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Unread 05-14-2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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2003 jeep liberty correct tire size

trying to find the correct tire size that should be on my 2003 jeep liberty sport.
The p.o, installed 235/70/16 on the car and it looks as if the front rubs at almost full lock. The tires are worn out anyways, so I would like to replace them with ones that do not rub. Thanks.

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Unread 05-14-2013, 12:13 PM   #2
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235/70R16's are a OEM tire size for a KJ.If they are rubbing and mounted on the stock rims your coil springs are severly worn.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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Yes what he stated, mine came with 235-70s
measure middle of wheel to bottom of the flare in front, bet you're sitting an inch below new stock height
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Unread 05-15-2013, 01:05 PM   #4
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If you want confirmation .. Original tire size should be listed on the door placard.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 05:10 AM   #5
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If you want confirmation .. Original tire size should be listed on the door placard.
I guess I should have checked that. I googled this before I asked anyone, but kept getting conflicting reports. The spare is a 215/75/16, so I wasnt sure.
The springs look good and it rides stiff, so I am not sure.
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Unread 05-16-2013, 08:05 PM   #6
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but kept getting conflicting reports.
Probably because there are multiple stock sizes ... mine lists two .. can't remember what they are though
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Unread 05-17-2013, 04:42 AM   #7
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UPDATE.

Not the front tires rubbing. Though at first it sounded as if the noise was up front. It was actually in the back. We just bought the jeep and didnt notice it though, but when the P.O, had the exhaust replaced, they didnt put the muffler hanger bar in the mount holder so the muffler was about a 1/4" away from the driveshaft. So when you would turn the wheel tight and there was any type of articulation in the rear the muffler would hit the driveshaft and make a noise like scraping. Anyhoo, we are good to go..
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Unread 05-18-2013, 02:56 PM   #8
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The 2003 Liberty Sport I just bought, stock, no lift, has P235/75R16s. There's no fender rubbing, even in tight turns.
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Unread 05-18-2013, 03:11 PM   #9
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235-75-16s are only about a 1/2 inch overall taller than say the 235-70-16s mine came with new . So shouldn't have any issues . About the same as going to a 245-70-16
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Unread 05-20-2013, 05:37 AM   #10
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Update #2


I loosened up the exhaust and shifted it over. Noise gone

Also, Looked on the door sticker and according to the sticker, it came with 215/75/16 from the factory.
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Does anyone know if I can put 15" wheels/tires on my 2003 Jeep Liberty? Thanks for the info.
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Unread 04-27-2015, 09:15 AM   #12
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I believe crager soft 8's are the only 15" wheels that fit. Anything else will contact the brake calipers.
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Unread 04-27-2015, 09:41 AM   #13
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Does anyone know if I can put 15" wheels/tires on my 2003 Jeep Liberty? Thanks for the info.
Only ones that work well are Soft 8 etc as mentioned above. Problem is finding ones that are of stock width and backspacing if unlifted
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Unread 04-27-2015, 11:40 AM   #14
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Eagle Alloy make an aluminum wheel in 15" that fits as well, but I'm honestly not an alloy fan for offroading.
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Unread 05-03-2015, 11:36 AM   #15
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Can anyone help me out trying to understand how tires & wheels work? I'm confused about the specifications. Specifically, what kind of tire can I put on a specific sized rim? For example, my 2003 Jeep Liberty Sport, 6 cyl 3.7 L has 2 certain sizes which are recommended I guess. They are: 225/75-16 235/70-16. I can't figure out if this is just a recommendation, or a strict specification, as in, this is the only size that will work. Can I put any 16 inch tire on any 16 inch rim? Specifically, I have available to me: 215/70 R16. So, how do you tell if you can put a certain sized tire on a certain sized wheel/rim? I've heard that the first # means the vertical length of the tire from the outside when you're looking @ it, and the second # means the length of rubber on the tire that is running on the road, or vice versa. I've heard also that the #'s are a proportion of the two dimensions. I can't find enough on line to explain it.

Also, what about rims/wheels? You can find online of course which size is recommended for your vehicle, but, of course, people put all kinds of different stuff on there. Is there any way to know if a 17 inch rim would work? I had to opportunity to buy new 15 inch rims/wheels w/tires mounted to them already. I spent like 4 days looking around online to see if they would fit my jeep. Some people said 'no', some said 'yes'. In the end they said the only thing I can do is try one on and see if it rubs on the caliper, which it did. So, I couldn't get them. I desperately need tires, and I was trying to get the rims at the same time, but since I don't know how the system works, I don't know which products to pursue and which to forget about. My next step is to call a tire store like Bridgestone and asking for a crash course education on how all this works... But, in the meantime, if someone here would help me understand how this works, that would be great. I hope to hear from you
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