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Hey all-
I'm just starting in on making some mods to my 06 X and wondering about what WIDTH, as well as size(diameter) people out there are running. Most of the tire's I've been looking at are about 10.5 inches wide, but i'd like to see a little tire sticking out from the fender. I'll be doing a min-moderate amount of off-roading, but while still drive the X day to day as well as on my cross country trips. Also what about tire width and rubbing? Any feedback is greatly appricaited!
Thanks! -MB
 

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It seems like most people on here are running the 285/75/16, and to do that they have to do the heat gun mod to the front inner fenders.

A few folks are running a taller, more narrow 255/85/16.

I don't think you can go much wider than the 285 without a serious lift.
 

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Having the 255/85s myself, the heat gun mod was nice to do on these even with them being a bit more narrow. Not only do you look at the width as the choice here, but the 255/85s with BFG are only the MTs, while the 285/75s come in AT. Matter of preference...
 

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What about width though - 10.5, 11.5, 12.5 in width. What fits/most common folks are running. I think I'm going to install the Calamini 2.5-3" suspension lift before my final tire decision.
 

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A lift really isn't going to clear much more than stock. You can already fit 285/75R16's with no lift (33x11.5).
 

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muzikman said:
A lift really isn't going to clear much more than stock. You can already fit 285/75R16's with no lift (33x11.5).
What suspension setup are you running on your X?
 

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Currently my suspension is all stock. I think i'm going to install the 2.5 Calamini - spacers on front, shackles in rear. I'd like to replace stock shocks, stearing stabalizer .....eventually. Any suggestions on brand?
 

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You cannot go wider than 11.5 without a serious lift.
As Eric recommended, 255/85/16 is an easy fit. It's a 33" tire but more narrow. Forgive me for not knowing exactly how wide it is. I should. As far as recommendations in make/model, I'd also suggest the BFG Mud Terrains.

For recommendations in shocks, the Bilsteins that come on the OR model are great. Other shocks that others here have used would be Old Man Emu shocks, Rancho 9000 adjustable shocks, and Pro Comp MX6 adjustable shocks. When you get more serious, ask someone for part numbers.

Also, I think you'd have to weld on tabs to use an aftermarket steering stabilizer.
 

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255s are about 10.1 inches. As you shop for tires, look at the manufacturers' spec sheets on their websites. They will convert "265" (millimeters) to 10.4, etc, so you can compare sizes easily. The first number in metric sizes is always tread width in mm. The second is "aspect ratio," which means you multiply the second number with a decimal in front of it by the first (do it in inches, eg., 10.1x.85), and since aspect ratio is just the height of the sidewall from the top of the rim, you double the sum (to add the bottom half), add the third number (wheel diameter) and voila, you get tire height. Not as complicated as it sounds, and there are many helpful sites that go through all this stuff. (255mm=10.1 in. So: 10.1 x .85 x 2 + 16 = 33.1)

Many websites will also give you tire weights, although BFG does not. But tire rack does give weights for BFGs. I've been doing a lot of tire shopping and reading lately, and it gets pretty interesting, what with load ratings, high flotation sizes, and the like. Like others, I like 285 75 16s, especially with a lift.
 

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With no lift:
285/75/16 = very minor rubbing on full turn
255/85/16 = no rubbing under any conditions
 

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syndicate said:
With no lift:
285/75/16 = very minor rubbing on full turn
255/85/16 = no rubbing under any conditions
So you don't need to do the heat mod w/ "tall and skinnies"? I am leaning toward the AC coils, so I shouldn't have a problem w/ rubbing w/o the heat mod lifted or unlifted? Sure wish they came in an AT, for no other reason than the noise. I haven't ridden in your truck, so I really can't truthfully say they are noisy, but when my son went from AT to MT (same tire otherwise), the Jeep got real loud, especially on the highway.

Edit: After re-reading the post, I realized you weren't saying that you don't rub w/o heat mod. My bad.
 

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The BFG MT's are not very loud. The Jeep by nature is a loud beast (especially if it's a soft top).

Now, aired down, the MT's get loud. :)
 

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hey, for those of you looking at a decent AT in 255/85R16...take a look at Cooper S/T tires....very similar to BFG AT

 

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the cooper ST is an excellent tire!
I swear by cooper tires! I prefer the STT, but the ST a good tire as well.

That being said, I am probably going with the BFG's when I upgrade. I can get them at walmart and get the road hazzard.
if I'm traveling and have a flat or whatever, I can usually find a walmart nearby to get a replacement or patch.
 

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So what your saying is you can fit 33x11.50 tires with the stock suspension?
32x11.50 or 33x12.50 are 15 inch tires. I don't know of any 15 inch wheels that fit the X. 285/75/16 is about the same size, but in a 16 inch.
 

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woopig_sooie said:
the cooper ST is an excellent tire!
I swear by cooper tires! I prefer the STT, but the ST a good tire as well.

That being said, I am probably going with the BFG's when I upgrade. I can get them at walmart and get the road hazzard.
if I'm traveling and have a flat or whatever, I can usually find a walmart nearby to get a replacement or patch.
i came really close to buying Coopers...ended up with BFG because they had them in stock....

but they don't make BFG AT in 255/85, while the ST comes in that size
 

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d-rap said:
33x12.5 does come in a 16 in many tires. The BFG MT comes in 33x12.5x16, for example.
I worked at a tire shop for 4 years in college and I never heard of that size. But I'll take your word for it.

#EDIT# I went and looked at the BFG web site and I saw a 33x12.5 in a 16.5, but not a 16..... Where did you find the 16?
 
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