I don't understand why it's a problem to run 35"+ tire on a 16" rim?
Its not a problem running the tire, the problem is finding the tire.
Ever see a 37x12.50R16 GoodYear MTR w/Kevlar?
How about a BFG KM2 in the same size?
Toyo MT? Nitto Mud grappler? The list goes on and on... These tires are at the top of the list because they work off road and on road. They handle both of these jobs very well and seem to have little or no compromise in owning them. You just can't get them in a 16" wheel.
These are the 37ish sized tires that I
know of. There may be more, maybe my google-fu is weak
, I donno... If anyone knows of other choices please chime in and let us know. I'll break them into three groups:
Everyday Driver MT tires
325/80R16 Cooper Stt (325/80R16 = about a 36.5x13.50 I think)
325/80R16 Micky Thompson Baja Claw
325/80R16 Pro Comp X Terrain
Tires that I don't think are worth mentioning but will anyway
325/80R16 Dick Cepek F-C II
325/80R16 Pro Comp Xtreme All Terrain
37x12.50R16 Interco SSM-16
Interco tires in 37x12.50 that are going to be great off road but will they last on road?
I like the Interco's. The're going to be awesome off road, but can they cut it as an everyday driver tire? The SSR and TRUXUS maybe, but I doubt the IROK will last a long time on the street. Anyone running IROK radials want to chime in on this?
Hmmmmm.... after making this list it seems that there are more choices than I thought, but either way, the choices available in a 17" wheel far exceed those available in a 16' wheel.
All that said the new PitBull Tires Mad Dog radial in 38.5x13.50R16 looks pretty interesting!
I'm waiting on PBach's review before I make any decisions though.