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09 Jul 2020 10:34 - 09 Jul 2020 10:39 #224712 by Halsey
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Sorry but I cant find a specific answer to this question................

New to forums and brand new to this one - just bought my 5th Jim over the years first being an SJ413

I now own a low miles 2013 - tyres - I simply want biggest with NO mods or clearance issues at all - currently got 205/70/15 on standard steel rims - can I go bigger - would it be better - my prime aim is max (country road/pothole) comfort and min noise (yes I know its a Jimny) - wear and fuel consumption are not the prime issue.

Currently on Bridgestone Dueller HT (23psi front 28psi rear) which are actually pretty good - also looking at Grabbers and Coopers?

BTW other car is a Suzuki as well Vitara SZ5 1.6 AllGrip have owned Grand Vit 3drs and Swifts

Advice please.............

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09 Jul 2020 11:07 #224713 by gv42
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09 Jul 2020 12:13 #224715 by sniper
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215 75 15 will fit a standard car with no issue....

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09 Jul 2020 13:15 #224718 by Halsey
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Hi,
That is the size I wanted to try .........
I have read somewhere that the new style bumper/front gets in the way - please forgive the question but is your reply based on direct experience
Makes??
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09 Jul 2020 14:29 #224719 by sniper
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I fitted them to my 05' car with no problem. Fitting 30mm spacers makes them just catch, on full lock.

I haven't heard of later model cars having any problems, that size is a very popular mod on standard cars.

You can get in to trouble if you are considering chunky remould mud tyres, they are often a fair bit oversize.

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09 Jul 2020 18:03 #224725 by Busta
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A larger tyre will not necessarily improve comfort or reduce noise. You are better off choosing a quiet tyre in the standard size and adjusting the pressures to find the optimum comfort level.
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09 Jul 2020 18:28 #224726 by Dan
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I was running Cooper ATR on a previous 4x4.

After I had bought the first pair a little while later I needed another one and in the meantime they had outsourced production to China. The later tyre didn't feel the same quality.
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09 Jul 2020 18:48 #224731 by Lambert
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For comfort and quietness on countryside back roads I have to recommend the bfg urban terrain in 205.70r15. I run them all at 23 psi and honestly they stick like glue and return super high mileage.

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12 Jul 2020 06:27 #224854 by Halsey
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OK but won't a taller tyre have a more compliant side wall and therefore give a more comfy ride - I dont know I'm just asking....

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12 Jul 2020 06:57 #224857 by Lambert
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Taller tyres especially in a more off road pattern are specifically designed to be both tougher and also for generally larger and heavier vehicles. Consequently they are a much heavier construction with more side plies and and more reinforced tread belts as well as more rubber which makes them less compliant at road speed especially in a light vehicle like a Jimny. Also the additional unsprung mass of a set of bigger tyres affects a Jimny more than something bigger too, so the suspension is working harder to control the movement of the axle. Also also not only does the extra height affect your gearing but the additional weight also needs more energy to move, this also applies to stopping too.

I'm not saying don't, I'm just saying be aware there's nothing for free.

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12 Jul 2020 07:27 #224861 by Halsey
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Good reply - thanks for that

In summary then are "we" saying stay with 205/70/15 or that a move to 215/70/15 would be a step in the right direction - accepting that tyre pressures are more of a factor than I realised - I changed to 23psi all round yesterday and its made a big difference.

Can I ask for a bit more comment on which tyres people prefer - General, Bridgestone or Cooper as before price and economy isn't the factor here - comfort is ............

Thanks all.

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12 Jul 2020 07:44 #224863 by Lambert
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Generally any named brand tyre company will produce something acceptable. Asking for opinion on which is best is much like asking for opinion on who has the best bellybutton everyone is going to be bias toward their own. Probably more so with tyres that they have spent good money on. It's fair to say you get what you pay for with tyres and given that tyres are the only thing connecting the car with the road BF Goodrich are best :laugh:

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