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Old 03-02-2011, 10:14 AM   #1
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Question Anybody running stock tire size?

With all of you mudding and offroading this might seem to be a silly question but I was wondering what kind of tires you're running if you're running stock sized tires.
My TJ is really a fun street convertable instead of a monster offroad vehicle so I'm trying to keep fairly stock when it comes to tires. I've got factory 225/75R15 Goodyears on there which need to go away and am looking for ideas and reviews on what would be a good replacement.

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With all of you mudding and offroading this might seem to be a silly question but I was wondering what kind of tires you're running if you're running stock sized tires.
My TJ is really a fun street convertable instead of a monster offroad vehicle so I'm trying to keep fairly stock when it comes to tires. I've got factory 225/75R15 Goodyears on there which need to go away and am looking for ideas and reviews on what would be a good replacement.

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Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

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Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac

That would be what I recommend for you.
Thanks for the link. So help me understand the size listed. I see a lot of you talking about "31's" which these are. How does that size relate to the factory tire of 225/75?

Pretty confused about that.
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Oh, and before someone else says it, this forum has been around a very long time and this discussion has occurred countless times. You should be able to search and find many, many threads with similar info on this subject that will help you out quite a bit.

FYI, we ran 31x10.5 on our completely stock 2001 TJ without any issues whatsoever. Was very pleased with the size and it didn't require any modifications. Hope that helps you out. Good luck.
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Oh, and before someone else says it, this forum has been around a very long time and this discussion has occurred countless times. You should be able to search and find many, many threads with similar info on this subject that will help you out quite a bit.

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Yeah, the search feature isn't foreign to me but finding threads where people wanted to stay stock and not change to 31's, 33's, etc. was a bit tough to find.

I'm leaning in the direction of going to 235's instead of 31's since my speedo will stay pretty close (2%) to accurate and 235's shouldn't cost me in mpg's like 31's would.
We'll see what others have to say about that
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I personally would not go smaller than 31 x 10.5 tires, I consider these to be a good stock choice as this is what Rubicons used to come with stock. This size is not going to affect your mileage or the way your Jeep drives and it certainly makes it look a bit more healthy and they will work better if and when you do decide to drive your Jeep in the dirt. Just my own opinion here.
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I have 235 75 15's on stock sized rims. This is a very common tire sized used on a generation of Explorers and many other SUV's. I think the ride height goes up about 1/2 inch versus stock. It think they look less dinky than the factory tire size. My speedo is dead accurate so I think the prior owner may have adjusted it to that tire size.

If you are seriously using it for only a highway vehicle, then get a good street tire. Hankook makes a tire in that size that gets top marks from CU and has a treadwear rating in the 700's. I've had those on my Explorer for 52,000 miles and have lots of tread left. Otherwise for light trail and highway use, get an AT tire. I went cheap and got 4 Dakota AT tires (4 for the price of 3) I believe Cooper makes them. They've been very good in sand which I encounter often. They seemed a little slippery in snow last weekend.
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Oh, you have an 04. Never mind.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:22 AM   #10
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There is a Mazda forum with a slick tire size calculator:

Tire size calculator
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I personally would not go smaller than 31 x 10.5 tires, I consider these to be a good stock choice as this is what Rubicons used to come with stock. This size is not going to affect your mileage or the way your Jeep drives and it certainly makes it look a bit more healthy and they will work better if and when you do decide to drive your Jeep in the dirt. Just my own opinion here.
I lost almost 1 mpg going from 225/75R15 to 30x9.5R15, and I'm sure when I make the jump to 31x10.5R15 I'll see another little dip.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:29 AM   #12
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i have 31x10.5x15 on stock steelies on my tj and love them. just upgraded from stock tires which were a bit smaller than those that you have. you'll like the 31x10.5's
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I lost almost 1 mpg going from 225/75R15 to 30x9.5R15, and I'm sure when I make the jump to 31x10.5R15 I'll see another little dip.
Yep, that's what I was afraid of. No big deal if the main job is off-road but considering my '04 hasn't seen anything more than the dirt/gravel road to our ranch I'll probably end up with 235's. The question is which brand of 235's.
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Like KCrisp I also run p235/75/15 size tires. They're about 29.5 or 30". I'm an old school wheeler and back in the day almost everyone ran pretty much stock size and they're still very capable offroad. Not to mention less strain on the Jeep's components. Mine are BFG All Terrain and they are a very good compromise street/offroad with the exception of "mudding", which I don't do. With mudding you're talking about a whole different ballgame.

The BFG A/T's also give a more aggressive look than the stock Goodyears
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I wheeled a couple times with my stock 30s on alcoa 15x8 wheels. no serious rock crawling or anything, but a nice, sometimes tricky local trail... no problems whatsoever where others on the trail got stuck and one rocked his front diff! I think you would like 30s just fine for most any kind of on/offroad driving (again, you won't tackling SERIOUS big obstacles or anything). I had Yokohama Geolander all-terrains. Made it through the mud, rocks, loose gravel, dirt, hill climbs/descents and water/mud baths no problem! I only went to 33 for a bit more clearance and of course, the look! (hehe, I kid!) Killed my mileage though, went from 16-17mpg mixed driving on 30s to 12-14mpg mixed friving on 33s!

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I bought my Brother's wheel and tires off of his Rubi, put them on my X model. I am not going to go bigger than 31's. Don't have any real plans to do any real insane wheeling. Got a guy I work with who has some huge tire and lift on his truck, he asks me about once a month when I am going to lift my jeep with 8" and huge tires.
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I run 235/75r15s also. I have Goodyear wrangle silent armors. Really good tire. Sometimes I wish I would have bought 30s or 31s, maybe next time. For right now I'm happy, I have all the clearance I need.

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I ran 235/75R15 Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo's for 5.5 years and loved them.

Great wet and dry traction and very little noise.

They wore out and I just replaced them with the Revo 2's.

So far so good.
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I had the goodyear wrangler duratrac on my stock jeep in 30x9.50x15 and they were great on and off road. I still have them mounted on the stock rims sitting in storage lol, probably have like 50% tread
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stock 235/75 r15 on my 2004 i-6 sport. look nice and run good mastercraft at2's no lift would like to get a 2 inch lift soon tho.
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I run the Michelin LTX, 225/75/16s. They have really good tread wear, but don't look as rugged as a good AT tire. Still look better than most SUV type tires, though, IMHO. I put 75K miles on a set of LTXs in my Dakota, so I think it will be while before I change again.
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My 03 Sport came with the factory option 30x9.50 15s. I plan on going to 31s for a little more height, beefier look, and more tire options based on size. I probably will change out my speedo gear since it is off about 5mph right now at 60mph.
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i am running 235/75/15 american prospector A/Ts and love them. there were cheap and hold there own on the trail but still get me around (my jeep is my daily driver) nicely

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