H3 Hummer 35″ Tires

Ever since H3 Hummer obsession took hold of me, I have seen many people visit my site searching what’s the biggest tires a H3 Hummer can fit and whether or not it is possible to put 35 inch tires on a H3 Hummer. The answer is surprisingly, “Yes, thirty five inch tires will fit on a H3 Hummer that is completely factory.” Even the factory tire mount on the tailgate will fit a 35″ tire just fine. There are however few things to know when mounting tires that big on the H3, but over all it is completely worth it.

The biggest tire that will fit without any modification to the vehicle is 315/75r16 which is 34.6 inches tall and about 11 inches wide. Even though the tires are only 34.6 inches at the tallest, they are considered 35’s in the off-road world. The tire I decided to go with is the General Grabber 315/75r16 because I wanted a tire that was aggressive, but had relatively no impact on tire noise, gas mileage, and high speed handling when compared to the factory tires. To my surprise, when I finally came face to face with the tires I found them to be more aggressive than I had expected. However, while they are more aggressive than I was expecting, I have had my expectations for the tires exceeded. The road noise isn’t an issue, gas mileage seems to be right on, and while they handle differently it is only because of the extra grip these tires have. Even though the tire size has changed, the speedometer is still for the most part right where it should be. Typically, H3 Hummers with 35 inch tires speedometers are only 2-3% slower than the actual speed of the vehicle.

The Factory tires that H3 Hummer comes equipped with are lighter load range than most typical off-road tires and this has some positive effects and negatives ones too. Higher load range tires can handle more physical weight then a lower load range tire can and as a result  they weigh more, and effect the gas mileage negatively. Typically city driving is where you will see the difference in gas mileage, where as highway mileage should go nearly unnoticed. How much this effects the gas mileage is entirely up to the driver, varying widely from driver to driver, and resulting in no easy way to calculate the change. Since these tires can handle more weight, the tire it self doesn’t absorb as much vibrations and can cause the Hummer to ride rougher than normal. Luckily with my tires at 35 PSI, I haven’t been able to tell for certain if the ride is rougher or just the same.

On the positive side of things, a higher load range tire is great for what it was intend to do in our case, driving off-road. The first thing everyone should do before some serious off-road driving is air the tires down. How much is debatable, but I typically choose 12 to 14 PSI. The reason for airing down is to increase the amount of traction the tire has and make the trails easier on the driver and more importantly the vehicle. The higher load range helps hold the bead of the tire on the rim  at these lower pressures when off-road. If the bead were to slip it can cause the tire to become unbalanced, or typically what most worry about is letting out all the tire pressure. Once the trail ends or the decision to return to civilization is made, typically you have drive a while before you find a pump to return tire pressure back to normal. Forcing to driver to drive the nearest gas station to return the tire to a safe PSI. Driving on low tire pressure is less of concern with higher load range tire because of the extra strength that the tire have. Of course the biggest, and only reason to ever consider putting a bigger tire is to increase the ground clearance on the vehicle.

Overall, I’m happy with my General Grabber tires so far, gives the aggressive look I wanted, and I look forward to seeing how well they preform off-road.

  1. I’m shopping around now for tires and rims. What would you recommend I purchase to go up from factory to a 33″ tire and 17″ Rim. I am not sure of the sizes I need for that look. Also I am not sure of width? Thanks

  2. So I went to discount tire and they told me I could not fit 35 Toyo tires with my 16 rims, that I would have to get a lift. He said that they tried to put them on a h2 and they would barley fit that model.

    1. That tech guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about, did that guy even try to fit them? The H2 Hummer comes with 35 inch tire from the factory and can fit 37 inch tires on the factory ride height. Look at the image above, that is my personal H3 Hummer with 315/75r16 General Grabbers.

  3. I have 22 inch rims what’s the biggest tires I can use for my H3 Hummer 2007? I also have the factory 18 inch chrome rims what is the biggest tire I can put on them instead of the 22 inch rims?

    1. Hey Mike,

      I’m absolutely against putting 22 inch rims on a H3 Hummer. Hummer as a brand was destroyed because junk like this. The H3 is meant for going off-road, when things like 22 inch rims, chrome, and step bars (not to be confused with rock sliders) are bolted on it becomes a status symbols. This website is strictly for going off-road with the H3 Hummer.

      16″ rims are the best possible size for optimal off-road performance when matched with 33″ to 37″ tall tires. 17″ rims work great with tires that are 35″ to 39″ tall. The idea is to have a particular side wall to rim ratio. This way the tire’s maximum stability is maintained, while having enough flex to effectively wrap around the terrain to produce the greatest amount of grip. I typically recommend jumping up one tire size load rating above the vehicles rating, in the H3 Hummers case “D”. This way the vehicle can air the tires down to 12-14 PSI without the bead on the rim readily slipping requiring a rebalance.

      Effectively, when I see mismatched rims and tires, I know one of two things. The person is either ignorant, which I’m happy to elevate that problem. Or they prefer a particular style over performance, and my mind basically takes a dead end route to those stick on hood scoops. Now that I have shared my knowledge, hopefully whats considered tasteful has changed a bit.

      – Eric

      1. They’re great tires, a lot of people have them on their H3’s. Personally, they’re not as aggressive as I like.

    1. I’m not a fan of the MT Grabber, would probably go with BFGoodrich MT tires. I have the General Grabbers and they work great in the mud.

  4. Im runnin the stock 18″ rims on the h3x whats size tire is the available upgrade to the “meatier” off – road world? And could i put stock 16″ rims on the h3x ???? Wife drove it offroad had a mishap blew a tire and destroyed a rim having quite a time finding the replacement 18.

    1. I recommend the 16 inch rims with 31 to 37 inch tires, because they are more functional on and off-road. 18 inch rims take away too much from the flex in the side wall of the tire. Less side wall, means less room for the tire to maneuver for grip. If the tires are 39 inches or taller, I recommend 18 inch rims. When a tire is 39 inches or taller on a 16 rim the vehicle has too much side wall. At high speeds a vehicle with 16 inch rims and 39+ inch tires will exhibit poor handling characteristics.

  5. I have an 06 H3 and have 35×12.5×18 nitto trail grapplers on it with fuel octane 18×9 rims. Ive had them on now about 3.5 yrs and have had to replace the hubs and upper control arms due to the added weight. Recently i have been having an issue when making turns were the steering gets tight in the turn and when coming out of the turn. The steering wheel doesnt flow in/out of the turn smoothly as it has since ive had them on. Thinking it to be a steering problem ive changed my power steering pump and even the full steering rack. The problem remains! Not thinking it to be a tire issue because they still have alot tread but could the tires possibly be the issue from them being so wide and maybe not be so rounded off anymore? I have about 40k or so miles on them.

      1. I have had it aligned and the problem remains. Ive replaced the upper control arms before and never had this issue when turning before or after doing them on a prior occasion.

    1. Bobby, Would you happen to have any pics? I’m thinking of a set-up exactly like you have, and would like to see what it looks like. Thanks.

  6. Schwarttzy,

    Just to be clear, you are saying that a 33 X 10.50 will fit and work fine on the OEM rims? How much power loss in the 3.5.L?

      1. Thanks for the information, I am getting an upgrade on my H3 tomorrow. They are telling me that I need a tire spacer for my spare tire to prevent messing up my paint. Did you have one installed for yours and if so where did you find it?
        Thanks

  7. Very good reads. I myself just bought the ready lift leving kit with rear shackles to add a full 2.5 inches in the front a 1.5 extra room in the rear. Decided to run a Toyo Open Country M/T 285-75-R18 stock rims. This truck is an 08 H3 Alpha series with the Crome package. So far it’s great and just a very small rub at full lock on the column.

    1. Nick, the ready lift leveling kit is a scam. If you read through my other post, H3 Preformance, you notice that I’m against torsion keys, they are known to fail. I really recommend removing them and just using the factory hardware. All you do is tighten bolts that are connected to the torsion bars. Also, those extended shackles are weak. A few time on the forums people have complained about them breaking on them.

      Anyway, I’m glad to hear that you got 35’s on there! But the chrome bums me out a bit.

      1. The stock tire and wheel sizes are p26575r16 on a 16×7.5″ wheel. Increasing the tire size to lt31575r16 would require a wheel 16×8.5″ or 16×9 to accommodate the additional width. I would like to put M/T Baja atz 31575r16 on my 08 h3 without incident, but am unsure.

          1. I’m running 33?s now on an h3 adventure pack alpha. I’m thinking of getting these same 35? grabbers. I’ve heard of problems with rubbing when the tire is fully turned on 35?s is that the case with the grabbers too?

            1. Yes the 35’s rub, but it’s nothing to be concerned about. The only thing that happens is that you polish up the front sway bar a bit, in one spot, at full lock. Otherwise you would never know. This isn’t something that should be considered as a deciding factor on whether or not to run those tires.

              1. Thanks schwarttzy. What’s your overall opinion on a 4″ lift for the H3. I know that you have a page about cranking the torsion bars. How does that compare overall to a 4″ lift kit? Also would a 4″ lift prevent rubbing?
                Thanks a bunch. You’re a great resource.

                1. The 4″ kit is a one way street, no going back once installed. Where as the cranking the torsion bars and also getting some extended shackles is something that can be put on in the morning and then taken off in the afternoon.

                  Before you go investing the cash into the 4″ lift kit, go the inexpensive route first to make sure you wouldn’t be happy there first.

                  You need to go to http://www.hummer4x4offroad.com/forum/forum.php and read up there, because I can’t tell you enough in just his comment.

          1. I would love to post the picture! Send me an email, using the contact page. Once I get the email I’ll respond and then you can email the image. Sorry for the hassle, I’m trying to avoid getting spam. Or you could guess my email. It’s this website at gmail.

              1. I’m have a lot of trouble understand what your question actually is. Almost every time I see an aftermarket rim on an H3, that vehicle actually took a step back in performance. The H3 Hummer factory 16 inch rims are the absolutely perfect size for an 35 inch off-road tire. The backspacing, width, and rim size can not be improved for better performance. There is absolutely no issues with the factory rim strength, or durability. If someone has mentioned something about this to you, I would seriously doubt if they really know anything about using a 4X4 vehicle off-road.

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