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I hate shopping for tires!!!!!

Time to replace the tires. Man it's frustrating. I don't understand why they charge so much more for the same size tire when comparing 17" rim to a 15" rim. You would think 15" would be more because there is more material. I know it's supply and demand but I can get Soft 8's with the tire mounted and balanced for the same price as just the tire for my stock 17" wheels. Makes no sense.

Anyone have any suggestions on places to get inexpensive tires. I'm thinking K2's or Wrangler MT/R's


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IMO-Go with the Goodyears and get a Goodyear card and you get a year to pay them off with no interest. Takes the pain out of buying. My 2cents.

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That's not a bad idea.
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I feel your pain. I ended up buying some nice aluminum rims for about 60 each and just got all new 35x12.5 15s and it was still cheaper than just buying the tires for 17s. I've never understood it either, but it is what it is.

For what's it's worth, unless your going larger than 35s, the 15s do fine and do not make it handle any differently.
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take a look at 18" prices. Something I didn't think to consider when I took the Sahara home. had I known, I would have had the dealer swap for Rubi wheels

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I've been relatively happy going thru Discount Tire for some years now. They normally don't have anything in stock that I have wanted (35"+), but they can get you what you want. They are close by to wherever I have lived, have locations all over if an issue arises when away from home, offer a road-hazard warranty- well worth the extra $$$, and they are pretty cheap/ competitive. jmo

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take a look at 18" prices. Something I didn't think to consider when I took the Sahara home. had I known, I would have had the dealer swap for Rubi wheels
I made the same mistake when I got my Sahara then I found a guy an hour away from me that was selling brand new rubi wheels and tires for $400 so now I have ran those for a year and a half! It has worked out good until now when I am starting to have to search for tires again......

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There are often used tires on here with little miles on them. I bought a set of 5 cooper stt, 37s, for $800. 4 of them have about 4k miles, and the spare is brand new.

Depending on what you use your jeep for, I would get bias if its not a DD rig.

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I just got a line on used set of 285/70r17 Terra Graplers for $600 mounted and balanced with only 1400 miles on them. Hopefully they are still there. I'd still rather go with a 15" wheel, but at that price I'm not going to complain.
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Lowest price for KM2s is usually Costco. You have to special order them. They will mount and balance to your wheels for carry-out. For liability reasons, they will not install them on your rig.

Lowest price for MTRs w/Kevlar, discounttiredirect.com. There is currently an $80 rebate on 4.

Tires for 17" wheels are usually load range E tires (10 ply) that are heavier and designed for lifted 1 ton crew cab trucks with huge towing capacities. Some are load range D tires (8 ply), but they are still very heavy and designed for heavy trucks. This is part of the reason for the higher expense.

If you want a tire in a 17" wheel, the 35x12.50R17 Goodyear MTR was designed to run on lighter vehicles like JKs. They come in a load range C and are $288 each shipped on discounttiredirect.com, plus the $80 rebate on 4.

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...+MT%2FR+Kevlar

If you want to run a 15" wheel and not have to worry about clearance or grinding the front calipers (which is no big deal), you can simply order a wheel with 3.75" backspacing.

The 35x12.50R15 MTR w/Kevlar is $216 shipped, plus the $80 rebate on 4:

http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...sw=false&cs=35

You may be able to find a local tire dealer that will price match discounttiredirect.com, plus charge $10-$15 per tire for mount and balance, plus add a charge if you want road hazard warranty coverage.

As mentioned above, you may be able to get a great deal on 35s from someone upgrading to 37s. I sold my 35" Toyos for a great deal to a friend when I upgraded to 37s.


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I just bought some Cooper STT 37's for 17's. $284 each, They were the cheapest 37's in town. I was suprised at how quiet they are.
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I just bought some Cooper STT 37's for 17's. $284 each, They were the cheapest 37's in town. I was suprised at how quiet they are.
Where did you buy them from?

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Lowest price for KM2s is usually Costco. You have to special order them. They will mount and balance to your wheels for carry-out. For liability reasons, they will not install them on your rig.
Thanks Planman, I have a Costco right next to my shop and never would have thought to price out my KM2's with them.

I don't need tires right now but will check them out when I do.
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I got 4, 35x12.50r16 Nitto Mud Grapplers on e bay $1060.00 and free ship..from a tire place..
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