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Unread 08-20-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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Largest tire size w/o rubbing on stock lift?

I purchased a 2010 Liberty Sport a few months ago. I'm looking to make it into a more rugged ride and not have to worry every time I hit a bump. The previous owner put 22 inch wheels on it and I really want to switch them out for some 15 or 16 inch black wheels and the biggest tires I can fit with the stock lift. I would love to lift it, however I am not too sure how much it will cost, nor am I sure it is necessary to attain the ride I'm looking for (I would like to be able to take it into the back country to camp/hunt etc), but I do live in the city. I'll post pictures tomorrow of how it currently looks. I'd also like it if someone was in a similar situation and would like to post some pictures of what they did to their Liberty. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Unread 08-20-2013, 11:37 PM   #2
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I have 245/75-16s on my KK, but I also have about 3-3.5" of lift. Stock, I believe about 245/70-16 is as big as you can go without rubbing(Someone correct me if I'm wrong here please). To lift it "right" you would want to go with a full spring/shock lift. OME, Ironman, and JBA are the preferred and recommended, all of which can be found on Jeepinbyal.com The lifts range anywhere from about $700(which is about what you would pay to do a spacer lift correctly(the spacer lift itself, and then 4 new shocks all the correct length). If you do want to lift, then it comes down to the price you want and the height you want. With my OME/Bilstein lift, the ride is stiffer(but not too rough) and I think all around better.

Pics definitely help with heights and tires so here you go:
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Lifted ~3-3.5" with OME springs(927,731), 1/4" top plate, 3/8" clevis, 2 extra rear isos per side, bilstein shocks, als a-arms, and 245/75-16 goodyear duratracs

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Unread 08-21-2013, 04:15 AM   #3
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Bmxer was pretty spot on. I have 245/70/16 with stock suspension. Get a set of 16 inch rims, seem to be the best fit for a KK. Lift wise I will be going for the OME 1.5" lift. I would love the 4" but it's not something I can afford right now. It'll be enough for me to go for a 245/75/15 tire and give me just that extra little bit of clearance that I need. I've also heard the ride is really great, way better than stock. I will also either get Al's A-arms with the lift or add them shortly after.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 05:34 AM   #4
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Thanks a lot for the info (both). Bmxer did you do a self install for your lift or have it done at a shop? I do not want to get in over my head and I am not the most mechanically inclined. There is a local mechanics hobby shop that supplies all tools as well as power lifts for easier access to the under carriage nearby, on top of that it is free of charge and usually full of people who know a lot more than I do. Obviously it'll cost more to take to a professional shop, but might be worth the money to get it done right.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
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You can put 235/75/16s under there stock. They are slightly bigger (taller) 29.9" vs 29.5" than the 245-70-16 and would be better in the snow seeing as you live in Mass (thinner tire = less surface area = more contact pressure = more traction). That is what i am running up here in Colorado and haven't had any issues.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 02:15 PM   #6
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Thanks a lot for the info (both). Bmxer did you do a self install for your lift or have it done at a shop? I do not want to get in over my head and I am not the most mechanically inclined. There is a local mechanics hobby shop that supplies all tools as well as power lifts for easier access to the under carriage nearby, on top of that it is free of charge and usually full of people who know a lot more than I do. Obviously it'll cost more to take to a professional shop, but might be worth the money to get it done right.
Did it myself, but I did it in my friend's shop using his lift after he closed. Used it as a father/son thing with my dad. You can do it in a driveway, it really isn't that bad. Honestly the hardest part is the a-arms, should you choose to change those, and that's because of how difficult it is to get to 1 of the bolts. At the shop it only took us about 4 hours, that's with some bsing, having a few drinks, and just taking it slow so I got some hands on to learn my truck.

Alo, don't try to compress the 927s(if you opt for those springs) yourself, just bring them to a shop. It's much safer that way.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 04:24 PM   #7
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Awesome, thanks again for the pointers.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 05:19 PM   #8
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One more question, what are you running for backspacing on the wheels? I don't want to run into any problems.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 06:14 PM   #9
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This is what I'm currently running. I just checked the tire size 245/50/20 which is weird because the rims are 22 inches.
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Unread 08-21-2013, 10:08 PM   #10
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I'm on stock wheels, so I'm not sure of their specs other than 16x7 and a 4x4.5 bolt pattern. After I eventually save up enough money for new tires I plan on going to 16x7 with 4" of backspacing. Might dip into the 8" wide wheels if I can't find what I want in 16x7, even though a lot don't recommend it. For now though, I'm just playing it by year
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Unread 08-22-2013, 01:33 PM   #11
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The rims u have are not 22s they are 20s it is impossible to mount a 20 inch tire on a 22 inch rim.
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Unread 08-31-2013, 01:48 AM   #12
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Who told you those wheels were 22's?
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Unread 08-31-2013, 08:56 PM   #13
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Who told you those wheels were 22's?
Maybe someone said "these are twenties and yours are twenty, too."

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Maybe someone said "these are twenties and yours are twenty, too."

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I just slapped on a set of 255/55-18's on my KK. Looks great !

I'll post a pic soon.
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