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Off Road Tires For Stock '59

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by twvancamp, Jan 17, 2024.

  1. Jan 17, 2024
    HellaSlow

    HellaSlow Member 2024 Sponsor

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    I love the way NDT/skinny tires look on old jeeps. It just looks “right”. I currently have tubeless road rated all-terrain tires on mine, but… Always kind of wanting to switch… even though I know they’re not ideal for safety.
     
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  2. Jan 17, 2024
    Keys5a

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    You don’t say what size rims you have (maybe I missed it?). Willys 16” rims can be 4-1/2”, 5” , or 6” wide (between the beads). If your rims are 4-1/2”, that might limit the size tire they will take. If your fortunate enough to have 6” wide rims, they will take the 7.50x16 tires.
    -Donny
     
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  3. Jan 18, 2024
    twvancamp

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    Thank you, is there any way to get the width measurement while tires are mounted?
     
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  4. Jan 18, 2024
    twvancamp

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    Is there a safety issue with the narrow tires? Or just less safe than a standard road tire?
     
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  5. Jan 18, 2024
    Howard Eisenhauer

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    None and no.
     
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  6. Jan 18, 2024
    PeteL

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    Maybe not the "skinny" so much as the pattern. My personal experience with NDTs is that they are poor on hard or slick surfaces - such as braking on a wet road.

    Off road, they need to be 'aired-down' to get the best out of them.
     
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  7. Jan 18, 2024
    oldtime

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    To measure rim width with tires mounted….

    Run a pair of 15” or 16” long straight edges across the rim from lip to lip.( inside annd outside )
    The exact length for straight edges depends on wheel diameter.
    Measure the distance at hub center between the straight edges. Subtract 1” from that measurement to compensate for the two rim lips.
     
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  8. Jan 18, 2024
    Glenn

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    X 2!
     
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  9. Jan 18, 2024
    jeepdaddy2000

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    Given what you're using the Jeep for, have you checked Craigslist or FB marketplace? I know the thinner tires are getting harder to find, but full sets of 16" takeoffs can be had for pennies on the dollar.
     
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  10. Jan 18, 2024
    twvancamp

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    Good suggestion! I'll take a look and see what's around.
     
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  11. Jan 18, 2024
    CJ51973

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    I have Forceum MTs on mine. They are LT235/75R15. I'd guess they would have 16". I have had them up to 65 mph without issue. Offroad, just putting around the back yard. That will change after the 4 speed = )
     
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  12. Jan 19, 2024
    twvancamp

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    jeepdaddy2000

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    I would steer clear of the tractor tires for one reason only. If you want/need to tow/drive the Jeep somewhere, they are useless onroad.
    My favorite pattern:
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    My CJ came with a set of big 'ole fat XT Commando's with this pattern. They really performed.
     
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  14. Jan 19, 2024
    twvancamp

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    Thank you! I don't anticipate needing to drive it on the road, but there is always a chance. I like the look of those--did they do alright out in the field?

    Similar to the Deestone D502-Traction 6.00-16 ?
     
  15. Jan 19, 2024
    jeepdaddy2000

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    I loved mine. Granted my CJ tires were probably ten inches wide but they performed well in the mud. They wore like iron as well.
    I ran a 66 scout in HS and had a set of skinny recaps in the same pattern.
    Both tire sets seemed to be able to clear the cleats without having to blow up the engines (the Scout was a 4).
    There is no flotation with skinny tires. They are a "chew down to the hard pan" setup, so usually, the more aggressive the better.
    Remember, my mud may not be your mud.....................
     
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  16. Jan 19, 2024
    twvancamp

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    Thank you! I don't go looking for mud and prefer to do chores when it's not going to tear up the land, so I'm probably overthinking it. Any of these will outstrip the road tires on there now.
     
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  17. Jan 20, 2024
    mikvar

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    Timely question and discussion! Need to get new tires for mine as well. Read a whole thread on tires and this discussion. I was heading the STA Super Traxion direction but these deestone and power king look good and a fraction of the price! I have 15x5.5 wheels and was going for the M/S more for looks as I’m not redoing for any serious off road.
     
  18. Jan 20, 2024
    jeepdaddy2000

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    Most of these are bias ply tires. They are loud, hard, and generally don't air down well.
    Not and issue for many, but..........................................
     
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    PeteL

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    A good traction tire may do less damage than a street tire spinning and sliding.
     
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