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Unread 10-04-2013, 04:55 PM   #1
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Tire size change from summer to winter...help??

Good evening folks from blustery Newfoundland up her on the North East Coast!!

I have myself an awesome 2004 TJ "Columbia Edition" with a 4" lift. I am currently running 33 x 12.5 x 17 Mickey Thompson tires and rims. I am looking to use the stock 15" rims for the winter as I have done the past two winters. But I am looking to get rid of my old stock size winter tires, which make my jeep look like a dinky!! I would like to winter tires that give the same aspect and ratio as my summer MT tires and rims do but on the 15" stock rim! Can anybody tell me what size tire I should be looking for?? Plus I will take any recommendations on a good snow tire for deep snow both for pavement and the occasional jaunt on a side road or two! Cheers guys!!

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Unread 10-04-2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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Do you want a tire with the Deanne aspect ratio (sidewall/width)? Or the same sidewall height? Or the same overall height? Or....?
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Unread 10-05-2013, 01:10 AM   #3
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A 9.5" or 10" wide tire is ideal for Winter roads, IMO.

30 x 9.5 R15 on 15 x 7 stock wheels. Hankook ATM or Hercules AT2 would be my recommendation.

31 x 9.5 R16 (245/75R16) load C on 16 x 7 stock wheels. Hankook ATM, Hercules AT2, Trxus MT, or Duratrac would be my recommendation. All those have lots of sipes, which aids Winter traction, and all have good rubber compound for Winter traction.

33 x 10 R16 (255/85R16) load D on 16 x 7 stock wheels. I recommend Trxus MT. It has soft rubber and lots of sipes (both increase Winter traction).

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Not quite as excellent on Winter roads, but still good on Winter roads...
32 x 10.5 R16 (265/75R16) load C on 16 x 8 stock wheels. I recommend Hankook ATM, Hercules AT2, or Duratrac.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 04:47 AM   #4
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Yeah jp360 I am thinking I'd like the same width, sidewall height and overall height that I currently have with my 17" rims with the 33x12.5x17's. I am well aware that a smaller width tire gives a better traction, but can handle that for the more aggressive stance given with a wider tire. I am wondering if 33x12.5x15's will work for me?? As the original equipment rims are 15's x 7 wide.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 11:39 AM   #5
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You can't have the same sidewall height & tire height with different size wheels.

If you go to a 33" tire on 15" wheels you will have 1" more sidewall. If you want to have the same sidewall you'd have to a 31" tire with a 15"wheel.

12.50s will fit on 7"wheels, but not sure how they well they would air down. in theory, it would take even more tire pressure to wear evenly on the road. Personally, I would either go to an 8"wheel or 10.50 tire.

31x10.50r15 is a very common size and several companies offer 33x10.50r15
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Unread 10-05-2013, 04:19 PM   #6
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Thanks JP360 now I'm thinking for winter driving up here in the far North East the BFGoodies All Terrain T-A KO 33x10.50R15...Just got to figure out who can get them to me the cheapest! Thanks brudder!!
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Unread 10-05-2013, 08:13 PM   #7
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Thanks JP360 now I'm thinking for winter driving up here in the far North East the BFGoodies All Terrain T-A KO 33x10.50R15...Just got to figure out who can get them to me the cheapest! Thanks brudder!!
BFG AT 33 x 10.5 R15 on 15 x 8 are reasonably good on Winter roads. I had that tire in that size on an LJ.

If someday you have 16 x 7 wheels, Trxus MT (soft grippy rubber and lots of sipes) 255/85R16 (33 x 10 R15) would be your ultimate Winter Jeep tire, IMO.
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