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Old 09-06-2019, 10:30 AM
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New wheels and tires

Hi All,

I am new to this forum. We have a stock 2016 Wrangler JK automatic with 38K miles. We bought it new to tow behind our RV and it has been towed 20K of those miles. I won’t mention the time the brake booster was set too tight and we totally melted every aspect, pads, calipers, rotors, bearings, etc. of the front brakes. A learning experience. Unrelated, we need new tires and we want flashier rims. We will be doing minimal off roading, but I want more rugged looking tires than stock tires that still come with a mileage warranty. I am thinking something like Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar tires, look pretty good and 60 mileage warranty. We want the tires as large as possible, especially in width. Is it better to buy larger or deeper new rims? What is the largest tire that would work with stock size rims with no problems and no lifts? We love the Jeep and just spent the month in Colorado. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 09-06-2019, 03:05 PM   #2
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Most people here run a 2.5 inch lift with 35x12.50 tires on a 17x9 inch wheel with 4.5 inches of backspacing. If you don't want to lift yet, I'd suggest the same wheel with a 33x12.50 tire or a 285/70-17 (33x11.50). For tires, I'd suggest Toyo AT's or Nitto Terra Grapplers.

2011 JKU, 3.8v6, automatic, 2.5 inch lift, 35 inch Nitto Trail Grapplers on 17x9 Eagle Alloy 197 wheels
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Two limitations for larger tires.
Width. If the tires are too wide they will rub when you turn the steering wheel.
Height. Too tall a tire will rub when the suspension is compressed.
You can easily fit a 265/70-17, that is actually a stock tire size for some versions. You can go bigger than that, but too much bigger and you will run into one or both of the limitations previously mentioned.
There is a thread that covers this subject in great detail.
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I have 275/70/18's (18 inch rims because I have a Sahara). Most Wranglers have 17 inch rims. Look on Craigslist for someone selling their Rubicon or Willys' wheels - those look rather nice.

My wheels (275/70R18) have a diameter of 33.2", and a section width of 10.8"

Goodyear Duratracs:!g!99873152413!

I like a little narrower tire for getting down to a surface for traction (snow or mud). I'm not much for rock climbing unless necessary. I'll tow a front end loader back on remote farm property, or drive in deep snow to get doctors & nurses into the hospital.

Like others have said, increasing tire width or height will potentially cause some rubbing against steering/suspension/etc unless the right backspacing on rims is considered. You can also add wheel spacers in order to help eliminate this rubbing condition.

Best wishes on finding something you like!
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Old 09-06-2019, 04:42 PM   #5
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I am running Quadratec wheels (Moab) and BFG KO2s 285/70-17 C rated. The wheels were affordable and have 5.2" backspacing. The tires would fit without a lift, but I did add a small spacer leveling kit (1.75 fromt, .75 rear).
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