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Whether you plan to drive on paved streets or go off-road, we can’t stress enough the importance of your wheels and tires. Their size and form will affect your Jeep’s performance in many ways. The condition of your tires is also crucial to maintaining the integrity of your rig. The terrain you plan to navigate also needs to be taken into consideration.
Depending on the model you drive, tires sizes can vary. However, generally speaking, when it comes to the standard factory size, the Wrangler come with 15"-17" tires.
A tire size example can be deciphered as follows: (e.g. 255/75R17)
Additionally, if tires are being referred to in inches, the measurement will read 33x12.50R15.
That being said, all models will accept upgraded or up-sized tires, thereby improving overall vehicle performance and capability. Changing the tire size can increase ground clearance, improve traction, impact fuel efficiency and overall vehicle health.
Much like the impact of tire size, the condition of your tire will impact its performance. Stock tires with minimal wear and tear will get anywhere from 50-60k miles. However, those numbers can change quickly if you do a significant amount of off-roading. On the other hand, if you’re mainly a freeway driver, your tires will last longer.
Investing in quality tires isn’t cheap, but in the long run, repair or replacement is far more expensive. You may need to replace your tires because of issues with alignment, suspension, tire balance, or chunking/chipping that comes with off-road use.
Jeeps generally come standard with all-terrain or mud-terrain tires. Whether you choose all terrain or mud terrain tires depends on how and where you’ll be driving.
Most serious off-road enthusiasts “air down,” or reduce the air pressure in their tires before they hit the trails. Doing this increases the amount of tire surface that touches the road improving traction. Just remember to air back up before you drive on pavement. Driving at highway speeds on low tires is bad for your tires and can be dangerous.
Knowing how and where you plan to use your tires as well as getting familiar with various tire sizes will narrow down your options. However, you can rest assured there’s a solution that’s right for you and your Jeep.
We have a great selection of tires at TireBuyer plus fast and free delivery to a local installer. Shop for tires now or if you need help selecting the right tire, give our tire and wheel experts a call at (866) 961-8668.