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golfcoursecrawler 09-15-2013 05:28 AM

Mud Tyres on 16'' stock rims
Hello everyone,

I just bought a 2000 Wrangler TJ Renegade and cant wait to take it offroad.
Unfortunately my tyres are a little worn and I want to upgrade to 31'' mud tyres. Are there any tyres out there that fit the 16'' stock alloy rims? Most of the combinations I found where on 15'' rims. I assume my 16'' tyres are also too narrow for proper mud tyres, are they not?

As you can see, I dont know much about tyres and would really appreciate someone to help me with this. Should I just sell mine and get mud tyres with 15 inch steel rims instead?

Also, I live in Australia, which means that the market is a little less varied as back in the US.



jeepwayoflife 09-15-2013 06:24 AM

Welcome to the jeep world and wrangler forum!

IDK about how things are in Australia, but in the US I would go on a tire site like and search for tires using the rim dimensions you have. Make sure you also measure the rim width, you will need that. Even if doesn't ship to you it will show you what tires will fit and then you can order them somewhere else.

Another option would be They have a decent tire selection and have the size info on each one.

Let me know if you have trouble finding a set and I'll send you links to some good tires.

Wordgie 09-15-2013 07:21 AM

Most of the time 16" come in metric sizes, so searching for 31 X 9.2 X 16 won't get you too far.

A 245 80 16 will be a 31 X 9.5.

A 280 75 16 will be a 31 X 10.5.

Depending on which rim you have, the 9.5 would be the best fit.

golfcoursecrawler 09-15-2013 08:29 PM

thanks for your help! I checked on and found this with my specifications. But its not a 31 Tyre.

Most 31'' with 16'' rims seem to be much wider than mine. I would prefer to have wider tyres but how can I be sure that they fit my rim?

These are the specifications of my current tyres: 225/70 R 16.

Can I just alter the first number in my search?

Sorry for my lack of knowledge.

Wordgie 09-15-2013 08:41 PM

Click on the "specs" tab of that page. That will give you the whole line of that model tire, their dimensions and recommended wheel width.

If I had to guess you've got a 6"/7" rim. You may have to do some Googling to identify the style and rim that came from the factory. The only 16" TJ rim I'm familiar with is the Rubicon and they're 7".

ellie87 09-15-2013 08:46 PM

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These are the tires I have on my '03 rubicon:

BF Goodrich Tires Part 01822 - LT265/75R16, Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

I think the 265's come out equivalent to about a 31.5 in. Not sure about your width question, but they've been great on my jeep.

golfcoursecrawler 09-15-2013 09:18 PM


Originally Posted by ellie87 (Post 4602529)
These are the tires I have on my '03 rubicon:

BF Goodrich Tires Part 01822 - LT265/75R16, Mud-Terrain T/A KM2

I think the 265's come out equivalent to about a 31.5 in. Not sure about your width question, but they've been great on my jeep.

that looks great indeed. the only question that remains is if they fit my rim. I will post a picture of my rim and I will take off the fifth tyre and check whether I can find any specs inside the rim.

But wait: 31.5 might be a little big without a lift.

hamr26 09-16-2013 07:42 AM

Maxxis Bighorn MT is available (North Amreica) in 255/85R16. A newer tread pattern of that tire is already available on your shore. Not certain of the same size. Looks like 265/75R16 is available in 3-ply sidewall:
Maxxis MT-764 BIG HORN - Offroad & Extreme

golfcoursecrawler 09-17-2013 09:28 AM

Thanks for your help so far but this seems more complicated than I would have thought. I think I asked the question in a wrong way.

The first number, currently 225, is the width of the tyre.
The second number, currently 70 is the ratio of width to sidewall hight.
Third number, not changeable, 16 is the rim's diameter.

My question being:

What is the maximum width of the tyre I can put on my rim? How do I find out what width my rim has? I presume this is the only real hindrance when it comes to putting 31'' on my stock rim. Also, even if my rim would be able to safely hold wider tyres, wouldnt they start rubbing because of the rim's stock backspacing?

EDIT: Apparently someone on the forum argued this: "The 16" wheels were 7" wide, and if I'm not mistaken, they were only available as an option on the Sahara (upgrade from the standard 15" wheel that came with the package) through maybe 2002 at the latest. They should be a silver painted 5-spoke wheel with relatively slender spokes..."

If someone tells me how, I will check this. So now the question is: How wide can my tyres be so that they fit my 7'' wide rim? :)

Ironhead Jed 09-17-2013 09:43 AM

i wouldnt go over 10.5" wide, but there is no problem with a 31x10.5x16 or 265/75r16

the width is also limited due to back spacing, any wider and you'll rub like crazy. a 10.5" wide tire may rub at full bump, but you can add a washer to your steering stops to correct that

DavidW954 09-17-2013 09:45 AM

If they are the stock Jeep wheels they should be 16x7".

Land Rovers and a lot of Japanese stuff runs 16" wheels so you might find availability pretty good in Australia.

golfcoursecrawler 09-19-2013 09:04 PM

Thanks for all the answers, I will let you know when I found a proper tyre! :) You helped me a lot! :)

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