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post #1 of 8 Old 04-21-2017, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Overland stock wheels/tires off-roadable?

I currently have a trail rated '11 GC with the 18" 265 tires that is great for the mild off roading I do. I'm looking at a '15 Overland with the stock 20" (?) wheel/tire combo. Are these decent for any sort of off roading or would these need to be changed to my current set up? Also, was/is there an Overland trail rated option?


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post #2 of 8 Old 04-21-2017, 09:31 AM
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I wouldn't take the stock 20" tire off-road. There is a trail rated option for Overland. I believe it is the optional Off Road Adventure package. I don't remember what tires that comes with, but they should be better suited for off-roading.
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-21-2017, 09:32 AM
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People generally prefer 18" so they get more meat on the tire and can air down more without risk of damage, but depending on what you do, 20" will be almost as good. I have 20" Altitude wheels and it's never been an issue, but I do have a few knicks in the wheels.
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I wouldn't take the stock 20" tire off-road. There is a trail rated option for Overland. I believe it is the optional Off Road Adventure package. I don't remember what tires that comes with, but they should be better suited for off-roading.
The 2015 -2016 Off Road Adventure II Pack came with 18" and I think some sort of goodyear all season tire.

The 2017's come with the same wheel, tire, and suspension package as the Trailhawks. So you get Quadra-Drive II with the Quadra-Trac II Transfer case, Air suspension, skid plates, and 18" wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure w/ Kevlar.
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Lots of folks take 20s off road and love them, but usually in a slightly taller tire size. The OEM 20 tires can handle mild off roads, but not quite as well as the OEM off road package or AT tires (they may be better in sand, but fall behind in mud and snow). The OEM trail rated tires were not that good, until 2016 or so. So if you are comparing 2011 vintage trail rated 18s to current vintage 20s there is that not much traction difference.

The rub on OEM 20 wheels is that they are easy to scratch and not repairable short of refinishing. The OEM 18s are less money to replace/refinish.

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Changed our Overlands standard 18's tires out for slightly bigger Cooper AT3's - night & day difference.

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Forgot to mention, I'm running 275/55-20 Nokian Rotiva ATs on my 20s.
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I currently have a trail rated '11 GC with the 18" 265 tires that is great for the mild off roading I do. I'm looking at a '15 Overland with the stock 20" (?) wheel/tire combo. Are these decent for any sort of off roading or would these need to be changed to my current set up? Also, was/is there an Overland trail rated option?
Yes there were Overlands with the trail rated option, which swaps out 20s for the 18 inch tires and adds skid plates, tow hooks.

If you don't mind swapping wheels/tires every time you go off road, you can usually find wrangler takeoffs pretty cheap. Their 18 inch size typically bolt right up, but check the tire sticky threads for detailed reports/discussion.

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