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Old 02-03-2011, 10:46 PM
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Cool LT265/75R/16 --- 32s?

Another tire set up question. I think I'm correst in this but wanted to double check with my fellow Jeepers. The LT265/75R/16, is this the equivalent to a 32" tire? This tire size should fit well on a 16x8 rim? And I have been told that the 2011 JK can handle a 32" tire without any problems with the stock suspension. Is this also correct? Thanks for all your input!

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Old 02-03-2011, 10:51 PM   #2
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did JK's have a 16in rim option?

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Old 02-04-2011, 01:24 AM
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Yeah the smallest rim offered on a 2011 JK is 16" The Rubicon has 17" rims and the Sahara edition comes with 18"
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You are correct in your estimation of tire sizes. But be aware that different tire companies make their tires in different sizes ie: 265/75R16 for the Goodyear Duratrac is really a 31.7x10.50x16, and the actual tread width is 8.5, where as the Maxxis Bighorn is a 31.8x10.80x16, BFG KM2 is a 31.9x10.50x16, and Dick Cepek Mud Country/Crusher tires are 32x10.1x16. Just things to take into consideration. You can go to Tirerack.com select your tire of choice then go to specs to see actual tire sizes, or if tirerack doesn't carry what you're looking for go to the Manufacture's web site, and do the same for the actual sizes. I don't know if you've picked your tire yet, but tirerack.com & offroaders.com have tire discriptions & reviews.
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Hey there TJNewbie, I really appreciate the feedback... Thanks alot! I have not gotten the tires yet. I have used BFGoodrich A/T in the past and they've been great but I'm hearing a lot of people praising the Duratracs so I'll have to weigh the pros and con if any before getting a set.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:39 AM   #6
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Yea, pretty much all the reviews I've read on the Duratracs have been great and alota' people on the forums really like them too. I'm planning on doing the same set up 265/75R16 tires, and a 2.25" Skyjacker BBL lift kit on my TJ. I'm kinda leaning tword the Maxxis Bighorn tires, they also have great reviews, and people on the forums like them too. Cost a little less than the Duratracs. They're more aggressive looking, but still have great road manners. In the pic of the jeep the tire size is 32x11.50x15, it's very close to the 265/75R16.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:31 AM   #7
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I'm thinking of the same size (265/75/16- Duratracs). Can anyone speak to power loss? This is my DD and right now it has a great mix of power on and off road. Is this going to upset the balance, or will I not see power loss until I hit 34's or something. Currently my set up is with 3.73 gearing, and I don't want to change that. Perhaps a 245/75/16 would be a better choice? I want to find the largest tire I won't get screwed getting onto the interstate with. I always have 4wd for my off road adventures and don't plan to do extreme rock crawling.
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Nice picks TJNewbie, the tires do look good thanks for sharing. I just need to save up some cash and decide which tire to go with. Do you happen to know if I would need to consider spacing on the wheel for that tire size? Remember I don't plan to lift the Jeep. I want to keep the center of gravity as low as possible but still get a bigger more aggresssive tire that can handle both on and off road with my 3.73 gear set up. You've been a lot of help TJ... I appreciate it!
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Seeing that both of you have JKs, I honestly don't know if what's the biggest tire you can go with on a stock rig, or what backspacing/spacers you would need.(I have a TJ) I would ask the Gurus on the JK forum. I wouldn't think a 265/75R16 would be a problem since the JK is a bigger platform, but I don't want to advise since I don't really know.
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Can't argue about the Duratracs, but


If you're putting any lift on your JK/JKU, just remember tha 99% of the 265/75x16 tires are actually only 30+ inchs installed and look pretty small, if the jeep is lifted

My preference would be to get a set of Rubi takeoffs and even though you'll be closer to 32", they're still small with a lift !!

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I found a post on the JK history, by a JK owner:

"Find a rim style that you like and make sure it has 4.5 or less of backspacing if you plan to lift in the future. I've seen people on here or the jeep forum say they fit a 33 inch tire with no rubbing. If you go any bigger you will rub. Mine came with 32 inch tires from the factory and I wheeled it a couple times without rubbing and no mods."

As far as the 265/75R16 all of the tire conversions I've seen run from 31.5" to 32". But I do agree with Jimbo, a 30" in tire on a jk looks too small. And it looks worse if you lift it with a 30" tire.
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Can't argue about the Duratracs, but


If you're putting any lift on your JK/JKU, just remember tha 99% of the 265/75x16 tires are actually only 30+ inchs installed and look pretty small, if the jeep is lifted

My preference would be to get a set of Rubi takeoffs and even though you'll be closer to 32", they're still small with a lift !!

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So if I bought the 265/75/16 it is effectively a 31"?? To maintain a similar size as my stock 32", would you recommend getting 285/75/16?
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Well essentially a 265/75/16 is a 31.5 and a 285/75/16 is a 33..
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Yea, the 285/75x16 is a well used, well proven size for the JK/JKUs, WITHOUT A LIFT-


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So if I bought the 265/75/16 it is effectively a 31"?? To maintain a similar size as my stock 32", would you recommend getting 285/75/16?
Then you just have to decide if you want an A/T or M/T-it'll depend on whether your jeep is a DD and/or you off-road much-

Mine is 95% off-road and 5% on-road, so I'm happy with BIG 33" Hankooks M/T-

It's all relative !!


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you can run
225/75/16,
245/75/16,
255/75/17,
265/70/17,
275/70/17,
285/70/17 on your stock JK.

You may have some slight rub once you get to 285/70/17 but it depends on the the actual tire installed. Each is different.
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Thanks everyone! You've been a wealth of information. I have my wheels now which are 16x8 rims with 4.5 backspace now just have to decide on the right tire to run. I had heard that if you go bigger than a 32 it will significantly eat into your gas milage... Anyone know if this true? If I can go 33 without lifting or any rub and still maintain decent gas consumption thats the route I'll take.
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YUP when you got to 33s or higher-without regearing-your gas mileage will be drop---


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Thanks everyone! You've been a wealth of information. I have my wheels now which are 16x8 rims with 4.5 backspace now just have to decide on the right tire to run. I had heard that if you go bigger than a 32 it will significantly eat into your gas milage... Anyone know if this true? If I can go 33 without lifting or any rub and still maintain decent gas consumption thats the route I'll take.
At least 10%, if you spend $1200/1600 bucks to regear----what the hell do you care about mileage for !!

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Any reason to go with a E rather than C rated DuraTrac tire on a 2d JK? I heard that the E can produce a more stiffer ride on the road and a C is preferred.
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The load rance "E" will last longer, if you want mileage, but

The load range "C" will make for off-road "airdown" events much better, because the tire sidewall will FLEX more-so

It depends on what your use is going to be

The best tires I had for DEEP snow (years ago) were 33" Goodyears load range "C", but not good hiway tread life !!

I personnaly would go with the load range "E" and thats what my Hankooks are !!

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I don't plan to regear. I have 3.73 gears now and thats what its going to stay at. I was told these gears could handle up to a 35 relatively easy but I', not going that big. 33 will be the max for me.
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It musta been Biorhythem, My mistake--


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The load rance "E" will last longer, if you want mileage, but

The load range "C" will make for off-road "airdown" events much better, because the tire sidewall will FLEX more-so

It depends on what your use is going to be

The best tires I had for DEEP snow (years ago) were 33" Goodyears load range "C", but not good hiway tread life !!

I personnaly would go with the load range "E" and thats what my Hankooks are !!

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Look for load range "D" and thats what my Hankooks actually are, the load range "E" is designed for light truck loads-yes good tread life, but much stiffer and not good for low airpressure-

I got to thinking about my statement about my Hankooks being load range "E"---WRONG, because I've had them to 5psi with no bead trouble, so look for load range "D"--much better tire !!

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