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Old 12-06-2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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About to order tires. What to choose

I'm currently running 31's on a 2" lift. Kind of want to step up to 32's due to having BW flat fenders and also wanting to fill the wheelwell more. I have a manual with 3.73 gears and a 4.0 engine. Wheels are 15x8.5's.

I drive mostly highway with an occasional trail tossed in. I will be moving to Indiana in a couple of years so I'll need something that handles good in snow.

Everything I read says 33's are too much for my 2" lift. Duratracks only come in a 31" or 33" so I'm kind of torn.

I'm open for suggestions. Thanks!

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Old 12-06-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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I voted other...falken rocky mountain ATS's

currently running a set of 32x11.5x15's

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BFG KM2s come in a 32.
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Check out 32" Maxxis Bighorn tires. I have them and I love them. They will get you through anything.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:16 PM   #5
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I vote KM2s
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KM2s, just got 32s put on mine and love them.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:22 PM   #7
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I have 35 KM2s on my JKU love them ride in a TJ with 33 KM2s often and love them on it as well.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:28 PM   #8
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Any data on how many miles the KM2's or Duratracks would last for? I'm looking for something that will get 30k+.
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Any data on how many miles the KM2's or Duratracks would last for? I'm looking for something that will get 30k+.
KM2s have a reputation of going over 40,000 miles. I have a friend who has 50k on hers.

Can't comment on the Duratracs, but judging by how popular they are, I'm sure they go over 30k.
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:59 PM   #10
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a 1.25" BL will fit 33" Duratracs on there with your 2" SL (they measure closer to 32"). I wanted KM2s but nobody had them local when I was buying. I'm happy with my Duratracs though.
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:47 PM   #11
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KM2s have a reputation of going over 40,000 miles. I have a friend who has 50k on hers.

Can't comment on the Duratracs, but judging by how popular they are, I'm sure they go over 30k.
My KMs that came on my Rubi got 50k+ hoping for the same from the KM2s.
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If your looking at KM2s then I would also be looking at the GY MTR/Ks.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:15 PM   #13
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I ended up buying the 33x12.5x15 Duratracs. My Military Exchange allowed me to receive tax exemption and a 20% discount. Purchased 5 tires, installed with lifetime road hazzard warranty for a total out the door cost of $903.76. Tires are getting installed tomorrow and I shouldn't have any issue selling my 31's for $100-150.

Price is pretty good especially considering the added cost of shipping to Hawaii. Tire Rack would of charged over $400 for shipping alone. I'm very satisfied with the purchase.


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a 1.25" BL will fit 33" Duratracs on there with your 2" SL (they measure closer to 32"). I wanted KM2s but nobody had them local when I was buying. I'm happy with my Duratracs though.
Looks like this will be my next mod to allow clearance with the larger tires. Will I need anything else besides the BL to complete the added lift?
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:30 PM   #14
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If your looking at KM2s then I would also be looking at the GY MTR/Ks.
I agree, I have both 31"KM2s on my LJ and 33" MTR/K on my TJ and the Goodyears are by far my favorites. Although they aren't puncture proof, I like the extra reassurance of having Kevlar side walls since the trails I run have a lot of stumps and sharp sticks. The Goodyears are quiet, if that matters, my KM2s are not but the roar doesn't bother me. I've got 6k on the BFGs and the fronts feather after several thousand miles, even with a good alignment and it makes the wheel "wiggle"at certain times. My Goodyears have 2500 miles on them with perfectly even normal wear. I suspect I'll be switching over to Goodyears on my LJ long before the BFGs are worn out. Just my 2 cents...
Edit: I was typing while you were! I think you'll be happy with Goodyears, Duratracs have a good reputation.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:44 PM   #15
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I was leaning on the KM2's but they would cost $60 more per tire and I couldn't justify the added expense. I wasn't crazy about going to 33's but didn't want 31's either. GY doesn't offer the Duratracs in a 32" so that kind of narrowed my choices even more.

Will my speedo be off now?
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I'm in the same boat as you...don't want 33s but duratrac doesn't come in 32. I also just want to stay with a 2-2.5 inch lift and wont do any heavy off roading...so I'm hoping the 33s are fine. Let us know how the 33s do with your 2 inch lift...that may be the way I head too. Also...what size rims did you use and where did you get the tires....good price.
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I was leaning on the KM2's but they would cost $60 more per tire and I couldn't justify the added expense. I wasn't crazy about going to 33's but didn't want 31's either. GY doesn't offer the Duratracs in a 32" so that kind of narrowed my choices even more.

Will my speedo be off now?
My speedo is off by about 3mph; not enough to concern me and I tend to use my garmin if I see radar setup. I had a 2" BB when I got my GYs and drove around for 2 days until the BL came in the mail. It was definitely tight without the bodylift so I took it easy on the speed bumps at work. Here's a picture before the body lift



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You have to make sure you're bumpstops are sufficient before going offroad or they will hit your fenders. I've since replaced the front BB with ZJ coil springs for an additional 1" of lift in the front (also fixes forward rake) and will be replacing everything on 12/26 after Santa brings me my 3" Currie springs.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:20 PM   #18
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I'm in the same boat as you...don't want 33s but duratrac doesn't come in 32. I also just want to stay with a 2-2.5 inch lift and wont do any heavy off roading...so I'm hoping the 33s are fine. Let us know how the 33s do with your 2 inch lift...that may be the way I head too. Also...what size rims did you use and where did you get the tires....good price.
I purchased throught the Goodyear store at the Navy Exchange here at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I'm using DC2's for the wheels.

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My speedo is off by about 3mph; not enough to concern me and I tend to use my garmin if I see radar setup. I had a 2" BB when I got my GYs and drove around for 2 days until the BL came in the mail. It was definitely tight without the bodylift so I took it easy on the speed bumps at work. Here's a picture before the body lift



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You have to make sure you're bumpstops are sufficient before going offroad or they will hit your fenders. I've since replaced the front BB with ZJ coil springs for an additional 1" of lift in the front (also fixes forward rake) and will be replacing everything on 12/26 after Santa brings me my 3" Currie springs.
Appreciate the info. I have Bushwacker flat fender flares so this will provide a bit more clearance before I install the lift. I do need to get the correct bumpstops as I already hit my 31's on the fender when off road. Previous owner installed the lift kit so all I know is it is a 2" spring lift with Pro Comp shocks.

Let me know if you was getting rid of your body lift. I might be interested.
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Keeping the BL, just replacing springs and BB. I hope we don't have a white Christmas because I don't have a garage to work in.
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:28 PM   #20
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No problem. What's the best tire pressure for even wear on the street?
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No problem. What's the best tire pressure for even wear on the street?
Comfort and wear-wise, about 28. Best fuel savings 30-31. I'm splitting the difference at 29.
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Comfort and wear-wise, about 28. Best fuel savings 30-31. I'm splitting the difference at 29.
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My speedo is off by about 3mph; not enough to concern me and I tend to use my garmin if I see radar setup. I had a 2" BB when I got my GYs and drove around for 2 days until the BL came in the mail. It was definitely tight without the bodylift so I took it easy on the speed bumps at work. Here's a picture before the body lift

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You have to make sure you're bumpstops are sufficient before going offroad or they will hit your fenders. I've since replaced the front BB with ZJ coil springs for an additional 1" of lift in the front (also fixes forward rake) and will be replacing everything on 12/26 after Santa brings me my 3" Currie springs.
Just so no one is mislead, your speedo can not be off just by 3 MPH. It is a static error percentage. If its a 10% error, then you'd be 6.5 mph off at 65 miles per hour, and 7.5 miles per hour off at 75 mph on your speedo.
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Just so no one is mislead, your speedo can not be off just by 3 MPH. It is a static error percentage. If its a 10% error, then you'd be 6.5 mph off at 65 miles per hour, and 7.5 miles per hour off at 75 mph on your speedo.
Correct. That 3mph is at 60mph. I used the Garmin to compare so I'm hoping they are accurate`.
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I'll be swapping my speedo gear out with a 31 tooth gear. Hope to fine one locally.
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I'm currently running 31's on a 2" lift. Kind of want to step up to 32's due to having BW flat fenders and also wanting to fill the wheelwell more. I have a manual with 3.73 gears and a 4.0 engine. Wheels are 15x8.5's.

I drive mostly highway with an occasional trail tossed in. I will be moving to Indiana in a couple of years so I'll need something that handles good in snow.

Everything I read says 33's are too much for my 2" lift. Duratracks only come in a 31" or 33" so I'm kind of torn.

I'm open for suggestions. Thanks!
I just got a set of 33x12.5x15 Duratracs, mine actually measured right at 32x11.50x15 on 15x8" wheels. so if you're wanting the Duratracs it shouldn't be a problem, especially with the flat B.W. fenders. I just put on a 2.25" BBL and .75" isolators in front. my wheels have 3-5/8" backspacing, my tires clear everything front and rear. check my profile pics if you want to see how it looks.
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I just got a set of 33x12.5x15 Duratracs, mine actually measured right at 32x11.50x15 on 15x8" wheels. so if you're wanting the Duratracs it shouldn't be a problem, especially with the flat B.W. fenders. I just put on a 2.25" BBL and .75" isolators in front. my wheels have 3-5/8" backspacing, my tires clear everything front and rear. check my profile pics if you want to see how it looks.
Thanks for the info. I'm getting them installed tomorrow. Your setup looks great!

I just saw your measurements. That is exactly what I want.
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