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Unread 01-05-2015, 03:47 AM   #1
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Road handling manners of lifted WK with larger tires

I Have a 2009 WK limited Hemi with QDII. I added the OME HD, Bilstein shocks and Addco swaybars front and rear to give it excellent on road handling manners. My Jeep now handles very well on roads and twistees and now I want to put larger tires on. It will be driven mainly on the streets with occasional off-roading, so I would like to keep the high speed road handling manners good. I am considering different tire sizes like the 255/70/17, 265/70/17, 245/75/17, ...etc or other sizes to give it that larger beefy look. If my goal was mainly to go for looks and at the same time to maintain road handling manners, what would be the best tire size, brand, ...etc to put on?? Would you recommend adding spacers to that? If yes, what size?

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Unread 01-05-2015, 06:49 AM   #2
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I went with 255/70-17s on my RC 2" lift, they fit perfect, just like it came that way from the factory, I would not go with any other size if I had to do it again. The only downside is I need to replace my spare now lol I picked up a set of 5/16" spacers, more to just move the front tires out from the ball joint bolt than ascetics. I did have to grind off the bolt end to fit the 255's though.

I got a set of Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo2 from tirebuyer, $150 each with free shipping. I couldn't find a better deal anywhere, and discount tire doesn't offer a dueler a/t revo2 so they wouldn't beat the price. There is ZERO difference in driving between what I have no and when it was stock. Great ride, smooth, shocks don't bottom out (at least that I feel)
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Unread 01-05-2015, 01:16 PM   #3
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I'm running bilsteins with MOOG sway bar bushings and end links on 255/70r18's Bridgestone RH/S's on my XK (came with SRT8 front sway stock) with a 5.39" backspacing and it handles better than it did @ stock height with forteras. As long as you get a tire with good road manners you'll be fine. Spacers may help some as well, I really like the ride with the reduced backspacing, (increased track width equivalent to ~1.25" spacer IIRC).
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Unread 01-05-2015, 01:40 PM   #4
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255/75/17 will fit nice and give you the look you want. 245 might look too skinny without a huge spacer and 265 are gonna rub all over the place.
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Unread 01-05-2015, 05:13 PM   #5
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265/70 wont necessarily rub "all over the place." It depends on the type of tire. I currently run 265/70 BFG Rugged Terrain tires on a OME HD lift and have zero rub issues. A more 'knobby tire' might rub a bit more without the pinch weld. I feel the handling of my WK is great. Some minor activation of the esp around off ramps (but I may take them too fast ) But, I'm able to handle it without issue.
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Unread 01-05-2015, 06:31 PM   #6
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265/70 will not rub if you have spacers and have done the pinch weld.....265/70 and 255/75 are pretty much the same size tire.
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Unread 01-05-2015, 07:12 PM   #7
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265/70 will not rub if you have spacers and have done the pinch weld.....265/70 and 255/75 are pretty much the same size tire.
P265/70 =~31.6x10.7
P255/75 =~32x10
I like my LT255/75 nitto trails. (32.5x10) LT tires are going to slightly bump the size up over a p metric tire. So keep that in mind too.

I bet you can stuff a 275/70 in there if you've hammer the **** out of your pinch welds.
And 1.25" spacers would be good.

Anyone else think so?
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Unread 01-05-2015, 07:50 PM   #8
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P265/70 =~31.6x10.7 P255/75 =~32x10 I like my LT255/75 nitto trails. (32.5x10) LT tires are going to slightly bump the size up over a p metric tire. So keep that in mind too. I bet you can stuff a 275/70 in there if you've hammer the **** out of your pinch welds. And 1.25" spacers would be good. Anyone else think so?
depends on the tire manufacturer

GY duratrac 265/70/17 c = 31.70

Cooper ST Maxx 255/75/17 c = 31.77

my next tire will be the cooper st maxx
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Unread 01-05-2015, 08:03 PM   #9
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depends on the tire manufacturer

GY duratrac 265/70/17 c = 31.70

Cooper ST Maxx 255/75/17 c = 31.77

my next tire will be the cooper st maxx
That's why I added the ~ about symbol
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Unread 01-06-2015, 09:29 PM   #10
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The 265/70/17 will not rub on turning BUT they will bottom out when you start flexing the suspension... (ask me how I know) even with the pinch weld mod and spacers. So you can only run them slowly off road, forget any desert wash board road.

You'll need at least a 4" lift to run them, 3" will not cut it.

I can say the new "version" of the G2 nittro tires are great in the sand, road and trails (but not in the muck). Handle any big bear or mojave trail no problem.


If your going to run the desert I'd skid plate up and run the 245's or 255's so you have the wheel travel.
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Unread 01-06-2015, 10:57 PM   #11
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The 265/70/17 will not rub on turning BUT they will bottom out when you start flexing the suspension... (ask me how I know) even with the pinch weld mod and spacers. So you can only run them slowly off road, forget any desert wash board road.

You'll need at least a 4" lift to run them, 3" will not cut it..
Was this with a budget lift with spacers or one where you replace the springs and fit proper length shocks like OME?

Hard to believe that with all the hard core off-roaders here that this problem with 265/70+ tires has not come up before.
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Unread 01-07-2015, 12:29 PM   #12
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OME HD Springs that give 2-3" of lift
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