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kenb1023 11-18-2011 11:05 AM

Pros and Cons of Tire Wheel Cominations Work
May have my boat sold soon so I am starting to look hard at Tire and Wheel combinations. I am just about sold on the Goodyear DTs. They look great and have ready more good than bad about them. Here is the question, I hear many people getting wheel sizes from 15 to 20 inches on their rigs but really don't understand why other than tire selections. I know it has to have something to do with the amount of sidewall but would like to hear the pros and cons.

Here are my limitations:
Max tire Height 33Ē
Max Lift 2.5Ē if needed

This due to my wife is no longer able to crawl up in anything taller. So to keep her happy and off-roading with me thatís the limit. Now we donít do rock crawling or other extreme off road maneuvers. We do the jeep trails in NM and CO and some of them have some crazy spots but slow and easy can almost always overcome. At least that is what my father in law always said. He did extensive four wheeling with the family in a stock 65 CJ. All he had was a winch and jack and never had any trouble.

oilwell1415 11-18-2011 11:20 AM

The more sidewall you have the better the tire will conform to trail features. The less sidewall you have the more responsive and stable the vehicle will perform on the road. As you gain one, you will lose a bit of the other. I knew our driving would not involve lots of trail use and that had a lot to do with my choice to stick with 17's. I would not go any larger than that unless I wanted to run a very tall tire. The added cost is not worth.....well.....anything.

JIMBOX 11-18-2011 11:55 AM

:D-whatever size tire you go with, here's the way to help your wife ingress and egress-

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

Texasflusher 11-18-2011 01:25 PM

The smaller the wheel the less chance you have of scratching and scuffing when offroading. We dinged up our 17" black wheels last offroad trip which was the only downside to our trip. There were many rocks and boulders and we were taking them slow and still sustained damage. I hope to aleviate this problem by installing larger tires.

kenb1023 11-18-2011 06:02 PM

It looks like the bifer the rm size the higher the tire price.

33-12.5R15 DT is $193
285/75R16 DT is $246
285/70R17 DT is $275
275/75R18 DT is $269

All are in the 33" range. You would think the prices would be closer together or the bigger the rimm the lower the tire rice because of less material. I must be missing something.

Any way I think I am down to a 16" or 17" rim.

Beastmaster 11-18-2011 06:09 PM


Originally Posted by JIMBOX (Post 1754766)
:D-whatever size tire you go with, here's the way to help your wife ingress and egress-

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

This is F - ing great! :rofl:I showed my wife looked at it, placed her hands on her hips, frowned and said Uuuuuh - Hhhuuuuh!

It had such a great effect, I gotta make one (she always has a hard time getting in).:facepalm:

Thanks for fantastic Pic.:thumb:

ryanJKunlimited2012 11-18-2011 08:15 PM

I am going to a 16 inch rim and 33 x 12.5 inch tire. From what I understand the Goodyear DT is currently backordered nationally. Decided to go with an All Terain BFG as they were available, and I have read comparable reviews on this forum. I am also going with a 2.5 inch lift. Even with no lift I have been told the 33s will be fine on the 12 Sahara. With the lift I am prepared when I am bitten by the 35 inch bug.

kenb1023 11-21-2011 01:20 AM


Originally Posted by JIMBOX (Post 1754766)
:D-whatever size tire you go with, here's the way to help your wife ingress and egress-

:dance::rofl: JIMBO

Cool set up but not sure if it will work for us. The wife was in a bad wreck a few years back and now has knee and ankle problems in both legs and her left wrist has two plates and a bunch of screws holding it together. We use a simular set up to get her ito our 99Ram PU but it has mor grab handles. Been thinking of getting that power running board. It looks like it drops enough and then tucks up nice and neat.

SeaComms 11-21-2011 05:07 AM

33's on 17's will fit nicely with a 2 - 2.5in lift. No lift they will still fit but you will need to add bump stop extensions of an inch or so minimum to stop them rubbing at full compression.

We are stuck with minimum 17in rims down here as for some reason we got larger front brakes from 2010 onwards that I notice you guys still dont get even on the 2012 models (by larger I mean we get 13in front discs instead of the 11.5 or thereabouts you have).

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