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33x10.5's Vs 33x12.50's Help Me Choose

Discussion in 'Early CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by Norcal69, Sep 2, 2019.

  1. Sep 4, 2019
    nickmil

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    Depends on use. For my use the 12.50’s work extremely well and have since 1987. But I’m on the West coast and conditions here may be markedly different from other parts of the country.
    I originally ran 8” wheels but later went to 10” wide and have been happier. Flatter tread footprint, better handling, better traction. Just have to be more mindful about airing down.
    Just my experience and opinion for my use. That and $5 may get you a cup of coffee. (I don’t drink coffee so guessing on that cost).
     
  2. Sep 4, 2019
    supertrooper

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    I have 33x12.5 tires on 8" wide wheels and i have no complaints on how they perform on the street or offroad.
     
  3. Sep 4, 2019
    FinoCJ

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    FWIW....tom was running 10.5" wide tires (31s)....seemed to work just fine. Scott was running 12.5" wide 33s...seemed to work just fine. If you have the clearance for the 12.5s and its off road only use I'd probably go that route. I can't fit the 12.5s on mine as is and its that much more weight and effort to stop and turn on my more manual components...and I use them for DDing on the highway and snowback. As chuck said, a little less float here in Colo is helpful. But for the Rubicon, probably wider is just a bit better.
     
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  4. Sep 5, 2019
    Norcal69

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    I feel like we could take the tires off of Tom's rims and he could still show us how to get it done....... :schooled:
    Steve was also on 33x10.5's and did quite well in 2wd. I never felt like I had any grip issues with the lockers front and rear, mostly ground clearance hanging me up.
     
  5. Sep 5, 2019
    Norcal69

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    The 33x12.5's dried up. I went to buy a really nice set of Km2's in 33x10.5 and the guy changed the deal on me when I got there..... :censored:
    A buddy of mine pointed me toward a set of 33x10.5's BFG Ko's. Old tread pattern, late 2014 vintage, but the tires literally are brand new rubber nubs intact. Bought and stored in a garage for a jeep project that never came to be. Even come mounted on some aluminum 5x5.5 wheels.
    Price is so right...... I could probably buy, dismount from jeep pattern rims and sell the tires for a profit. We will see what time I got out of work today......
     
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  6. Sep 5, 2019
    colojeepguy

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    Buy buy buy! :)
    1 clear advantage to the 12.50's is that every one under the sun makes tires in that size...there's pretty limited selection of 10.50's.
     
  7. Sep 5, 2019
    ITLKSEZ

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    Because they work. :whistle: :)
     
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  8. Sep 5, 2019
    Boyink

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    I have 12.50's on the TJ. I'd prefer 10.50s to tuck under the wheelwells better but I couldn't find them when I needed them. I haven't wheeled it much to know how they perform.
     
  9. Sep 5, 2019
    Norcal69

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    :poke: I think it would have been more fun if I titled this thread...... Black wheels/white wheels/aluminum wheels/ with 10.5 or 12.5 wide tires..... :poke:

    I do appreciate everyone's input. :D
     
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  10. Sep 5, 2019
    colojeepguy

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    Black wheels! :n:
    :lol:
     
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  11. Sep 6, 2019
    Rozcoking23

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    yes.... With the YJ springs the rear end moves back just enough when it flexes and the wide tires won't stuff
     
  12. Sep 6, 2019
    Chris Insull

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    33x12.5’s on 10” rims for me since 1991... BFG and Goodyear, both MT and AT, exclusively. No issues ever wheeling in Wa, Ca, Va, NC and Fl (mtns, rocks, beach, limited mud) except for the aforementioned rear tires hitting at full stuff. I have considered going to an 8” wide wheel on my next go ‘round... just because! However, I like to stick to what has worked... for me.
     
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  13. Sep 6, 2019
    Tom_Hartz

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    Sounds just like me and my Jeep.
     
  14. Sep 6, 2019
    70cj5134f

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    I vote, narrow one and light one.
     
  15. Sep 6, 2019
    '74Renegade

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    Here's another set of 33x10.50 KM2s, not exactly your neighborhood, but nevertheless.

    BFG’s 33x10.50x15
     
  16. Sep 6, 2019
    jzeber

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    That's seems like a great deal.
     
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    Norcal69

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    I picked up the set of brand new KO’s in 33x10.5 mounted on some aluminum 5x5.5 rims. Cost me $300 including the gas to get them. Seller wanted them out of his way..... pics after the weekend
     
  18. Sep 9, 2019
    Norcal69

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    Here is what I picked up late last weekend. The wheels say superior industries, Made in USA. 15x8. If the offset isn't to my liking I may throw the tires on my 7" steel wheels and sell these. The metal valve stems will have to get replaced with rubber, but they are a ready to run set.

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  19. Sep 9, 2019
    FinoCJ

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    Superior Industries ....from Van Nuys, CA....the mag slots on my cj5 are Superior Industries - don't think they are in business anymore?
     
  20. Sep 9, 2019
    jzeber

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    Very nice and a great score!
     

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