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Old 09-03-2011, 06:08 PM
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Tactical tire talk

I'm truly curious about some gen-u-ine tire information.

I know lots of people like to put larger tires on their JK, but here's my goals:

1. I want excellent grip in on road, off road, dirt and gravel roads and snow.

2. I'm not likely to go rock climbing because of work and because I don't live near Moab.

3. I am truly looking at my vehicle as a "go anywhere I am actually likely to go, not just look like I climb rocks". That means rural Ohio, gravel paths (see above).

4. The most boting- I don't want to necessarily compromise performance (ha-ha!) or mileage (ha-ha!) just for a "look".

In all candor, what's the benefit to larger tires in these instances? OR am I better sticking with a stock size, but with a more aggressive tread pattern?

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You should keep your stock Wrangler tires on. They meet all your requirements.

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Bigger tires are for clearance for the most part. It also helps in air down situations. The last Jeep event I went to any trail that was more then a gravel road, they required a minimum of 33's (They allowed my 32.8" 285/70/17's)) before they would even allow you on them but that isn't the case all the time. As far as the stock SRA's they are a great all season tire. Not the best off road tire. The main reason Jeep uses them is because they are light weight tires and will give you better gas mileage.

If you upgrade to any other tire outside of a All Season (assuming the same size tire, the bigger the tire in any type hits mileage hard), more then likely it will effect mileage. A compromise would be an All Terrain. Only a small gas mileage hit yet better trail performance. Also All Terrain tires will still carry a warranty. Mud Terrains are best for trails but not road and usually do not come with any warranties.

If you do want to get a little more aggressive tire in the future and still have good road qualities then the Goodyear Duratrac is a very good choice but other then that, I would say if you really do want to hit a few trails yet maintain a good road tire that a All terrain would be a good upgrade over the current all season tires.
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Ditto what rics1997 says. I suggest staying with your stock Wrangler tires because, are you going to go into mud, really? You are talking about gravel roads and snow - the stock Wrangler tires will do fine. All Terrains will be better in snow. But you'll be spending money . . . will it be worth it?
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Oh and forgive me but I just have to put this out - "tactical" is a mindset, not the gear you have.
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I'm truly curious about some gen-u-ine tire information.

I know lots of people like to put larger tires on their JK, but here's my goals:

1. I want excellent grip in on road, off road, dirt and gravel roads and snow.

2. I'm not likely to go rock climbing because of work and because I don't live near Moab.

3. I am truly looking at my vehicle as a "go anywhere I am actually likely to go, not just look like I climb rocks". That means rural Ohio, gravel paths (see above).

4. The most boting- I don't want to necessarily compromise performance (ha-ha!) or mileage (ha-ha!) just for a "look".

In all candor, what's the benefit to larger tires in these instances? OR am I better sticking with a stock size, but with a more aggressive tread pattern?
But you forgot the all important "what will people think of me" question if you don't totally overbuild your vehicle for what you use it for. Remember that other's opinions are the most important consideration when purchasing a vehicle.

I also think it is important to put a lot of money into the tire companies because they need to keep things rolling.

Remember, always go by the form over function rule when making these kind of decisions.
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Your wrangler is super-capable stock. You don't need new tires to do anything you mentioned. To optimize your performance while keeping all those things equal, there a few good tires out there. But honestly if your tires aren't bald, don't waste money on new ones.
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tjt94 and GoldenSahara00, I am going to "friend" you for your above posts.

This is common sense from experience, friends. A stock JK is PLENTY capable. Don't forget the most important modification to any Jeep - the driver behind the wheel.

If you have found your JK lacking in any respect off road, my hat is off to you for being a serious off roader. I have found a few tweaks to my Jeep, from experience, that have made mine better. But honestly a stock JK is great off road. Been off roading with them since '96. Yes, there are deep mudders and extreme rock crawlers out there that need additional goodies. But most of us aren't in that category.

Keep those stock tires if you are not mudding.
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Remember you can always add as you go. Sounds like you will be fine stock, but one of the joys of a Wrangler is change is always possible.

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What size are my tires? (serious question) theres pictures on my page I think theres 32s am i correct?
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I'm truly curious about some gen-u-ine tire information.

I know lots of people like to put larger tires on their JK, but here's my goals:

1. I want excellent grip in on road, off road, dirt and gravel roads and snow.

2. I'm not likely to go rock climbing because of work and because I don't live near Moab.

3. I am truly looking at my vehicle as a "go anywhere I am actually likely to go, not just look like I climb rocks". That means rural Ohio, gravel paths (see above).

4. The most boting- I don't want to necessarily compromise performance (ha-ha!) or mileage (ha-ha!) just for a "look".

In all candor, what's the benefit to larger tires in these instances? OR am I better sticking with a stock size, but with a more aggressive tread pattern?
I chose goodyear duratracs because I need a tire that is good in the snow (they are arctic rated) good off road (dirt/sandstone...) and good on the highway. Haven't had them in the snow yet (just put them on recently) but very happy with dirt and highway. From the reviews they won't disappoint in the snow. I got rid of the stock SR/A tires because lots of folks said they did not work well in snow. Or wet roads.
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Stock Wrangler tires work fine in snow and on wet roads.

Two feet of snow? Maybe not so well.

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