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Old 11-24-2019, 07:02 PM
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Looking for opinions on tire size.

I'm looking to possibly upgrade my tire size since installing my 2" lift last week. I recently plasti dipped my stock Sahara 18's and don't have any intention of getting rid of them. This brings me to my dilemma. I currently have stock size Hankook Dynapro ATM tires. Overall they don't look bad, but I think I just want something bigger. I know I can go with a 275/70 or 295/70. I'm worried the 275 won't be enough difference over stock, and on the other end worry that the 295 my be a bit much. What do you guys think, or does anyone have any pics of either with a 2" lift on Sahara 18's? Also I've got 3.73's for what its worth.

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My Nitto Ridge Grapplers in 285/75R17 C are on their way. I'll have them installed on Saturday after TG.

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That's going to be a nice size!
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I'm not sure if these will fit on with a 2" lift, but you may want to check out Kenda Klever 35x10.50R17 tires. There is a whole thread on these tires with feedback from those of us who run them.

https://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/k...l#post34196599
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I'll be reusing my 18" Sahara stockers. Thank you though!
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I'll be reusing my 18" Sahara stockers. Thank you though!
Missed that. Sorry!
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Which 2" lift??
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Which 2" lift??
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I actually ended up just a bit over 2.5" when it was all said and done.
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You'll need to add wheel spacers, 1.25 would be perfect... You should be able to run 285/70r18. That's a true 33 and is a lot of tire. Nitto Ridge Grappler would be my choice.
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I forgot to mention I've already got the spacers as well. Do you think the 295's would be a problem?
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Also the 275's and 295's are both cheaper in cost than the 285's. The Jeep is a weekend street queen, and will never see off road use ( I know that's blasphemy!). I'm just looking for a nice sized AT tire, that won't break the bank.
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keep it stock save your money
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285/75/R18s. Perfect for a 2-2.5Ē lift. Basically a 35 x 11


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I forgot to mention I've already got the spacers as well. Do you think the 295's would be a problem?
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285/75/R18s. Perfect for a 2-2.5Ē lift. Basically a 35 x 11


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Yes, I think both of those are too much tire for the 2" Rancho without flat fenders.
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Thank you all for your input. I think I'm just going to go with 275's. A little bit more tire at an affordable cost.
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here is a good calculator for tire size compare.
https://www.tacomaworld.com/tirecalc...0r18-275-70r18
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Yes, I think both of those are too much tire for the 2" Rancho without flat fenders.
agreed a 285/75-18 is going to taller than most 35's.
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Just for a data point, although I'm not on 18's, I'm on OEM 17's with 1.5" spacers. I'm running 295-70-17 on a spacer lift measured to an actual 1.5" of lift. I offroad with these Dick Cepek Extreme Country tires and have only had to cut some of the lip of the OEM front fenders near the center for the tires to always clear when articulated and full lock. Standing there, looking at the Jeep, it looks like the fenders are untouched.

So you can go to more tire than the 275's if you run spacers. Especially with a 2" lift.
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Thanks for the input Jack, as mentioned earlier, I won't be doing any offroad it's strictly a street queen weekend cruiser. I'll figure it out one way or the other lol! Too many options!
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295-70-18 on her 15 JKUR with 1.5" spacers.
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Looks great! what kind of tires are those?
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Just pulled the trigger on some 295/70/18 Falken Wildpeak AT3. I'll report back with pics after mount and balance. Again, thanks for all the help!
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Just pulled the trigger on some 295/70/18 Falken Wildpeak AT3. I'll report back with pics after mount and balance. Again, thanks for all the help!
That's a lot of tire for the Rancho 2" lift. If you offroad, the rear fenders are at risk. If you just cruise it, you'll probably be ok.
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No offroading, so I anticipate no problems. I really appreciate all the input and knowledge you guys are willing to share!
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My Nitto Ridge Grapplers in 285/75R17 C are on their way. I'll have them installed on Saturday after TG.
I think these worked out great. I did have to trim the plastic air dam to keep them from rubbing at full wheel lock.

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I think these worked out great. I did have to trim the plastic air dam to keep them from rubbing at full wheel lock.

Observations on the new tires so far...

A lot of you guys aren't new to larger tire setups so none of this will surprise you. I've read it all, but there's a lot of difference between reading and experiencing.

I've gone from worn tires to new tires many times in my life and I'm always a little surprised how good the new ones feel. This is no different. Some of the good feeling I get is just because there tires are new, but I will say that the Ridge Grapplers are smooth and quiet and they track well. Though I don't feel any pulling, or following highway groves, due to the tires, I do feel the front end being light, sensitive, and "skittish" steering. That was true with my old tires also, but the new tires seem to amplify that somewhat. I blame it on the fact that the shop can't get my caster dialed in correctly. The local shop says I need adjustable lower control arms to fix this, but I haven't gotten those yet. Coming soon. Still, the Jeep tracks straight. It's just that the steering is sensitive. Coming home yesterday was complicated by a strong cross wind the entire way. Yesterday was a two-hands-on-the-wheel kind of day!

The weight of the larger tire is definitely noticable. The Jeep is slower to accelerate (6 spd manual with 4.10 gearing). I definitely lost some acceleration, but it's still fun to drive. With the OEM MTs the Jeep speedo indicates 2 mph faster than the GPS actual speed. Now the Jeep indicates 3 mph SLOWER than the GPS actual speed... for a 5 mph total difference with the new tires.

My gas mileage on the highway used to vary in the 18 mpg range. I hand-calculated the gas mileage yesterday over 650 miles and I averaged in the low 15 mpg range. Since my normal fill-ups are done with about 15 gallons, that means I'm getting 45-50 ish miles less on each tank of gas. Of course, the super windy day May have contributed to lower gas mileage somewhat, and the larger diameter tires may have caused mileage errors in my trip meter. I used the trip meter readings to calculate milage.

I'm still very pleased with the tire/wheel combo. I have an AEV Procal on order to fix my tire size/speedo issue...as well as the TPMS caution light that doesn't like my new 32lbs setting on these tires.

Nothing new...but thought you might be interested in the results.
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... I blame it on the fact that the shop can't get my caster dialed in correctly. The local shop says I need adjustable lower control arms to fix this, but I haven't gotten those yet. .

#1 try lower tire pressure and see if that helps. I know it made a big difference for me when I went from the same stock wheel/tire combo to the 285's and then again to 315's on my Jeep.

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Observations on the new tires so far...

A lot of you guys aren't new to larger tire setups so none of this will surprise you. I've read it all, but there's a lot of difference between reading and experiencing.

I've gone from worn tires to new tires many times in my life and I'm always a little surprised how good the new ones feel. This is no different. Some of the good feeling I get is just because there tires are new, but I will say that the Ridge Grapplers are smooth and quiet and they track well. Though I don't feel any pulling, or following highway groves, due to the tires, I do feel the front end being light, sensitive, and "skittish" steering. That was true with my old tires also, but the new tires seem to amplify that somewhat. I blame it on the fact that the shop can't get my caster dialed in correctly. The local shop says I need adjustable lower control arms to fix this, but I haven't gotten those yet. Coming soon. Still, the Jeep tracks straight. It's just that the steering is sensitive. Coming home yesterday was complicated by a strong cross wind the entire way. Yesterday was a two-hands-on-the-wheel kind of day!

The weight of the larger tire is definitely noticable. The Jeep is slower to accelerate (6 spd manual with 4.10 gearing). I definitely lost some acceleration, but it's still fun to drive. With the OEM MTs the Jeep speedo indicates 2 mph faster than the GPS actual speed. Now the Jeep indicates 3 mph SLOWER than the GPS actual speed... for a 5 mph total difference with the new tires.

My gas mileage on the highway used to vary in the 18 mpg range. I hand-calculated the gas mileage yesterday over 650 miles and I averaged in the low 15 mpg range. Since my normal fill-ups are done with about 15 gallons, that means I'm getting 45-50 ish miles less on each tank of gas. Of course, the super windy day May have contributed to lower gas mileage somewhat, and the larger diameter tires may have caused mileage errors in my trip meter. I used the trip meter readings to calculate milage.

I'm still very pleased with the tire/wheel combo. I have an AEV Procal on order to fix my tire size/speedo issue...as well as the TPMS caution light that doesn't like my new 32lbs setting on these tires.

Nothing new...but thought you might be interested in the results.
Tires look to be 66 lbs, Iím curious how much do those wheels weigh?
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I seem to recall seeing 26 lbs as the weight, but I can't find it now. You'd think weight would be one of the foremost properties listed as a spec, but most sites that I've visited omits it.

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