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Old 11-18-2016, 09:39 PM
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16 inch tires

is this a poplar size tire i was looking for new 15s for the jeep cant find any i like did find on in 16s not sure if alot tires are available in that size

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I love my 16" mambas, I have allterain ko2's on it
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15" rims usually have a safety bead on the rim. This helps the tire stay seated during low pressure offroad situations. 16" does not always have the safety bead. I'm not really sure if any 16" rim has the extra ridge on the rim. Be sure to check cost. 15" tires are easy to come by at decent pricing.
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I went with 17s when I bought new rims.

Right now I'm running Michellin LTX AT/2 165/65R17 (About 31x10.5).

I really like the 17s. The Michellins are such a huge improvement on road (over my old MT/Rs), and do very well on dirt roads and such.

From what I noticed, there's a very large selection of 17" tires, I think much more so than 16" and maybe even more than 15"

I'd either stick with 15 or go to 17 just for the tire selection.

EDIT: As for airing down... I mostly stick to freeway, dirt roads, and moderate off road trails. Not sure if I've ever aired down below 25psi. If you're worried about airing down, then beadlocks are probably the right choice for you, and those will also be much easier to pick in 15 and 17" sizes.

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they way more choice i like in 17s had a bunch of people said 33s like to small with 17s i have not seen many yjs with 33x17 some i have seen did look t big then other i seen looks good not sure if it was the tire and or the width of the wheel
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15" rims usually have a safety bead on the rim. This helps the tire stay seated during low pressure offroad situations. 16" does not always have the safety bead. I'm not really sure if any 16" rim has the extra ridge on the rim. Be sure to check cost. 15" tires are easy to come by at decent pricing.
All rims pretty much have safety bead, except 16.5 . No issues there. Never understood the 16.5 thing, I've had dodges and ford's that came with them. Guess it hade more to do with the fact that you really didn't need the extra support on heavy old bias plys back in the day.
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Also, fyi, I'm am a real fan of treadwright tires. Best tires for any 4x4, and bang for your buck you will see that ain't China junk hands down. And they quit making 33x12.5x15s I while back due to demand I guess, which sucks, but I guess it's time to find some 16" rims for the old yj, because I'm refuse to spend a grand on good tires, when treadwrights out perform, and outlast everything out there.
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Also, fyi, I'm am a real fan of treadwright tires. Best tires for any 4x4, and bang for your buck you will see that ain't China junk hands down. And they quit making 33x12.5x15s I while back due to demand I guess, which sucks, but I guess it's time to find some 16" rims for the old yj, because I'm refuse to spend a grand on good tires, when treadwrights out perform, and outlast everything out there.
I'm getting 17" wheels so I can run their guard dog mtrs in 35's. I've had their 31" mtrs in my xj since 2012 and are about due for new ones. Still have a quarter of the original tread but are dry cracking after 4 years in southern California heat which isn't bad
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I'm getting 17" wheels so I can run their guard dog mtrs in 35's. I've had their 31" mtrs in my xj since 2012 and are about due for new ones. Still have a quarter of the original tread but are dry cracking after 4 years in southern California heat which isn't bad
Call them, and send them some pics. I had a set on my toyota fj that started cracking, they told me they had used a rubber compound in that time frame, that they stopped using because of the tiny surface cracks. They promised me there was no wear or safety issue, just astedics. I ran them for a good 70k. They gave me a discount on the next set I got to make up for it.
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I'd go with 16s over 17s. You get more sidewall for a softer ride. Especially if you go with the 85 aspect ratio.

The only way to go in my opinion.

215/85R16 Michelin LTX A/T2


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I'd go with 16s over 17s. You get more sidewall for a softer ride. Especially if you go with the 85 aspect ratio.

The only way to go in my opinion.

215/85R16 Michelin LTX A/T2


235/85R16 MTRs
Tire manufacturers seem to be phasing out tires for 15 and 16 inch wheels. 17's are future proofing thanks to all the newer vehicles with larger braking systems 17's are the way to go now. More people buying 35's and 33's for JKs than all the other jeeps combined in the past.

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