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Unread 11-28-2013, 07:57 AM   #1
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LT315/70R17 DuraTracs or 35x12.5x17?

Hello everyone, as you can see I am a Jeep Newbie. I am about to get some new tires in the 35 inch range. I see a lot of people run the metric, and a lot run 35s. I have the AEV 2.5 with Blistein's all around and no extra weight as far as bumpers, winches, etc. This would be on a 2010 JK Unlimited Rubicon that is a partial DD and partial beach, hunting, trail rig. No crawling, very little snow in South Carolina. I think I am going to go with the Duratracs for where I live based on the positive reviews they get. But before I buy these, I wanted to see if there were any opinions out there about why 315/70R17 versus 35x12.5x17. I have seen the weight of the DuraTracs is about 62 lbs versus some heavier tires. And the wheels I am running are 24 lbs each. So that helps as well. Any other info would be appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Unread 11-28-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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Some manufacturers make one size or the other, it really doesn't matter which one you get as they are roughly the same size. The Goodyear in 315/70/17 is load range D, which is good and better than a load range E on a Wrangler. Most 35x12.5x17 will either be load range D or E. That Goodyear is a touch small for a 35", listed at 34.4" tall, but most 35's aren't exactly 35" either, probably more like 34.8 at the most, so the difference is fairy small. If you want a near 35" tire on a 17" wheel, the 315/70/17 is the closest size Goodyear makes in that tire.

I see no reason not to run it.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 10:51 AM   #3
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Thanks

Perfect, just like your name! You of all people will appreciate this. We just got rid of a 2012 Prius and traded it in for this Jeep. I know, I know, but it was given to my wife by her company, and she drives all over the state, so it served its purpose for her. Well they stopped the company car incentive, and she got to keep it outright. A week later, it was gone and we now have this awesome Jeep. So we want to make sure we do it right from the beginning. So thanks for all the input and I will get the DuraTracs for sure.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 11:56 AM   #4
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I admit I hate Prius's, but mainly because of the owners of most of them. The name was really more because of my Jeep, it's the exact opposite of everything a Prius is and stands for lol. It gets crappy gas mileage, is used off road, has zero "green" smugness.

I'd take a free Prius if I could trade it in on a Jeep. That's actually extra cool to do that.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 06:03 PM   #5
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Agreed

Ya, we traded it in asafp to get a Jeep, lift, it and put it on 35s, intentionally lower the gas mileage, and anger Prius people as we cut them off at Starbucks while they get their Iced Soy latte. Perfect!
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Unread 11-28-2013, 08:30 PM   #6
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Hello everyone, as you can see I am a Jeep Newbie. I am about to get some new tires in the 35 inch range. I see a lot of people run the metric, and a lot run 35s. I have the AEV 2.5 with Blistein's all around and no extra weight as far as bumpers, winches, etc. This would be on a 2010 JK Unlimited Rubicon that is a partial DD and partial beach, hunting, trail rig. No crawling, very little snow in South Carolina. I think I am going to go with the Duratracs for where I live based on the positive reviews they get. But before I buy these, I wanted to see if there were any opinions out there about why 315/70R17 versus 35x12.5x17. I have seen the weight of the DuraTracs is about 62 lbs versus some heavier tires. And the wheels I am running are 24 lbs each. So that helps as well. Any other info would be appreciated. Happy Thanksgiving!
Well the Duratrac's only come in the 315/70R17,they do not come in 35x12.50x17 so that makes that choice easier.

Oh and most or your metric tires sizes in the 315/70 range are going to be load range D or E,the Duratrac's in the 315/70R17 are load range D.While the 35x12.50R17 tire size will be a load range C,the MT/R K's can be had in that size.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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Not all 35x12.5x17 will be load range C. For instance the Cooper STT in that size is load range E as is the Toyo M/T. Some are D, some E and a few C.
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Unread 11-28-2013, 09:03 PM   #8
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I have the 315/70r17 on my tj and they are 34.5 when I put them and my 9" wide rim. I also run them @ 26#. Hope this helps you out.
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Unread 11-29-2013, 01:44 PM   #9
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OKay, so here it is. I have come to this decision.
315/75R16 DuraTracs on ATX Ledge wheels which are 16x8, or........
315/70R17 DuraTracs on ATX Artillery wheel which is a 17x9 wheel.

I like the Ledge as far as cosmetics better than the Artillery. But I am pretty sure the 315/70R17 will not fit safely on the 17x8 size wheel. (They do not make the "Ledge" in a 17x9, only 17x8), So if I have to go with the 16x9 to get the "look" I like a lot better, and if the smaller tire is a bit less, should I go that route? Can anyone confirm this? Also, if I order this package from say TireRack or 4wheelparts, do they know the backspacing is okay with an AEV 2.5 inch lift? Or do I need to be worried about that on my own as well? I am getting ready to order something and just dont want to F it up before getting your input! Thanks a million.

I have a Dark Charcoal 2010 Rubicon, so the Teflon looks really nice with my paint. Hence the wheel decision. But if you guys know of another tire to run on a 17x8, I will gladly look into them instead of focusing just on the DuraTrac.
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Unread 11-30-2013, 08:35 PM   #10
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Don't let the load rating of a tire scare you away from it. We replaced 315/70-17 Duratracs with E rated 35" Toyos and get the same mileage and better ride.
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Unread 12-01-2013, 06:14 AM   #11
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Thanks for the info. I guess I will try the Wrangler MTRw Kevlar in a 35 which is a C load tire as well.
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