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post #1 of 8 Old 06-19-2013, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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33x12.5x15 or 33x10.5x15?

I'm looking at getting some new tires for my '88 YJ. It has a 4" lift, flat fenders up front and I'm going to open up the rear fenders next week. I was thinking of getting the 33x12.5x15 tires, then I thought about the 10.5 wide tires. Any thoughts? I had the 12.5 wide tires on my other YJ. Are the 10.5's even worth considering or should I just stick with the 12.5's. Right now it just has some 30's on it. I'll probably go with the 12.5's, but if anyone runs the 10.5's....how do you like them? Thanks in advance...

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-20-2013, 12:06 AM
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Go with 12.5, larger footprint, looks better. 33 x 10.5 look ok on rangers and tacomas, not jeeps imo. I just passed up a deal for a set of BFG KM2s in 33x10.5 for $500 a set with 90% tread. Will wait for the right set to come around...

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post #3 of 8 Old 06-20-2013, 01:16 AM
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I got 33x12.50x15 look and work great on my yj, mtr/k tires have good road behavior also
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-20-2013, 08:20 AM
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If you're going to be in the sand, go wider. Narrow widths are better for mud and snow.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-20-2013, 12:46 PM
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I wanted the 10 inch but they did not have a snow rating so I went with the 12. I wanted the tall look that the 10's offered, 33x10 options are very limited.. I got the DuraTracs like lots othere here did... they look like big donuts..
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-20-2013, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like I'll be getting the 12.5 wide tires. Thanks for the input!

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post #7 of 8 Old 06-20-2013, 01:24 PM
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Make sure you have a minimum 8" wide wheel if you run 12.5" width tires.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-20-2013, 06:02 PM
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I have run narrow and wide 33s. The narrower got WAY BETTER MPG and were way better performers at everything on and off road, except sand. I don't rock crawl.

Sand was the only thing wider was better at, but the narrow tires were good enough at sand when aired down.

I recommend narrower, but it doesn't matter what I recommend, does it? All that matters is the current fad, right? Be a sheep and obey the current fad. Wider baaaaaa! All the other sheep have them. Baaaaa!

If you are a hard core rock crawler or drive UP tall steep sand dunes, then wide makes sense, but for mild to moderate rocks and sand, an aired down narrow is good enough. For all else on and off road narrow is best, especially Winter roads.

BTW - this topic comes up every two weeks. I must have politely answered it dozens of times. If you searched you'd find this topic has been beat to death a hundred times over last few years. Narrower is best for DD. Period.

Who says wider look better? Narrow 33s look taller than wide 33s.

Here is s list of available 33 x 10.5 R15 http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f15/l...tires-1533186/ These are all Load C, which is best for small SUVs, IMO.

There are also 255/85R16 that are 33 x 10 R16. I recommend load D, not load E.
Cooper ST, BFG MT KM2, Trxus MT, Maxxis Bighorn, and a few others.

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