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Unread 10-17-2013, 09:52 AM   #1
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Debating on 31"s for 18" wheels- suggestions?

I've read dozens of wheel and tire threads on the WK over the last few weeks and I think I know which direction I'm going. I have an '08 Overland with stock 18"s and I just received Rough Country wheel spacers and an RC 2" lift. I was looking at tires to go on my current wheels and have narrowed it down to 265/60r18 or 255/65r18.

Any thoughts on one vs. the other? They both measure out to 31.05" and I believe the 265's are slightly wider. Suggestions, warnings?

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Unread 10-17-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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id go wider, i think youll be fine. theres a couple post of guys running stock height with the factory 32s on the JK 18s and they barely rub if not at all...
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This is my wife's daily driver, so I want zero rubbing. She'll be taking it offroad a few times to follow me around in my TJ, so I'm just looking to muscle it up a bit. So I want bigger, but absolutely zero rubbing.

I'd love for it to drive as nice as it does now, just slightly bigger.
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I'm running 255/60/18's and it looks pretty tight with no lift or spacers but no rubbing.
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Knock out the pinch weld mod and rubbing wont be an issue
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stock sahara is 255/70 and thats a 32x10, a 265/65 would be a 31.5/x10.5, and a 265/60 would be a 30.5x10.5.

you want to run wider, id probably grab a set of wheel spacers- 1" at the least as thats what i run and have been running even when i ran 255/75s which were 32x10. id run the 265/65 if i were you and a spacer. down the road add a strut spacer up front to accommodate the height alittle better
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255/70/18. Pretty much a 32x10. You may have to knock the pinch weld when you have wheel turned at full lock. May be okay on tarmac, could rub on trail. You have the spacers to get you away from upper bolt. Also in that size you can get the Good Year wrangler silent armors. I have these currently on mine and I'm on the second set on my work vehicle that is close to 160 thousand miles. I can tell you these are a nice tire in all conditions. So, if you rotate tires regularly they will last saving you $
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Lol, so no advice or experience on the 255/65 vs. the 265/60? The tire calculators have them measuring the exact same height. Just to be clear, I already have the wheel spacers and 2" lift.

I'm not looking for the biggest tire I can stuff under there, just something to muscle up the look a little.
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... exact same height. .
If they are the same height, and there will be minimal off roading, go with the 255's. Taller side wall will be great for on/off road since it will absorb more impact and provide a marginally smoother ride.
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If they are the same height, and there will be minimal off roading, go with the 255's. Taller side wall will be great for on/off road since it will absorb more impact and provide a marginally smoother ride.
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Oops.....


I've been looking at so many different tires I confused the sizes. The 265/60 is 30.5 as was posted earlier. I'm looking for a true 31", so it looks like the 255/65 is currently the best size for that.


Any other 31" sizes I'm not considering?
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if you have a 2" lift and the spacers why not run the 32? i run that now and daily driving i dont rub and i know i can stuff them and rub but daily driving and turning and stuff- no rubbing...
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if you have a 2" lift and the spacers why not run the 32? i run that now and daily driving i dont rub and i know i can stuff them and rub but daily driving and turning and stuff- no rubbing...
Coincidentally I'm looking at some 32"s tomorrow (255/70-18). So we'll see.
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Coincidentally I'm looking at some 32"s tomorrow (255/70-18). So we'll see.
the bridgestoes that come stock on most JK Saharas are a great daily driver tire- i know the new ones come with the dueler ATs, mine came with the dueler HTs. theyre not terrible, but for daily driving i actually kind of like them and you can always find spares from people unloading them on craigslist.
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I've been looking at so many different tires I confused the sizes. The 265/60 is 30.5 as was posted earlier. I'm looking for a true 31", so it looks like the 255/65 is currently the best size for that.


Any other 31" sizes I'm not considering?
I'm running 265/60/18 BFG Rugged Terrains on a 2" OME medium duty lift on the stock rims. I get a little rub on the sway bar end links as well as the front side of the fender liner..... Not a big deal. I would have preferred 255/70's but they were not available at the time from BFG.
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