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Old 09-29-2015, 11:37 AM
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Tires: Best bang for the buck $$

I'm looking at purchasing new tires soon and would like to stay in the 32"-33" x 12.50" wide tire range utilizing the stock wheels.

I don't do any mud bogging so don't need a mud tire, but we do sand trips out to Pismo at least once a month on average. I liked the BFG's I had and did ok in the sand and not too bad on the freeway but I've been quoted some ridiculous pricing for those replacements and just want to see if there is something else out there that I'm not aware of....

From your experiences, what tire do you recommend that has a good bite in the sand but has good highway mileage characteristics and won't break the bank? I do tow a trailer at times so it would have to be a tire that has the rating for that as well.

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I do tow a trailer at times so it would have to be a tire that has the rating for that as well.
What, exactly, would that rating be?

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Unless you have spacers a 12.50 wide tire wont fit with factory rims
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Tires are not cheap & you don't want cheap tires, go to Discount Tire tell them your budget.
Realistically, you shouldn't be towing anything over 1k with a tj so the load rating on that big of tire won't be a factor.
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Realistically, you shouldn't be towing anything over 1k with a tj so the load rating on that big of tire won't be a factor.
even if you hit the max of 2k lbs, the max tongue weight is only 200 lbs. basically adding another passenger to your jeep.

to the original question, best bang for the buck tire would probably be treadwrights. i dont like the additional weight so i kept looking and love my duratracs, not cheap, but tough to beat for an AT.
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I take my TJ with 33" Duratrac's out on the sand dunes whenever possible. They do really well at 10psi. They are about $200/tire but I think are worth it.



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even if you hit the max of 2k lbs, the max tongue weight is only 200 lbs. basically adding another passenger to your jeep.

to the original question, best bang for the buck tire would probably be treadwrights. i dont like the additional weight so i kept looking and love my duratracs, not cheap, but tough to beat for an AT.
Thanks for reaffirming my point
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I do have adapter spacers. They are 1.25" with JK wheels on my TJ. My trailer fully loaded weighs around 1500lbs, maybe a little more. I've never had any issues and yes I'm fully aware that's it's pushing the limits of my wrangler.
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I've got the falken Rocky Mountains(wild peak) AT. They've been great so far on sandy trails, mud, rocks, and hwy. I play more in the rocks these days and my next tires will have a much stronger side wall though.
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I've been pretty pleased with the Yokohama Geolandar all terrains. Just like most all terrain tires they aren't great in snow and they do just ok in mud, but they've performed well in rocks, sand and on the highway. I did discover the hard way that the sidewalls are no match for a sharp tree branch (that's what I got for being a bonehead), but otherwise they've worn and performed great. At $160-170 a pop for the 33x12.5x15, they are budget friendly as well.
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I've got the falken Rocky Mountains(wild peak) AT. They've been great so far on sandy trails, mud, rocks, and hwy. I play more in the rocks these days and my next tires will have a much stronger side wall though.
Have you had any issues with the sidewalls on the rocks? I was looking at the Falkens as a possible replacement someday.
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Have you had any issues with the sidewalls on the rocks? I was looking at the Falkens as a possible replacement someday.
I've punctured one so far, which is bound to happen with any tire. I also punctured a pro comp AT as well. I just think I need something with reinforced side walls and is meant for rocks. With that being said, I'll keep he falkens until the tread wears down. Discount tire has a great warranty as well, the punctured tire was replaced no questions asked.
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Well, I ended up going with the Kenda Klever tires. 6-ply tire. Got a really good deal from a local shop.
So far they ride nice and saw some reviews on them and they were pretty good.

I'll see how far I get on them.
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Well, I ended up going with the Kenda Klever tires. 6-ply tire. Got a really good deal from a local shop. So far they ride nice and saw some reviews on them and they were pretty good. I'll see how far I get on them.

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