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Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

Looking to get a set of winter shoes for the new Overland.

I'm trying to pick up a set of the ORAII 18" wheels to use, but I was wondering if I could fit a 265/65R18 (probably DuraTracs) without any rubbing or potentially hitting the fenders when the vehicle is lowered to the entry/exit suspension setting.

Any advice or experience with the above setup would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

The forum suggests you can manage up to 32" without or with minimal rubbing.

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Re: Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

According to Google, a 265/60R18 is 30.5", a 265/65R18 is 31.6" and a 275/65R18 is 32.1".

Anybody have 265/65 or 275/65 DuraTracs on their 14-15 Jeeps?
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Re: Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

Is there a reason why you're buying an all season tire instead of a winter tire for your winter setup?
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Re: Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

It's a fair question.

I've had really good luck with the BFG All Terrain KO's on my previous ride (04 TRD Tacoma) getting me through the DC winters. I was always able to drive with supreme confidence and never had an issue with traction. I was even able to get around during the blizzard where we had 20-28" of snow around.

The prevailing thought seems to be the DuraTracs, with their slightly increased tread-depth, are just a little better in the snow than the BFGs. Friend has them on his 4Runner and swears by them.

Also? I prefer the look of a more aggressive off-road tire compared to the dedicated winter tires. I'm not overly concerned with true on-ice performance, as we traditionally don't see a lot of it. I want something that will get me through fresh, early morning snowfall before the plow trucks get out there but still can get me around, semi-quietly, when it isn't snowing. I figure I'll toss them on in December and put the 20's back on in March/April.

Plus, it gives me a set of tires that I can get a little more off road with when the opportunity presents itself. Not too keen on taking the factory 20's out with their small sidewall and slim tread-depth.

That being said, if somebody was to enlighten me on the benefits of dedicated winter tires, like the Michelin Latitude X-Ice (first one I came across on Tire Rack), I'd give it serious consideration. It just looks to me, on a purely visual inspection, that they don't have the tread to cope with the snow like an off road tire. In my defense, that could be sheer ignorance or mis-information on my part.
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Re: Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

In my opinion, you'd be wasting money on anything dedicated for winter use that isn't a winter designed tire. The Blizzaks I have actually have a deeper tread depth than the Forteras that the Jeep came with and there's no problem with their ability to clear snow. Which shouldn't really be the main concern anyway, I would think. The biggest reason to use the winter design is for how they drive on ice compared to other harder summer or all season compound tires and if you get snow in your area, that means there will be ice at some point. And from my experience, early in the morning is usually one of the worst times to hit ice patches.

Honestly it sounds like you're more concerned in upgrading the looks of the tire as opposed to their function, which I completely understand the temptation of. But the Blizzaks I have look great and I really like the look of the tread design, aside from how they function, which is also leaps and bounds ahead of anything else I've used year round.

Again, just my opinion. Quite a few people here claim that the Forteras have gotten them through every kind of weather, including ice, with little issues. My friend in Chicago who most likely has been through snowmageddon is one of those people too. So it's hugely subjective at the end of the day.

Best of luck with your choice!
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Re: Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

I am not pinetar's friend from Chicago.


...but I do agree with him.
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Re: Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

Please keep in mind that if you up-size the diameter of your winter tires, your spare will still be OEM size. With these 4x4 vehicles, it's not recommended to mix tire sizes so that needs to be a consideration.

Personally, if I were doing dedicated winter tires, they would be "dedicated winter tires" of the OEM diameter for that reason.
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Re: Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

Consider Nokian Rotiiva A/T as it has snowflake/mountain symbol though sizes are not stock. If not A/T consider what I am running which also have the symbol.
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Re: Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

Greetings,

AT tires always had 2 classifications in application. The serious aggressive that you need for off-roading and the on/off road AT for that is aggressive and has a comfortable ride on the highway.

Right now for the top 3 in the serious stuff, IMHO, you got the new BFG T/A KO2, the new Nitto Eco Grappler and the GY Duratrac. With the other classification look into the Nokian Rotiva AT , Cooper AT3 and even the Bridgestone Revo 2.

Not all the tires mentioned here come in standard sizes but you can check with the manufacture and other fellow members here for advise. The key factors for you in the winter would be the tread block siping for gripping power and the tread shoulder blocks for getting the thru the white stuff. Extra tread depth helps but I think that is not going to be a factor in the DC area.

Also, with the big boys, your mpg could be reduced by some factor.

Best for now.
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Re: Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

I put 265/70/18 ,31.5 inch as I recall, Cooper Discoverer's on my wife's Overland as we share it in the desert in the winter.
I got a set of 2014 Limited wheels on crage's list and some mopar same part number sensors on ebay for about $50.
Looks great, no rub - park drop no sweat.
Great in rain, haven't seen snow. Slight hum, but better feel to turns
I got the info from this site, a lot less money than the tires I was looking at.
People say their mileage drops, but that is just the computers calculation using understated distance.
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Re: Wheel/tire fit for 2015 Overland

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People say their mileage drops, but that is just the computers calculation using understated distance.
Greetings,

That is a factor as you stated. The DiabloSport computer has the ability to change the tire settings.

The real major problem with a drop in MPG is the factory computer is calibrated with the OEM tires that is available cross the line. Some of the aggressive AT tires, are known to have high rolling resistance, thus, the lower MPG even in off sizes. Lately, some of the aggressive AT tires have switched to a lower rolling resistance compound. With the non-standard sizes, with the lower rolling resistance many do not see the drop.

Best for now.
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