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2003 Wrangler Tire buying dilemma.

2003 Wrangler Sport 4.0 Auto-Transmission- Not lifted -

Purchased my jeep from dealer with 30x9.5R15 all-terrain white-letter tires, alloy wheels (Goodyear Wrangler GSA).

I have 72,000 miles and have already replaced all 5 tires once. I do not like the performance on wet roads.

I do about 70% / 30% on road & off road. Off road consists of mostly MidWest fields with mud. (I hunt a lot in Illinois).

I tow a 23' aluminum duck boat to Mississippi River during the fall.

I have about a $475.00 budget for four tires. (I could go a little higher if there was value in doing it).(I will make due with the better of the old tires for a spare right now).

Question 1). What tire do you suggest?
Question 2). How much tire can the alloy wheels hold? (Like width, Height?
Question 3). Will the vibration disappear with new tires & realignment?
Question 4). How can I tell if I have a Dana rear axle?
Question 5). If I buy an early 1980's like my first Jeep, as a project Jeep, will my wife leave me?

Thanks !

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  • motorrad_usa Nov 19, 2008

    Mikey 108,



    #1). I'l continue looking for a beefier looking AT tire for my TJ.

    #2. Because of funds shortage, I'll have to stick with the 15" alloy wheels but want more aggressive looking tires.

    #3). Yeah, I just replaced the sway bar arms and installed new shocks all around.

    #4). Will look in the morning, it's cold & dark outside now.

    And Your answer to #5 question made me laugh. (But it sounds good so I'll try it).



    Thank you! PS my 1st. post so I am pschyched to get your fast response! And here I thought Jeepers only just waved to one another. Cool.

  • motorrad_usa Nov 20, 2008

    Mikey108,



    I did go to Firestone for new rubber today. Decided to have alignment & new tires installed. The "toe" was corrected right-front enough to stop the steering vibration. Fixed it and no more vibration.



    As for the tires, decided to go with original size 30/9.50R15LT as they were fairly priced. (Firestone Destination A/T).



    Between the new tires and the new Monroe shocks installed 2 weeks ago, and I replaced the 2 Sway Bar Links, It is like driving whole new Jeep again.



    Put the White Walls to the inside and these Firestones look really good on my Jeep!



    It looks like I have Danas installed so will talk with dealer I purchased from to give spec. sheet for the Jeep as delivered to me.



    Thanks 4 UR Help.

    Motorrad_USA



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1) If you want performance in the rain, you need an all season tire.
2) I had 31x10.5 on my Jeep.
3) The vibration could be a bad steering damper.
4) Dana rears are almost ablong shaped on the cover. The other is perfect round shape cover.
5) Tell your wife the Jeep is for her.

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