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Old 09-02-2015, 08:32 PM
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Tires for my JKU - any downside to my plan?

Hi All,

I'd appreciate a second set of eyes on this before I proceed:

I've got the 2014 JKU Sahara with stock 18" wheels and tires. I live in Vancouver Canada and my Jeep is my daily driver but I use it almost every weekend driving up logging roads. During the winter, I use it every weekend in snowy areas (paved and unpaved.) I drive up logging roads to get to hiking trailheads - not for the purpose of wheeling. I don't do any dedicated mud bogging or rock crawling. I also do a lot of highway road trips in heavy rain. The vehicle is stock.

Winter is around the corner and so I need to get winter tires. After doing some research, it looks like I could buy a set of four Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires in the 255/70R18 size and run them all year round on my stock wheels for great off-road performance and winter/snow performance and acceptable on-road performance. With previous vehicles I always had summer tires/wheels and winter tires/wheels and it was a bit of a pain. I get the impression that it is even more painful to switch out all the time with the TPMS.

A set of four tires will cost me $1407.75 Canadian (we get screwed on tires up here.)

Questions:
- Is there any compelling reason to run a different set of summer wheels/tires and winter wheels/tires? I'm very excited about the idea of running a single set of wheels/tires year round to save space in my storage unit and the cost/hassle of changing them out each time.

- Is there any significant downside to running the 18" wheels vs getting a 15" or 16" wheel?

- Anything else I am missing? Perhaps there is a slightly larger tire that would fit on my rim but is not automatically suggested by the tire website?

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I'm m in the same situation, I decided I'm getting winter tires for winter use only. I live in Michigan and we get a lot of snow too. it's more of an initial cost, but I'll have tires for quite a while longer since I won't be putting miles on the ones that aren't on the jeep. Biggest cost was buying an extra set of wheels so I can swap when I want. $350 for 5 Rubicon take offs in perfect condition, plus the price of the winter tires I've yet to purchase.

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I'm m in the same situation, I decided I'm getting winter tires for winter use only. I live in Michigan and we get a lot of snow too. it's more of an initial cost, but I'll have tires for quite a while longer since I won't be putting miles on the ones that aren't on the jeep. Biggest cost was buying an extra set of wheels so I can swap when I want. $350 for 5 Rubicon take offs in perfect condition, plus the price of the winter tires I've yet to purchase.
What tires will you run in the winter and what tires do you run in the summer?
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What tires will you run in the winter and what tires do you run in the summer?
I've got a brand new set of BFG Mud Terrain for next summer, I'm looking at Blizzaks for this winter, but I'm looking for a deal, so if I find something else I may go with that.

I'm trying to figure out what size for the winter too, the tallest and narrowest I can fit I'm thinking.
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I priced out winter tires at one place today, after looking at sizes available they recommended the stock size, 265/70/17. They had Blizzaks for 206/ea or Firestone Winterforce for 118/ea. Quite a difference in price. I trust this place, they said I'd be very happy with the Firestones, and for that price that's what I'd lean towards. I didn't ask about warranty or mileage rating, I was just doing a quick check. This place wants an extra $60 for install, I'm guessing $75 if I do all 5 tires.

I'm going to check at Costco tomorrow if I have time, they seem to have good tire prices.
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Hi All, I'd appreciate a second set of eyes on this before I proceed: I've got the 2014 JKU Sahara with stock 18" wheels and tires. I live in Vancouver Canada and my Jeep is my daily driver but I use it almost every weekend driving up logging roads. During the winter, I use it every weekend in snowy areas (paved and unpaved.) I drive up logging roads to get to hiking trailheads - not for the purpose of wheeling. I don't do any dedicated mud bogging or rock crawling. I also do a lot of highway road trips in heavy rain. The vehicle is stock. Winter is around the corner and so I need to get winter tires. After doing some research, it looks like I could buy a set of four Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires in the 255/70R18 size and run them all year round on my stock wheels for great off-road performance and winter/snow performance and acceptable on-road performance. With previous vehicles I always had summer tires/wheels and winter tires/wheels and it was a bit of a pain. I get the impression that it is even more painful to switch out all the time with the TPMS. A set of four tires will cost me $1407.75 Canadian (we get screwed on tires up here.) Questions: - Is there any compelling reason to run a different set of summer wheels/tires and winter wheels/tires? I'm very excited about the idea of running a single set of wheels/tires year round to save space in my storage unit and the cost/hassle of changing them out each time. - Is there any significant downside to running the 18" wheels vs getting a 15" or 16" wheel? - Anything else I am missing? Perhaps there is a slightly larger tire that would fit on my rim but is not automatically suggested by the tire website?
If you don't do extreme off-road I think you'll be very happy with the Duratrac as a year round tire.
Only downside to an 18" wheel is tires tend to be a little more pricey and less choices. You can go to a 17" easy, probably 16 too, but you go to a 15" you have to watch your wheel choice to fit the calipers correctly. For me they don't look quite right either. Yes you can fit a bit larger tire on stock. Look for the Largest tire on a stock JK thread and read up. Basically most 33's will fit, but check it out. I'd link it but don't know how on my iPad.

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