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Anyone with stock wheels on all terrain tires?

I'm debating on keeping the stock 2014 Laredo wheels and going with a beefier tire to look better. Anyone done this? Do the stock 17 inch wheels actually look nicer with more rugged tires??

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Re: Anyone with stock wheels on all terrain tires?

Opinions may vary but i think a better looking more aggressive tire makes any rims look better. I usually go for keeping the stock wheels and getting usually bigger tires with a tread pattern that matches what i want to accomplish as far as performance and get a size that fits on the factory wheels.....I off road quite a bit and to spend extra money on wheels that will get beat up is a waste of money for me....

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I'm debating on keeping the stock 2014 Laredo wheels and going with a beefier tire to look better. Anyone done this? Do the stock 17 inch wheels actually look nicer with more rugged tires??

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Re: Anyone with stock wheels on all terrain tires?

Yes, would be the answer to your question. I too have a Laredo and I installed the most common size most people go for with 20" wheels, 275/55R20. In your case I'm not exactly sure which size applies.

Be aware that tire width and height vary from each manufacturer even on the same size. Some are a little taller or wider. Something to consider if rubbing is a concern.

I installed Kumho AT51 tires and have no rubbing issues. Mind you I installed Bilstein 5100 adjustable struts up front to level the Jeep giving more clearance for the tires.

Take your time and read a little more on here. You will find answers to most of your questions.

Also, your speedometer will be out if sync. I used a Diablosport intune tuner to calibrate the speedo with the new tire size. Drives much better and the shift points are restored after the calibration.
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Re: Anyone with stock wheels on all terrain tires?

Most will go with upsized rims, but for 17" several have gone with Wrangler Rubicons with stock BFG Mud Terrain which might give you some idea of the look


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Re: Anyone with stock wheels on all terrain tires?

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Opinions may vary but i think a better looking more aggressive tire makes any rims look better. I usually go for keeping the stock wheels and getting usually bigger tires with a tread pattern that matches what i want to accomplish as far as performance and get a size that fits on the factory wheels.....I off road quite a bit and to spend extra money on wheels that will get beat up is a waste of money for me....
This - I couldn't agree more. I have done this on my cars & rigs going back over 16 years. Fortunately I have liked my OEM wheels, so I just mounted up-sized tires, A/T or M+S, and it has always worked well. Sometimes a tire shop refuses to mount the larger tires - they don't want the liability. Do your homework, make sure the tire will fit, and then go for it. Find another tire shop, if you encounter one that refuses to mount the tires you want.

Right now I have 275/55-20 A/T tires on the OEM rims. Several of us here do that. With the Quadra-Lift suspension you are limited to about 32" O.D.

Oh, and if you up-size your tires be sure to mount a spare whose O.D. matches.
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Re: Anyone with stock wheels on all terrain tires?

Stock size Nitto Terra Grappler look nice and perform well IMHO.
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Re: Anyone with stock wheels on all terrain tires?

I have a 2014 Laredo that came stock with the GY Forteras in 245/70r17. I upgraded back in February to Cooper Discoverer AT3s in 265/65r17. Same diameter tire but 20mm wider.

Overall I've been very pleased. They perform very well onroad and off, and fill out the wheel well better than stock. I've taken them a number of times up in the George Washington National Forest off-roading and they have done great. Much better than the OEM Forteras.

They are a bit louder and fuel economy has dropped a bit.


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Re: Anyone with stock wheels on all terrain tires?

Can you throw a full side view picture on here of your jeep with those Coopers?
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Re: Anyone with stock wheels on all terrain tires?

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I'm debating on keeping the stock 2014 Laredo wheels and going with a beefier tire to look better. Anyone done this? Do the stock 17 inch wheels actually look nicer with more rugged tires??

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Laredo X here with the 18" OEM wheels and Goodyear Wrangler A/T w/Kevlar in OEM size 265/60R18.

2 Minnesota winters so far and considering the little snow we have gotten they have performed really well. Work great in torrential downpours also!

I personally think the 18s look better than the 17s with an A/T tire, and the 20s just don't give you enough tire shoulder (just my humble opinion) unless you go with an oversize tire and then you run into fitment and speedo issues.

TireRack has some pretty good high resolution picks of the tread patterns for various tires.

The Michelin LTX AT2 would also look/perform pretty good.
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Re: Anyone with stock wheels on all terrain tires?

I have 20's and do wish I could have had a bit more tire for sure. I went larger than stock. I don't really mind having the speedo off.
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Re: Anyone with stock wheels on all terrain tires?

Here are my Cooper Discoverer AT3s in 265/65r17. Let me clarify my comment about filling out the wheel well better. I'm meant that from an angle or back/front. Obviously with the same diameter tire from a straight side shot the look is not going to be any different. I debated going to a 255/70r17 or a 265/70r17 for a bigger diameter tire and greater ground clearance, but in the end my OCD tendencies won out knowing the speedometer would be ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1472696328.951199.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1472696349.193863.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1472696361.309696.jpgImageUploadedByJeepGarage1472696372.196743.jpgoff. Maybe when the Jeep is a few years older on the next set of tires I won't care as much. Maybe it has to do with the digital speedometer and the exact reading of speed. I had a 1997 XJ with multiple sets of oversized BFG A/T KOs for 17 years (great Jeep that gave me very few problems as it aged) and the off speedometer never bothered me.


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