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What is the largest size tire you can fit on a 95 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with 15 inch wheels?

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2011-09-14 10:35:59

My Jeep Grand Cherokee was unaltered to begin with and had

factory aluminum alloy wheels and 215 tires as well as original

shocks and springs. Needless to say, the shocks and springs were

sagging from use over the years. The tires leaked air because the

clearcoat had worn at the tire bead causing oxidation that didnt

allow the bead to seal so the tires leaked. I tried having the alum

wheels wire brushed and remounted to no avail so I finally

purchased new tires and wheels. I got new American Racing chrome

wheels and 235X75X15 BF Goodrich AT KO tires on all four ends. It

looked better for sure and I no longer had to carry the portable

air tank so this was an improvement. BUT, I had rubbing in the

front wheel well at full steering stops with this new setup but it

was extremely minor and I took care of it completely by taking a

sharp knife and shaving off the plastic where the rubbing occured.

Needless to say this is only a fix for road use and not for a

condition where wheel travel is more extreme such as light off road

use. The new tires never contacted the tie rod ends or anyplace

else other than the plastic liner in the wheel well. It never came

close to rubbing on the back end of the vehicle.

After that I upgraded my shocks since they were about wore out

and that gave me about a half inch more play in there so now I have

no trouble at all. I attribute the rubbing to a worn out suspension

since this vehicle is also rated for the tires I bought. I do

believe that no matter what you do you will have trouble fitting

31X10.50 tires without a small lift and that 32" tires won't fit at

all without a lift. The lift can probably be done with fresh shocks

and spacers which would your least expensive option. I'm planning a

4 inch lift as soon as my tires are showing wear but than might not

happen soon since those BFG AT tires are wonderful ! I wish I had

more money to spend but then I'd probably just break things more by

going further off road. These things are always a work in progress.

Good luck !!!!

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On the stock 15 inch wheels you should be able to 31's. You

might get lucky to fit 32's. This will also depend on the width of

the tire. 31-10.50-15 should be a good choice. You still might find

that you rub the tire at the lower control arm. If so, you can

adjust the turning screw near the inner brake plate that will come

in contact to the steering knuckle when you turn the tires all the

way. It also depends on how much your springs may have saged over

the years. If your putting on different 15 inch wheels, the back

spacing will affect if your going to rub the top of the tire to the

fender.

I think you'll definitely have to make some adjustments to make

them fit. I bought a used '95 Grand Cherokee in 2001 and prior to

buying it I drove another one that had 31x10.50 tires on it with

stock suspension and they did rub on a tight turn. I put 30x9.50s

on mine though and have driven it since with no problems in some of

the roughest off road terrain I'd ever want to take on.

Reply:

I really do think that trying to go larger than a 235X75X15 is

going to cause rubbing issues. The 30X9.50's are about the same

size so that shouldn't be a problem but going to the 31 or 32 inch

size absolutely will. You'll actually have a hard time finding a

tire dealer that would put them on a stock 95 without a lift kit of

some kind. They have liability concerns. If you want big fat tires

then do it right and spring for the lift. That way you won't have

to worry about rubbing at all. Just remember that steering geometry

and suspension parts are there to provide a safe and reliable ride

and when we screw around with things we risk the safety of our ride

and the durability of our equipment. Just because it looks pretty

in the driveway does not mean that it will perform well on the

highway or 5 miles down a creekbed somewhere.


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