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Unread 10-09-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Tire advice for 05 JGC 5.7 <245/65/17>

All,

I'm in the market for new tires and I need some direction. First, I'm looking for the absolute best A/T tire in the <245/65/17> size. A lot of people are talking about the BFgoodrich A/T KO's but I guess they don't make them in that size.... A guy at one of the shops said they had the 245/75/17 in stock; however, I don't know they will fit whereas my jeep has 0 modifications.

What kind of recommendations do you guys have? Looking for the BEST A/T money can buy. Your advice and direction is much appreciated!


Thanks friends!

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Unread 10-09-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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My Jeep fit 245/70/17s with zero modifications and I wheeled it in places I shouldn't have. Bump up your aspect ratio and you can find better tires.

I personally ran Firestone Destinations in that size. I looked at the Duellers, but they are very high maintenance and picky (whereas the desti's you can set and almost forget re: rotations, air pressure, etc.)
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Unread 10-09-2013, 08:17 PM   #3
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I am running Toyo Proxes (siped/nitrogen) 255/60R17 on mine. Lower profile, wider tread area, and no wheel/wheel well mods. needed. Helps a bunch with the handling. They're also almost exactly the same diameter as the stock tire, so no speedometer recalibration needed. I've got over 40K on them now (only ~1/2 worn), and I wish they'd hurry up and wear out, because the wife won't let me get my SRT Rep. wheels until they are.
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Unread 10-09-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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I'm in the same boat so to speak. WK has stock size General Grabber HTS all seasons on it now. Next I have to decide, street performance Jeep (255/60-17 V speed rated) or more off road (LT 245-70-17). I wheel only on the beach so either one will work, as long as you air down real low. I had been thinking LT 245/70-17 because of the stronger sidewalls handling airing down better than P rated tires. These tires weight a lot more so they can take the stess much better. But I have to say a Jeep with the 255/60-17s looks pretty cool.....and as noted they are just about the same size diameter wise so no need to have a bigger spare or re-calibrate the speedo. If I went with the 245/70-17s I'd have to get a matching spare because they are 30.5" vs 29.5" and with QD-II the spare really must be the same size....
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Unread 10-10-2013, 08:30 AM   #5
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Go 245/70-17

General grabber at2
Cooper discoverer at3
People seem to love the firestone destination a/t
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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:31 AM   #6
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I used Yokohama A/T-S on my 92 jeep and they looked great and handled well. not sure in the sizes they are offered but tirerack has them.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 09:17 AM   #7
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I'm on my 2nd set of Nitto Terra Grapplers, worked great in the snow & slush so I was pretty much sold on staying with them.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 09:29 AM   #8
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I used Yokohama A/T-S on my 92 jeep and they looked great and handled well. not sure in the sizes they are offered but tirerack has them.
I put yoko at/s on my jeep in 2010. I got 30,000 useful miles out of them. They cupped and wore out quickly. They were great when new but did not last as long as i hoped. Friend of mine had the same experience on a kk liberty.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 09:33 AM   #9
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I had two sets of Desti's on my WK -- the first one lasted me 50K and never gave me any issues in the mud, snow, rain, etc. My last set only had 3k left on them when I took them off for the larger BFGs.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 10:04 AM   #10
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My 255/65/17 Destination AT's are wearing like iron and are great tires. Grabber AT2's were fantastic when new but wore out fast. I had a set of Mastercraft Courser AT's that pretty well sucked in the snow and wore out quickly.
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Unread 10-17-2013, 08:07 PM   #11
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I went from the Duratracs to the Toyo Open Country ATII LT version and didn't look back. I don't wheel much but the on road manners are much better and they balance right!
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Unread 10-18-2013, 07:24 AM   #12
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I'm in the same boat so to speak. WK has stock size General Grabber HTS all seasons on it now. Next I have to decide, street performance Jeep (255/60-17 V speed rated) or more off road (LT 245-70-17). I wheel only on the beach so either one will work, as long as you air down real low. I had been thinking LT 245/70-17 because of the stronger sidewalls handling airing down better than P rated tires. These tires weight a lot more so they can take the stess much better. But I have to say a Jeep with the 255/60-17s looks pretty cool.....and as noted they are just about the same size diameter wise so no need to have a bigger spare or re-calibrate the speedo. If I went with the 245/70-17s I'd have to get a matching spare because they are 30.5" vs 29.5" and with QD-II the spare really must be the same size....
Just so you know, technically a 255/60/17 is only a 29" tire and at 1/2" difference in diameter ,you should still have a matching spare .
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