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Old 01-05-2017, 06:32 PM
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It's tire and wheel time. 95 YJ with 2.5 ome lift

Ok folks, just got my lift installed now it's wheel and tire time.

My stock wheels 15x7 with 5 inch back spacing. I also just bought some Quadratec 16x8 wheels with 4.5 inch back spacing.

Ome specs suggest only going with 31x10.50s

Can I get away with 265/75r16's in bfg ko2s its 31.6 high. Or should I go with 265/70r16's which are 30.6 high?

I am only currently looking at ko2 based on their supposed snow capabilities but I will entertain and all any suggestions.

Are mud terrain tires better in snow than all terrains?

Thanks to all who chime in.

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I went with a Zone 2" lift and 31's about 2 years ago. After the lift I gained close to 4" because of my sagging springs. I have no issues with the 31's and could probably stuff 32's if I wanted to. Ymmv

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Your happiness with your Jeep depends on how you plan on using it. For a daily driver I suggest that you don't go larger than 30" with a 4cyl.
Dante2 has a 6cyl. and a properly tuned and maintained 4.0 or 4.2 will by OK with 31s. Not so much with a 2.5.
With a 2.5 and 31s, you can pretty much forget about 5th gear except downhill or with a tail wind if you have the stock 4:10 gearing..
If you want to go ahead with the larger tires, you may want to consider a re-gear to 4:56 or lower (higher numerically).

How do you plan to use the Jeep and what transmission do you have?

I have the BFG KOs and am very happy. If I was going to drive in snow deeper than 4"-6" I would chain up. I would rather chain up early and then unchain if I didn't need the chains rather than lay in the snow and freeze my fanny trying to get unstuck from a drift.

How much snow do you get where you live in Virginia? How often?

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Thanks for the replies.

I have a 4.0 6 cylinder manual 5 speed and just with my 2.5 lift I have already noticed a drop in power just from the drag of air resistance of being higher. Because my old springs were so flat, I have gained 4 inches of lift from the ome 2.5 inch lift kit.
Currently running stock 15x7 wheels with 5 inch back spacing and wimpy 235's.

I live on top of a mountain in the blue ridge. It's 4 wheel everyday just to get up the mountain even in great weather. Some years more ice than anything, but some years we get a lot of snow.

The thing I keep getting conflicting info about is tire size and back spacing. Some people stress offsets, while others say offsets don't matter.

Others say, keep your old stock wheels 15x7 with 5 inch back spacing and just put on 31x10.50's. This is what a guy told me from tire rack.com yesterday. I said wont they rub, guy says no...

While others say you need less back spacing to accommodate the wider tire. Something like a16x8 with 4.5 inch back spacing. Also been told that 8 inch wide wheels ride and wear better.

Also was told I am going to need wider flares to protect me from the tires throwing rocks

This will be my daily driver, when I don't need to haul big loads in my pickup.

I am just overwhelmed with info overload. I am not sure what to do at this point. I do plan on regearing soon.

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You are literally driving a brick in the wind and to compound the issue your going up a mountain as well. Jeeps just suck in wind resistance and MPGs something you get used to. As far as wheels and tires go I am running 31's on 15X8 steelies with 3.75" backspacing, no problems with rubbing. Try and find a set of 4.10 axles from a 4 cyl they will help with the bigger tires.
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Here are a couple of charts to help you decide. I'm running 33s on stock sized rims with a 4" lift and they rub only when making sharp turns.

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heres 2.5 ome lift with 31/10.50/15s
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Your jeep looks pretty sharp. Im new to forum stuff. I've got a 87 yj carb 4.2ci 4in re lift with 8×15 4in back space wheels 33×12.50 tires 4.56 gears with a ox locker in the front I did all the gear work myself that seems to make a good combo do pretty much anything you want off or on road runs as good down the road as if you had the 215 tires that came on it oe
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Your jeep looks pretty sharp. Im new to forum stuff. I've got a 87 yj carb 4.2ci 4in re lift with 8×15 4in back space wheels 33×12.50 tires 4.56 gears with a ox locker in the front I did all the gear work myself that seems to make a good combo do pretty much anything you want off or on road runs as good down the road as if you had the 215 tires that came on it oe
i had to change the lift i need taller with to 35s lockers front and back 456 gears dana 44 front 8.8 rear still being worked on
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As a tech at a tire/alignment shop, I'd recommend steel wheels over aluminum (for your situation). Aluminum wheels don't balance easily, and the sticky weights usually just fall off. Most aggressive tires and wheels simply do not balance, and could be up to 6 ounces out of balance (less than 2 ounces is considered good). The cheap-ass steel wheels balance better than the super-uber sick nasty aluminum aftermarket "ballah" wheels. The cheaper the better, oddly.

I'd also recommend 15s over 16s. You will have better and cheaper options. For tire types, look at LT (light truck) tires over P (passenger) tires. They come in three load ranges: C, D, and E. I have LRC. There are more plies, so rocks and nails are less likely to ruin a tire.

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