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I just bought my first Jeep yesterday. Its a 2014 Wrangler Unlimited, Anvil in color. I just ordered a Teraflex leveling kit and a set of Rugged Ridge 17x9 wheels. I'm trying to figure out what size tire will work best. I've searched about 3 different forums, read dozens of threads and I'm more confused than when I started. One guy says one thing then someone else turns around and contradicts it. I think a 285/70/17 might be my best bet. The jeeps primary duty will be on pavement. It will see occasional off road use but nothing extreme. We have all 4 seasons here. I realize mpg will drop slightly but i'm not trying to kill it completely. I appreciate any advice or recommendations.
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I run the Cooper Discoverer AT3 P285/70/17 on my 2 door.

I have no experience in the snow, but wet, dry, and mud they are exceptional.

They come in a LT version, but I don't need the extra load rating or the extra weight of the LT tire.

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The tread pattern has a decent deep block design and has ample siping (the small slits in the tread) which gives it the wet grip which also is supposed to translate to snow/ice grip.

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I didn't lose any MPG. Very quiet, smooth riding, and a great looking tire too.

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what lift are you running? thank you
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what lift are you running? thank you
I have the 18/59 springs off a JK 4 door and a 3/4" coil spacer in the front = frt 2"-rear 1.5 " lift. I also have 1.5" SpiderTrax wheel spacers.

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I run the Cooper Discoverer AT3 P285/70/17 on my 2 door.

I have no experience in the snow, but wet, dry, and mud they are exceptional.

They come in a LT version, but I don't need the extra load rating or the extra weight of the LT tire.

Attachment 142306


The tread pattern has a decent deep block design and has ample siping (the small slits in the tread) which gives it the wet grip which also is supposed to translate to snow/ice grip.

Attachment 142314

I didn't lose any MPG. Very quiet, smooth riding, and a great looking tire too.
What tires were you running before you went to these?

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What tires were you running before you went to these?

Just a little more MPG background.

I started with a new "11 JK Sport. 255/70/17 GY SRA tires

I averaged 15.5 MPG around town, 20 MPG @ 70mph highway (per dash readout)

Lifted it 2" with the springs. MPG unchanged in town, dropped to 19 highway.

New tires 285/70/17 and Flashcal to reprogram speedo = MPG unchanged in town, back up to 20 MPG highway.

Highway driving is with top up and all windows closed.

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I run the Cooper Discoverer AT3 P285/70/17 on my 2 door.

I have no experience in the snow, but wet, dry, and mud they are exceptional.

They come in a LT version, but I don't need the extra load rating or the extra weight of the LT tire.

Attachment 142306


The tread pattern has a decent deep block design and has ample siping (the small slits in the tread) which gives it the wet grip which also is supposed to translate to snow/ice grip.

Attachment 142314

I didn't lose any MPG. Very quiet, smooth riding, and a great looking tire too.
That tire in any real mud or clay will do nothing. It would clog within 2 seconds and require ridululous wheelspeed to clear out. Is it a good wet/dry street tire sure and it might do decent in sand except it is a bit narrow for flotation purposes but in mud or clay it would be a 1 out of 10.
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[QUOTE=kaptkrappy;2528578]I run the Cooper Discoverer AT3 P285/70/17 on my 2 door.

I have no experience in the snow, but wet, dry, and mud they are exceptional.




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That tire in any real mud or clay will do nothing. It would clog within 2 seconds and require ridululous wheelspeed to clear out. Is it a good wet/dry street tire sure and it might do decent in sand except it is a bit narrow for flotation purposes but in mud or clay it would be a 1 out of 10.
I may have overstated their mud capabilities a little.

They are an adequate AT tire for the occasional muddy puddles I encounter.

I am not charging into the muck like some of my buddies around here do.

It's my DD and I rarely get off the pavement. The mall parking lot security guys in their golf carts hate that.


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I have the 18/59 springs off a JK 4 door and a 3/4" coil spacer in the front = frt 2"-rear 1.5 " lift. I also have 1.5" SpiderTrax wheel spacers.

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Excellent, my wife's 07 2 door has the stock 17" rims and we are thinking a mild 2" spring spacer kit to run a slightly larger tire. Would 265 70 17 be ok with out the wheel spacers?
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Excellent, my wife's 07 2 door has the stock 17" rims and we are thinking a mild 2" spring spacer kit to run a slightly larger tire. Would 265 70 17 be ok with out the wheel spacers?
You are probably going to have to install them and see.

Tire sizes, even though they have the same numbers on them, vary a little from one manufacturer to the next.

265/70/17 should be a little wider than the OE tires, but the same height.

I think it should be OK.


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Excellent, my wife's 07 2 door has the stock 17" rims and we are thinking a mild 2" spring spacer kit to run a slightly larger tire. Would 265 70 17 be ok with out the wheel spacers?
With 285's the sidewall of the tire barely rubs the sway bar at full turn. It is understood to be the max width without wheel spacers so you will be fine with either.

I've been running 285/75R17 for over a year now with no issues. I was planning on running the 285/70R17 but the tire shop got the 75's in instead. They are right at 34" and I have to bolt the spare on then close the gate because it is that tight against the plastic bumper.

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