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Old 11-09-2014, 12:54 AM
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Pictures of 255/70R18 or 275/65R18 Duratracs?

Hey guys, first post.

I've been Googling until I can't Google anymore, and I'm not really finding what I want. I have a rock stock '14 JKU Sahara, just picked it up last weekend. I've already had it out on some trails for hours and hours and it only has like 400 miles on it... It's a ton of fun.

Anyway, today I had it on some trails that were loose, kinda sharp shale type rocks. The thought of cutting a tire (stock Bridgestones) crossed my mind more than once. However they got through unscathed and I took it in some light mud and sand later and had no problems either. I'm actually pretty impressed with them.

However, they just look so wimpy, and I'd really like to maybe have something with the snowflake symbol for going up mountains and ski hills and what not. The thing I hate the most about how they look is they have no rim protector, and the tread itself is kinda skinny so the sidewall has this bulbous curvature to it. I don't like that, it looks a lot better squared off like a BFG A/T KO or something.

Anyway, I just want to see pics of the tires mentioned in the title on stock Sahara 18" wheels, if possible. I'm not really interested in lifting it at this point, I don't want an E load tire, and I'd prefer not to run wheel spacers. If the 255/70R18 Duratrac has that nice squared off look, that's what I would go for without a second thought.

Thanks for any help

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Surely someone has done this......I'd like to see those pics too....thinking of doing the same thing actually in Cincinnati

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Old 11-09-2014, 07:59 AM   #3
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FWIW I know they are "out there" but I can't point to some one and say they have them or pull up a Pic....I do know from the results with my TJ and the Duratracs, the '12 JK and '14 JKU will be getting new D/Ts as well...local tire shop quoted $1000 out the door with road hazard warranty and lifetime rotation and balancing for 5 tires.
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:35 PM
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The stock size Duratrac hasn't been available a real long time so perhaps that's why there aren't many pics out there. I think I'm going to have to find a tire shop with them in stock and see if they'll mount them on an 18 x 7.5" wheel just so I can see what it looks like.
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Don't base your choice on looks or what others think you need to be cool. Base them on your needs.

I switched my wife's 15 Sahara to 275/65r18 Duratracs right away. Best move I could have done. No changes to anything and it increased performance all over. Comfortable on road and very capable off road. Would highly recommend.

Even if the rim would take wider, I am not sure we would go wider on this one.
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Don't base your choice on looks or what others think you need to be cool. Base them on your needs.

I switched my wife's 15 Sahara to 275/65r18 Duratracs right away. Best move I could have done. No changes to anything and it increased performance all over. Comfortable on road and very capable off road. Would highly recommend.

Even if the rim would take wider, I am not sure we would go wider on this one.
Would love to see a PIC!!

Have a JK and a JKU that will probably be going this route......
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This thing is totally stock with no rubbing? Does one fit on the stock tire carrier? I notice the stock tire is real close to the third brake light pedestal.

Thanks a lot for the pic too.
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Thanks for the PIC...yep that's the way we will be going as soon as I see enough snow to warrant dropping the coin for "new tires"...it will be the '12 JK this year and probably another year or two for the '14 JKU...gotta wear out the stock tires first!!
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275/65/18s on a '12 JKU

At 32,000 miles the stock bridgestones were a little over 1/2 gone and it was time for new tires. The duratracs actually are quieter and ride better, no regrets.

They will slightly rub on the sway bar at full lock sometimes, the bar moves around a little and sometimes it will rub hard right or hard left. Not enough to rub the paint off the sway bar in 5000 miles though.

I didnt use one on the spare so cant say if it will fit, spare is unused Bridgestone, diameter is close enough and with a tire cover no one can tell I'm cheap
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I did the same 275/65/18 but I also added a 1.25 inch teraflex wheel spacer push the tires right to the fender - no rubbing

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