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Old 07-15-2011, 09:08 AM   #1
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TJ newbie needs tire/wheel recommendation

Just bought a 97 6 cyl, 4 l, and am trying to figure out what wheels and tires to put on. Read many threads, but am confused. I don't want to go higher than 31 tires, and will not be doing too much off-road, and don't want to get into the cost of lifts, etc right now. Any recommendations please, seems like there are many knowledgeable and helpful posters out there. Thanks!

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Old 07-15-2011, 09:52 AM   #2
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At stock height, you can run 31's with only minor rubbing issues - that's what I have on mine.
Rims, the bolt pattern is 5 on 4.5 (in case you didn't already know)
15x8 is a popular size to run, you're going to want to be around 4" backspacing ( I also have this). You can run 31x9.50 / 31x10.50 on up to 33x12.50 with out any issues on a 15x8 rim.

Black steelies are popular (cheap), Cragar soft 8's, and a few others are right around 50 bucks each. Aluminum rims will be lighter, but you're gonna be looking at prices that start around $100 and go up.
Take a look at tirerack.com, summitracing.com, and local shops. See what catches your eye.

Same for tires, "the right tire" will depend on how & where you drive it. Monster mudders won't serve you well if you don't offroad much. Take a look at some A/T's, see what catches your eye.
Right now I'm running a set of Big O Big Foot XT's on Ultra aluminum rims for winter, and some discontinued A/T's on Cragar soft 8's for summer. I still haven't settled on a new A/T tire to replace them with, lol!

What's your location? Get much ice / snow in the winters?

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Yes if you have 15" you can run 31 on stock springs probably only with a spacer and no need to lift it more.
I have 15X12.50 and 31 bf all terrain. and it already had probably a 2 or 3 inch lift (i have pictures if you want to see it)
it looks good but the tires look small with that lift. so Im planning on getting a 4 or 5 inch lift and some 33x12.50 bf mud terrain km2 or something like that. those big foot look awesome!!!!
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Wow, thanks for the quick responses, very helpful, this forum is great. I have shopped tirerack before and just looked there for the TJ. Thinking of going with a 16x8 wheel, and the Firestone Destination A/T Size: 235/70R16.
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I have seen 32's on my friends 02 with no lift, but he had no room in the finder well.
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Wow, thanks for the quick responses, very helpful, this forum is great. I have shopped tirerack before and just looked there for the TJ. Thinking of going with a 16x8 wheel, and the Firestone Destination A/T Size: 235/70R16.
I'd stick with a 15x8 wheel and a 31x10.50x15 tire, you'll have a much bigger selection of tires and wheels than you will with a 16x8. Not to mention the 15" sizes are less $$$. Don't let anyone talk you into a 10" wide wheel whatever diameter you go with. Make sure to get a wheel with a 5x4.5" bolt pattern and with backspacing between 3.75" and 4.5".
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Thanks much Jerry. One other question, when looking at the Firestone on tirerack it does not show that the 31x10.50x15 size fits the 97 Wrangler, can it still that size rather than the 235/70R16? Thanks again.
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Firestone won't show it because a 31" size isn't a factory size tire. Don't worry about it, just go with a 31x10.50 and you'll be fine.

When you get your 31" tires installed, do this... it'll cost you about ten cents for a pair of washers and 3 minutes of your time. Jeep Steer Stop Adjustment
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Will do, thanks again.
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:51 PM   #10
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I'm running bfg a/t 31x10.50s on my stock '04 wheels with no problems.

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