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Old 05-17-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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I'm looking to get a Wrangler in the next 3 months and hate the stock tyres. Want to get some tyres that'll beef the look of the car up. Any suggestions on what tyres people have gone for and generally what size? I wouldn't mind a bigger set of tyres...

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Please learn how to spell "tires".

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Old 05-17-2013, 02:12 PM   #3
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Please learn how to spell "tires".
It's a British thing...
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Please learn how to spell "tires".
Let's be nice to the new posters.

My motorcycle is from accross the pond, and on the Triumph board, there are quite a few Brit's, Scot's, Irish, Aussie's, Kiwi's (NZ), and Canadians's. Tyre, colour, spanner, it all makes sense.

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here is a 3.5" lift with 35" cooper stt's

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Old 05-17-2013, 02:35 PM   #6
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Actually it's Australian....

anyway...
I beefed up the tires on my Sahara.. didn't want to lift. I drive alot (500 miles a week or so) but i do have to go off pavement for work just about everyday. So i wanted somehting that would fill out the wheel wells a little better and look a little more ALL TERRAIN... I didn't want some loud, chunky, heavy, hard mudders (again i drive too much) so i looked around a bit and ended up going with General Grabber AT2s...in 275/65-18...again i have a Sahara so i had 18s... I an very happy with the tires the look good, fill out the Jeep a little better they are about an inch wider then stock but exactly the same diameter. and only a couple pounds hevier. Not a lot of added stress on the drivetrain. They aren't overly loud and so far they do pretty good in the dirt.
Another tip is you can get some tire with better tread that are only slightly larger, maybe just wider, and add some wheel spacers for about $200...this will push the wheels out to give a nice wider look. without having to buy new wheels. I think thats the bid probelm is that the wheels set back in the wells and look small..

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Old 05-17-2013, 02:45 PM   #7
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I drive alot (500 miles a week or so) but i do have to go off pavement for work just about everyday.
Wow! You get a lot of miles in. It would be odd for me to drive more than 500 miles in a month. Still on the same tank of gas for May....

Tire wise, I love the look of a 33" tire on a 2-door. For most tires that size there is no need to lift, especially if you don't spend much time off road. A budget boost is pretty cheap and easy to install. 2" should get you into 35's if that's your goal.
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Don't go over 33" unless you have a Rubi. There's no reason to stress the Sport/Sahara axles over 33" if this is just a DD that you want to beef the look up for.
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Don't go over 33" unless you have a Rubi. There's no reason to stress the Sport/Sahara axles over 33" if this is just a DD that you want to beef the look up for.
Why is it okay to, say, put 35s on a Rubicon? Though I do agree that going larger than 33s requires further mods, the Rubicon is not a magic bullet.

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Don't go over 33" unless you have a Rubi. There's no reason to stress the Sport/Sahara axles over 33" if this is just a DD that you want to beef the look up for.
You know the tube thickness and C's are the same on a D44 and D30 correct? The differential is the biggest difference between the 2. The D44 is bigger to house the larger ring and pinion. The axles won't bend with 35's and normal wheeling, the C's possibly could but those can be beefed up with an easy, weld on C-gusset
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:33 PM   #11
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Don't go over 33" unless you have a Rubi. There's no reason to stress the Sport/Sahara axles over 33" if this is just a DD that you want to beef the look up for.
I drive a 12 sport JKU, on some nice heavy Dick Cepek Fun Country 35's. Ive driven it from one coast to the other. On modest trails and other trails that have removed my fenders for me. Cant say the axle has shown any signs of being stressed. Its also my DD, of course i suppose I could be a lucky one
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I drive a 12 sport JKU, on some nice heavy Dick Cepek Fun Country 35's. Ive driven it from one coast to the other. On modest trails and other trails that have removed my fenders for me. Cant say the axle has shown any signs of being stressed. Its also my DD, of course i suppose I could be a lucky one
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Don't go over 33" unless you have a Rubi. There's no reason to stress the Sport/Sahara axles over 33" if this is just a DD that you want to beef the look up for.
rubicon only has bigger gears. the tubes and c's are the same. I agree if you wheel hard sleeves or a truss plus c gussets they are not that expensive
so they are a good investment.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:19 PM   #14
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I'm looking to get a Wrangler in the next 3 months and hate the stock tyres. Want to get some tyres that'll beef the look of the car up. Any suggestions on what tyres people have gone for and generally what size? I wouldn't mind a bigger set of tyres...
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:22 PM   #15
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Start here http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/the...ad-155488.html

Read the thread linked there about wheels, tire sizes, and the lift thread.

Hell, read all of 'em. Spend some time thinking about what you are going to do with the Jeep and where you're going to do it.

On the "look" question:

Generally speaking, the "beefy" or "old school" look involves tires that are 12.5 inches wide or wider and smaller wheel sizes (15" and 16"). On the other hand, the "modern" or "overland" look is normally a 17" or 18" wheel and a more narrow tire, around 11.5 inches wide (or narrower in a few cases, but not normally with Jeeps that I have seen). (These are often called "Pizza Cutters," a term that was once pejorative, but now not so much)

Of course, for every rule, there are exceptions. There are lots of modern Jeepers who will throw a really wide tire on a really tall wheel. I'm not sure of the nickname for this.

The old-school or fat look on 15s can be less expensive.
Taller than stock pizza cutters may require lifting the Jeep or selecting an aftermarket wheel due to offset/backspacing.
The most expensive is a big tire on a big wheel, and it almost always needs a lift of some sort.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:26 PM   #17
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Thanks guys, live_slow / jeep2007 / bill9274 / mike1158 and anyone else who gave feedback.
I am new and don't particulalry know where the best ideas are and don't want to stuff anything up, wasting money wise...
I do like the Duratracs and the Cooper STT's and General Graber also look and sound good.
I like the old school look more than big 'pimpin' wheels look and I have a small girlfriend so a lift is out of the question so I think I'll look more towards the 33".
Would anyone with either Duratracs or Coopers be able to tell me what their ride and lifespan was like?

Yes Mike and Rtone...you are correct, thank you.
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I ran 33x10.5" BFG KM2's with an Old Man Emu 2" lift kit for a little bit on ATX Mojave wheels (below are a few pics with that setup). Had a slight issue with the tires rubbing on the rear inside edge against the frame rail when the steering wheel was turned to full lock in either direction and some rubbing in the rear fender wells at full compression.






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