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So I've landed the '12 JKU. My plans need to be kept very modest for quite some time, unlike the '09 which is now gone. Part of that plan is a BB or 2.5 coil setup, and some slightly bigger meats (my new Heep currently has the awesome steel wheel / factory 29s setup). This is now my DD and only vehicle.

I'm looking at the Maxxis Bighorns, BFG Muds, and Toyo Open Country in 255/85r16. For those quick with the math, that equates to about a 33.5x10 tire - pizza cutters. I used Cooper STs in that size on my old Xterra - stop laughing - and loved them.

Wide tires look mean and all but don't really increase performance except in sand and a couple other flotation situations I won't experience. The skinnies are lighter, cheaper, better for mileage, and work a lot better in the snow. I've also found them to be better off road in 90 percent of situations.

Anyone else running tall skinnies on the Jake? If not, any experiences with them on other vehicles?

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I am running them in the bfg mudder and love 'em. wish there were more options for that size. I have the 2.5 ish teraflex spring lift on my 2door. With the stock fender glares they look good with a flat fender might be alittle small.
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Best tall skinnies are Interco Q78 IMO.

BUT, tall skinnies don't look good on JKs, again, IMO.

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I ran the original BFG M/T's in 255/85R16 on my LJ and loved them except the load range E feature, which make them a little stiff, imo.

I think any tall, skinny tire looks good. Any tire with a ratio of about 3:1 height to width. That's why I run the tall, skinny 37x12.5's on my JKU rather than the short, fat 35x12.5's.

(EDIT: I wish they made 37x11's, those would look damn good!)

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I was looking around for a 35x10.5x17's, but the only one I could find were the Interco SSR's...and I doubt they're good on the street for very long.
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Probably wont see much of a difference in a 33.5-10 then the stock rubi tires. I always thought 12.5 was too wide for a 33" tire anyway. I ran 33-10.5 BFGs on an old toyota truck and had no problems with them even in sandy areas. Congrats on the 12'
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.........Anyone else running tall skinnies on the Jake? If not, any experiences with them on other vehicles?
I ran that size on my '93 grand cherokee back in the day. I like the tall skinny look. I'll be running the narrowest 37" tire I can find with the tread I like when I get the next set.

It sounds like you know the pro/cons for a tire's width so, go for what you like and use.

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i had 33x10.5 swampers on my xj. Got the "oh nice cookie cutters" all the time. but they worked real well in the mud and snow. i remb. one time all the rubicons were trying to get on top of this big ass hill and could not make it. i had a detroit in the rear but anyways i made it up like it was nothing. The combination of the swamper and the skinny tier worked really well off road but the swamper is just to hard on road and drove like crap.

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I just installed 255/80 R17 BFG KM2's on my Rubicon today... same size as 255/85 R16... except, of course on 17 inch wheels... look great... will post pics tomorrow... was dark when I got home...

I was pleasantly surprised how much taller they are than the stock BFG KM's.. I was expecting the worst case scenario, what with all the "BFG's run small" mumbo jumbo that goes on..

they do measure more than 33" tall unmounted... I haven't measured them mounted, or with the weight of the Jeep on them yet... One of my pet peeves is when people post tire measurements and don't even say wheather they're mounted, vehicle weight one them, tire pressure or anything..

Anyway.. so far they're great and look good... pics tomorrow

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I've run 33x10.50R15 BFG ATs and 33x10.50R15 Toyo Open Country MTs on our 04 TJ at different times. They did great in everything but snow deeper than about 15".

Fuel economy and braking were much better than 12.50" wide tires.

I think a 255/85R16 is a great idea on a daily driver, expedition type jeep that doesn't see much sand.

I might even run a set on my 1 ton dually when my current tires wear out.


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Ok, just went out and took some crappy cell phone pics in the garage...

also, measured from the ground to the top of the tire... right at 32.5".. that's with the weight on the Jeep with about 35 psi...

this is 255/80 R17 on stock wheels with no spacers... wife's JKU next to it has 35x12.50 R17 GY MTR/K's on stock wheels with 1.5" spidertrax spacers. Her's has Teraflex 2.5" coil lift with 3/4" spacers up front and RK coil wedges in back.

My rubi has stock 4-door springs (18's and 59's from wifey's JKU) plus 3/4" coil spacers all around... rear bumper is JCR Offroad... stock tire carrier... front bumper is modified stock stubby without plastic.. my Jeep sits perfectly level with heavy rear and light front bumpers
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Ok, just went out and took some crappy cell phone pics in the garage...

also, measured from the ground to the top of the tire... right at 32.5".. that's with the weight on the Jeep with about 35 psi...

this is 255/80 R17 on stock wheels with no spacers... wife's JKU next to it has 35x12.50 R17 GY MTR/K's on stock wheels with 1.5" spidertrax spacers. Her's has Teraflex 2.5" coil lift with 3/4" spacers up front and RK coil wedges in back.

My rubi has stock 4-door springs (18's and 59's from wifey's JKU) plus 3/4" coil spacers all around... rear bumper is JCR Offroad... stock tire carrier... front bumper is modified stock stubby without plastic.. my Jeep sits perfectly level with heavy rear and light front bumpers
I would love to see a clear profile picture when u get a chance
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Thin is in, I'd say, that looks great. When I am due for tires, I am going taller, but plan to stay thin. Thanks for the pictures.
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Ok, just went out and took some crappy cell phone pics in the garage...

also, measured from the ground to the top of the tire... right at 32.5".. that's with the weight on the Jeep with about 35 psi...

this is 255/80 R17 on stock wheels with no spacers... wife's JKU next to it has 35x12.50 R17 GY MTR/K's on stock wheels with 1.5" spidertrax spacers. Her's has Teraflex 2.5" coil lift with 3/4" spacers up front and RK coil wedges in back.

My rubi has stock 4-door springs (18's and 59's from wifey's JKU) plus 3/4" coil spacers all around... rear bumper is JCR Offroad... stock tire carrier... front bumper is modified stock stubby without plastic.. my Jeep sits perfectly level with heavy rear and light front bumpers
looks great...especially in the rescue green, 2 door. reminds me of an old CJ Army Jeep...just need flat fenders!

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I ran 255/85R-16 on my pickups for years. Great size for winter except real deep dense snow where a 12.50 will give some floatation.
Only drawback in that size is not too much choice of tire.
Unfortunately you can't get a 35" in 10.5.

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i always though you should get a little wider tire.... might just be my useless info...

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I was looking around for a 35x10.5x17's, but the only one I could find were the Interco SSR's...and I doubt they're good on the street for very long.
I ran SSR's on my XJ, you'd be surprised how well they ride on the street. And I was commuting 100+miles/day on em.

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Thanks for the feedback and pics. I'm looking forward to getting rid of these dinky little donuts. My Jeep looks like a big block of billet aluminum rolling around on roller skate wheels. That's gotta change.

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Depends on the application.
Sometimes you need to cut through to get good traction and get higher pounds per square inch on the contact patch. In other applications that can get you hung up.
Wider contact patch is better when you need flotation, wider grip area or just more physical rubber down to paddle through deep mud and snow.

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I ran 33x10.50 R15 BFG mud terrains (old tread) on my 96 ZJ and LOVED them!!!
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