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They are either recommended or NOT recommended, there is no in between.
That's funny considering that when I was looking at tires there was a published wheel width and then an "acceptable range." I consider that to provide more than just "recommended or not recommended."
 

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That's funny considering that when I was looking at tires there was a published wheel width and then an "acceptable range." I consider that to provide more than just "recommended or not recommended."
There's a "measuring rim width" and approved rim width, which are min and max widths.
The tire's real (not nominal) measurements are given as mounted on the measuring rim width.

In other words, "recommended" would be within the approved rim width. Anything outside of that and strange things can (and often do) happen.

For those that must stray outside of the approved rim width on a street driven vehicle, by all means go with a wider wheel (within reason, of course).
 

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And to add I do pull a 18 ft trailer with a jeep. It shows 17k and some change total combined gross vehicle weight on cat scales. Pull it about once a month. Have pulled it twice since last tire balance for a combine 1000 miles. Plus has to use 4wd this weekend with the trailer and jeep in tow up a steep gravel road leading into where we went wheeling. So front tire got power in 4 lo. Could explain them being spun.
 

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Plus has to use 4wd this weekend with the trailer and jeep in tow up a steep gravel road leading into where we went wheeling. So front tire got power in 4 lo. Could explain them being spun.
I seriously doubt that you got enough traction on a steep gravel uphill to make that happen.
Was the tire turned in the correct direction on the wheel to support that?
 

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Plus has to use 4wd this weekend with the trailer and jeep in tow up a steep gravel road leading into where we went wheeling. So front tire got power in 4 lo. Could explain them being spun.
I seriously doubt that you got enough traction on a steep gravel uphill to make that happen.
Was the tire turned in the correct direction on the wheel to support that?
No they are turned in the opposite directions. The rim has turned farther than the wheel turned in the rear and less on the the front. Just wanted to add all the info I could. Rear tire is the passenger side and front tire is the passenger side.

So i guess the front slipped under hard braking had to do a panic stop with the trailer yesterday.

The only time I have used 4wd lo is on gravel or loose surfaces. I have the 2wd lo kit and use it to park my trailer.
 
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