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Need advise about which tires to get

I just got a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and I'm really excited to start modding it. I'm going to do the responsible thing and put money on the side specifically for this but in the meantime I'd like to start planning.

I'm pretty sure I want 17" Pacer 237b soft 8p black rims. They look aggressive and utilitarian while avoiding the flashy "bru" look.

I'm also pretty sure I'm going to get the Rocky Road outfitters 2.5" lift kit with the WK2 leveling kit and control arms. I would prefer spacers to give my jeep a wider stance for both looks and to help with the off road capability.

I'm just not really sure what to do as far as the tires go. I know some tires rub the wheel well covers. I would like toothy, aggressive tires that avoid the "bru" look like HMMWV tires and under $900, even $700 if possible. Maybe like MasterCraft Courser C/T or maybe even Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac.

Any suggestions, advise or concerns?

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Old 06-07-2016, 04:35 PM
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Re: Need advise about which tires to get

Tim, you can only use 17" wheels on JGC that doesn't have the heavy duty brakes. Be sure you ascertain what you have before you put out your money. You don't mention what trim level you have or if it has factory towing, etc. HD brakes require 18" or larger wheels for clearance of the calipers.
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Re: Need advise about which tires to get

I guess that information could help. It's the 2012 Laredo v6 4x4. No towing, tow hooks .etc.

Off the top of my head I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have heavy duty brakes since it doesn't have the tow package or anything I believe would need heavy duty brakes.

I do plan on doing limited off-roading with it. There's not a lot of places to go off-roading in central Texas
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Tim, you can only use 17" wheels on JGC that doesn't have the heavy duty brakes. Be sure you ascertain what you have before you put out your money. You don't mention what trim level you have or if it has factory towing, etc. HD brakes require 18" or larger wheels for clearance of the calipers.
Are you 100% positive? I have '11 Laredo X with towing package and 3.6 L engine. I don't think I have HD brakes - don't they only come with HEMI? However, I do have 18" stock wheels. 17" was base and 18" was a part of X package.
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Re: Need advise about which tires to get

I wasn't defining specific situations, just some examples; 'just mentioning that any with the HD brakes wouldn't be well suited to 17" wheels. OP likely will be just fine given his clarification of what trim level, etc., he has.

Factory 17" wheels are only on the basic Laredo as you state. Everything else is either r18" or 20" from the factory, depending on trim level and certain options. With no HD brakes, one could downsize the wheels for more sidewall if they preferred. There have been a few folks who have made certain 17" wheels work with HD brakes but it required a bit of, um...creative modification with a grinder...to get acceptable clearance.
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Re: Need advise about which tires to get

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I guess that information could help. It's the 2012 Laredo v6 4x4. No towing, tow hooks .etc.

Off the top of my head I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have heavy duty brakes since it doesn't have the tow package or anything I believe would need heavy duty brakes.

I do plan on doing limited off-roading with it. There's not a lot of places to go off-roading in central Texas
If you are not dong much off roading, why would you want a more aggressive tire that will possibly make the ride quality suffer??
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If you are not dong much off roading, why would you want a more aggressive tire that will possibly make the ride quality suffer??
Me not planning on doing much off-roading is only because there's not a lot of places in central Texas to off-road. It's almost all private, fenced off land. That being said I still want to off road, including traveling to the few off-road trails in Texas and/or taking the most absurd routes I can.

I also do want my Jeep to have an aggressive look. Then maybe driving on I35 people will hesitate to cut me off if I turn on my blinker to change lanes.

I did forget to mention I would prefer tires with a good off road and on pavement performance.
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Re: Need advise about which tires to get

Nitto Terra Grappler G2s. Pretty good A/T tires off road and better onroad tires than Duratracs or BFGs. The GC can be a pretty quiet and smooth riding highway car, and if offroading is very much the exception,might as well bias your AT tire choice in that direction....
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Nitto Terra Grappler G2s. Pretty good A/T tires off road and better onroad tires than Duratracs or BFGs. The GC can be a pretty quiet and smooth riding highway car, and if offroading is very much the exception,might as well bias your AT tire choice in that direction....
I'm also about to buy Nitto Terra Grapplers and I will spend a fair amount of time off road on farms and in the mountains. I just won't be in the mud if there's a way around it. The Terra Grapplers will be fine where I plan to go and as Whitie said they have good on road manners.
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Re: Need advise about which tires to get

i had p-rate nitto TG's on my f150, put larger nitto TG-2 LT-rated on, both are fantastic on and offroad (can't say for sloppy mud, but heavy snow going through the snoqualmie pass in WA just before they closed it = no problem w/o chains). Both are great in the desert, soft sand to rock

that said, for this jeep i'm also looking at the GY with kevlar in a non-LT ... I'd like to maintain as good of a highway ride as possible by avoiding LT, but with the sharp volcanic rocks and mesquite thorns (equivalent of nails) out here I want something more than a p-rated AT

still waiting on my ride to get here ... but stock OEM wheels are almost always stronger/better quality than any aftermarket wheels (unless paying a lot). So i'm going ahead with BORA spacers instead of new wheels. mine has 18" (for the HD brakes), so did 1" front / 1.25" rear spacers. That with 275/65-18 tires should give a nice stance and near as i've found won't rub. IIRC the 255/70-18 tire will match the diameter of the road tires, but is narrower to fit in the spare well (if you care about carrying a full size spare, pay attention to where you can carry it)
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Re: Need advise about which tires to get

Anyone have thoughts on the Cooper AT3 or ATP? Seems like a good choice for him (and me). In a similar situation.
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Anyone have thoughts on the Cooper AT3 or ATP? Seems like a good choice for him (and me). In a similar situation.
Cheaper and noisers than the TGs. Possibly better off road.
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