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just curious if any of you guys have your "road" tires and also a set of "trail only tires."

im currently on 35'' duratracs and they are great A/Ts, but they have let me down on the rocks. ive always planned on having a set of dedicated trail tires on beadlocks... just curious if anyone else does and what they use.
 

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Yup. I run 33's daily, A/T's on light aluminum runs, and 35" M/T's for working trips on steel wheels.

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I did for one season and decided it was too much of a pita to keep swapping them as often as I wheeled. I could see doing it if I only wheeled once in a while and had plenty of storage room.
 

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Yup. I run 33's daily, A/T's on light aluminum runs, and 35" M/T's for working trips on steel wheels.

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I just had to poke fun a little. But your off road wheels dont have any rock rash and are still balanced even.

I dont run seprate on my JK but I have an 85 toyota I built into a rock crawler and I have 2 sets for it. It runs around on 37" boggers normaly and for the trails around my local area and I have another set of swampers on beadlocks for when I can get out of my area and actually do some rock crawling.

Just my .02 but anything over a 35" tire should not be balanced. Its a waste of time and needs so much weight to balance it out and about every trip out wheeling it needs rebalanced.
 

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Seems like extra cost and fussiness to have to deal with. Most MTs nowadays have pretty good road manners. Unless you want to run competition sticky tires or something.

Also if you're swapping tire sizes then you also need to constantly reprogram the computer. Not a big deal, just one more step.

I like to have things organized such that I can go wheeling at the drop of a dime. I have all my trail gear in action packers and if it's trail time, I throw the packs in the jeep and be off. If I had to change out tires and spares, it would add that much more time in the process, which adds up when I'm getting home from work, change/pack, and then hitting the road.

Also I have tire ADD, if i had a dedicated trail tire, they would obviously last longer. I want my tires to last but I also look forward to the day of trying the next tire. Not sure how the cost stacks up against two sets to maintain and balance.

The only time I would actually do this is if I lived in snow country. MTs are not the best for snow driving, and proper snow tires are a soft compound that wear fast. In that case I'd have winter snow tires vs summer tires.
 

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Oh also gearing and tire size should be matched.

I'm on 5.38s with 37s and it's great. I went a month long ago with 5.38s and a small 35 and it was too steep of gearing and would not want to drive that everyday.
 

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Oh also gearing and tire size should be matched.

I'm on 5.38s with 37s and it's great. I went a month long ago with 5.38s and a small 35 and it was too steep of gearing and would not want to drive that everyday.
very valid point.


i wanted to do some nitto mud grapplers for dedicated offroad tires but the nitto trail grapplers seem like a really great mix between an A/T and M/T. im still kicking around what i want to do... i wont be able to get new tires and wheels till next year anyways.
 

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That pic is when I first got the 35s, so no rock rash yet. But honestly, with 35s on 15s, my rims are still in great shape and my weights are still on!

I have 4.10 gears, so it's fine with both sets of rims, especially with my 4:1 transfer case.

And I have a programmer tool to get the Speedo exacto no problemo. I even keep the settings written down to make that part effortless.

Finally, I'm in a suit for work so the 33s are just that much more conservative... And lighter which helps useability and MPG.

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I just swapped back to my street tires. It really didn't take long, maybe 20...30 minutes including cleanup. But while I was at it, I decided to weigh each setup.

33x10.5"x15" on 8" wide aluminum pro comp 1069 weighs.... 60 lbs. (Tires are well worn BTW).

35x12.5x15" on 8" wide steel rims weighs... 92lbs!!!!

32lbs per corner or 160lbs is a LOT of unsprung weight!



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