

I see some good info in your post and others ... I will look at it closely. Thanks!
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OK, got it. So out of the gate, I don't want to go bigger than 32 inches. Maybe down the road ... But I do want to get tires bigger than the existing stock
225/75/16. So the best choice for pavement traction in snow and light off roading would be ____________________ in size ____________________?

Thanks again to you and all for your help! And patience!
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OK, got it. So out of the gate, I don't want to go bigger than 32 inches. Maybe down the road ... But I do want to get tires bigger than the existing stock
225/75/16. So the best choice for pavement traction in snow and light off roading would be ____________________ in size ____________________?

Thanks again to you and all for your help! And patience!
No problemo.

The next size for you would be starting here with and then continuing. Goodyear Duratrac or the other's mentioned would be fine choices. Beyond these two sizes "may" will turn into "must"

1. 245/75/16
2. 265/75/16 (may need spacers)

In addition to the threads you've read, this one has pictures of different tires and wheels too. I've had 15, 16, and 17 inch wheels and tires, check out this other thread for more pics. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/33x...os-165614.html
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I'm going to don my flame suit and go against the grain here. I don't want to start a controversy, just let the OP know that there is another option that my fit his needs very well, but is rarely heard.

After much study here and elsewhere on all things Jeep wheel and tire, I have decided to stay with the stock Jeep Rubicon wheels and tires (255/75/17 BFG Mud Terrain A/T KM.)

Here's a link to part of an Expedition Portal review of the 2012 Jeep that got me started on this 'radical' decision:

Field Test: 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon - YouTube

You can usually acquire new Rubicon takeoff wheels and tires at less than the cost of a new set of tires, also.
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I'm going to don my flame suit and go against the grain here. I don't want to start a controversy, just let the OP know that there is another option that my fit his needs very well, but is rarely heard.

After much study here and elsewhere on all things Jeep wheel and tire, I have decided to stay with the stock Jeep Rubicon wheels and tires (255/75/17 BFG Mud Terrain A/T KM.)

Here's a link to part of an Expedition Portal review of the 2012 Jeep that got me started on this 'radical' decision:

Field Test: 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon - YouTube

You can usually acquire new Rubicon takeoff wheels and tires at less than the cost of a new set of tires, also.

LOVE IT!
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I am not a fan of biger/fatter means better.
Especially not fatter! Thinner tires provide superior traction in all but deep mud, deep soft snow, and deep soft sand!

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Just bought 4 Cooper ATP 265/75-16 for my factory steel wheels. $468 delivered. Made in USA. EXCELLENT traction for foul weather. Fits perfect, looks great, rides butter smooth. Works good on light trails too. I highly recommend the OP of this thread to do the same.

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Especially not fatter! Thinner tires provide superior traction in all but deep mud, deep soft snow, and deep soft sand!

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My first vehicle in 1986 was a VW Fox...I lived in Portland Maine at the time.
I can't TELL YOU how many vehicles I passed by stuck in the snow... that silly car passing all the big fat tires spinning spinning...I can still hear the sound of stuck tires spinning. Never missed a beat.
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That's good looking...how does it ride on the streets and highways?

The OP said "on a Jeep that will mostly see town driving with a little light off roading". I'm not sure I could do that and not know I was going to off road a lot...
Thank you for the comment. Rides and drive very nicely, noise is not there like back in the day when I had my "1983" CJ7.

Mainly this is a project and a toy for me. I have a company truck and my own F-150, both are super crews for daily driving. I just did it for the looks, but if I want to go wheeling I can and will, but not like I did when I was 24 years old. It cost too much to fix them...

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My first vehicle in 1986 was a VW Fox...I lived in Portland Maine at the time.
I can't TELL YOU how many vehicles I passed by stuck in the snow... that silly car passing all the big fat tires spinning spinning...I can still hear the sound of stuck tires spinning. Never missed a beat.
More than one 4-wheeler, including myself, has been embarrassed by VW bugs with their rear wheel drive and rear engine, and others like the VW Fox with front wheel drive and front engine.

I've seen VW bugs do amazing things in snow and road-less situations...

But, I think I'll stay with Jeep....
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More than one 4-wheeler, including myself, has been embarrassed by VW bugs with their rear wheel drive and rear engine, and others like the VW Fox with front wheel drive and front engine.

I've seen VW bugs do amazing things in snow and road-less situations...

But, I think I'll stay with Jeep....
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I don't have a lot of expertise in the all terrain tire dept as most of mine were on 3/4 trucks.

The rugged terrain tire suggested to you was what my '09 dodge cummins had. They lasted approximately 12k miles and 3 years on the hot AZ roads. I wasn't impressed with that lifespan. But it was a large truck pulling horse trailers so take that with a grain of salt. They did well in sand here and snow when I visited family in Colorado but they wore terrible.

I also had a bad taste in my mouth for how terrible the BFG A/T wore on my '01 yellow tj. Mind you that was 10 years ago so it may have improved by now.

Those are the only 2 A/T tires I've used. So I can't give an opinion on one to recommend. Only share 2 that I don't.
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I see you're in Denver. My Dad lives in Winter Park. I'll see what the tire is that he's using on his old jeep and his truck. He swears by them in the snow and you can get them studded if you want. But if memory serves Denver doesn't let you keep those on all year like grand county does.
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Alright I can't believe I forgot about this, but it has been almost 10 years since I was in Colorado for any length of time. But here's what Dad said about snow tires in Colorado, especially driving in Denver much due to the hot roads in the summer.

You need to run 2 sets of tires if you want the best wear out of your tires in Colorado. Get whatever you like for summer time, but for winter, your best wearing tire is going to be ARCTIC CLAW WINTER XSI LT235/75R15/C | Big O Tires carries the WINTER XSI by ARCTIC CLAW in LT235/75R15/C in whatever size you want. I completely forgot about this tire, but it is the one I had on my '01 Dodge pickup when I bought it, and they really were amazing on the snow. Dad has been running this tire on his '01 Dodge 2500, '01 Dodge Intrepid, and his '94 YJ Wrangler for quite a few years and it's the only one he buys for winter driving. It's widely used in the mountains up there enough you can get it in whatever rating you need for your specific vehicle. IE: he has to get the "E" rated one for the big truck.

The problem with this tire is if you drive them during the summer, the hot roads are going to eat them up fast, and you'll ruin them for winter driving. It's been a long time since I lived in Colorado, and we lived at about 8500ft elevation. So traction in snow was big for us. I completely forgot that I had to run 2 sets of tires back then. But that was the only way to keep from ruining your snow tires during the summer.

The good thing about that is you can get whatever cool look you want for summer play time, and then have the snow set ready to go for when winter hits. They work good too, many times driving over Berthoud Pass in fall and spring icy time has proven them to work quite well.

I hope this helps you. I know I'm not giving you much in info for tire size, but at least I can provide you with the name of a good snow performer from a construction worker that's been driving the Colorado snow the better part of his life.
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Alright I can't believe I forgot about this, but it has been almost 10 years since I was in Colorado for any length of time. But here's what Dad said about snow tires in Colorado, especially driving in Denver much due to the hot roads in the summer.

You need to run 2 sets of tires if you want the best wear out of your tires in Colorado. Get whatever you like for summer time, but for winter, your best wearing tire is going to be ARCTIC CLAW WINTER XSI LT235/75R15/C | Big O Tires carries the WINTER XSI by ARCTIC CLAW in LT235/75R15/C in whatever size you want. I completely forgot about this tire, but it is the one I had on my '01 Dodge pickup when I bought it, and they really were amazing on the snow. Dad has been running this tire on his '01 Dodge 2500, '01 Dodge Intrepid, and his '94 YJ Wrangler for quite a few years and it's the only one he buys for winter driving. It's widely used in the mountains up there enough you can get it in whatever rating you need for your specific vehicle. IE: he has to get the "E" rated one for the big truck.

The problem with this tire is if you drive them during the summer, the hot roads are going to eat them up fast, and you'll ruin them for winter driving. It's been a long time since I lived in Colorado, and we lived at about 8500ft elevation. So traction in snow was big for us. I completely forgot that I had to run 2 sets of tires back then. But that was the only way to keep from ruining your snow tires during the summer.

The good thing about that is you can get whatever cool look you want for summer play time, and then have the snow set ready to go for when winter hits. They work good too, many times driving over Berthoud Pass in fall and spring icy time has proven them to work quite well.

I hope this helps you. I know I'm not giving you much in info for tire size, but at least I can provide you with the name of a good snow performer from a construction worker that's been driving the Colorado snow the better part of his life.
Thanks, good advice. I used to have separate snow tires for my trusty '93 Corolla, which helped a ton unless there was 8 inches of snow (then you would high center if you stopped moving!). You are right, this is a foolproof system, you just need the room to store the tires you aren't using and unfortunately we don't have it. That was the issue with the Corolla, which I sold to a neighbor's kid two years ago. So I need one set of tires, year round. The Duratec's are looking pretty good, if I can figure out the "right" size.
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Sold on the Duratecs. Now to convince the guy at DT they will fit the wheels I want.
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Duratracs. Man I gotta get off this site. I am going blind and stupid after 4 hours of this.
I am thinking about the 15 inch MB Chaos 5
I was told it wouldn't work on my Jeep but after reading for several hours it looks like it will. Am I wrong? I have a 2012 Wrangler Sport JK

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Duratracs. Man I gotta get off this site. I am going blind and stupid after 4 hours of this.
I am thinking about the 15 inch MB Chaos 5
I was told it wouldn't work on my Jeep but after reading for several hours it looks like it will. AM I WRONG? I have a 2012 Wrangler Sport JK

MB Wheels Chaos 515X8 5-127 -19MTB
Nope..... Show them a post from here
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Duratracs. Man I gotta get off this site. I am going blind and stupid after 4 hours of this.
I am thinking about the 15 inch MB Chaos 5
I was told it wouldn't work on my Jeep but after reading for several hours it looks like it will. Am I wrong? I have a 2012 Wrangler Sport JK

MB Wheels Chaos 515X8 5-127 -19MTB
They fit! I went back and forth between them and the mb 72's and decided on the 72's. I have a 2011 jk sport. Mine is the mango on the right.
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