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Old 09-23-2010, 11:35 AM   #1
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Installed Duratracs...before and after..

I have been riding around for a month or so in my "new to me" JK 4dr. I dont plan on rootin, muddin. wheeling etc except maybe hunt every now and again in the woods. I DID want, however. a more aggressive tire. Since I haven't found the wheels I "just have to have" yet, I replaced the stock duelers with Wrangler Duratracs.

Review. The Wrangler Duratracs stiffen up the ride slightly becasue I drove both sets of tires over the same roads and noticed a difference. I also wanted a tire that did not make a lot of road noise. The Duratracs accomplished this. Compared to teh Duelers there is a a low frequency hum that can be heard(if you listen very carefully for it) with the top down. When i turned on the radio it was gone. It is a nice looking aggressive tire that I plan on using in the woods, some snow and sand. I will update as I hit these obstacles. Thanks.

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Old 09-23-2010, 11:36 AM   #2
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After...Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac (275/65/18)


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It just got Buff! Nice
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Very nice, check the air pressure, they may be a little high, contributing to the stiffer ride....
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What do you keep your pressure at?
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Mine are bigger, so less pressure. Go about 3-5lbs less than the max on the sidewall, check the contact patch, and ride, and adjust accordingly. You should find a sweet spot with good contact, to about an inch from the edge of the tread, somewhere in there. Also yours are probably load range E's, mine are C's so they have a softer sidewall which will also make a difference...
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Did you throw on spacers behind the wheels. If not are you rubbing?
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No spacers. No rubbing.
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The Duratracs he picked are only very slightly bigger than the stock tires on my Rubicon. Here's the comparison:

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What do you keep your pressure at?
I keep my duratracs at 30 psi, have 25k on them and they are holding up great.
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Looks way better than the Duelers! Good choice on tire. Glad to hear the wider tire isn't rubbing.
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UPDATE!!!!! Stock Sahara Wheels with Wrangler Duratracs 275/65/18 DO RUB in FULL TURNS. I will probably end up getting spacers. I drove all day today, but ince I tried to cut a u-turn I felt the rubbing. 265's probably would be perfect. Yet another mod I need now. Which are the best spacers?
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UPDATE!!!!! Stock Sahara Wheels with Wrangler Duratracs 275/65/18 DO RUB in FULL TURNS. I will probably end up getting spacers. I drove all day today, but ince I tried to cut a u-turn I felt the rubbing. 265's probably would be perfect. Yet another mod I need now. Which are the best spacers?
Check to see if they are rubbing on the plastic front airdam/skidplate. I had to trim mine some before I went to aev
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I think it is rubbing the metal bar at full turn. I can't tell for sure.
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You ought to be able to add some washers to the steering stops to keep from rubbing... But not sure it works that way on a JK... It does on a TJ.



Or, you could just not turn so far.....
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:29 PM   #17
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Inferno Girl,I am really liking the Spidertrax adapters, though.
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WOW big change, looks meaner
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UPDATE!!!!! Stock Sahara Wheels with Wrangler Duratracs 275/65/18 DO RUB in FULL TURNS. I will probably end up getting spacers. I drove all day today, but ince I tried to cut a u-turn I felt the rubbing. 265's probably would be perfect. Yet another mod I need now. Which are the best spacers?
Just adjust the steering stops.

Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Jeep JK Wrangler Steer Stop Adjustment

They look great, btw.
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I will give it a try. Does the wheel need to be removed to do it? Or can it be done with the wheel on it?
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Thanks Infernogirl and hilldweller, i picked up the washers this am. Putting them on this afternoon.
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Not sure, but I think you can probably leave the wheel on..
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Having a minor rub issue also in my TJ, would the steering stop spacers work for me as well?
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my very similar jeep with the duratrac tires and the bestop trektop

Yours is looking better with the bigger size tire....
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Nice, are those Duratracs? Mine have no white lettering on either side.
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yup, the smaller duratracs had white lettering on one side so I had them put it out.
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Having a minor rub issue also in my TJ, would the steering stop spacers work for me as well?
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how did they affect your MPG from the Duelers?
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Dunno, just put em on yesterday. And to be honest. I never paid attention to my mpg anyway because I was just thrilled it was twice as good on gas as the main family vehicle. 9 mpg vs 18-21mpg! lol.
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I want a the Duratracs pretty bad. The only problem is money.... of course

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