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Jeep Wrangler Tires and Wheels

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  • The Jeep has 220,000 miles on it.
    All around town or being towed by class A RV.
    Recently I have a strong odor of HOT gear oil when
    driving on the parkway at 60-65mph after a 40 mile drive.
    The Jeep is performing excellent as normal - just a very strong odor of hot gear oil.
    The odor is at the end of the trip - not the beginning or during the trip.
    Any idea on what to service ?
  • Docker ... in my experience a gear smell from a jeep driven that consistently would be differential gear oil. I'd check the front and/or back differential seals first. Seals are fairly inexpensive to have replaced. Good luck!
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Any idea on what to service ?

    Inspect the differentials, transmission, and transfer case for signs of leaks, and check to see that the breather hoses haven't come off the top of the diff housings.

    Whether you find leaks or not, check the fluid levels of all the above.
  • Im looking to buy a set of tires for my 95' Wrangler YJ which has stock rims. The Tires are 30X9.5X15, my 2 questions are, will these tires fit without a lift and will the tires fit on my stock rims.

    also i get a loud clunk from time to time when i begin moving in 1st gear, and very rarely when i start moving in reverse. I thought this might be transmission but i'm not sure, any ideas?
  • I had a '92 YJ. Stock wheels, either steel or alloy are 15x7, If I remember correctly.
    The 30x9.5-15 will fit on stock wheel. I like the look of the General Grabber AT2, reasonable price for all-terrain tire. They might be next on my TJ. May get some minor rub when steering turned to full lock. If still on stock springs, check for spring fatigue which will lower ride height and reduce tire clearance in wheelwell. When looking at leaf pack from side, the pack should have an upward curve between the spring eyes. If pack is flat or has downward curve, it's time for new spring packs. They are cheap, and easy to change, can be done at home with common tools and jack& stands. A stock or nearly stock type suspension is reliable and still quite capable off-road. As for clunk, I would start by checking u-joints in drive shafts, primarily the rear. A short driveshaft combined with steep angle is rough on the u-joints. Good luck, Merry Christmas.
  • I was wondering what tire pressure to run my BFG 31/10.50/15 tires at on my 06 Sport. Since these are bigger than the stock tires I know not to look on the door jam sticker and the max of 50 printed on the tire is way to high. I would like to put a chalk line on them and see how they sit but I have snow on the ground. What tire pressure would you folks use with normal highway driving?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    I was wondering what tire pressure to run my BFG 31/10.50/15 tires at on my 06 Sport. Since these are bigger than the stock tires I know not to look on the door jam sticker and the max of 50 printed on the tire is way to high.

    I run mine (same size BFG AT KO) at 27psi all round. Factory recommended pressure for 30x9.5x15 is 29psi.
    I recently fitted a new set after approximately 60K on the old ones with perfect tire wear (rotation every 3K).
    The 50psi on the tire wall is maximum pressure at maximum load and not any kind of practical recommendation.
  • Whats the biggest tire i can fit on my 09 rubicon without a liftkit? Also with little to no rubbing? I would like to put a 33'' or 285/70/17 Mud Terrain tire on but it seems like a 2'' lift is required. I dont want to lift the jeep because the warranty will be voided so what are my options?
  • patsaharapatsahara Posts: 1
    Erickpl,

    I've read several of your posts and you seem very knowledgeable on wheels on Wranglers. I have a stock 2001 Sahara with stock Canyon wheels (15x8's). I want to upgrade to an 18x8 with about a 31 or 32 inch tire. The tires that I have looked at (Yokohoma Geolanders) have a height of 32 inches and overall (sidewall to sidewall) width of about 11 inches. I plan to put a 2.5 or 3 inch Rough Country lift kit under it. I don't offroad, but I love the look of a mildy raised Wrangler with taller than stock tires. I don't like for my tires to stick out beyond the flares very much. Currently my tires run pretty even with my fender flares. I can deal with them protruding about an inch beyond the flares. I've been told that the offset of my stock Canyon wheel is 25mm negative and the backspacing is 5.5 inches. What backspacing and offset do you think would accomplish the look I'm after?

    Pat
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Pat, 18" wheels and tires that work on a lifted Jeep will likely be quite pricey. I know the JK has 18" wheels available, but their wheel openings are a bit different and their lug pattern is different.

    My 15x8's run a 12.5" wide tire. My canyons ARE backspaced 5.5" but I have a 1.25" wheel spacer on each corner to make the effective backspacing 4.25"

    Here are the spacers:

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    With this setup, I have NO problems turning on the street. You could run a 33x12.5x18 tire similar to what I have on my OME lift setup and stick out a bit past the fender. Wheel size (15 vs 18) would only make the sidewall a bit smaller on the 18's.

    Here's how much my 33x12.5x15" MT's stick out with the Canyons/spacers.

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    You'll find that if you go with a lower backspacing number, your wheels will stick our further than you want. However, if you go with a higher backspacing number, you're more likely to rub when turning, even on the street. You COULD do a 32x10" tire if they're available on 18" wheels, but it is an odd size setup as far as I know. You will also need to check vehicle code in your state to see if tires can stick out at all. Alabama doesn't care as long as you pay for the plate. States like Pennsylvania are a bit more strict about those kinds of things, even with aftermarket flares installed.

    -Paul
  • tired_old_davetired_old_dave Posts: 709
    edited August 2010
    Always said I would never buy a Mich or Good tire, never had a good experience from a factory installed tire or the one car tire purchased.

    Decided with warranty on top of warranty, that for now (only 21k miles), the lifting and modding will have to wait. The tread lightly rebate is in the mail. Yesterday, more than 200 miles ago, discount roadforce balanced Lt 265 70 17 C Duratrac's. They got a lot more used lead than the new lead they gave me. Factory km's still had usable tread but the urge to start thinking of falI rains and winter during this dry heatwave overcame me. Was impressed with the road force results. They are only 4ply. We can hear inside the rubicon, almost comes to a good second to better_half's h3 on her 6 ply toyo at's.

    Last weekend better_half was using her set of blue_rubi keys and was chomping at the bit today.
    Whoa said I.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    Judging by the color, that looks like a little bit of Georgia or Alabama on your tires! :)

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    Yup just a bit. :) Alabama to be exact.

    -Paul
  • I just bought this wrangler and really want to get rid of my 16" tires. any recommendations of what tire size with out having to put a lift on it? any recommendations of websites that sells them?
    i want to be able to take it out 4wheeling
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 800
    Go to Tire Rack. They will tell you what will fit and be able to proper size and fit wheels and tires.
  • tt5051tt5051 Posts: 1
    edited December 2010
    I just bought a 97 wrangler with 4" lift running 15" MT rims wwith My Baja Claw tires. I'd like to go to a 31 or another 33 but I need a better street tire that isn't so loud. Can anyone suggest a great tire ?
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    If you want mud terrain tires, they're just going to be noisy. I've heard the new BFG MTs and the new tread design are quieter, but it's still going to be noisier than an AT.

    For me, an AT isn't an option - they don't work in the mud in the southeast.

    If you do want an AT, The BFG AT is a good choice, as is the Bridgestone (or Firestone?) Destination AT.

    -Paul
  • According to Petersen's 4 Wheel and Off Road Magazine, the BEST tire for snow is the chain tread design such as the BF Goodrich All Terrain KO. I have run these on my old Jeep CJ-5, Cherokee, Toyota Tacoma, and Suburban with great success. I have also run some of the cheaper, knock off brands that have done just as well in the snow, but the knock offs didn't handle as well on dry pavement ( I feel that the rubber was a little stiffer).

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  • I hava a 2001 wrangler sport. I was going to buy a set of BF Goodrich LT255/75 R17 tires. I know they are 17" rims and the 2001 are 15" rims. Can I get 17" rims to fit on my 2001 wrangler so I can use the tires?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    You certainly can, but why not fit the same diameter BF Goodrich LT255/75 R15 tires to your existing rims?
  • was getting such a good deal on the R17 tires that it would still be cheaper to buy new rims then new tires. If I do put 17" rims on, is there anything like having to change the gear ratio or a lift kit?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    If I do put 17" rims on, is there anything like having to change the gear ratio or a lift kit?

    No, because the only difference between the two tire sizes wolud be the hole in the middle that rim goes in; the outside diameter of the tire remains the same.
  • I spoke to someone that said I would need to put 2" spacers and add 5x5 to 5x4.5 adapters to compensate for the larger tires and rims. This still might be cheaper or about the same price as getting new tires. Any ideas?
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Something doesn't sound right with the rims you're intending to get, especially if you can get the 17" tires and rims for a better price than just replacing your 15" tires.

    Which rims are you looking at, and are they new?
  • capriracercapriracer Somewhere in the USPosts: 800
    Internet concensus (I know. That's an oxymoron!) is that adaptors are bad news. they are the source of many problems and should be avoided.
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    Couldn't agree more. One should always get the right size to start with, not adapt the PCD and offset with adaptors and spacers.
  • I have a 2005 jeep wrangler X, I have 33x10.5x15 tires on my stock rims. To make this work I installed a 2 inch suspension lift (springs and shocks) and a 1.25 inch body lift. I also placed a washer behind the steering stops to keep from rubbing.
  • erickplerickpl Posts: 2,735
    I have Wrangler factory wheels AND spacers on mine, but that is only to fit the 33x12.5" tires. :)

    Same effect as wheels with the same effective backspacing. Only a pain in the butt when it comes to working on the brakes - twice as many lugs.

    Having said that, if I had the chance to replace my wheels with alloy wheels of the same backspacing (or even a bit less), I'd jump on it in a heartbeat. :)

    But problematic? No, not unless you don't install them properly or maintain them when you do rotations.

    -Paul
  • mac24mac24 Posts: 3,910
    As I recall, you are using high quality spacers with OEM rims and no adaptation of the number or location of the lug nuts.

    If spacers must be used then that is probably the ideal application.
  • Death Wobble, that seems about right. I've had my 03 wrangler since the beginning with only 5 miles. I now have 97,165 and the death wobble has been happening now for a few weeks. I assumed it was the tires. got em balanced, rotated, inflated, and basically any "ated" thing I could and for a bit, PERFECT!
    But oh the wobbles... back in full force. Its not EVERY time, but it's definitely every OTHER time. Usually with an acceleration or decelerations, 40-50 get me shaking like an alkie in detox! and i have to let up a bit, then wait for the shakes to go away. I can usually GRADUALLY speed back up. Same thing when i'm slowing down. If i start the process and try to make it all happen faster than it wants to, it starts shaking.
    So, i guess it looks like some fixin is need here.

    Also, i do have a question "can i install an AC system in it?" I live in Austin and well, i think that explains it. Would be a nice little treat to have an ac.

    ~G
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