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post #1 of 7 Old 07-21-2021, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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If I don't want to do the pinch weld...

A couple years ago, I installed the 2" Daystar lift, Bilstein 4600/5100, 1.5" wheel spacers, and new Kumho Road Venture AT51's, in size P265/70/17. Until they wore down enough, a max left turn would cause very light rubbing and I never got around to doing the pinch-weld mod. I am about to replace the Titan wheel spacers with SpiderTrax, 1.5".

I will need new tires in the late Fall/early Winter to be prepared for another Wisconsin winter. My question is, should I decrease the width or the height of the tire by one increment to prevent the rub? I'm thinking the height only??? and go with P265/65/17. Am I right? I know it can be tire dependent, but I really liked the overall performance of the Kumho AT51's so it's likely I'll get those again.

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-21-2021, 09:28 PM
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I ran 255/70r17’s for a while. Even though I had the pinch weld mod, I didn’t need it for those all terrains. That size is getting harder to find these days though, which us why I went to 265/70r17.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-21-2021, 10:55 PM
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The pinch weld mod is super easy. Worth doing. Just do it and save yourself all the headache of worn down tires later.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-22-2021, 07:55 AM
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Also, do you want passenger tires versus light truck tires? LT tires are usually a little bit "larger" due to tread.

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-22-2021, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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I'd prefer the LT's... I'm just not off road enough to appreciate the difference I guess. I read many that have LT's, but still drive pavement 99% of the time, simply deflate them to around 26 -30 psi to keep their tooth fillings from falling out. I know the pinch weld is considerably easy and I just need to make the time to get it done, but there's a chance I'll be selling this Jeep within the next year and it needs to have new tires before the Winter.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-23-2021, 11:35 AM
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Why NOT do the pinch weld mod? It takes about 30 minutes to do both sides. It helps if you buy a $40 angle grinder from Harbor Freight to cut it into short sections, which makes pounding it flat a bit easier, but its all very easy to do. Literally just hitting it with a hammer and then spray painting it with an under carriage primer/paint spray

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-24-2021, 07:24 AM
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265/65-17 should fit.

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