Since my WJ is a daily driver that sometimes I use for picking up clients and co-workers so I decided it was time for a more street friendly (less noisy) wheel/tire combo for my WJ. I'm keeping my Mud Guards to mount up for gnarlier off road excursions.
I picked up a set of Moab's with basically brand new 245/75/17 Silent Armors off of craigslist:
Pretty happy with the new wheel tire combo so far. I like the look, they're much quieter, and handle better. It'll be interesting to see how the Silent Armors do for mild off roading.
I got curious about the differences in dimensions on my new wheels/tires versus my off road setup. So I compared the spare with zero miles from each set and found out:
A: The 245/75/17 Silent Armors and the 265/70/16 (advertised also as 31x10.5x16) Mud Guards are almost the same height with the Silent Armors being about a 3/16th of an inch taller and a little over an inch narrower. (Both rims are 7.5" wide)
B: Each wheel/tire weighs within about 1/2 pound of each other. I was using my bathroom scale to do this so it's not exact measurement but each wheel seems to weigh in the 63.5-64.5lb range.
I was expecting a bigger difference in tire height and thought my new setup would be lighter but the numbers are the numbers.