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i searched around a little bit but didnt find what i was looking for. i'm debating whether lifting my jeep and adding larger diameter tires is all that necessary for my needs. does anyone have pics of their commander sitting at stock height with stock size MT tires? or aggressive treaded ATs like the duratracs? being that i live in the desert and it's all fairly flat here, i haven't had a need for additional clearance yet (i dont rock crawl my beloved XK). i know it looks great lifted with larger tires, just not sure if that look is worth the additional gas mileage or wear and tear on suspension components. maybe it'll look just a slick at the stock height with more aggressive rubber?
 

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Not exactly what you were looking for but in my stock photo those are Goodyear WRANGLER (opposed to fortera) SilentArmors, the all-terrain before duratracs came out. No difference in appearance until looking really close up. With only 150 dollars you can have the other look!! Just kidding but close. If u are already in the market for tires get the 2" spacer because handling, gas mileage, mechanical wear and tear does not change much at all and you have the look you really want.
 

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If u are already in the market for tires get the 2" spacer because handling, gas mileage, mechanical wear and tear does not change much at all and you have the look you really want.
i don't understand this part, can you elaborate? i'm looking at getting the Cragar Soft 8s with 4.5" backspacing (like redbulljoker69's XK) rather than spidertrax spacers. but the lower MPGs and wear and tear on the suspension i was referring more to having oversized tires. there actually seems to be alot of downfalls to oversized tires:

- lower MPGs
- no room for a matching spare underneath (roof & rear mounts wont work for me)
- more $$ for the lift
- more $$ for speedo calibration (dealer or superchips)

BIG pluses for oversized tires is that they provide more clearance and look great! too bad they didnt come from the factory with more rubber because the stock size looks a bit wimpy really. this is my dilemma. my biggest concern really is drastically lower MPGs. my previous vehicle i got carried away with and ended up with 38" kumhos on 24" monsters with an 11" lift. needless to say my MPGs went from mediocre to horrible. just dont want to make the same costly mistakes with this one lol
 

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Nice looking ride!!

Not exactly what you were looking for but in my stock photo those are Goodyear WRANGLER (opposed to fortera) SilentArmors, the all-terrain before duratracs came out. No difference in appearance until looking really close up. With only 150 dollars you can have the other look!! Just kidding but close. If u are already in the market for tires get the 2" spacer because handling, gas mileage, mechanical wear and tear does not change much at all and you have the look you really want.
 

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My point being it does not look any different at stock height with more aggressive rubber like you asked. What I was also trying to say is that the most expensive part of my mods were my 4 tires. If you are buying tires then throwing a $150 lift on cost wise is not very much. Nothing really has been reported as far as wear and tear being more with the lift. The only change is in MPG which I personally think is impacted more by your tread pattern rather then tire size because we are only talking about going up maybe an inch or 2. Everyone on here it seems reports around 14 with thousands of different setups. Some get quite a few more and some get a couple less.

Evil1, Thanks, I appreciate it, I try to post pics wherever I can.
 

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ok thanks. i guess im trying to decide whether going up in tire size is worth it or not. i've seen pics of a49erfan's jeep lifted 2" with stock tires and it looked good to me. and like you said it's only an inch or two, so not sure it's worth it for me i guess. a wider stance is a definite (aftermarket wheels, i'm not a fan of spacers), and the more i look at them the more i'm making a 2" lift a must-have as well. some gy wranglers, falken rocky mountains, or gy duratracs are also a definite, just undecided about the larger diameter. judging from your two photos, the lift and the aggressive tread pattern is what makes the look, not so much the size of the tire. i guess that fills my curiosity about diameter differences though. btw, the pic in your signature = badass!!! that looks so fun!!
 

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2 inch lifts are extremely cheap. If your already buying tires, throw the lift on as well. Also, if you dont want the huge over sized tires and bad mpg, just get a 245/70R17. Its a little taller then the stock tire size and really wont make that big of a difference on mpg or the speedo.
 

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Just ordered the GY W silent armors in 245/75/17 I am pumped to see the difference but now got the itch for a little lift!!!!!
 

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It is definitely the lift and the tires that make the look. I have a ton more pics on my profile page. My wheels are also 4.5 backspacing to widen the stance just like you are talking about doing.

I get compliments all the time and my Jeep is 5 years old with almost 100,000 miles. The GY Wranglers were great off road but as you can tell by the first pic they didnt change the look at all and nobody noticed them.
 

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I think adding the back space is just as important of a mod for the look. I always look at mine like something is missing and its getting those tires pushed out to complete the look. Really if you take any one of the three mods out (lift,tires,spacers/wheels) you might not get the look you were expecting.
 
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