Oversized Tires - JeepForum.com

LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 11-12-2013, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Richmond
Posts: 22
Oversized Tires

I need new tires for my 2002 GC Laredo. I think we currently have 225/75R16's. We've used 245/70R16's without problem.

Now I've stumbled into a (mostly) free new set of 265/70R16's. Is that too much tire for the GC? I wouldn't buy this size, but to save a few hundred dollars on tires for a 14 year old vehicle is appealing and probably wishful thinking.

We aren't towing anything (but it has the tow package) or driving off road. Just an AWD commuting machine.

j33pn is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 7 Old 11-12-2013, 10:34 AM
Registered User
2002 WJ 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: North Kingstown
Posts: 2,355
the 245/75/r16s and 265/70/r16s are 30.5" and 30.6" respectively. If you were running the 245s without issue, you may get away with the 265s. You may experience some rubbing due to the increased width. Let us know how you fare.


98 ZJ 5.2L JGC Limited Sold
02 4.7L HO JGC Overland
ZJPunk98 is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 11-12-2013, 02:27 PM
Registered User
2003 WJ 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 151
Comparing a 245/70/16 to 265/70/16 there is a large difference in width. Overall I would say with no lift you will have rubbing, it will be a question of how much. The 265 tire will be 3/4 inch wider and just over an inch taller.

2003 Grand Cherokee Limited - Mostly Stock
swkenobi is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 11-12-2013, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Richmond
Posts: 22
I found a tire size calculator: http://ejelta.com/tiresize/?ws16=1

I'm still tempted to try it.
j33pn is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 11-12-2013, 04:48 PM
Web Wheeler
EisBlade's Avatar
1999 WJ 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Raleigh
Posts: 1,236
. Check tire size link in sig

Owner: Harley-Davidson Touring Group [45K members]

Disclaimer:Not responsible for men of weak character.
EisBlade is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 11-21-2013, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Richmond
Posts: 22
The nearly free tires fell through, so I didn't get to try them out after all. They were on a truck that needed a new engine. The engine was replaced instead of junking the truck.
j33pn is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 11-21-2013, 09:46 PM
Registered User
2004 WJ 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Lexington <> Boone
Posts: 430
On my wj i have 265/70/R16's on a BB and stock silverblades. The only place they ever rubbed was on the rear shock and on the front sway bar just barely. Once I got some spidertrax 1.5 spacers the rubbing on the rear shock was gone but then the wheels rubbed the back of the fog lights and near the bottom on the back of the front bumper cover. Trimmed about an inch off the bottom of the bumper cover. No other rubbing so far.

My brother has a wj as well as I do and he runs 245/75/R16's at stock height and his doesn't rub anywhere. This is a popular tire size to run at stock height, looks good imo

I think that you would have a little bit more rubbing than I did before spacers if you are at stock height, so probably would need a decent amount of trimming
mdrum93 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome