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Old 04-29-2014, 07:36 AM   #1
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New jeep... Need tires!

Just bought a 2006 jeep wrangler and the first thing I want to do is put some tires on it. What size and brand is best?!

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Old 04-29-2014, 07:55 AM   #2
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On a stock TJ/LJ, 31x10.50 is the biggest you can run without rubbing issues. Lots of good tire choices, but definitely look at Goodyear Duratracs. You won't find many bad things said about them!

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Old 04-29-2014, 08:15 AM   #3
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I say some 37" boggers.

We need some info to base our opinions on. Do you want a mud tire, or a AT, Or just a stock road tire? Any lift, If so How much Pictures of the Jeep would help also.
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You're going to find good and bad about every tire you look up and ask about, period lol.

Few questions, how do you drive the jeep, DD or weekend toy? If DD - stick with a smaller tire, 28's are a good DD size for "okay" gas mileage. If weekend toy with no lift - 31x10.5's, if lift, go to 33x12.5's. Do you plan to off road it? If no -dont bother getting mud terrains or anything. If yes, look at getting a quality tire thats going to match your wheeling needs.

With that being said, I can only recommend what I have, and that is the Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3's. Its a great all terrain tire, no road noise (except when driving slow, say 10mph thru my neighborhood -- only time I hear it), and has gotten me thru every type of terrain - mud, gravel, rocks, water, sand, etc. I will say the only issue I have is in 2WD, at full PSI, they like to dig down into soft terrain like sand when going in reverse. I dont know if its too agressive of a tread of the sand, not enough contact patch, clearly my PSI is too high, or if its an aggressive gearing in reverse causing the issue. So any time I'm on soft soft ground like sand I'm in 4wd just in case I have to go in reverse.

Here is a great review on them that sold me. Yes they are expensive, but I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and with how crucial a tire can be in not only keeping you from getting stuck, but you also put your life on them every day when you drive, I tend to go towards a more name brand, proven company.

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Old 04-29-2014, 08:26 AM   #5
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I say some 37" boggers.

We need some info to base our opinions on. Do you want a mud tire, or a AT, Or just a stock road tire? Any lift, If so How much Pictures of the Jeep would help also.
X2, how are you using your Jeep?

Mine is my DD but I go off road enough that I chose Firestone mud terrains. I love em. But if you do light to moderate off roading an all terrain should do, like bfg at's. Duratracks are kinda in between MT's and AT's.

If she is stock height 31 inch is as big as you can go, but maybe you don't want big tires(I don't see why you wouldn't but its your rig).

If you go with MT's and live north of the mason Dixon line, get sipping (siping? Idk I can't spell). It will give improved traction on ice and snow packed roads. You can always go back to the tire place and get this done come autumn
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:13 PM   #6
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I have no lift. It is DD and I plan on using it off road ASAP
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:38 PM   #7
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I've been looking at new tires...31x10.50x15's and have pretty much settled on Cooper ST Maxx. Has 3ply sidewalls and comes in load range C.
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31s stock, 33s most modest 2-3" lifts, 35s break out your big boy wallet.
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Old 04-30-2014, 03:05 AM   #9
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I have no lift. It is DD and I plan on using it off road ASAP
for a DD that also is used off road and has no lift definitely go with the 31" tall Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs.
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for a DD that also is used off road and has no lift definitely go with the 31" tall Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs.
These tires really aren't that expensive for what they are capable of. As a DD, you get an MT look with the AT ride and noise. And if you do decide to go wheeling sometime, they will get you over and through stuff you would have never expected.
It is a soft tread, so the life may not be as long as others, but I haven't noticed any major wear in the 50 or so thousand miles I've had mine.
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I have no lift. It is DD and I plan on using it off road ASAP
If you plan on keeping the suspension stock and your DD has be be driven a long way to work each day I would get BFG All Terrain TA/KO tires. They ride extremely well on the road and last forever. Off road they are also very capable. They suck in wet mud and ate about average in the rain for a big tire, meaning not great. I have been running them since 2004 and love them.

Alternatively for a DD that goes off road, the Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs are also excellent. I run them on my 2013 JK.

Make sure you get LOAD C tires. They ride well and are matched to the weight of the Jeep a lot better than other large tires that are made for big trucks, like Load D or Load E. This is important.

The TJ uses 15" rims, and most tires you might want will be available in Load C for a 15" rim. My JK uses larger brakes and has 17" rims. Tires for 17" rims are much more expensive and frequently do not come in Load C, so the ride is really harsh.

A DD needs something that rides well on pavement with fairly low road noise from the tread, but still needs to grip when off pavement. The two I listed are known winners. They also are not cheap. There are a LOT of other choices, and all have slight trade-offs that you have to make to get the lower price.

Try tirerack.com and read their surveys on AT and MT tires; these are very informative.

This one is a really good place to start your search. Lots of good information is on this page.

This also has a lot to say about good jeep tires, but more off-road specific. These are good ones that make decent DD tires, just a bit less comfortable, but a bit better in the mud or rocks.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:52 AM   #12
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Like I said above, you're going to get mixed reviews on any tire so its all about what you want, and how deep your pockets are or arent.

Unlike the above poster, I have seen and heard horror stories about BFG all terrains, and just like he said they're not very good in certain conditions IE wet conditions.

In the tire department I would not half ass and cheap out ... check out the Mickey Thompson Baja ATZ P3's. I paid $920 out the door for 4 of them on my stock height jeep. I went with 31x10.5's. I can tell you now these things are awesome. They've been in every condition and because of these things I have outwheeled trucks who go thru holes in 4wd while these little things crank thru in 2wd.

But man like I said, its all up to you -- lot of good advise in this thread -- good luck!
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I just bought Mtz mickey thompsons, from amazon.com 696$ free shipping no tax and MT is giving a 80$ rebate card . I read a lot of reviews, not only on Mt's but about 5 other tire, Duratrac's, grabbers, Mtz, and hercules. I found Mtz as the best all around for my situation which is a daily driver, wanna play on the weekends in the mud, and good in snow. These all hit well on the reviews along with that and the cheap price I couldn't go wrong. I've had them only for a week but I love them so far. There's no road noise in comparison to goodyear wranglers in the 31 inch tire. Here's a picture of mine. Once I get my rebate I'll only of had 619$ in 4 31x10.5x15s plus 35$ for mount and balance but I know someone with a tire machine, I'd guess that's more like 60$ at a shop. Tires http://www.amazon.com/Mickey-Thompso...eywords=31+mtzrebatehttp://www.mickeythompsontires.com/r...ebateRules.pdf
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I just bought Mtz mickey thompsons, from amazon.com 696$ free shipping no tax and MT is giving a 80$ rebate card . I read a lot of reviews, not only on Mt's but about 5 other tire, Duratrac's, grabbers, Mtz, and hercules. I found Mtz as the best all around for my situation which is a daily driver, wanna play on the weekends in the mud, and good in snow. These all hit well on the reviews along with that and the cheap price I couldn't go wrong. I've had them only for a week but I love them so far. There's no road noise in comparison to goodyear wranglers in the 31 inch tire. Here's a picture of mine. Once I get my rebate I'll only of had 619$ in 4 31x10.5x15s plus 35$ for mount and balance but I know someone with a tire machine, I'd guess that's more like 60$ at a shop. Tires http://www.amazon.com/Mickey-Thompso...eywords=31+mtzrebatehttp://www.mickeythompsontires.com/r...ebateRules.pdf
Tires are looking sick w that wheel! I think you just sold me on my next set of tires. Thnks!
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Tires are looking sick w that wheel! I think you just sold me on my next set of tires. Thnks!
Sweet!
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:25 AM   #16
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Tires are looking sick w that wheel! I think you just sold me on my next set of tires. Thnks!

That should help the looks and performance ten fold.

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