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Old 11-13-2019, 08:57 PM
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Tire suggestion for 2016 Unlimited Sahara (noob)

Hi:

Complete noob here. I want to do something nice for wife's bday. She has 2016 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara with stock tires.

It is basically city/highway driving with minimal off road.

What tire upgrade can I do for aesthetic and performance. 33inch or 35inch? Will they both require lift kit? (I dont know what I am talking about)

So basically can I get something done in $1K and should I just go to local Jeep dealership/mopar?

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I'm a fan of 255/80R17 (33"x10") tires. Nitto Ridge Grappler or Cooper ST Maxx are good choices. BFG also makes a (small) 34x10.5 but they are expensive.



Any of those tires can be used with stock wheels and with a Terraflex Leveling Kit or a Rancho 2" Lift.


Edit: I just noticed you said Sahara, which has 18" wheels which I don't know much about the sizes.
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I just put 275/70R18 BFG KO2s on my Sahara. There is minimal rubbing on the sway bar which I believe can be overcome by adding a washer for two to the steering stop. I elected to add 1.5 Spidertrax adapters. The tires fill the wheel wells and look great. They work even better.
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Mocs123 - she has a Sahara which if stock and not a Special Edition, it has 18" wheels. Stock tires are all terrain P255/70R18 Bridgestones.

Goodyear has Duratracs in that size for $220 list each plus mounting, balancing, etc. BFG has the KO2s which are very popular as well but they are $252 list each plus mounting, balancing, etc.

Both are slightly less expensive in the LT255/75R17 size, but no enough to pay for new wheels. I have had the Duratracs (different size) on my TJ for the last year and am very pleased with them. They ride well and are quiet. Depending on where you are, an added bonus is they are winter rated tires (mountain with snowflake icon).

The Duratracs in 275/70R18 are a little over 33" tall and as stated will fit but are $258 each and are LT series (light truck) and Load Range (LR) E. That means they will carry a lot of weight and have very stiff side walls and will have a harsher ride than the P255/70R18s. But would be a better choice for off road. The BFG KO2s in the same size are a few dollars less and are also LR Es.
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Mocs123 - she has a Sahara which if stock and not a Special Edition, it has 18" wheels. Stock tires are all terrain P255/70R18 Bridgestones.

Goodyear has Duratracs in that size for $220 list each plus mounting, balancing, etc. BFG has the KO2s which are very popular as well but they are $252 list each plus mounting, balancing, etc.

Both are slightly less expensive in the LT255/75R17 size, but no enough to pay for new wheels. I have had the Duratracs (different size) on my TJ for the last year and am very pleased with them. They ride well and are quiet. Depending on where you are, an added bonus is they are winter rated tires (mountain with snowflake icon).

The Duratracs in 275/70R18 are a little over 33" tall and as stated will fit but are $258 each and are LT series (light truck) and Load Range (LR) E. That means they will carry a lot of weight and have very stiff side walls and will have a harsher ride than the P255/70R18s. But would be a better choice for off road. The BFG KO2s in the same size are a few dollars less and are also LR Es.
Yes - stock are 255/70R18 Bridgestones.

If I increase the budget to $1500, can I have a 33 x 12.5 x 18 tires? with maybe a 2.5 inch lift kit? primarily city driving. What would be good options for such a configuration? or Do I have to change the wheels to 17?
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Tires AND a 2.5" lift would be stretching it for $1500.
A good 2.5" lift is around a grand.
If you mean $1500 for five 33" tires, that should not be a problem. 275/70-18 BFG KO2's are about $250 each, so around $1250 plus mount and balance.

You can get a "33x12.5R18" tire, but you will pay more for it typically than you would pay for roughly the same size tire in a metric sizing. I don't know why, it just is.
And a tire that wide with stock wheels would likely rub without wheel spacers.
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If you are going with 33's on a lower budget, skip the 2.5" lift kit and go with a leveling kit. Plenty of room for 33's and it will look good.
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Tires AND a 2.5" lift would be stretching it for $1500.
A good 2.5" lift is around a grand.
If you mean $1500 for five 33" tires, that should not be a problem. 275/70-18 BFG KO2's are about $250 each, so around $1250 plus mount and balance.

You can get a "33x12.5R18" tire, but you will pay more for it typically than you would pay for roughly the same size tire in a metric sizing. I don't know why, it just is.
And a tire that wide with stock wheels would likely rub without wheel spacers.
Plus that wide of a tire, depending on the model, can end up being really heavy. Also be careful about hydroplaning. Your money of course OP; do whatever she likes. Just throwing out info.

I agree on the leveling kit mentioned previously, versus a lift, if you're only thinking ~33s.

If you and/or the wife are into the skinnier look, I'd recommend the looking into the skinnier route. I'm not knowledgeable about the skinnies for 18" wheels so someone will have to chime in on that if they like. But less weight (generally) and rolling resistance will help on mileage too (yeah yeah I know, it's a Jeep )

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I just put 275/70R18 BFG KO2s on my Sahara. There is minimal rubbing on the sway bar which I believe can be overcome by adding a washer for two to the steering stop. I elected to add 1.5 Spidertrax adapters. The tires fill the wheel wells and look great. They work even better.

I am so happy to see this thread!


If I went with 275/70R18 BFG KO2s and 1.5" spacers, would a leveling kit serve any purpose? I am concerned about ANY rubbing anywhere. I read that 33'' tires on the original R18 rims are not a problem with OEM fenders, but is there still a chance of rubbing on the sway bar or elsewhere?
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