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post #1 of 3 Old 08-19-2014, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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IROK 35x14.5R17

Anyone running these? On stock Dana 44 Rubicon? If so how do you like them, specifically for rock crawling? And what kind of a wheel do you have them on?

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Well since nobody has replied, I'll give you my apples-and-oranges experience with Iroks.

One of my previous vehicles was a 1985 4Runner on which I ran a wide variety of tires from 33 to 37 inches. My absolute favorite of all the tires I ran was the 36x13.5R15 Irok Radial. Believe it or not, they were smooth and surprisingly quiet on the road. And off road those tires simply got it awn. Mud, rocks, snow, it didn't matter - these tires absolutely hooked up and shamed every other tire I ran.

They are soft rubber and the large voids between the treads mean they wear quickly. My 4Runner was a lot lighter than my JK, so I didn't expect to get much treadlife out of a set of them under the Jeep. Interco's tires have gotten quite a bit more expensive over the years, so that's another reason I haven't bought another set. It's also a crapshoot whether you'll get ones that are round or are egg-shaped. I got really lucky with my Iroks, but every other set of Swampers I've owned over the years (6 other sets if memory serves me correctly, including Swamper Radials, Swamper SSRs, and TrXus M/Ts) had at least one tire that caused significant vibrations at highway speed. I wasn't willing to tolerate that on my Jeep so I've abandoned that brand.

I think you will be very happy with the Irok's performance off-road, but I'd say you will probably wish for a better tire on-road. You can decide for yourself what weight you want to assign to the mileage you spend on various terrain.


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Well since nobody has replied, I'll give you my apples-and-oranges experience with Iroks.

One of my previous vehicles was a 1985 4Runner on which I ran a wide variety of tires from 33 to 37 inches. My absolute favorite of all the tires I ran was the 36x13.5R15 Irok Radial. Believe it or not, they were smooth and surprisingly quiet on the road. And off road those tires simply got it awn. Mud, rocks, snow, it didn't matter - these tires absolutely hooked up and shamed every other tire I ran.

They are soft rubber and the large voids between the treads mean they wear quickly. My 4Runner was a lot lighter than my JK, so I didn't expect to get much treadlife out of a set of them under the Jeep. Interco's tires have gotten quite a bit more expensive over the years, so that's another reason I haven't bought another set. It's also a crapshoot whether you'll get ones that are round or are egg-shaped. I got really lucky with my Iroks, but every other set of Swampers I've owned over the years (6 other sets if memory serves me correctly, including Swamper Radials, Swamper SSRs, and TrXus M/Ts) had at least one tire that caused significant vibrations at highway speed. I wasn't willing to tolerate that on my Jeep so I've abandoned that brand.

I think you will be very happy with the Irok's performance off-road, but I'd say you will probably wish for a better tire on-road. You can decide for yourself what weight you want to assign to the mileage you spend on various terrain.
Thanks for sharing your experience. If I get the IROKs I'll keep the current wheels and rims and use them for around town and non-rock crawling trips. But I have to do 500 to 800 miles each way just to get to good rock crawling spots (I live in the middle of Nebraska). Not sure I want to live with significant vibrations for 8 to 12 hours of Interstate driving each way.
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