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Old 06-15-2011, 03:42 PM   #1
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Time for new tires...which ones?

Hello everyone...I've been shopping for new tires for my 05 Unlimited. I must have the only Jeep on the road riding on OEM wheels (15") or it feels like that from comments I'm getting from tire places. The recommended size and that are on there now are 30x9.50 15.

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Would it be a problem to go to a 31X10.50 15? Some tire places are telling me it will mess up the suspension and others that I can go as high as a 33". I suspect these places are just trying to sell me what's in stock.

What tires do board members like? I would like to go A/T to look a little more aggressive. The car came with Michelin LTX M/S which are a bit boring, not to mention gave me less than half the 60k miles they were supposed to last. I don't mind a bit of road noise...HELLO??? It's a Wrangler!! I can get a reasonable deal on the Pep Boys house brand "Definity Dakota A/T" which I believe are made by Cooper, which I had a good experience with on an Audi when I lived up north.

As a side note.....I work for a performance tuning company and we get a great deal on Nitto tires but they don't go down to a 15''. Just my luck!!!

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31's will fit fine, you may rub at full lock, but a washer or two on the steering stops will fix it. Many of us love our GY Duratracs, there's a $100 rebate on them if you join Tread Lightly - Home as well as probably a GY rebate, so you can save up to $140-25....

There are lots of other more aggressive A/T's out there as well. No experience with the Dakota's tho' I too considered them before going to the Duratrac.

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What tires do board members like? I would like to go A/T to look a little more aggressive. The car came with Michelin LTX M/S which are a bit boring, not to mention gave me less than half the 60k miles they were supposed to last. I don't mind a bit of road noise...HELLO??? It's a Wrangler!! I can get a reasonable deal on the Pep Boys house brand "Definity Dakota A/T" which I believe are made by Cooper, which I had a good experience with on an Audi when I lived up north.

As a side note.....I work for a performance tuning company and we get a great deal on Nitto tires but they don't go down to a 15''. Just my luck!!!
IG is right on the tire fitment (as usual). As far as tires it sounds like yours is a street Jeep with no intention of taking it off road. In which case the Duratrac would be a great tire choice. Has the look you are after and not all the drawbacks of an off road tire.
If you do plan on taking it off road in the future I would suggest staying away from any tire that has less the 3 layers of sidewall. The 2 ply all terrain tire just can't take the same abuse as a 3 ply all terrains. Instead be looking at the BFG AT/KO , Mickey Thompson ATZ or Toyo open Country.
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So far so good with my Duratracs, Im really enjoying them so far. Great on the road. I haven't been off road but I've read their great. I love the tread design, great looking tire.
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Old 06-15-2011, 07:06 PM   #5
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No rub with my Toyos, but they stick out past the flairs and throw stuff all over the Jeep, which is irritating
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:54 PM   #6
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New to jeeps and the forum. Got my jeep about two weeks ago.

Same jeep, same OEM tires that need replacing, same questions so thanks to Soccer Ref and the members for clearing it up for me also.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:10 PM   #7
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No rub with my Toyos, but they stick out past the flairs and throw stuff all over the Jeep, which is irritating
They protrude because of the bs on your wheels.... on stock wheels they would tuck nicely.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:13 PM   #8
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I would highly recommend the BFG KM2's. Regardless of what you get, get them from Discount Tire as the service is impecable and they bend over backwards to keep customers satisfied. Can't say enough good about them from my experiences!
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X2 on discount tire. They also match Anyones prices. They get the tires fast too. I would go with bfg at's. They look pretty mean for street tires and last forever.
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Got my tires and wheels from discount tires.com. good prices and quick shipping.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:13 PM   #11
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X3 on discount tires, I thought tires direct website gave me a good price over the phone until I called the local discount store and they did all they could to earn my buisness.

I ordered duratracs thanks to IG and the rest of the WF community.

I got 5 15x8 cragars, 4 33x12.50 duratracs with replacement certificates mounted balanced, installed and he threw in 5 sets of hubcaps with locking lugs for $1150.

That's not counting the $40 GY rebate and the $100 TL rebate
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06 TJ Unlimited here. I have been running the Goodyear Duratrac 31x10.5x15 on my stock wheels over 2 years now I bought them when they were first released so there weren't very many reviews to guide me. I wanted a more agressive looking tire for DD and light off roading so I took my chances. I have to say that I absolutely love these tires and when and if they ever wear out, I will replace them with the same. The Duratracs are smooth and quiet on the road and contrary to previous comments they handle the trail and everything else (rain, snow, mud) I throw at them easily. The change in appearance of my Jeep was amazing and I have had no rubbing in even the sharpest turns.
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06 TJ Unlimited here. I have been running the Goodyear Duratrac 31x10.5x15 on my stock wheels over 2 years now I bought them when they were first released so there weren't very many reviews to guide me. I wanted a more agressive looking tire for DD and light off roading so I took my chances. I have to say that I absolutely love these tires and when and if they ever wear out, I will replace them with the same. The Duratracs are smooth and quiet on the road and contrary to previous comments they handle the trail and everything else (rain, snow, mud) I throw at them easily. The change in appearance of my Jeep was amazing and I have had no rubbing in even the sharpest turns.
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Thanks for all your input everyone. My bank account dictated I went with the Definity Dakota A/T2's 31x10.50 15. I got a decent wholesale price. I actually found some Nitto Dune Grapplers that were on clearance because they're discontinued but reviews said treadwear was not great....even though they are the best looking tires out there imo. For once I listened to reason.

The Dakotas look aggressive enough so we'll see how they ride.
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I have Goodyear Wrangler Athorties (sp) on mine in 31's. These are the best all around tires I have ever had. They are good on the hiway, great off road and mud, fantastic in snow. They are exclusive to Walmart.
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