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Kelly M. 06-15-2007 01:04 PM

Newbie Tire/Wheel Q
 
Hello:

Please excuse yet another tire/wheel question from a newbie. Here is the deal. I have a stock 06 TJ X w/ 800 miles. Use will be light to moderate off-roading (logging roads, fire trails etc.) and around town mountain driving (need good snow handling behavior). I will be taking the Jeep to Idaho from California (900 miles) and towing a small, light sailboat (Yes, I know the TJ is not a good tow vechicle. This is a one time event and I need both the TJ and the boat in Idaho.) Once in Idaho the Jeep will not get a lot of miles, but will have an occasional 100 mile trip to the closest big town.

I am considering picking up a set of 06 Rubicon wheels and tires. From other posts, I understand that these will fit without a lift with maybe a little rub at full turn. I eventually expect to put on an OME suspension upgrade, but woudl like to avoid doing that in the near term. I wonder about the 16" wheels versus 15" wheels.

What are the group's thoughts on the wisdom of putting the Rubi wheels and tires on now, particularly in light of the up coming road trip?

Jonny15 06-15-2007 06:53 PM

The rubi wheels look nice but remember, in general, the larger the wheel the more its gonna cost per tire. If money isnt an issue then i say go for it and put on the rubi wheels if you want along with a good AT tires seeing as you said you would only be doing some moderate wheeling and that you'll be driving some long trips (an MT tire will provide a rougher ride especially on long trips). If money is an issue then i would suggest to just stay with you're 15's, put new AT tires on, and save the money for other mods. As for tires if you're going for AT's then i suggest the BFG all terrain, i have them and they're an excellent tire, they perform well on the street and equally as well for moderate wheeling and they're especially good in the snow.

mrbigjeep 06-15-2007 06:57 PM

if you can get the rubi tire/wheel combo for a good deal then go for it.

that is a stock wheel/tire setup so they will not rub when turning.

Jonny15 06-15-2007 07:01 PM

Couple things i forgot...the rubicon comes with goodyear mt/r's which are a mud tire, if you dont mind a little bit louder ride and a little bit worse tread wear then go for it, but if i were in your situation i'd robably choose an AT tire over an MT and last you said you dont want a lift quite yet so i would say run 31's which is the biggest tire size you can fit without a lift.

mrbigjeep 06-15-2007 07:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jonny15 (Post 92377)
Couple things i forgot...the rubicon comes with goodyear mt/r's which are a mud tire, if you dont mind a little bit louder ride and a little bit worse tread wear then go for it, but if i were in your situation i'd robably choose an AT tire over an MT and last you said you dont want a lift quite yet so i would say run 31's which is the biggest tire size you can fit without a lift.


if you want an AT go for it but i wouldn't waste the money switching the MTR's to an AT if they still have plenty of tread on them.

BTW, i ran 32's without a lift.

nicolas-eric 06-15-2007 07:16 PM

i also had 32s on my stock tj when it was new. but there was much tire rubbing:
http://jeep.cfasp.de/upload/473431.jpg

something about tires:

my old jeep came with BFG MT tires. they were very bad on the road when it was raining. that´s why i changed to BFG AT tires - they were much better on the road and off the road i could notice a difference only in very deep mud.
my actual tj came with yokohama AT tires. and wow, they are much better on the road than the old BFG ATs and off the road i didn´t notice a differnce.

Kelly M. 06-15-2007 07:53 PM

Thanks for the responses. The set has the GY MTR's with only 500 miles on them. They are a pretty good deal and they will be delivered free.

How much of a power loss issue should I expect with the 31 MTRs? I have the 4.0L auto 3.73.

Thanks again,

Kelly M.

nicolas-eric 06-15-2007 08:02 PM

with the auto tranny aou will not notice a big difference. only if you go +80 mph you will feel that the tj is a bit slower with the 31s.

my actual automatic tj with 32s feels much more powerful than my old 5-speed with 31s.

jp'rs_peep'rs 06-15-2007 08:14 PM

Do yo have something wrong with the tires on the '06 X?
If not I'd personally save the ching and skip the bling and just drive it!
jmho

C.

mrbigjeep 06-15-2007 09:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kelly M. (Post 92418)
Thanks for the responses. The set has the GY MTR's with only 500 miles on them. They are a pretty good deal and they will be delivered free.

How much of a power loss issue should I expect with the 31 MTRs? I have the 4.0L auto 3.73.

Thanks again,

Kelly M.

with 3.73's you should be fine.

Jonny15 06-15-2007 11:29 PM

didnt realize the tires were coming with the wheels, in that case then forget switching out the mt's for the at's just leave the mt's on. On the power loss, i really dont think you'll notice that much of a difference running 31's with the setup you have.

jeeperman 06-16-2007 06:04 AM

If you are not in a hurry to get the tires swapped out, I would leave the current tires and wheels on (if they still have tread left) until you get back from your trip, which I am assuming is happening soon. This will keep some wear off of the new tires, and will leave you a touch more power for towing your boat, although not a ton. Whatever you decide, keep us updated with lots of pics! (we don't like to read hear at WF, it hurts our heads... at least mine;) :D )

dwdrums801 06-16-2007 05:50 PM

quick question....anyone know the size of the stock rim off a 99 sport?

nicolas-eric 06-16-2007 05:56 PM

do you mean these rims?
http://www.jeeptj.de/viewer.php?albi...e=1&imgid=1961

they are 7x15...

jjseel 06-16-2007 06:03 PM

The canyons on my 2000 sport are 15x8

nicolas-eric 06-16-2007 06:07 PM

the pic i postet above is my old 99 TJ sport (european model). it came with 15x7 wheels.

dwdrums801 06-17-2007 12:00 AM

the size on my tire said 32x11.50 R15 LT so im guessing its 11.50 inches wide and 15 inches tall?

Kelly M. 06-17-2007 07:57 PM

Ok, I got the wheels and tires and I am quite pleased. No rubbing even at full turn. Added over 2" of clearance and the Jeep drives better. Thanks for the advice. Now if I can figure out how to post pictures, I can show you all before an after pictures.

Kelly M.

nicolas-eric 06-17-2007 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dwdrums801 (Post 92895)
the size on my tire said 32x11.50 R15 LT so im guessing its 11.50 inches wide and 15 inches tall?

the tire is 32" tall and 11.5" wide and it´s for 15" tall rims.

AzTJ 06-17-2007 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dwdrums801 (Post 92895)
the size on my tire said 32x11.50 R15 LT so im guessing its 11.50 inches wide and 15 inches tall?

No - the tire is 32" tall and 11.5" wide on a 15" tall rim. My guess is its an 8" wide wheel.


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