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Due to the large number of well thought out responses to my earlier post re. my nogosnow jeep I'm going tall & skinny. However I need some advice. Will I see an advantage if I go with 16" or 17" wheels? I know about plus 1 and plus 2 combo's for sports cars but this a Jeep. What is lighter? a 33" tire with a 15" wheel or a 16" wheel? I am also looking for backspacing recommendations. I am thinking that I will want to space the tires out as far as practical to maintain highway stability. I am thinking that I want a 33" tall mud tire about 9 or 10 inches wide. Specific recommendations/experience? I dont care a whit about noise, and treadwear is not a big factor for me either. Althought decent highway manners is a requisite. Primary off-road usage will be mud/snow as we aint got no rocks here.

 
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I'm running 30x9.50 on one jeep FSJ and 31X10.50 on the other cj-8
and I think that they are about twice as wide as what would be best.
I was running 205x15 on a E150 ford van once and they did good but
are two short. CJDave whent to a 16 in tire. I would start by looking
at a 7.50X16 then start looking from there. Michalin[sp] use to make a
strange looking narrow tall tire for like a pickup with a camper????
In farm stores I have seen a tire that look like a mub bogger but with
a 6.5 to 7.5 face. They would look funny on a jeep nowadays till you
plow right pass the other guys.
 

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BFG makes a 33X9.50 in All-Terrain and Mud-Terrain. Discount Tire carries the mud terrain for around $125.
Put these on a 15X7 alloy wheel and you'll be set.

BHT
 
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If you go to 16" rims, the advantage would be that more brands offer tall, skinny tires. For 15" rims, BFG & some bias tires are about it. A good size you might want to consider for 16" rims would be 255/85R16. These are right at 10" wide & the same height as a 33. 7.50R16 is another good size as mentioned, but will stand about an inch shorter than the 255/85's & obviously about 2.5" narrower. I'm an awful big fan of the Cooper STT radials, but will NOT recommend these tires in the 255/85R16 size. The reason is that for some strange reason, this size (and the 235/85) have a raised center bar between the center-most lugs (perhaps because of the load rating???). What happens is that when these reach 50% tread, the center lugs blend together & only the outers are still functional. I had a set of these on my pickup & had to discard them at 32,000 miles because of this. That's about 15,000 less than I ever got out of this style tire on any of my other full-size trucks. But, when they were new BOY did they ever work nicely. On an elk hunting trip in CO, I went through some spots where guys on shorter tires WITH CHAINS were busy digging themselves out. They were too embarrassed to let me pull them out! BFG makes the 255/85 size as well as a number of other manufacturers & generally speaking, this size is considerbly cheaper than the same-height (but slightly wider) 285/75R16. I'd look at some different brands & see what you want. If you go with the BFG, I'd get the 15" rims & the 33X9.50's unless you can find a deal on some cheap 16" rims. If you have a CJ (can't remember exactly what you have), you might be able to get some factory 16's from a late-model Dodge in your wheel pattern (5 on 5.5") pretty cheaply.

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Hey tex...about that wheel reccomendation...
My f-150 has the same 5 on 5.5 wheels, except the center hole where the hub goes through is not nearly as large (it only just fits over a new style internal hub...won't come close to fitting over the jeep's external hub). Is the dodge wheel big enough to fit?

Measure once, cut twice...or is that the other way around?
 
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Hey, that's a good question & one I REALLY should have thought of. I got stuck with a set of Ford rims once that wouldn't clear my hubs. Still have 'em, as a matter of fact. Since the new Dodges don't have protruding hubs, that could be a real problem.

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Another tire to think about is...

The Buckshot Radial Mudders. I have a set of 315x85x15's on my 92 Ranger and love them. They have sizes upto 36's (the 315's, they do have a BIAS 37's) and all their recommended rims sizes are under 8"......
 
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Re: Another tire to think about is...

Buckshots & the narrower TSL radials (TSL radials - not SSR's, the old ones - come in two distinct tread designs, with the narrower ones being more aggressive) are the only radials that have enough meat to cut it in competition, BTW. The metric version of the "P78" is approximately a 33X10 & is available for 15" or 16" rims. I know nothing of what they'd do in the snow, but you wouldn't be disappointed in the mud.

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