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Old 01-12-2016, 11:09 AM
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285/75/17 vs 35/12.5/17

New JKU Sport (3.73 gears) owner and I think it's about time for new wheels/tires/lift.

Been lurking on the forums for a while doing research and I've pretty much narrowed all my choices down except for tire size at this point. Here's what I have so far:

Common WF Lift package:
2.5" Lift w/ Rancho 5000x shocks

Wheels: Fuel Anza w/ the -6 offset so BS of 4.5

Tires: Toyo AT2

Now the tire size is where I'm stuck. I initially thought about the 33's but multiple people say that after you get 33's you'll regret not getting 35's. But also the wider tread of the 35's don't handle as well in rain/light snow/slick conditions. Since this is my daily driver and I live in the midwest where we can get all 4 seasons in the span of a week, I need good all terrain performance.

That's why I started to look at the 285/75/17. It seems like a good compromise. It is only about an inch shorter and skinnier than the 35's, so on-road performance should be a little better. Plus it has the thicker sidewall than the 285/70/17 for off-roading. And both sizes in the Toyo come with the extreme tread.

At this point it seems like the main reason to get the 35's would be aesthectics (which I do like the more aggressive look of the 35's), but I'm wondering if there is anything that I'm missing. Would I regret not getting the 35's. I haven't done any off-roading yet and this is my first 4x4, but I would like it to be trail capable because I plan on getting out there soon.

Thanks for any advice.

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For what you described about how you plan to use your Jeep, I would go with the 285/75/17. It will also save you a couple of MPG's as well. Good luck with your decision.

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I have run both toyos you mention 285/75-17 and 35x12.5-17. I live in western Montana so I get the full range of weather in any given week as well. I have a 14 jkur with 4.10's and my good buddy has a 14 jku with 3.73's. He had 285/75-17 at2's and when I got my 35's he soon followed. I While on paper there is not a big difference between the two on the jeep the 35's look better. I have found no downside to the 35's vs the 285/75's. Ride the same, handle the same, get the same mpg but the extra bit of width makes them look better. For what you describe also check out BFG ko2's in 35's. I also run KO2's in 34x10.5-17 for winter and they are a slightly better winter tire then the at2's. If I could only run one it would the toyos tho.
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I never regret going with 35x12.5x17. I only regret not going with 3.5" lift lol...
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Thanks for the opinions guys.

And here I thought choosing wheels would be the hardest decision to make...lol.
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