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Old 10-05-2011, 07:58 PM   #1
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Stock wheel mpg

Quick question. If I put stock sahara wheels and tires or stock rubicon wheels and tires on my sport which will provide me with a better mpg?

Also. I know both are 32" tall. Are they both the same width or are rubis wider?

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There going to be about the same = so little difference in MPG that you won't even notice. The BFG KMs will give you better performance in almost every area. The Sahara tires will be good for cruising the interstate or climbing over some mean parking curbs.

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The sahara tires are going to be smoother, quieter, and will give you better Millage but not by much. I just took a set of like new duratracs off of a ford SD pickup, as I didn't like shake and shimmy at high speeds and noise and traded them in for the silent armor goodyears. If I ever wear out my bridgestones on my sahara I may replace them with the exact same tire. If it ain't broke don't fix it. And on the same factory wheels also, unless I can fine a jeeper that has to have big shacky pavement pounding, whining monster tires and wheels and just buy his new takeoffs for cheap.
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There going to be about the same = so little difference in MPG that you won't even notice. The BFG KMs will give you better performance in almost every area. The Sahara tires will be good for cruising the interstate or climbing over some mean parking curbs.
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I keep going back and fourth on if I want the rubis or saharas. Just sole a brand spankin new set of saharas today cause I couldnt make up my mind. I'm back in the market
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I keep going back and fourth on if I want the rubis or saharas. Just sole a brand spankin new set of saharas today cause I couldnt make up my mind. I'm back in the market
Honestly brother, I wouldn't get a set of rubis or saharas. There are SO MANY better choices in better sizes with better wheels in the aftermarket...it's crazy to suggest you should go with just another set of stocker wheels/tires.
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Honestly brother, I wouldn't get a set of rubis or saharas. There are SO MANY better choices in better sizes with better wheels in the aftermarket...it's crazy to suggest you should go with just another set of stocker wheels/tires.
Is it worth going after market if I am not going to go any larger than 32" ? I am mainly a pavement commuter and love the look of the larger tires but dont need them for function reasons. Whats your advice?
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Is it worth going after market if I am not going to go any larger than 32" ? I am mainly a pavement commuter and love the look of the larger tires but dont need them for function reasons. Whats your advice?
Here's where it gets really good. You can go larger i.e. 33" tires if you simply go down to a 15" wheel. I think I sent you the "which 15" wheels work" info but you should REALLY consider it. If by chance you don't like the look of a tire mounted on a 15" wheel, then consider seriously a 33" tire mounted on a 16" one like a 305x70x16 as seen here


There is not enough weight difference between what your looking at and the ones shown in the photo to be an issue. TanManRubi (owner of the tan 2011 rubi in the pics) is running this set and can attest to about 17mpg in the city with his 6 speed manual tranny. I have the 33x12.5R15 goodyear duratracs on mb72 15" wheels and I'm getting the same maybe a little better. You do have to take your gear ratio and driving style in to consideration but you simply cannot go wrong with 33" on 15 or even 16 wheels on your JK.

Going to another set of stock wheels and tires combo on your JK may seem like a true upgrade but you can do much better.
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Your help is always much appreciated. What does a set like that you speak of cost approx and do I need a lift to fit the 33's? Some dealers tell me I do.
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Your help is always much appreciated. What does a set like that you speak of cost approx and do I need a lift to fit the 33's? Some dealers tell me I do.
Five 33x12.5R15 Goodyear Duratracs on mb72 15x8 wheels shipped to your door from Discount Tire Direct = $1300

Five 305x70x16 Goodyear Duratracs on ProComp 16x8 7069 wheels = $1814.95

You do not need a lift to run 33s on your JK.
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You do not need a lift to run 33s on your JK.
I was NOT able to run 33's at stock height... I chopped the fenders to clear after shwacking the **** out of em a bunch of times and breaking half the clips.

Normal street use and the occasional jaunt out in the boonies you'll do fine, but if you put it any serious off road situations and really flex/bounce it, they CAN hit your fenders.

I'd say try it without a lift and see how it goes. Mine gave me plenty of warning that it was hitting, and if I had cared, I'd have had plenty of warning and time to fix it. Mine took several outings before it did any real damage, and what damage it did was minor plastic pop rivets and body clips that could have been fixed VERY easily.
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I was NOT able to run 33's at stock height... I chopped the fenders to clear after shwacking the **** out of em a bunch of times and breaking half the clips.

Normal street use and the occasional jaunt out in the boonies you'll do fine, but if you put it any serious off road situations and really flex/bounce it, they CAN hit your fenders.

I'd say try it without a lift and see how it goes. Mine gave me plenty of warning that it was hitting, and if I had cared, I'd have had plenty of warning and time to fix it. Mine took several outings before it did any real damage, and what damage it did was minor plastic pop rivets and body clips that could have been fixed VERY easily.
You can run 33s without a lit. You will need a lift to wheel with them.
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