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post #1 of 2 Old 12-23-2001, 10:44 PM Thread Starter
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Wheel question

I have two questions actually...about wheels and tires....I have 15 x 8 wheels with new 31 x 10.5 tires right now on stock suspension. I'm gonna install a 3 inch suspension lift early next year and I'll also be looking to upgrade those wheels after that. Since I just bought my tires I'll be looking to just upgrade the wheels after the lift is installed. In the future I want to run a tire a little bigger and wider. So now to the questions...

1. Would it be okay to get 15 x 10 wheels to compliment my 31 x 10.5 inch tires for now? and

2. What is a good alternative size to a 33 x 12.5 tire? I would like to go around this height (not any higher), but I would like something a little wider.

Just so you know, a majority of my off-roading will be on the sand and not on the rocks. So that's why I want to go with a nice, wide tire. I know it's not smart to run a wheel the same width as the tire because you can damage the wheel but I figure sand shouldn't do much damage. Oh, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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post #2 of 2 Old 12-24-2001, 11:09 AM
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I wouldn't go with 15x10's for your application. Yes, you could run a 10.50" wide tire on them, but don't plan on airing them down at all! you'll definitely be asking to loose a bead. Even with a 12.50" tire, there still isn't enough difference IMO in width to air down substainally without risk of loosing a bead.

You indicated a lot of your wheelin will be done in the sand... you'll be looking to run a really low tire pressure to get as much traction as you can... probably somewhere down around 5 psi. I'd be looking at a 15x8. The narrower rim will keep more pressure on the bead allowing you to air down further for the sand.


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