Picked these up in Portland, OR - the land of no sales tax. $125 USD each plus $80 installation for 5 tires. Compared to Canadian pricing, I saved a pile of money, even after factoring in the few tanks of gas to get to Portland.
They are 235/70-16 General Grabber AT2's
, fitted to Cragar Soft 8 16" X 8"
rims with 5X4.5" lug nut spacing and 5" backspacing. I bought the rims used for $175 CAD in Vancouver and painted them with 3 coats of black gloss Tremclad and 2 coats of clear Tremclad.
I was a little worried about going with 8" wide instead of the proven 7" wide Soft 8's, but as you can see, the 29.2" tire just barely
touches the plastic bump on the pinch weld. No need for any modifications to the wheel wells (yes, I have the RRO lift installed).
There's lot's of clearance to the spring catch. This was the biggest reason I didn't go with the 245/70 size. The engineer in me tells me to keep clearance here.
The tires do pick up the dirt and throw it, but I was really impressed with how the treads clear themselves instantly. With the SR/A's, as soon as I got on the road, they were flinging dirt off the tires for half a kilometer. These Grabbers didn't fling any dirt that was clinging to them when I got back on the road.
The overall stance is definitely improved. The rims and tires are quite heavy compared to the stock 17" alloys. I've noticed a longer stopping distance, so will definitely adjust my driving accordingly. Each tire is speced at 36 lbs and the rims are 37 lbs each. meh, I've got a Pontiac Vibe if I want excellent milage.
Of course, I had to get a similar sized spare. I really believe you'll mess up the drivetrain if you drive oversized tires with an undersized spare. Your choice though. I'm not going to try to prove it. The spare will either be on the roof, or in the trunk. It does not fit in the spare cubby hole under the trunk.
On the road, these tires did exactly what I wanted. The Jeep no longer feels every bone jarring bump in the road. The additional sidewall gives extra air cushioning. I can't wait to go hit up some logging roads!