Willys Stock Tire Size Question

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Does anyone know or venture to guess why Jeep chose to use Firestone size LT255/75R17 over Firestone LT285/70R17 since they both fit the stock Willys wheels?

The Firestone LT285/70R17 does not appear to be available in OWL or Load C so maybe that's the reason???

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285/70/17 is available in load range C in other tires, just not the Firestone MT2s. BFG, Falken, Nitto, Toyo and probably others have them.
 
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285/70/17 is available in load range C in other tires, just not the Firestone MT2s. BFG, Falken, Nitto, Toyo and probably others have them.
Sorry I should have specifically asked why they bypassed Firestone branded 285/70/17 in my OP. I am aware that there are other brands this size available in load C.

I will edit my OP
 
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Probably the easiest explanation is to keep the Rubicon more exclusive. Having that distinct appearance of larger tires on the Rubicon is important to them.
Makes sense
 
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I know this is hard to believe...but not everyone wants a lift and big tires. :) The willy's is a sweet spot between not a basic sport and not a rubicon.
Haha...I'm actually one of those people! However, the 285/70/17 size looks like it could be "just right" for me.

I also like the way the OWLs go with my Bright White Willys.
 

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Maybe they wanted to use the 75 series to stay true to the Willys heritage with more of a tall skinny tire.
 

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meh...the 255/75R17's just looked too small on the Willys to me.

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The 285/75R17 look much better, IMHO.

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Love your ride!!!! That color just begs to be looked at. An you tell me if there have been any negatives about going with this tire size? I’m most concerned about running or steering issues. Thanks in advanced
 

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meh...the 255/75R17's just looked too small on the Willys to me.

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The 285/75R17 look much better, IMHO.

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Is your Jeep lifted? I like the look of the bigger tires but don't want to lift my Jeep. (I also won't be replacing my tires until the stock tires are worn out) Also what black lug nuts are you using, I'm looking for lug nuts to put on my Willys.

Thank You!
 

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Love your ride!!!! That color just begs to be looked at. An you tell me if there have been any negatives about going with this tire size? I’m most concerned about running or steering issues. Thanks in advanced
Thank you. I'm a fan of that particular color having had a 4th Generation Ram pickup with the same hue.

As far as any negatives with the tire performance I have experienced none. In fact, the tires are superior to the Firestone Destination M/T units supplied with the vehicle by Jeep. They are quieter, handle better in dry and wet conditions, the vehicle has a softer ride (I did air down the M/Ts but to no avail) and I get much better off-road traction with them.

The only downsides are 1) the spare tire rubs slightly on the stock rear plastic bumper. This was not a real concern for me as I had planned on replacing that with a steel bumper and adjustable spare tire carrier, and, 2) I have a small speedometer error to deal with, ranging from an increase over stock of 1 mph @ 20 mph, 2 mph @ 40 mph & 3 mph @ 60 mph.
 

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Is your Jeep lifted? I like the look of the bigger tires but don't want to lift my Jeep. (I also won't be replacing my tires until the stock tires are worn out) Also what black lug nuts are you using, I'm looking for lug nuts to put on my Willys.

Thank You!
The Willys was at stock height when those pics were taken. I have since lifted it for more travel for off-roading.

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The black lug nuts are actually locking wheel nuts from Gorilla. I went with a full set which includes 4 sets of 5 lugs for each wheel on the ground plus 3 more for the spare & the wheel key. The part number for those is 96644BDX.
 

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285/75 17 Toyo Open Country AT. Ride and handling is much better than the Firestone M/T.

meh...the 255/75R17's just looked too small on the Willys to me.

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The 285/75R17 look much better, IMHO.
 

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The Willys was at stock height when those pics were taken. I have since lifted it for more travel for off-roading.

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The black lug nuts are actually locking wheel nuts from Gorilla. I went with a full set which includes 4 sets of 5 lugs for each wheel on the ground plus 3 more for the spare & the wheel key. The part number for those is 96644BDX.
Thank you very much! Jeep looks great
 
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