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I am wanting to go with a little bigger tires. I have a stock '99 TJ with the orgional 15" rims. I don't do a lot of off roading mostly trails and beach, so I am looking for a good comprimise. What is a good size without adding a lift? Photo's are appreciated.

I also want to add a roof rack. Does anyone have expereince with the Olympic II? (see the link)

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My opinion is 30 or 31 inch tires. I wouldn't go bigger than that. Now someone is going to pop in here later today and recommend larger than 31s. Don't go there.
 

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What about brands of tires? Any reccomendations?
 

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A lot of people like the BFG Mudders, and they seem to wear fairly well, and are not that expensive. I have wheeled with Jeeps that had those tires, and they do very well. Not much road noise either, but that is pure music to me......:D

As far as the roof rack, I have no experience with that. I like to do a lot of wheeling, and never wanted any weight that high.
 

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amerijeep said:
My opinion is 30 or 31 inch tires. I wouldn't go bigger than that. Now someone is going to pop in here later today and recommend larger than 31s. Don't go there.
lol yeah i have 32's but i don't necessarily reccomend them, i love them but there not the size for everyone so like you, i would reccommend a 31
and i have the bfg mud terrains and love them also...i would go with those
 

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Actually, I try not to recommend anything. I try to use the words "my opinion". I never liked when people would recommend what I need for my jeep and I try not to do oit to others. Not unless it seems they specifically ask for a recommendation in their wording.
 

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i guess that makes sense...i guess i should say that a 31 might be good in your situation :) ...they should leave you enough clearance for trails and beach without rubbing but still be a couple inches bigger than stock
 

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X2 on that.

I posted over on JeepsUnlimited (which appears to be down now) and there everyone is eager to go BIG, but in my opinion, anything past 31" causes drivability problems on pavement compared to stock tires.

Yeah, I know, lots of guys swear riding on pavement on 35" tires is fine, but I bought my TJ with 32s mounted on 3.75" backspace wheels on it, and I HATED it on the road. I got some
15X8" Canyons and mounted 235-75/15 tires (about 29" or so) an it's great on pavement. In retrospect 30" or 31" would have been better off-road, but being cheap, I went for the 235s.

For years I took my CJ5 anywhere I wanted to go w/ this size with zero regrets. That said, I didn't rock climb, look for mud bogs, or play in beech sand (where bigger tires excel). I used the Jeep to TRAVEL off-road, to get to fishing and hunting spots, ghost towns, and the likes.

I have no desire to do anything different with my TJ, and unless you travel where the trails are non-existant, if you spend time on pavement, I would limit myself to 31s.

Looking "cool" on pavement is not worth the crappy handling big tires produce, especially on the TJ with its track rods that articulate over rough pavement and give the TJ a "unique" feel.

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amerijeep said:
My opinion is 30 or 31 inch tires. I wouldn't go bigger than that. Now someone is going to pop in here later today and recommend larger than 31s. Don't go there.
 

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What he means is that the gain in height is only 1/2 inch. You only measure from the center of your axle, to the top of your tire, and that is the gain from the previous tire size. A 32" tire only sits 1/2" taller than a 31" tire. Another way to look at it is the gain in ground clearance. The distance from the street to the bottom of your axle diff. When you went from 28" tires to 32" tires, you gained 2" in clearance, or you filled up 2 more inches in your wheel well.
 

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As for the roof rack, I wouldn't get one unless you absolutely need it. They create a ton of drag and wind noise on the highway. Even around town it can be really loud if it is windy. They look really cool, and when you have a lot of stuff it is nice to be able to put stuff up there, but other than that they are an inconvenience. Mine sits in my garage most of the time.
 

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As for the roof rack, I wouldn't get one unless you absolutely need it. They create a ton of drag and wind noise on the highway. Even around town it can be really loud if it is windy. They look really cool, and when you have a lot of stuff it is nice to be able to put stuff up there, but other than that they are an inconvenience. Mine sits in my garage most of the time.
Frank has a roof rack, I've haven't noticed increased noise but then again, he has a hard top....
I agree: if you need the hauling space, then get it or you may want to check into one of those carrier things that you put into the receiver hitch (I have one of those) that way it's available as needed and then can be removed. All comes down to personal choice and what your needs are.
 

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i don't think it increases noise a ton when you got the hard top although i could see that it would make a little more noise
 

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I ran a "top hat" basket on my last TJ, but it was the style mounted to the roll bars, so I only had it on with the top off. It whistled like nobody's business, though I'm sure a top would have lessened that.

Someone out there makes a basket with a yakima or thule style wind deflector. A friend had that in college and you couldnt tell it was up there.
 

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I have read all your posts on this thread. We are seniors...
We bought a 2000 TJ Sport in June. When we bought it the fella said the tires were good for about another year.
TJ has a 3" lift.
The tires are 33x12.50x15 Goodyear DuraTrac .. they seem to have a mind of their own. Since we are new to this type vehicle...which we like...is this common? The lift is Black Diamond.
We want to downsize and our tire guy sez 32x11.50x15 BFG K02 would be what would fit the 10" wheels...and any smaller would look weird with the lift.
When we go off road...it is on easy/moderate … nothing extreme. We bought our TJ to enjoy at destinations when we travel in our motorhome...and have found that we enjoy driving it around town as well !

Would we have to change wheels to go any smaller...and how weird would it look if we went to 31x10.50x15 ...and would these fit our wheels ?

Thanks for feedback.
 

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what size rims do you currently have?

What do you mean when you say the tires have a mind of their own?

just an FYI, this thread has been dead since August of 2006. generally you will get more assistance if you start your own thread vs resurrecting very dated ones.
 

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lol yeah i have 32's but i don't necessarily reccomend them, i love them but there not the size for everyone so like you, i would reccommend a 31
and i have the bfg mud terrains and love them also...i would go with those
why did you hate the 32's on the road? too rough? i've got 32's and have no problems and love them
"Middle of the road" for me too. 265s in a Goodyear Wrangler Ultra-Terrain from Discount Tire. They crushed it on Hell's Revenge (Hell's Gate, Rubble Trouble), 7 Mile Rim (Wipe Out Hill), Top of the World, Metal Masher and Poison Spider Mesa in Moab four weeks ago. 2.5" OME leveling lift, coils and springs.

As for the roof rack, I wouldn't get one unless you absolutely need it. They create a ton of drag and wind noise on the highway. Even around town it can be really loud if it is windy. They look really cool, and when you have a lot of stuff it is nice to be able to put stuff up there, but other than that they are an inconvenience. Mine sits in my garage most of the time.
Can't speak to the Universal you're interested in, but love my Garvin Wilderness Roof rack as it can support up to 300#. I do have a hard top, did put the air dam on the front of it, cost me 1-2 mpg depending on speed.

Also, on 7 Mile Rim to Wipe Out Hill in Moab it's very "tippy" and I went across with the roof rack no problem, just took it nice and slow.
 
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