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Old 12-23-2015, 10:55 PM
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New Tire Question

Driving 2013 JK Wrangler Unlimited. Have P255/75/R17. Am needing new tires.
Looking at going with BFG A/T K02.

Having a hard time finding the BFG K02 for the 255/75. Thinking about going with either a LT285/70 or a LT275/70. From what I've read, both will fit on stock JK.
Don't do hardly any off-roading. Do have alot of snow in winter to worry about.
Looking for comments about going from 75 to 70 and going up to 275 or 285.
What does anyone think?
Also, seeing things that LT tires give more road noise....any truth to that?

Thanks for any help,
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Old 12-24-2015, 11:05 AM   #2
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The KO2 doesn't come in our stock size.

LT275/70R17 would be pretty darn close to stock size, just 3/4" wider. Shouldn't have any rubbing issues with that. However, it is a Load Range E tire, so it might seem a stiffer ride to you unless you lower the PSI; opinions vary on the subject.

Personally, I'd go with LT265/70R17 in Load Range C to avoid the stiffness of the Load Range E:

LT285/70R17 puts you over 11" in width, and some people report rubbing at full flex when off road or at full turns, yet others say you can run this size with no issues. Not sure it's worth it unless you truly want a bigger looking tire.

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Old 12-24-2015, 08:07 PM
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Thanks for the info. Wasn't even thinking about load range. Thanks for the help. Probably will got with the 265. The BFGs seem to be the talk of the town so in probably gonna go with those.

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Don't get too crazy over the load, at least with the KO2. I just compared the 265/75/16'/ E load to LT265/70R17 in C, both on my TJR and preferred the E's and not by a little. The E's roll smooth and the ride is fine. the E's also have a 3 ply side, while C's are 2 ply- printed on the sidewall. ..if that's important.

The C's were lighter, but because of the rims the tires were .4" wider and I noticed my mpg took a hit, also a bit squishier steering, driving.. In direct comparison, I liked the smoother ride from the E's and my mpg is better as a result.
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Ko2 are snow going tires we get lots in Montana and my ko2 are best non studded tires I have used. They work on icy roads and deep snow. Do yourself a favor and get some 34/10.5-17's. Not much bigger than stock but enough in the event you do go offroad also quiet and smooth on road.
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Going with 275/70/17 AT's next spring on my 09 Rubi.
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Old 12-31-2015, 01:50 PM
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Thanks everyone for the help.

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