So yes, I am finally getting around to lifting my unlimited rubicon, hell i've only had it 2.5 years! i've kept putting it off because frankly it has gone everywhere i have asked it to go with little if any problems. But i am going with northridge's OME LT kit, even though i would rather not buy from someone who supports the other forum (even though i am a long time member there as well). regardless, my question is about the weight of tires.
Clearly it would seem that fuel mileage would be affected by 2 things, the additional weight and the increase size. so I am looking into trying to find the lightest weight tire possible in the size i want (285/70/17, though i'd really love something a bit closer to a 33.5 equivalent). i was doing the internet/Google thing the past few days and if i remember correctly from my notes downstairs, which i am too lazy to go down and get, that the weight of stock Rubicon M/T tires are somewhere around 48lbs a tire.
and it appears that just going up to a 285/70/17 KM2 or MT/R (with or without Kevlar) is somewhere in the neighborhood of 58-61 lbs per tire; quite a bit of additional weight, especially because it is rotating weight; which has an exponential effect. I've looked at quite few tires trying to get the weights on them before "trying" to come to a decision. Not to mention, I've heard people are getting around 35k on the KM2's!
Now yes, I wouldn't be lifting and modding my JK if i really cared about my fuel economy, but I am curious what people on here think about this topic.
So if you have constructive comments, I'd love to hear them