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Unread 06-03-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
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Tire size/ brand recommendations for 96 with 2 inch budget lift

What do you guys recommend? Sounds like 30 is the biggest I can go. Not looking to do any serious off reading.

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Unread 06-03-2013, 08:37 PM   #2
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If youre not looking to do any serious offroading id just go with 235/75's to keep your MPG and tire cost down. Not that itd be too much saving but its just my recommendation.
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Unread 06-04-2013, 04:51 AM   #3
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235/75r15 is what I'd use as well. Regarding what tires, here is a combination of things I've had to say about that.

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Regarding AT tires
BFG Rugged Terrain (mild)
Bridgestone Dueler AT REVO 2
Cooper Discoverer AT3
Cooper ST Maxx (aggressive)
Firestone Destination AT
General Grabber AT2 ("classic"/aggressive)
Goodyear Duratrac (aggressive)
Goodyear Silent Armor
Hankook Dynapro ATM
Kumho RoadVenture AT KL78
Kumho RoadVenture SAT KL61 (mild)

That's my short list of all-terrain tires in alphabetical order.

As someone who uses his Jeep as a daily driver but goes off road occasionally, I chose a milder AT tire (some consider it a highway/AT hybrid)--Kumho RV SAT. BFG Rugged Terrain is similar. If I went off road any less than I do now, I'd roll with a highway tire like Firestone Destination LE2.

If you never go offroad, get a P-size highway tire. Don't let Jeeper peer pressure force you to buy a tire that your type of driving doesn't need. Lots of people buy inappropriate tires just because of how they look or because of peer pressure from their chosen automotive niche. My tires aren't "cool" by Jeeper standards, but my XJ is functionally far better off (for my lifestyle and type of driving) than a cookie-cutter Jeep with BFG ATs, Duratracs, or KM2s.


Regarding highway tires
Firestone Destination LE2 would be my recommendation--it's a fantastic, if not the best, highway tire you can get, and the price is very affordable (rebate at Tirerack right now, too).

BFG Rugged Terrain TA is classified as a highway tire but manages a more aggressive look and is also a super great tire. Similarly, I'm using Kumho RoadVenture SATs right now (classified as an AT I believe, but like the BFG Rug Ter, they really flirt with the line tween highway and AT), and I love them. Both the BFGs and the Kumhos might be more aggressive than necessary if you NEVER EVER go offroad I do go offroad as a means to an end on occasion (usually relating to camping or mountain biking), so that's why I chose to give the Kumhos a try. Even for what I do, a highway tire would still be just fine, but I wanted to try a tire I had no experience with.

Michelins are highly rated, but they're severely overpriced--you can get equally good if not better tires for less.

JeepForum is populated by a lot of offroaders. Many who aren't offroaders still want to LOOK the part and think everyone else does too. No doubt someone will recommend an AT tire, and I have no doubt someone will tell you that BFG AT is the greatest tire and is perfect for you. It's neither the greatest nor perfect for you. You don't go offroad regularly if ever--you simply don't need an AT tire.

There are a lot of rebates around right now, and DiscountTireDirect.com and TireRack.com are both fantastic places to shop. Their prices are almost never beaten, and they'll ship directly to an installer for you at which point you'd just set an installation appointment with said installer.



Bottom Line:
Firestone Destination LE2
BFG Rugged Terrain T/A OR Kumho RoadVenture SAT KL61
Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G051 OR General Grabber HTS
I honestly struggled to pick a 4th/5th tire. To me, the first three are THE choices. There are many equally decent runners-up, but I chose the Yokos based on favorable reviews and having driven on them in a Subaru without disappointment; I chose the Generals because of favorable reviews and an overall trust that company has earned from me.

Despite rarely, if ever, going offroad, if you really want an AT tire for the look, BFG Rugged Terrain TA or Kumho RoadVenture SAT are my picks for you. If looks matter to you so much that either of those isn't enough, then nothing I recommend will really matter because you'll probably just be choosing a tire based on its looks alone.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I have some general stampeders from the PO on now. should be good for a while but I would like a bigger tire to sit a little higher. Right now I got to fix the clunk when turning & maybe the ac first. If I see them in sale for a cant miss price I may buy them. What is the " on those tires? 28, 29, 30?
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Unread 06-05-2013, 07:42 PM   #5
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The kumho or rugged ridge you referred to at end of thread.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 08:31 PM   #6
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235/75r15 is about 29ish
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Unread 06-05-2013, 11:15 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I have some general stampeders from the PO on now. should be good for a while but I would like a bigger tire to sit a little higher. Right now I got to fix the clunk when turning & maybe the ac first. If I see them in sale for a cant miss price I may buy them. What is the " on those tires? 28, 29, 30?
Go to tirerack.com and check out the tires. Search by size. Then when youre looking at a specific tire there will be a graph listing actual measurements for that specific tire. Pretty handy. Some tires that are the same size will vary by up to a half inch depending on the kind (a/t, mud, etc) and brand.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:22 AM   #8
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235/75/15 = 28.9x9.3/15
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Unread 06-06-2013, 12:05 PM   #9
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Skip the 2in bb and Just lift It 3in. A cherokee can handle a 3in bb easily with no major changes. I used JK rubicon shocks which were 3in loger than my factory shocks. I used zj v8 springs and an extra5/8 isolator up front and a 1in shackle and 2in aal in the back. Works great and cost less than $200. I used the money I saved by doing it myself to get the nice 31in goodyear wrangler duratracs i have for 670 with a rebate at discount tire
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Unread 06-06-2013, 06:59 PM   #10
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Skip the 2in bb and Just lift It 3in. A cherokee can handle a 3in bb easily with no major changes. I used JK rubicon shocks which were 3in loger than my factory shocks. I used zj v8 springs and an extra5/8 isolator up front and a 1in shackle and 2in aal in the back. Works great and cost less than $200. I used the money I saved by doing it myself to get the nice 31in goodyear wrangler duratracs i have for 670 with a rebate at discount tire
Maybe the OP already has a 2" bb, thus what's done is done. Maybe not, but don't guarantee that an XJ can go to 3" "easily." I've seen plenty of stories of guys going 3" or even just 2" and getting driveline vibes. Due to different trannies, xfer cases, and rear axles, driveshaft length on XJs can vary, and I think it's usually the combination with the shortest driveshaft that has the issues (forget what combo).

Or maybe the OP is like me and simply doesn't want a lift over 2". I personally don't need a lift for the function of it--my XJ handles everything I throw at it just fine at stock height--but I would like about 2" to make it look the way I'd like; 3" starts to look both too offroady and too cliché for me.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:23 PM   #11
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I have the Goodyear wrangler radials that I got from Walmart for $82 a tire
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Unread 06-06-2013, 09:07 PM   #12
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Ill check tire rack. The 2 inch lift was put on when the shocks were replaced.daily driver with a little surf fishing. Nothing serious plus it would probably fall apart in the woods.
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Unread 06-07-2013, 01:50 AM   #13
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30 x 9.5 R15 tires work very well for stock XJs, and up to 2" lift.

Have a look at this thread about 30 x 9.5 R15 tires.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f15/l...zj-tj-1523888/
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