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Old 02-01-2012, 10:55 AM
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Which Tires???

Howdy from Texas. Just had to use Howdy (for the cliche). New to this forum and a new Jeep owner as of Christmas. My wife bought me a 2009 Unlimited X. Love it!!

Now I need to customize it (its a sickness I know). I need you guys help on tire selection. I have decided on either V-Tec Raptor or Gear Blackjack wheels in black. The tires I have narrowed it down to are as follows: BFG All Terrain, BFG Mud Terrain, Goodyear Duratrac, Goodyear MT/R Kevlar, General Grabber AT2, Cooper Discoverer STT and Hankook Dynapro M/T RT03.

I do not really do any offroading other than the occassional going through some pastures. I just like the aggressive look (especially on the sidewall).

Any comments about wear and driving tech on the tires would be helpful. Also put your 2 cents in about which tire you would choose.

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Howdy. Another Texan. I had the cooper discovery on my one ton and loved em. They worked great for it I do not like the bfg I have had em and the did not last for me but I hauled a lot of cattle with em. I have Goodyear wranglers mt and they are a great tire we have them on my wife's liberty also. They have a real nice aggressive tread even on the sidewalls. Hope this helps.

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Thanks Seider. Still torn. So no problems with the Goodyears skipping when going around corners or turning (talking decent speed)?
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Since you admit to not doing much offroad and you mainly want am aggressive look, I would strongly urge you to go with Duratracs. For an AT tire (more of a AT/MT hybrid really), they look very aggressive. Other bonuses are that they will be much more quiet on the road than a true MT and they will also be lighter.
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Thanks 4fit. I have been researching tires and wheels for about a week now and am leaning toward the Duratracs. I have had the BFG AT before on a 4x4 truck and they did well but the sidewall is not to aggressive looking for a Jeep IMO. I have a stock 09 Wrangler Unlimited X 4x4 and was told that I need to stay with a 0 or positive Offset on wheels. I was also told that I could run 265/70/16 or possibly 285/70/16. Not sure about either. Any suggestions?
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Thanks 4fit. I have been researching tires and wheels for about a week now and am leaning toward the Duratracs. I have had the BFG AT before on a 4x4 truck and they did well but the sidewall is not to aggressive looking for a Jeep IMO. I have a stock 09 Wrangler Unlimited X 4x4 and was told that I need to stay with a 0 or positive Offset on wheels. I was also told that I could run 265/70/16 or possibly 285/70/16. Not sure about either. Any suggestions?
You could run either of those tires. Could even run a 285/75/16, which is essentially a 33x11 tire. Of course, this is depending on the backspacing of the wheels you decide to go with (4.5" and under is desired for the JKs). You don't need to stay with a 0 or positive offset either. Actually, the offset isn't going to matter much, unless that is the only number you are given. You can use offset to calculate the backspacing, which is the imperative part to fitting the wheel on the JK.

There is a formula for calculating backspace from offset, but its just as easy to use an online calculator like this.

For instance, lets look at the MB Gunner 5 wheel. In the 16x8 wheel size and the correct JK bolt pattern of 5x5 (5-127), the Gunner 5 is offered with 2 different offset; 25 offset and -6 offset. If you were to go with the 25 offset version, that would yield a backspace of 5.5". Way too much for the JK to be able to clear a tire of moderate width. However, if you went with the -6 offset version, you would have a backspace of 4.3", which would work perfectly.

And, just for a visual reference, you can see pics of Sunny's new JKU with 16x8.5 Level 8 Trackers and 285/75/16 Duratracs in this thread. And I'm pretty sure basecamper is running the same tires, but on 16x8.5 Level 8 Strike 5s. You can see his setup here.
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So I need to stay 4.5mm and under on backspacing regardless of the wheel size and I can do that by choosing the correct offset once I have the wheel diameter and rim width of the wheel I want?

Example: Wheel is 16x8. I need to choose the offset that will give me a backspace of 4.5 or less.
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So I need to stay 4.5mm and under on backspacing regardless of the wheel size and I can do that by choosing the correct offset once I have the wheel diameter and rim width of the wheel I want?

Example: Wheel is 16x8. I need to choose the offset that will give me a backspace of 4.5 or less.
Yes. But you want 4.5 inches of backspace, not millimeters. .
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Its been a long day. Thank you for all your help. Any ideas on all black wheels that are 125 and under?
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Its been a long day. Thank you for all your help. Any ideas on all black wheels that are 125 and under?
Many options: Click the pics to go to the specific page on Discount Tire Direct

15s:
MB72s


Level 8 Trackers


Black Rock D-Windows (909s)


16s:
Level 8 Strike 5


Level 8 ZX (These are $135, but a damn sexy wheel)


If you step up to 17s, there are way too many choices to list. Of course, there are other options in the 15" and 16" sizes as well. I only listed a few that were available via DTD. Pro Comp, Mickey Thompson, etc also makes many wheels that will fit without issue, but DTD does not carry them. That being said, if you did want to order from DTD, I'm betting they could order the Pro Comps for you, if that is what you decided on.
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Thank you. I have PM'd Discount Tire and asked what they can do.

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