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I don't know **** about tires and wheels and i have stopped in a local Les Swhab dealer and really haven't been helped out much in to seperate visits. I found this forum and am hoping i can get some great feedback.

I bought the wife a brand new one. I really love the look but the only thing is i don't care for how narrow the apperance is. So i would really like to put on some wide tires i mean going wide not just a couple of inches. She is very petite and packs around 3 kids in and out of it so i really don't want to go any higher than i have to. I was thinking i would have to at least put a 2" lift on for sure but don't know (and of course throwing on some type of step/bar for the kids)

If anybody could give me a few suggestions, pointers or comments i would love to hear them.

As you can tell i need suggestions from start to finish like what kind of lift i should be looking at doing and should i just have a local tire shop do it or where should one go for that. I am excited to have this jeep and am really looking forward to dumping some more money in it and customize it. Since i bought it i have already dumped 3k into it and i haven't even owned it for a month now... still driving around with the dealership paper license plate in the window.

Thanks Again for any help.
 

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The sticky, found in the tire and wheel section, written and researched by 07JeepXK, will prove helpful.
The small wheelwells (there is a reason for those BTW) create a number of stumbling blocks when a taller tire is fitted.
The upper ball joint, due to its reversed position (stud towards outside) becomes the troublemaker when a wider tire is fitted.
Often, a spacer (to move the wheel outward) is applied but then, because the centerline of the tire has been moved outward, the tire ends up contacting the rear of the inner fender at full lock.
As you read on, you will find some have had some success with minor backspacing changes that came with aftermarket wheels.......memory is weak this morning but there was a specific brand that is available.
Adding to the misery is the fact a smaller diameter wheel won't fit due to the large diameter front brakes and the caliper interferes.

All the bad news aside, it appears that if a wheel spacer, in the 1.25 or 1.50 range, used with the stock tire size, on stock backspaced rims, or the aftermarket rim that I can't remember the name of, again used with the original size tire, may give you the wider stance I suspect you are looking for.

So, get a cup of coffee and search around awile.....let us know what you like.

Welcome to the forum that helps your money talk......it says 'Bye-Bye.

Rob
 

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Robby is right ,,, and I would like to add some pics to visualize some points which Robby mentioned.


The upper ball joint, due to its reversed position (stud towards outside) becomes the troublemaker when a wider tire is fitted.
Often, a spacer (to move the wheel outward) is applied
265/65/17 tire without spacer..



Often, a spacer (to move the wheel outward) is applied but then, because the centerline of the tire has been moved outward, the tire ends up contacting the rear of the inner fender at full lock.
265/65/17 tire without spacer ,, notice the close wheel well


it appears that if a wheel spacer, in the 1.25 or 1.50 range, used with the stock tire size, on stock backspaced rims, or the aftermarket rim that I can't remember the name of, again used with the original size tire, may give you the wider stance I suspect you are looking for.
About the above statement .. here is how it looks when using 1.5" spacers with stock tires and stock suspension ...












 

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What I suggest is to use 1.5" wheel spacers and wider tire ,, maybe 255/60/17 (if you have 17" rims!)
 

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P255/65R17 (one size larger than stock - +1/2" diameter, +1/2" wider), 1.25" SpiderTrax spacers, 0 rub issues. Be aware that larger tires will throw off your speedometer and MPG reading - there are a limited number of sizes of tires the dealer can program for you, although I think there are aftermarket ways to calibrate tires. :eek:rangehat:


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Yeah, just get the EGR module from AEV. You can dial in any wheel size via the OBDII port for speedo correction. You can also set the side view mirrors to auto tilt when in reverse if you have memory seats.
 

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i never seen so many pictures in one short little thread with rear fog lights. I really need to hurry up and read that sticky.

I was trying to find a pic of my jeep to show the wider stance but dont really have much head on. sorry. But wider is definitely better and u only need an inch or inch and a half max on each wheel. little bit makes huge differences
 
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