So... it looks like I may be getting some new tires sooner than I thought. I put a 2.5" lift on my JKUR to offset the weight of a Warn VR8000 and a mount. It added about 140lb lbs total and the front sagged half an inch. Anyway, I left the factory 32's on it and just put some wheel spacers so I could keep the factory wheels.
I let my daughter use the Wrangler the other day and I asked her how she liked it. She responded with "Its fun to drive, but it looks like somebody skipped Leg Day." Well, my son and wife both laughed. They said that they didn't want to say anything, but they were all thinking it. Now that they got the thought in my head, I look at it and feel like the 32's look a bit small too.
That brings me to my dilemma. I want to keep my factory Rubicon wheels, so I have been looking at 35x12.5-17 tires... figuring that is the largest I can go. I found several brands I would be willing to buy, but I started noticing a huge difference in tread patterns among the MT's... even in the same brand. I am not sure what the best way to go is based on the wheeling I plan on doing. All my other 4x4's have had AT's. I have never shopped for MT's for rock crawling and I am hoping you guys may have some experience and knowledge to share to help make the right choice.
Like I said... keeping the factory wheels, going to a 35x12.5, I realize I'll have some bulging sidewall. I am not to worried about that. Especially since I hear 8" wide wheels help keep the 12.5 wide tire bead seated at low pressures. What I am worried about is a pattern that would be best for rock crawling. I am not really into mud, but I love the look of aggressive mudder tires.
Using the Nitto's as an example, the Trail Grappler MT's, they are not as aggressive as the Mud Grappler MT's. I prefer a style like the Mud Grappler over the Trail Grappler, but when it come to rocks... not mud... will they both perform the same? Are there any recommendations on patterns for rock or do the more aggressive mud tires do just as well on rocks?
I know its a long post... sorry. I would love to hear back from someone who has tried a few different patterns. However, I appreciate any feedback.