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Bantam tire sizes

Discussion in 'Jeep Trailer Tech' started by MOP, Sep 8, 2005.

  1. Sep 8, 2005
    MOP

    MOP Active Member

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    Well, my wheels are off at the sandblaster/ powder coater for the next week, so I am now thinking about tire size. I noticed Boyink used 215/75/15's on his trailer and was wondering what others have used. It had 235/75/15's when I got it, but they were pretty old and are already gone. I could see evidence of rubbing on the trailer and want something narrower. My CJ5 has a fresh 2.5" lift and 32's on it, but I also want the trailer to be compatible with other vehicles.

    The wheels are 15 x 5.5.

    Ideas?
     
  2. Sep 9, 2005
    jpflat2a

    jpflat2a what's that noise?

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    I run the same wheels/tires as I do on my Jeep
    the spare on the Jeep fits both Jeep and Bantam
    I run 15x7, 31/10.50/15 Cooper Mud Terrains
    minor rubbing depending on terrain

    do you plan on carrying an extra spare for the trailer ?
    otherwise, I'd try and match 'em all IMO
     
  3. Sep 9, 2005
    MOP

    MOP Active Member

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    Yeah..i've got a spare tire mount on the trailer and spare wheel/tire already. It is also a 235/75/15 and I planned on leaving it as is.....and not buying another for now. My JEEP has 235/85/16 TrXus MT's, and I am afraid they would make the trailer unusably high. Plus I would have to locate 16" JEEP wheels. I am running the stock tow-bar, and the trailer already nosed forward pretty good with the 235/75/15's on it. I am getting convinced that Boyink's size may be just about right for me. Or maybe 225/75/15's
     
  4. Sep 9, 2005
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    FWIW I do get a bit of rubbing when carrying heavy loads. Just scuffs the paint a bit.
     
  5. Sep 9, 2005
    MOP

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    you think 205/75/15's would be better?
     
  6. Sep 9, 2005
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dunno...how much skinnier is that?

    Oh...you know I just remembered... :rofl: ...

    I took a die grinder and rounded off the lugs on the inside of the tires to help alleviate some of the rubbing...man that stunk for awhile...
     
  7. Sep 9, 2005
    MOP

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    Basically 1/2" skinnier. should be ~27 x 8 (205/75/15) vs. 27.5 x 8.5 (215/75/15).
     
  8. Sep 9, 2005
    w3srl

    w3srl Semi-retired in Florida Staff Member

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    Take your tape measure on a field trip to Sams Club / Costco and see what they've got on the shelf....

    I don't think I'd worry too much about whether the tires were an exact match, especially since you're planning on carrying a spare for the Jeep AND a spare for the trailer.
     
  9. Sep 9, 2005
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    1/2" skinnier..so 1/4" less rubber on the inside....probably not going to make that much difference after my die grinder job. Could depend on the tread style though...the MT's have big lugs.
     
  10. Sep 9, 2005
    MOP

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    I was thinking about the MT's too. I'll prolly stay with an AT that will have less shoulder than your MT's. I don't really want to buy new tires then spend a few hours sniffing burning rubber.
     

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