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Old 08-24-2015, 12:12 PM
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Too confused over tire options to make a decision. Help please...

I知 so confused about which way to go with the tires on my 14 JKUR that I知 about to go crazy. Yes, I知 one of those folks that waaaayyyy over analyzes things like this. The more I read/research, the more confused I知 getting. Sometimes maybe too much information is a bad thing. I figured it痴 best to put all of my questions/concerns in one big long rant/question/plea for help. I hope you can follow along with my line of thinking on this and offer some real world insight.

My Jeep is stock except for 1 front spring spacers, and, like most folks I guess, I want to run a bigger tire without spending a fortune. Currently have 255-75-17 BFG MT痴 (32.1肺10.1) This Jeep will spend 99% of its life on the road primarily on the highway. I do want an aggressive looking tire (for the Jeep look), and I think my order of priority is:
Bigger look/stance
Quiet/smooth on the highway
Good in the rain
Respectable in the snow doesn稚 snow much here, but see light trail use, next..
Light trail use (wouldn稚 be often, but want the tires not to embarrass me/the Jeep when I do get off road)

I don稚 think I want to run wheel adapters, and replacing the wheels is a long shot. Depending on who you ask, and I guess depending on the exact tire, I might be able to run a 285-70-17 (32.7肺11.2)

Downside to wider tires If they are enough wider than stock to be noticeable, I壇 have to run spacers or new wheels.
Downside to wider tires not as good in the rain? More prone to hydroplaning? But is 1 or so wider enough for this to even come into play?
Downside to wider tires - Negatively affects steering? Again, wondering if 1" or so wider is enough for this to even come into play..

Downside to taller tires If it痴 enough taller to notice, it痴 probably also too wide (requires wheels or spacers)
Downside to taller tires that aren稚 also too wide, limited choices (Cooper ST-Maxx and BFG MT I think are only choices)

Looks like the ST-Maxx in 255-80-17 (33.1肺10.1) is a good idea EXCEPT, I致e heard it isn稚 as good in the rain as others, and I致e heard they get pretty noisy especially after they get about 10k miles on them.

I like what I致e read about the Cooper AT3, but I don稚 know if 275-70-17 (32.2肺10.8) is enough bigger to notice that they are bigger and, the 275 is more expensive than the 285 which circles back around to wondering if a 285-70 will fit without more mods, and is a 285-70 too wide for good wet road performance.

I guess I need about a 265-80-17 (33.7肺10.4) with the tread of a Cooper AT3 and an aggressive looking sidewall LOL.

If you致e read this far, thanks

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Old 08-24-2015, 05:06 PM   #2
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Research Duratracs, they would be a good solution for what you described. The wheel spacers only matter at full lock, you can have some rubbing at full lock and it's not a huge deal. You can also adjust to keep it from rubbing.

You're going to waste away if you worry about all the "what ifs", IMO if you like the look of a 33" then buy them and go have fun

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+1 for the Duratrac. i settled on those after more deliberation than i should admit. My JKU is my DD, and i only do sand, 1-2x per year, and snow given where i live.
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