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Old 02-11-2011, 06:12 PM   #1
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I am not literate with tire sizes so bear with me. I have a 2010 Wrangler with 255/75r17, I want a more aggressive tire than the GY sra that are on it. I am looking at the Duratrac's but they don't come in that size. My question is...will 265/70r17 fit with no problems?? ie: rubbing, speedometer flux??? etc. Some of the people at the store says yes, others say no, so I thought I would ask people that would actually know. So here I am asking. PS: It is stock, no lift, no nothing.

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They should fit fine. If you join Tread Lightly - Home you can get a $100 rebate on your new Duratracs...

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Old 02-11-2011, 06:26 PM   #3
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You can go all the way to 285/70/17 without a lift. The speedometer is off about 1 mph at 60. Here is a picture of my stock JK with those tires and no suspension work done:

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Old 02-11-2011, 06:54 PM   #4
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265 70 17 (31.6 inches) causes absolutely no problem even at maximum flex and full turns. I have them as winter tires on mine and have the BFG 255 75 17(32 inches) mud terrain for spring summer and fall. I prefer the bigger width of the 265 70 17 but prefer the height of the 255 75 17.

I am now looking into 285 70 17(32.7 inches) with a 2 inch leveling, next year probably will want a 3 inch with 35s .. etc thats how the addiction goes !

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265/70/17 is smaller than your stock SR-As. Not by much but they are smaller. If your looking at a more aggressive tire but want to stay with the stock size, check out easytires.com, tirerack.com, or discounttiredirect.com for many choices. Look at the Nitto Trail Grapplers. They are available in 255/75/17. You can also get 275/70/17 but it's an odd size and the only real choice in that size is the BFG ATs. If you go up to a 33" inch tire at 285/70/17, you will have many choices. Take your pic but I would never recommend going with a smaller than stock size tire for your JK. You won't like it's stance or how it looks and feels. My .02
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265/70/17 is smaller than your stock SR-As. Not by much but they are smaller. If your looking at a more aggressive tire but want to stay with the stock size, check out easytires.com, tirerack.com, or discounttiredirect.com for many choices. Look at the Nitto Trail Grapplers. They are available in 255/75/17. You can also get 275/70/17 but it's an odd size and the only real choice in that size is the BFG ATs. If you go up to a 33" inch tire at 285/70/17, you will have many choices. Take your pic but I would never recommend going with a smaller than stock size tire for your JK. You won't like it's stance or how it looks and feels. My .02

IMO, the 265 70 17 look better from front and rear view because of the width...
side view is a 0.4 inch difference but to me very noticeable.
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True, wider is nice but he could get a better wider stance by moving to a 275/70/17 without losing any height. However even with this size, you'll want 285/70/17s eventually. IMO that is the best move from stock.
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True, wider is nice but he could get a better wider stance by moving to a 275/70/17 without losing any height. However even with this size, you'll want 285/70/17s eventually. IMO that is the best move from stock.
Agreed, even though 275 70 17 limits tire choices
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Your best bet is to get a set of BFG KM's in the stock size of 255 75 R17. You can get them at a very reasonable price from people with Rubicons who are selling them.
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Your best bet is to get a set of BFG KM's in the stock size of 255 75 R17. You can get them at a very reasonable price from people with Rubicons who are selling them.
I'm selling mine !
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True, wider is nice but he could get a better wider stance by moving to a 275/70/17 without losing any height. However even with this size, you'll want 285/70/17s eventually. IMO that is the best move from stock.
Now with one of these 2 sizes it will not hinder turning or anything like that?? The dealer, GY, told me that is the only size, 265/70/17, for my jeep.
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Now with one of these 2 sizes it will not hinder turning or anything like that?? The dealer, GY, told me that is the only size, 265/70/17, for my jeep.
Discount Tire staff and I had a lengthy conversation before I allowed them to mount the 285/70/17 tires on my JK. They assured me there would be no rubbing or hitting any part of my fenders or chassis parts. When I pulled it out of the bay, I made a complete circle with the wheel turned to the max and, sure enough, it did not rub. I have put 600 miles on these new tires and have not had any problems.
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Discount Tire staff and I had a lengthy conversation before I allowed them to mount the 285/70/17 tires on my JK. They assured me there would be no rubbing or hitting any part of my fenders or chassis parts. When I pulled it out of the bay, I made a complete circle with the wheel turned to the max and, sure enough, it did not rub. I have put 600 miles on these new tires and have not had any problems.
try crawling a 50 inch rock on one side, I assure you it will rub, you are lucky your setup (rims\tires) don't rub at full turns, most do.
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try crawling a 50 inch rock on one side, I assure you it will rub, you are lucky your setup (rims\tires) don't rub at full turns, most do.
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Discount Tire staff and I had a lengthy conversation before I allowed them to mount the 285/70/17 tires on my JK. They assured me there would be no rubbing or hitting any part of my fenders or chassis parts. When I pulled it out of the bay, I made a complete circle with the wheel turned to the max and, sure enough, it did not rub. I have put 600 miles on these new tires and have not had any problems.
Turn full-lock in each direction, put a jack under each side of the axle, and jack it all the way up. That will come closer to simulating what can happen on the trail.
Still no rub?

285s generally need some spacing or adjustment to the steering stops to work successfully. The OE backspacing is pretty narrow.
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I have 285/70/17 and it does rub on real hard turns but barely. Nothing that really bad that needed concern but it just started rubbing on hard braking not sure why it just started after tires have been on for a month and that one is leaving a mark that concerns me. Getting wheel adapters Tuesday.
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Just my opinion Rick...but wouldn't a washer or two on the steering stops be a little easier? It would still turn tighter than any other make of rig around. Of course the stance of the added adapters do look nice though! I know several people run them...so it just must be me who has issues with them. Good luck buddy!
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Your best bet is to get a set of BFG KM's in the stock size of 255 75 R17. You can get them at a very reasonable price from people with Rubicons who are selling them.
I can't find a KM up here to save my life, none left north of the border at all.
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Thanks for all the advice. Lots of things to ponder over.

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