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Old 02-24-2011, 08:49 PM   #1
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I have a 01 tj I'm looking for new tires either a 31/10.50/15 or a 32/11.50/15 I have the rough country 2.5 in lift what brad tires do you guys recommend? I've looked at the kumho road venture at. Has anyone had these? I want an all terrain tires cause I don't go off road too much. Thanks guys

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The latest buzz here are the Goodyear Duratracs, they look good and they are affordable too, plus they work well offroad and on the road...so I've heard.

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Look at the Goodyear Authority's. Only available at walmart, but the best tire I have ever owned!
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First find out what's available in the size you want. Not a huge selection of 32x11.5's out there.... GY Duratracs are great if you want something more aggressive looking. I love mine. $100 rebate through Treadlightly.... But the Authority tires are pretty decent looking especially if you want something for primarily on road use...
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pics with the rough conutry 2.5in lift? i just got 31x10.5x15 tires and im getting the rough coutnry 2.5in lift soon.
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The BFG All Terrain is real hard to beat and well over (WELL over!!) 50K miles of wear is pretty typical. Quiet too.
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Look at the Goodyear Authority's. Only available at walmart, but the best tire I have ever owned!
How do the sound on the highway? Quiet or loud?
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I have the duratrac's in 31x10.5x15 and love them but seam to be wearing a bit fast for my taste by look but havent measured them
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I've got BFG 33" MT's on both my YJ and TJ. They wear really well, are fairly quiet and work well off road. I run about 18 psi to get the best contact patch on the road.
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Trust me that 18 psi is underinflating those 33" BFG MTs when supporting a vehicle with the weight of a Wrangler. Visual checks like chalk tests will, to the untrained eye, usually lead to the underinflation of the tire. For a 33x12.50 BFG MT on a Wrangler, 26 psi is more appropriate.
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Thanks, I will air them up a little!
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I'm in a similar situation. I just got the OME HK 2" lift installed (I actually netted 2.5" in the front(w/ Winch) and 3" in the rear(no tire carrier, yet)). My 30" BFG A/Ts are almost done and I'm looking for a new set.

The lift says I can go up to 32" tires, but with my flat flares, I think I might be able to squeeze 33s. I heard that I may need to increase my bump stops.

I currently have 15"x8" rims. I looked up 33x1250 15R up on a tire sizing calculator and it says rim size of 8.5" to 11" so it seems that my 8" wide rims are too small.

I've been looking at 2 sets of tires. One is the Cooper Discoverer STT 32x1150 15R. The size seems perfect for my set up and I've heard good things about wear, traction, and low noise. These have been a little hard to find as it seems they are not currently in production (I heard they will resume in August or so). Another is the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac. They only come in 31x1050-15R & 33x1250-15R. I don't know if the 12.50" width would fit on my 8" wide rims. If they do, I'm not sure if the 3.75" backspacing on my rims would help avoid rubbing when cutting the wheel.
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No, so long as your 15x8 wheels are aftermarket which means they won't have too much backspacing, they aren't too narrow for 33x12.50 tires. In fact, most offroaders run 15x8 with even 35x12.50 tires as I do which is the recommended size (width) wheel for offroading.

And I don't know exactly what type of "flat flares" you have but if you are running the factory steel fenders, 2-2.5" is not enough for 33x12.50 tires. I recommend 4" of lift, part of which can be a body lift, for 33x12.50 tires.
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Look at the Goodyear Authority's. Only available at walmart, but the best tire I have ever owned!

I too put them on. They are doing well in all the snow in Wisconsin. Cheaper than the Duratrac's that GY has out. And have a similar tread.
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About 6 years ago I got a "deal" from a friend with a tire store. I bought I think it was 12 new BFG AT 35x12.50x15 tires. I put them on my truck and two 4 wheelers.
ALL BUT ONE DIED PREMATURELY - the weak sidewalls got punctured.

I still have the last one, it hasn't gone flat - yet. Probably because its mounted on a spare rim in my garage.

Never again BFG!!!!!!!

I've heard they are better now, but ---

I only use Goodyear MTR's now - my next set will be the Kevlar MTR's. They are a little pricier, but you get what you pay for.
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Mines an 01 also and I have 235/75-15 General Grabber AT2's they make em in bigger sizes too and they are great on road wet or dry, and I haven't had any problem in snow yet, but if ya get in mud deeper than your Jeep's clearance then they are as good as any other at tire.
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No, so long as your 15x8 wheels are aftermarket which means they won't have too much backspacing, they aren't too narrow for 33x12.50 tires. In fact, most offroaders run 15x8 with even 35x12.50 tires as I do which is the recommended size (width) wheel for offroading.

And I don't know exactly what type of "flat flares" you have but if you are running the factory steel fenders, 2-2.5" is not enough for 33x12.50 tires. I recommend 4" of lift, part of which can be a body lift, for 33x12.50 tires.
How much clearance between the tire and fender/flare should there be (on level ground)?
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Hey 750, missed your question earlier. You asked about road noise, I can't really answer that, I have half doors, so I get a lot of wind noise. I guess the answer to your question is, I don't hear any road noise! These are the best tires I have ever owned, especially with winter driving conditions; wet, snow (super great), and even ok for icey conditions!
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i just got the 31x10.5 goodyear duratracs, and i love them, i dont notice anynoise on the highway, although i have a soft top, so that covers up most noise a tire would make, and they do great in the snow, i havent done too much off roading, but i did push a 70 F-100 through a wet field, and i didnt even spin the tires once. and as inferno says you can get the 100$ rebate from tread lightly.


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About 6 years ago I got a "deal" from a friend with a tire store. I bought I think it was 12 new BFG AT 35x12.50x15 tires. I put them on my truck and two 4 wheelers.
ALL BUT ONE DIED PREMATURELY - the weak sidewalls got punctured.

I still have the last one, it hasn't gone flat - yet. Probably because its mounted on a spare rim in my garage.

Never again BFG!!!!!!!

I've heard they are better now, but ---

I only use Goodyear MTR's now - my next set will be the Kevlar MTR's. They are a little pricier, but you get what you pay for.
Funny you should say that... I had 31 BFG AT on my ZJ for 4 years, around 30k on the tires, still plenty of tread, in comes Mr. Deathwobble. I spent over a G replacing front end parts galore, still had deathwobble. Well the ZJ was parked and I pulled the wheels (steel) with the 31" BFG all terrains and stuck them on my 00 TJ that I had just bought(stock). Went down the road and hit a bump... Wham bam! Steering wheel started to shake real bad, hit another bump, same thing. Turns out the tires were bad after all that money I spent on the ZJ! I took the tires off the rims and could not find any separation of the tire visibly nor any problems with the rims. That turned me against ATs, like a dummy I bought KM2s for my LJ, so far they are ok. I guess time will tell.
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The BFG All Terrain is real hard to beat and well over (WELL over!!) 50K miles of wear is pretty typical. Quiet too.
That's the tire I'm running on my 2001 Wrangler, which is completely stock other than the 31x10.5s. This is the second set I've had, I traded the first set in on a set of BFG Mud Terrain when they were about 1/3 worn down trying to get more traction for what little off road travel I do in the little bit of mud/snow I get in but after about 18-20,000 miles the MT developed a bouncy ride (kind of like the old Nylon tires used to do after setting for a while) and really got noisy on the highway. BFG gave me a good allowance to go back to the All Terrain, which I did immediately and will probably replace them with the same ones when these wear down.
I hope the larger Goodyear tires are better than the ones that come standard on new vehicles as I've pulled them off at least 3 new vehicles in less than 8,000 miles (including the Goodyear Wranglers that came on my Jeep) for loose belts, too thin sidewalls, and sorry tread wear.
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My Jeep has BFG's. It is just shy of 135k miles. I replaced the stock tires at 25k with Bfg's. This is my third set-they were installed last Nov at about 130k on the Jeep. No complaints. I do some "off-road" mainly to get my Kayak to the water. They have been great in snow, ice, rain and dry pavement. 31x 10.5x15 about 28-30psi.
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Funny you should say that... I had 31 BFG AT on my ZJ for 4 years, around 30k on the tires, still plenty of tread, in comes Mr. Deathwobble. I spent over a G replacing front end parts galore, still had deathwobble. Well the ZJ was parked and I pulled the wheels (steel) with the 31" BFG all terrains and stuck them on my 00 TJ that I had just bought(stock). Went down the road and hit a bump... Wham bam! Steering wheel started to shake real bad, hit another bump, same thing. Turns out the tires were bad after all that money I spent on the ZJ! I took the tires off the rims and could not find any separation of the tire visibly nor any problems with the rims. That turned me against ATs, like a dummy I bought KM2s for my LJ, so far they are ok. I guess time will tell.

About the same here but I don't blame the BFG ATs specifically because it happened on my last set of tires ( Cooper Discoverer ATR, IIRC), too. A lot of rotational mass on the outside diameter of the tire, wear characteristics, balance, etc... plenty of variables to contribute to an unstable ride over time.
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I concur with the GY Duratracs. I've got 33's on my '99. replaced BFG-MT's. Amazing!!! I can go places in the snow in 2wd with the diff in open mode that I can't in our '08 Liberty in 4wd, (with all the fancy traction control crap). AND... you can actually converse at a normal level. Got 'em at Wally World so didn't have to pay shipping
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BFG AT tires

The BFG AT's have a three-ply sidewall, which is added protection if you are offroading where there are sharp rocks. I've owned four sets and never had a failure while offroading.

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I had the stock 30x9.50 Wrangler tires rotated and got death wobble. I replaced those tires with BFG AT's and added a steering stabilizer and the death wobble disappeared. I also had the alignment done. The Duratracs seem like much better tires, but Goodyear should have included a three-ply sidewall.

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That's the tire I'm running on my 2001 Wrangler, which is completely stock other than the 31x10.5s. This is the second set I've had, I traded the first set in on a set of BFG Mud Terrain when they were about 1/3 worn down trying to get more traction for what little off road travel I do in the little bit of mud/snow I get in but after about 18-20,000 miles the MT developed a bouncy ride (kind of like the old Nylon tires used to do after setting for a while) and really got noisy on the highway. BFG gave me a good allowance to go back to the All Terrain, which I did immediately and will probably replace them with the same ones when these wear down.
I hope the larger Goodyear tires are better than the ones that come standard on new vehicles as I've pulled them off at least 3 new vehicles in less than 8,000 miles (including the Goodyear Wranglers that came on my Jeep) for loose belts, too thin sidewalls, and sorry tread wear.

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