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Old 01-16-2017, 03:41 PM
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Opinions on rim/tire combos before I purchase

Ok, so my 99 TJ is at the shop for gears and fenders. I have already purchased some pro comp 15x8 rims and I was hoping to just have them mount some tires and I'd have my first phase complete. My two initial tire choices were:

35/12.5/15
1. Pro Comp xtreme M/T
2. BFG AT KO2

I asked them about those two tires and they said not to even bother, they're crap. Everyone in that shop uses Nitto Grabbers. However, they are not made for a 15" rim, 17" minimum.

The first two tires are about $180 each, the Grabbers are 340 and puts them out of my budget for another couple of weeks, plus the rims, 17x9's, are 140ea and there aren't very many choices from 4 wheel parts that I saw although I did find a set that I like for the job.

Love to hear your input on this since I have some time to make a decision.

Thank you.

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Old 01-16-2017, 03:58 PM   #2
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My buddy had 2 KO2's had the tread de-laminate from the carcass a year apart, which did tons of damage both times...so I personally won't ever buy KO2's.

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The first question that has to be asked is what rear axle do you have? A D35 will not hold up to 35" tires, so hopefully you have a D44 or a Ford 8.8.
The second question is have you done steering and brake upgrades to safely run 35's?

As for rims, if you plan on wheeling at all, it's best to stick to 15 x 8" rims for up to 35 x 12.5" tires. More sidewall is a plus, and the 8" width will hold a bead better when aired down. Plus the rims are better protected.

Most of my wheeling is done in the rocks, and I'm partial to Goodyear MTR's with kevlar, but a lot will depend on your use.
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The first question that has to be asked is what rear axle do you have? A D35 will not hold up to 35" tires, so hopefully you have a D44 or a Ford 8.8.
The second question is have you done steering and brake upgrades to safely run 35's?

As for rims, if you plan on wheeling at all, it's best to stick to 15 x 8" rims for up to 35 x 12.5" tires. More sidewall is a plus, and the 8" width will hold a bead better when aired down. Plus the rims are better protected.

Most of my wheeling is done in the rocks, and I'm partial to Goodyear MTR's with kevlar, but a lot will depend on your use.
Rear axle is a 44, so we're good there. As far as steering and brake upgrades I have not done anything there yet. What suggestions in that area do you have? This is my first build ever so any info is appreciated. I have honestly thought about the brakes and the 35's but that's as far as I got.

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Rear axle is a 44, so we're good there. As far as steering and brake upgrades I have not done anything there yet. What suggestions in that area do you have? This is my first build ever so any info is appreciated. I have honestly thought about the brakes and the 35's but that's as far as I got.

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I would suggest at minimum, centric rotors and black magic pads for the front. It's amazing how much more stopping power they have As long as the break in procedures are followed. Check out blackmagic.com.

At minimum, replace your tie rod with one out of a jeep zj. There are many threads about it. I used to run one and it worked fine, except that they tend to bend in the rocks. I then went to currie-lync steering (tie rod and drag link) from savvy off road, and am much happier...wish I had just started there. Bottom line...do something. The factory hollow tube tie rod won't last long.

Just fyi...if you decide to do the zj tie rod, maintain your stock drag link. There is no strength benefit from a zj drag link and the mounting for the steering stabilizer is not at the same angle.
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I am running BFG KOs on both my Jeep and my F350. I have put 80,000 miles on them on my F350. I have not seen the KO2 tires yet.
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I would suggest at minimum, centric rotors and black magic pads for the front. It's amazing how much more stopping power they have As long as the break in procedures are followed. Check out blackmagic.com.

At minimum, replace your tie rod with one out of a jeep zj. There are many threads about it. I used to run one and it worked fine, except that they tend to bend in the rocks. I then went to currie-lync steering (tie rod and drag link) from savvy off road, and am much happier...wish I had just started there. Bottom line...do something. The factory hollow tube tie rod won't last long.
Excellent ideas. This is the Kind of info I need as I begin this process. Added to my list. Thank you.

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I am running BFG KOs on both my Jeep and my F350. I have put 80,000 miles on them on my F350. I have not seen the KO2 tires yet.
I have these on my jeep currently, never an issue.

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Excellent ideas. This is the Kind of info I need as I begin this process. Added to my list. Thank you.

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Steering options here from me. I sell the factory replacement kit from the V8 ZJ. With or without stabilizer. Also Currie CorrectLync. Let me know if you are interested in the Currie product. I will shoot you pricing on it.
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Steering options here from me. I sell the factory replacement kit from the V8 ZJ. With or without stabilizer. Also Currie CorrectLync. Let me know if you are interested in the Currie product. I will shoot you pricing on it.
Thank you AOR, go ahead and send me a PM with the info. Appreciate it.

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