I Will be acquiring new meats for the 4 door '11 I have currently running 35" x 12.50 x 16 Cooper STTs and I've built my rig under the impression that I could move up to the same STT in a 325/80r16 that Cooper just confirmed for me that they no longer produce.
I am going larger than a 315 or 35" w/in next few months as I not only drive 20 miles per day to work in her , but I wheel the rig hard (about 3 times per month so i've encountered many situations where the need for a bit more clearance is justified.
I am torn between what little (we all know
)is available for over 35" size MTs for 16" x 8.5-10" x 4.50" BS wheels ; it doesn't help that I like
the 16" size + the level 8's STR 5s I have only weigh 21lbs each ...I am kinda"weight OCD" re: my JK ....
With all this being said I find that there's :
37x13.00x16LT MT TTC Radials [37"]
There's a BFG KM2 in a 345/75r16 [ 36.48"] ( my main choice at this time
Interco has the ND IROK radial in 36.xx" ( I don't like how skinny these seem to look
and lastly ,the one that is least street friendly ( but that I really would like to run
), Maxxis' Creepy Crawler in a 37x12.50.16 [36.6"]
I take trips of about 500 miles round trip to Georgia from Nashville several times per year ( also driving to wherever I am wheeling each weekend and this seems likely to accelerate the wear on the Maxxis' soft rubber compound ...maybe I am incorrect
I have much sharp granite /limestone and roots where I wheel [ Adventure Off Road Park, Wooly's , Beasley Knob , Turkey Bay, Windrock
] & the stout "E" rated Coopers have save my sidewall countless
my greatest concern w/ the (stupid expensive
) BFGs is that compared w/ the STTs I currently have,, they'll have a weaker sidewall & it doesnt appear that they have an rim protector/rim guard at the bead ( i typically air-down to between 8-14PSI then DD at between 28.5psi to 31psi depending on conditions/distance/speed and the Coopers really handle the variances well
To make the decision even tougher, if I did go BFG in a larger size,
I would actually LOSE 6lbs per tire/wheel combo ( STTs are 84lbs and the larger BFGs would be 77lbs )! That is 30 lbs if you consider the spare....no small amount in a piggy JKU.
Am I missing any other 16 inch MT options that are avail in over 35" in size?
If any of you can provide some feedback on this sized (345/75r16
) KM2 & it's strength, how the Maxxis would wear from experience, or if the Mickey T's are gonna be worn and a waste of money since they are directional (I 5 tire rotate every 2500miles
) , I would really appreciate some help 'cause tires sure as heck aint cheap.
[you can see I am cleared for a few more inches of rubber on my girl ....sux they stopped makin that bigger STT for 16" wheels!]