2.25" RR Lift and BFG All-Terrain T/A 265/65/17 - YES IT FITS! - Jeep Commander Forums: Jeep Commander Forum
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2.25" RR Lift and BFG All-Terrain T/A 265/65/17 - YES IT FITS!

Just in case anyone is searching for information on whether or not you can squeeze BFG All Terrain T/As under a 2.25 RR lift (or probably one of the other 2-2.5" lifts)...

I have good news for you....

It fits.

I have been lurking on this forum for some time now and you have all (unknowingly) been very helpful. My bro-in-law and I put on the RR 2.25" spacer lift a few weeks ago. No problems. Great lift and pretty easy to install if you have the right tools. Since my stock tires were getting on in years (55k miles) I started searching around for tire recommendations. The tire size sticky post is a great starting place. But I also read conflicting information that said that a 265/65/17 tire would just barely clear the ball joint.

Well, I decided to go for it. But finding a shop that would test fit one before buying was a challenge. Let me tell you, I called about 10 shops and NOBODY stocks this size bfg all terrain.

NTB was my saviour. Andrew and the NTB in Springfield listened to my plight. He took this fitment on as a challenge. He ordered a set from their warehouse and they arrived the next day. He told me no worries if they don't fit... he could sell them easily.

Yesterday I went over and had one test fit. Lo and behold...it cleared the upper ball joint by about 1/4". PERFECT! Told him to put the rest on and then paid the man the ridiculously low price of $220 + install. I came out of there under 1000 bucks which is amazing for these tires installed.

I have had NO problems rubbing on anything. Ball joint, fenders, etc. Perfect fit with no spacers, cutting, bending welds, trimming ball joints, etc. So for those of you out there who want to run this amazing tire in this size (on your stock 17" rims, btw...) go for it!!!

Thanks again to all on this forum who posted their lift/tire fitting experiences. It helped me very much in fixing up this fantastic vehicle to the way a jeep should look/ride.

Cheers!
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That's great to hear, do you happen to have any pictures I wold really like to see them.

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Hmmm... Lock to lock no rubbing??? I had BFG AT 245/75 and got some slight rub at full lock with a 2" lift. Please be so kind as to provide some detailed pic's at full lock. I would love to see some confirmation.

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I see that 265/65 are 30.5" vs. 245/75 @ 31.5. Still - pic's would be great!

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There may be some SLIGHT rubbing on the plastic fender well liner... I'll check it out tomorrow morning. So far nothing that would affect travel... I tested it out on some curbs and a few rocks in front of my neighbor's driveway... .which was hillarious because we live in a subdivision and my other neighbors got really curious as to why I was running my front wheel up on his decorative boulder...

Anyway, [email protected] Yeah, there may be some incredibly minor rubbing.. I'll check it out. But the really really good news is that the upper ball joint does not get hit. Like I said there is about 1/4" of clearance and that 1/4" is not ever going to change. I looked at the inner tread where it would have rubbed and there were NO marks whatsoever. That's after testing it on aforementioned decorative boulder and also driving it about 40 miles to/from work over some nasty potholes. So you don't have to worry about that ball joint -> tire gap ever decreasing.

I'll try to get some good pics when it is lighter outside (jeep is outside the garage right now...)
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Ok, here are some pics... they are terrible because it is almost dark, but you should be able to get the idea...

Jeep side view...


Tire close-up...


Ball joint close-up...

Enjoy!

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Hmmm... Lock to lock no rubbing??? I had BFG AT 245/75 and got some slight rub at full lock with a 2" lift. Please be so kind as to provide some detailed pic's at full lock. I would love to see some confirmation.

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I see that 265/65 are 30.5" vs. 245/75 @ 31.5. Still - pic's would be great!
Its funny, i have 245/75 Duratracs and NO rubbing at all. Different brands , different measurements.

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Looks good! I'm running 265/70/17 Bridgestone Revo 2's and I think I've rubbed once or twice.

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That looks really nice. Thanks for posting the pics.

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Yeah, I am really really happy with them now after a few days of having them on.

Over the weekend, I tightened up the bolts on the strut mounts where the RR 2.25" lift went. Prior to that the XK was jarring all over the road when I hit even small bumps. I know I know... should have tightened the lift components after 50 miles... well I waited a few hundred. LOL! Anyway, the ride is amazing. These tires are certainly heavier, but the thing is so solid on the road... now I need to get it on some dirt/rocks!!

Oh, MPGs are hard to calculate now since the speedo and the computed MPGs are all off... but I was getting 13.1 average (that is parkway driving... not really highway.. not really city.. sort of a mix) and that was pretty good. Now I'm at 12.6, but I think most of this difference is not actual MPG decrease, but the fact that the computer still thinks that I have on the stock 29" tires... not the new ~31" ones.
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Its funny, i have 245/75 Duratracs and NO rubbing at all. Different brands , different measurements.
Just kind of curious about why some experience rubbing and some don't. Could the answer be some run spacers and others don't? Or maybe some have custom wheels with less backspace? There must be a "Rest of the story" here.
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