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Old 12-29-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Buying new wheels n tires. Thinking that I might go with these and some BF Goodrich TA or Firestone Destination MT. Would upgrading to 18 inch be too big on the TJ model? Also will the two inch lift I put in be enough for the 18s?

On another note...and no I'm not selling on here but what's a good price to ask for when I sell my rubicon wheels n tires locally? 16s with mastercraft 245/75/16 80% tread wear.

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:22 PM   #2
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What size tire are you running?, 18s are really big size wheel and won't allow for much if any off-road capability.

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:25 PM   #3
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If I stay at 16 it's gonna be a 275/70/16 I haven't figured out what size if I opt for the 18. Good thought on the 18 . It might look good but not very functional.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:29 PM   #4
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If I stay at 16 it's gonna be a 275/70/16 I haven't figured out what size if I opt for the 18. Good thought on the 18 . It might look good but not very functional.
I believe the 275/70/16 is a 31" tire size maybe a bit, just a bit bigger.
Also take account that an 18 tire will be a lot more expensive.
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:43 PM   #5
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18 inch wheels will fit fine with the right sized-tire. However, 18-inch tires are more expensive,though prices are coming down.

Here's my LJ with a 2" lift on 18X9 wheels with 275/65/18 duratracs. These measure-out to be close to 32x11.50s.



It is simply not true that they "don't allow for much off-road capability". This is the old idea that you need to air down the tires (a lot). In extreme rock-crawling or soft sand, this may true but not for general off-roading. Tire technology has come a long way. New Wrangler Saharas come with 18" wheels, Rubicons with 17" wheels.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:29 AM   #6
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18 inch wheels will fit fine with the right sized-tire. However, 18-inch tires are more expensive,though prices are coming down.

Here's my LJ with a 2" lift on 18X9 wheels with 275/65/18 duratracs. These measure-out to be close to 32x11.50s.

Not much difference from your 18x9" wheels with Duratracs. and My 15x8" wheels and Duratracs
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:39 PM   #7
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tire size is what makes the difference in lift requirements not rim diameter, 275/70/16 is 31.2" tall and should be fine with a 2" lift.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:54 PM   #8
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I wouldnt go with that big of wheels. People say they aren't as good offroad but on top of that tires will be a lot more expensive. Also they look a little funny in my opinion. Also, stay away from fireston. I currently have the destination ats and two different tires have gotten holes in the sidewall in about 2 years.
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:37 PM   #9
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the wheel doesnt look tuff regardless of the name
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the wheel doesnt look tuff regardless of the name
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It is simply not true that they "don't allow for much off-road capability". This is the old idea that you need to air down the tires (a lot). In extreme rock-crawling or soft sand, this may true but not for general off-roading.
You are wrong about that. Reducing tire pressure helps in ALL offroad settings.
It's fine if you want to run a bling wheel on a Jeep. To each their own. Just don't try to convince yourself that airing your tires down is not going to help.

With a rim that large, and a tire that small (by comparison) I probably wouldn't be airing down too much.
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TJNewbie do you have a lift on yours with those wheels/ tires? Looks good.
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TJNewbie do you have a lift on yours with those wheels/ tires? Looks good.
Thanks. Yes I did the 2.25" Skyjacker BBL it comes with the Skyjacker Hydro shocks that are long enough for a 3" lift. I also swapped out the front stock spring isolators with .75" Prothane Isolators. The ride is very good- better than stock was. It allowed me to fit my Duratrac 33x12.50x15 tires under there. With new DC2 wheels having 3.65" backspacing, kept me from having rubbing problems.

I got the lift kit for $229 from here- Fabtech, skyjacker, rubicon express, bestop, truck tires, pro comp wheels
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You are wrong about that. Reducing tire pressure helps in ALL offroad settings.
It's fine if you want to run a bling wheel on a Jeep. To each their own. Just don't try to convince yourself that airing your tires down is not going to help.

With a rim that large, and a tire that small (by comparison) I probably wouldn't be airing down too much.
I didn't say (or intend to anyway) that airing-down wasn't beneficial in many off-road situations, my point primarily was that the general statement that (18" wheels) "won't allow for much if any off-road capability" was not true. That idea is based primarially on the ability to air down the tire and that consideration alone is not the be-all to end-all for off-roading. Much depends on the tire itself, the vehicle, and where you're trying to go.

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