11-04-2017, 03:15 PM
WF Supporting Member
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: SouthEast of Denver
Since you seem to have a budget in mind, here's an economical way to get a nice look without spending a ton of dough.
1- 30" tires shouldn't rub even without a body or spring lift. 30" tires will be cheaper than 31s or larger tires and you'll still be able to use 5th gear (mostly). Plus, they'll still look better than the stock tires.
I have 31s with a 6cyl. & stock gearing and I rarely use 5th gear and acceleration through the gears suffers. Eventually, I'll re-gear to 4:10 gears.
2- If you have a few extra bucks, Quadratec has Pro-Comp "D" window wheels on sale @ $50.00 ea. You'll want the 8" wide wheels with (3 3/4" - 4") back spacing.
15" with 5 on 4 1/2 bolt pattern.
When you make any changes to a stock vehicle, you change the relationship of how everything works together. By installing larger tires, you change the final gearing and that affects performance. A slightly larger tire makes a slight difference and the larger the tire, the greater it affects useable power. Re-gearing can cure this, but re-gearing is expensive.
I suggest that before you change anything, you drive the Jeep for a while and make it as bulletproof reliable as you can. While you're planning your mods, you can be saving up for them.
If you need tires right away for a daily driver and you want an aggressive look, then you might consider an AT tire.
What I found when I went shopping for tires for my truck was that Discount Tire would match any other tire stores price. I found the best price for the tires that I wanted at Costco. Rather than drive back to Discount, I said "OK, lets make the deal". When I went to pay, Costco wouldn't take my Master Card credit card. They'll take Master Card debit card but not M/C credit cards. I didn't have $800.00 in my checking account at that time so I couldn't use my M/C debit card. I went back to Discount Tire and they matched the Costco price and took my M/C credit card. Costco was $200.00 cheaper than Discount Tire for the same tires, so it's good to shop around. Since they were good to their word about matching other tire store prices, I can recommend them.
Another thing I found was that Les Schaub has the very best customer service. Unfortunately, they don't sell the brand of tire I wanted.
Good Luck, L.M.
"Wrangler....It's not just a vehicle, It's a lifestyle".
1987 YJ-4.2L-Standard Shift- Re-manufactured Carter Carb-2" body Lift-31X10.5X15 BFG KOs-190K Miles No back seat.
HEI distributor with computer and all related relays and wiring removed.
12K Badlands winch with dual batteries.
Warn front bumper. Matching imitation Warn bumper on the rear.