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Old 12-08-2010, 10:25 AM   #1
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Are there any disadvantages in going from a 15 in wheel to a 16 inch wheel. I currently have Goodyear MT/R 31x10.5 15 on stock gambler wheels. I am looking at purchasing BF Goodrich M/T 265/75/16 on stock Rubicon moab wheels. Seems like a good deal 5 wheels 5k miles on the tires for $600.
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Old 12-08-2010, 10:43 AM   #2
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Less sidewall can be a problem off roading on a 31" tire, but you may or may not notice. How old (years, not miles) are the tires? That seems like a pretty good deal.

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Old 12-08-2010, 11:00 AM   #3
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in 16": tires cost more and are typically all D or E load rated. E's ride like dump truck.
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Old 12-08-2010, 11:23 AM   #4
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^^^^I agree.
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:35 PM   #5
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Four tires are about a year old. The spare is new and unused and about 5 years old.
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There's no benefit to going to a 16" wheel for the size tires most of us run, stick with your 15" wheels.
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:53 PM   #7
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Nothing wrong with 16" wheels. My Rubicon came stock with them wrapped in 245/75-16 tires. I have 16" Pro-Comp black steel wheels now with the Goodyear MT/R's 265/75-16 in load range D and it rides fine. The Moab wheels look good on the Jeeps but I wanted steel wheels and sold 4 of my 5 Moab wheels for $300. They were flawless and I could have probably gotten more but just wanted them out of here. Seems like you're getting a pretty good deal to me as long as the tires are not too old and the rubber is in decent condition.
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Old 12-08-2010, 04:06 PM   #8
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I spent a ton of time trying to decide the same thing. Finally decided I wasn't gaining anything by going to 16" rubi's over my 15" ravines other than looks. I was spending a lot more money on the wheels, and more on the tires.

I bought 31/10.5/15's and moved on. It simply wasn't worth the money to me.

That being said, it's your Jeep and there's nothing wrong with running a 16" tire (rubi's come stock with them). It'll just be a little less money you can spend on other mods.
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Old 12-08-2010, 05:20 PM   #9
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Not a bad deal if you never want to upsize your tires............ Bwahhhhahahahahaha! Like that ever happens! If you ever want to upgrade you'll need new wheels again or spacers to fit anything wider than a 10.5....
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What year is your Rubicon? Do those 265 75 16s rub? Is your Rubicon lifted or stock? My 2006 Rubicon is stock, but I'd like to put that size tire on it. Would I need to have it lifted?

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just did the swap myself. went from 32's to 285's with bfg km2. rides great to me.

i have 4" lift on mine. but 2" lift will fit 32 on 8" rims 4" bs.
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What year is your Rubicon? Do those 265 75 16s rub? Is your Rubicon lifted or stock? My 2006 Rubicon is stock, but I'd like to put that size tire on it. Would I need to have it lifted?

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My Rubicon is a 2005. When I bought the 265/75-16's it was sitting at stock height with the stock Rubi wheels. At HARD full lock the tires rub just a little on the lower control arms. The tire guy told me that they have put a lot of 265/75-16 on stock Rubi's with no problem and he had one guy that works for him that put 285/75-16 on his stock Rubi but I bet he had alot of rubbing. You shouldn't have too much trouble upgrading to the 265's on yours. The tires I got were the Goodyear MT/R's. My Rubicon now has a 2 inch Old Man Emu system with Pro-Comp steel wheels that have 4.25" of backspacing and they clear everything and fit perfect when fully flexed.
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Thanks for the information! I've been searching for some time for an owner who put 265s on their stock Rubi. Really appreciate it.

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Thanks for the information! I've been searching for some time for an owner who put 265s on their stock Rubi. Really appreciate it.

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No problem. Glad I could help!

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