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Old 09-30-2013, 03:15 AM   #1
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Tire size and A/T advice

Hey guys!

First off I know this has been discussed countless times but I wanted some more specific direction for my needs.

Right now I'm running 235/75/15's that came on my TJ. Tottally lost as to what size I would be happy with. 31 on a 15 sounds appealing.

I am in the market for an A/T (mostly wheel and drive through snow, ice, gravel, sand, dirt, light mud and light rock. It is also my DD.)

I've narrowed it down to BFG A/T or Toyo A/T ii.

I need new rims. Thinking of staying with 15 but maybe 16?

I just need help before I drive myself nuts in this department lol.

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I just went through the same process with the same TJ and tires. After much research on here, I narrowed it down to the same 31's as you, along with Duratrac. The good news is that it seems like you can't go wrong with any of the choices. The only difference in our tire needs is that I don't have much snow or ice. I went with the BFG's and couldn't be happier. The ride compared to my old Goodyears is so much better and they look much better. I have pics in the garage.
I'm not sure which tire I would have chosen if snow and ice were included. The good news is that you have several good choices.
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Another vote for BFG A/T. Have them on my TJ, and had them on my XJ Cherokee too.

I learned the hard way about buying a tyre that was too aggressive for my needs! My Mickey Thompson MTZ's were sold after only 1000 miles on them.
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I used to run the Toyo AT's on my Jeep, and found them to be a great tire, and they wear like iron, but they are much heavier than the others. I haven't had BFG's so I really can't help on comparison. I would strongly advise you to stay with 15" rims unless you like paying a lot more for tires. Going to 16" was a mistake I made, and I'm paying for it for now.
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BFG A/T tires are great for what you are looking for and I too would stay with the 15 inch wheels.
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Can you use the stock 15" wheel to put on 31's and still have clearance with stock suspension
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Can you use the stock 15" wheel to put on 31's and still have clearance with stock suspension
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You can use a 31 x 10.5, but will have to add a couple of washers to your steering stops to keep the tires from rubbing the control arms at full lock....no big deal.
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Stay with 15" wheels & tires, 16" wheels are kind of an odd size & there isn't much of a selection of tires to fit them. Not to mention that because they don't sell a lot of 16" tires & wheels they tend to be more expensive.

Where do you wheel? Are your trails full of rocks, and if so do some of the rocks tend to be sharp? Some tires hold up better than others where there are sharp rocks to contend with.
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I just bought 31x10.50x15 Wrangler Duratracs, all around a good tire for me, DD, wet roads, and some weekend trail riding. I read reviews that they handle well in snow as well.
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Another vote for BFG here. Loved them in the rocks, snow, rain, etc. They still would grab when they were almost bald.
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I have 31s on a stock lj and I love them. I believe they are bf Goodrich a/t
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Stay with 15" wheels & tires, 16" wheels are kind of an odd size & there isn't much of a selection of tires to fit them. Not to mention that because they don't sell a lot of 16" tires & wheels they tend to be more expensive.

Where do you wheel? Are your trails full of rocks, and if so do some of the rocks tend to be sharp? Some tires hold up better than others where there are sharp rocks to contend with.
I generally wheel my way through our national forests out here in WA. I also spend time in the Oregon coastal dunes and lots of snow driving in the winter through the passes and same trails. As far as rocks I haven't hit anything I considering rock crawling up here.
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Also thanks a ton to all the answers guys!
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You can use a 31 x 10.5, but will have to add a couple of washers to your steering stops to keep the tires from rubbing the control arms at full lock....no big deal.
Washers or spacers?
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Like you I deliberated for some time about tires. It came down to BFG AT KO's or Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. I chose the Duratracs because they had better siping and I do need them for ice and snow. I've run the BFG AT's before. They have stronger sidewalls and wear like iron and retain their balance. But IMHO they aren't as dependable on wet or slick roads or in the snow. So far I'm very happy with the Duratracs. And I was also happy. With the BFG's. So like others have said, it's about what you need the tire to do for you.
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Washers or spacers?
Washers... TJ Steering Stops
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i have run BFG A/T and Faulken Wild Peaks...BOTH are excellent tires. The They are worth a look and the are cheaper to buy. 31's will work on your stock wrangler too.
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I've had my duratracs for about 6 months now and I love them, not one complaint and I've gone through mud, dirt, gravel, sharp rocks, rain, and waiting for snow currently. And if you get aftermarket 15" rims with the proper back spacing you won't have rubbing issues. I went with 4" back spacing and they don't stick out too much and don't rub at all.
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Does anyone know what the appropriate backspacing would be for 31's on my tj!?
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Another vote for BFG AT, like a previous poster mentioned, they wear like iron. As far as in snow, they are great. My roads up here on the hill aren't plowed early enough, I plow right through snow bumper high with no problems. And its that heavy wet New England snow. They were 30x15 tires.
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I have 31 10.5 15 duratrac with 10,000 miles and no rotation yet they are down less that 2/32 and I'd say I have squawked them their fair share lol the only tire I'll ever buy for my jeep
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Dredg is that tire and wheel combo you run on a stock suspension. If so did you have any issue with rubbing while turning. Or any back spacing issues?
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:02 AM   #23
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Yup canyon wheels and like 3 washers per side. No lift no body lift. Only problem is my gearing I got 3.07 and it's a dog with 31s.

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