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Old 01-03-2014, 09:31 PM   #1
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Tires for my 4door jeep

I am looking to change the tires and rims on my jeep. I want it to look like more tire and less rim. I currently have a 255/70r18 which I think equals a 32 inch tire. I don't have a current lift. I am thinking about a small lift 2 inch max because I want to start doing some off road but I also work in NYC and want to make sure I can go into most garages. Any ideas for tires was thinking of a 16 inch rim but didn't know what siZe tire I should get and what type of tire. I will be driving on road most of the time and don't want the jeep to be all over the place and not comfortable to drive
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:52 PM   #2
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Some guys go with 15" rims so they get more tire.

I like the look of 17" wheels with bigger tires.

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Old 01-04-2014, 07:16 AM   #3
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Does it effect handling at all
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:45 AM   #4
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Does it effect handling at all
Technically yes. With a smaller rim there is more sidewall so if you're really cornering hard you will get more tire roll. Not sure if the wrangler can corner fast enough to matter tho.

A few sizes to look at would be:
285/75/16.........33" tall 11" wide
285/70/17

305/70/16..........33" tall 12.5" wide
305/65/17

33/12.5/15.........33" tall 12.5" wide

Or if you want to stay stock size 265/70/17 is as close as it gets to stock and has a lot more choices than the 255 size
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:05 AM   #5
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Make sure you check out www.discounttiredirect.com. I recently bought tires and wheels from them for both our Wranglers. They know Jeeps and they have great prices.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:31 AM   #6
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Comprise is the key. All tires arr built with compromise built in. Fuel economy, ride handling property etc are all effected ny tire wheel changes. If your not doing hard wheeling but more of a pavement pounder use a P285/70R17 (33/11:50R17) on a 17-9 wheel. Additional rim width will give you a Bigger look then what it is an still maintain steering response very close to 18" RIM
Roads in your area tend to be crap or perfect so watch what wheel you use. Lighter the better. Heavy tires and.wheels eat fuel and ruin ride quality.
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Would I need a lift with a 33 inch tire?
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Would I need a lift with a 33 inch tire?
No lift necessary but you'd need to check your back spacing on the wheel you choose-- you could end up rubbing on the front air dam-- which can be trimmed or removed.

If you're going to wheel it stock with 33's you are going to have problems flexing at full lock.
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:29 AM   #10
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He is right. Backspace of wheel is critical. For that some what narrower tire use a 4.5" backspace, fits like a glove. A 12.50 wide tire will rub a bit. You will nit have to worry.
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So I could get a nice 17 inch rim 33 tire 12.5 wide put in a back spacer and I am good. Then in the future I could add a lift and put a 35 inch tire on these rims.
You are suggesting a 17 in because I am in the city and it will help with road rather than a 16.
Thank you for your help
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You could put on the TeraFlex 2" leveling kit to get you up higher but not so high that you can't fit in garages.

Spidertrax makes really good 1.5" wheel spacers that give you a great stance on your Jeep. I ran them until I went with new wheels with better backspacing for larger tires.

17" wheels are very common so typically more choices in 17" for larger tires. I run 285/70/17's since I have a daily driver and they work very well.

Like Tom mentioned use DiscountTireDirect.com. They have excellent pricing and customer service.
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Old 01-04-2014, 10:32 AM   #13
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imnsho jeeps look great with 15s but i believe you need to be careful as some will not clear the calipers.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:01 PM   #14
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Here's my 2dr. 2012 with rugged ridge 17" wheels and nitto trail grappler 295/65r17s

2.5" Aev dualsport lift


I think the wheel backspacingn is 4.5 but I'm not sure.

I'd highly recommend the Nittos-- great mt and super quiet on the road. Mine are wearing very evenly at 30psi and about 10k on them.

Good luck!
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:02 PM   #15
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Oh and sorry they Are about 33.4" and just shy of 11.5" wide

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