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Unread 11-12-2013, 10:02 AM   #1
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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.

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Unread 11-12-2013, 10:34 AM   #2
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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.

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Unread 11-12-2013, 02:27 PM   #3
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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.
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Unread 11-12-2013, 02:46 PM   #4
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I found a tire size calculator: http://ejelta.com/tiresize/?ws16=1

I'm still tempted to try it.
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Unread 11-12-2013, 04:48 PM   #5
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Unread 11-21-2013, 09:03 PM   #6
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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.
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Unread 11-21-2013, 09:46 PM   #7
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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
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