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Unread 04-30-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Tire Width Question

Considering the pace at which the Jeep burns though all-terrains on the street, I've decided to get it some summer shoes this year, so I can avoid burning off the more-expensive all-terrains on surfaces that don't need them. Plus, it should be a bit quieter and get a little better mpg when cruising on the highway compared to the A/Ts.

As far as sizing, they'll be going on 17x8 wheels, and the tires will most likely be General Grabber UHPs. I'm torn between getting a 255/60R17 and a 275/55R17 though. The 255 will be pinched much less than my current tires (255/65 on a 16x7), while the 275 will be pinched only slightly less (although the manufacturer says it's fine, 7.5" is minimum for the 275, 8.5" is recommended). Either one will fit within the fenders, although the 275s will be a damn tight fit. I would go for 17x9s and get the 275s, but I can't find any that wouldn't look absolutely stupid on the Jerp. The wheels I'm getting are just an enlarged (to 17x8 from 16x8 ) and slightly cosmetically tweaked reproduction of the 03 - 06 TJ Rubicon wheels.

Between those 2 tire sizes, what do you guys suggest?

I'm tending towards the 275s, as they're $3 cheaper, should stick better off the line, will only get slightly worse mpg, etc. And I'm pretty sure they'll just barely fit within the fenders (I might have to roll the lips).

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