Originally Posted by MOFSTEEL
Correction ...you're looking for the cheapest option of the best tire.
Going with 275/55 or a 285/50 would give you more sidewall and added rim protection. Wheel widths have a recommended range of tire widths and not just one size. Have you taken a look at the tires people are mounting on OEM and aftermarket JK wheels? I actually run a 285/50 Blizzak in the winter and I highly doubt anyone with the OEM size or smaller would navigate any measurable amount better. I prefer the added sidewall and looks of the wider/taller tire. Sorry downsizing just doesn't make sense on a WK2.
Yes, I am fully aware of the up sizes available. It was stated in my post that you quoted. I'm not sure what your hang up is going one size narrower but taller. It is the tire that's actually recommended to fit best on an 8" wide rim. And because you are going taller, is it really down sizing? Especially when you compare tread widths as well. Most of the 255 sizes match the tread width or have more than the stock tires. Just not as much bulge. Nothing to do with cheapest tire either. More of what looks and fits best. I'm glad you like the 285, but it looks silly. Looks like you couldn't afford to get the right width rim. The 275/55 looks better, but would be ideal in a 9" wide with a different ET on the rim. A little more poke. I have no plans to lift or level which would allow the 275/55 to look right. No plans on going off-road either. Just want to wheel wells to fill a little more without it looking like I'm a frequent shopper at JC Whitney. And since I'm not trying to make of for inadequacies elsewhere, I'm ok with "downsizing". And just so you know, it's been proving that a narrower tire works better in snow. So yes someone with a 255 will navigate better than a 285. Especially one that is squished on a narrow rim. If you still don't get why myself and others would consider doing this, maybe it's time to move on and let us be