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Unread 04-18-2013, 11:09 PM   #1
sarasahara2002
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Tire/ Wheel suggestions for 2002 Jeep Sahara

Looking to upgrade my wheels and tires. While I will be taking my Jeep in the mud and off road occasionally, it is my every day driver.
Should I go with a lighter tire to get a little better mileage and not bog down my speed too much?
Also, I have the standard 15 inch Jeep wheels. Should I keep these?

Suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!

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Unread 04-19-2013, 06:53 AM   #2
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You won't notice a different in the weight of the tire. And I suggest Goodyear duratracs. I've been very happy with mine.

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Unread 04-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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Unread 04-21-2013, 11:25 AM   #4
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I use 33x12.5 R15 duratracs on 15x10 pro comp alloys and couldn't be happier. The alloys are half the weight of steelies and only a few bucks (18 dollars) more on amazon.
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Unread 04-22-2013, 03:45 AM   #5
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I suggest you run any of the following on stock aluminum wheels. These make a great all purpose, all around, daily driver and off roader. Stock aluminum wheels are the best (with appropriate size tires). IMO

Cooper AT3 30X9.5R15 or 31x10.5R15 if highway is most important. Great on road. Good off road. Good on Winter roads.

General Grabber AT2 30x9.5R15 or 31x10.5R15 (new version more aggressive). Good on road. Very good off road. Great on Winter roads. The 30 is really more like a 30.25x10R15 IMO. I own this tire. These tires run tall for stated size, but you could fit a 31.

Duratrac 31x10.5R15 Good on road. Very good off road. Good on Winter roads.

Cooper ST 30x9.5R15 or 31x10.5R15 with extra sipes added to center treads. Good on road. Very good off road. Good on Winter roads. (I mean ST, not STT or ST Maxx). I have previously owned this tire.

Trxus MT 31x10.5R15 (really more of a 31.25x10 IMO). OK on road. Great off road. Great on Winter roads. These tires run tall for stated size, but you could fit a 31.

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If you go larger, it won't work well until several expensive mods are done. Even after those mods are done, it'll never work as good on road with larger tires. I had an LJ (TJ Unlimited) and I tried multiple tire sizes up to 33" and did many modifications. If I had it to do over, I'd stay with 30 or 31" tires because works great on road and good enough off road. Also saves thousands of dollars in mods. Regearing alone is very expensive.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:28 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the suggestions! You guys are AWESOME!!! Cheers!
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Unread 04-27-2013, 09:18 PM   #7
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Bfg AT and Duratracs are both excellent. IMO stay with with the 15" rim. I've never seen a TJ that looks good with a rim larger than that. If its a daily driver 31s would be good
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Unread 04-27-2013, 09:31 PM   #8
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I agree with Charley 3--30 31 max and no good for a year tires
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Unread 05-01-2013, 09:45 PM   #9
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IMO stay with with the 15" rim. I've never seen a TJ that looks good with a rim larger than that. If its a daily driver 31s would be good
Yes! Agreed. Also a 15" wheel gives softer ride, more gas mileage, better acceleration and braking (lighter), and R15 tires cost less.

Also aluminum wheels are lightest and best, especially alum stock 15x7 XJ or TJ for 30x9.5R15 or alum stock 15x8 from TJ for 31x10.5R15.

Stock wheels are best for 30 to 31" tires.

I'm not a fan of 16" wheels on a light SUV (such as XJ, TJ, LJ) because heavier wheels and tires, stiffer ride, more expensive tires, etc. But of the 16" wheel choices, the Rubicon TJ 16 x 8 wheels are the best 16" wheels.

But a stock 15" wheel is best, as explained above.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 10:00 PM   #10
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Bottom line, IMO, is keep your stock wheels, if aluminum. If steel, get some stock aluminum wheels.

If your stock wheels are 15x7 get 30x9.5R15 tires.

If your stock wheels are 15x8 get 31x10.5R15 tires.
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