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Old 08-17-2010, 07:42 AM   #1
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Back to stock on a '97 TJ!

Hi everyone.

So, I live in France and have a '97 TJ. Just found out recently that my beloved Jeep is 'illegal' running anything but stock size rims and tires. For a '97 TJ that's 215/75/R15. I've been pondering selling it to some backcountry Frenchie that doesn't know or care about rules, but I'm not ready to give up.

Of course I had planned to doing some mudding / offroading, but with 215's that'll be fun.

Does anyone have some pictures or maybe suggestions on at least getting a sporty look with some rims/tires?

Here is how it currently looks. I have some 235's on there now:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24268158@N07/490

Thanks in advance everyone!

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Old 08-17-2010, 08:00 AM   #2
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30x9.5's were an option for stock tires, I believe in '97. They were on my '01.

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30x9.5's were an option for stock tires, I believe in '97. They were on my '01.
Thanks for the quick response! I just need to have some that fit the spec sheet Jeep sent me to get it registered here. According to them, I can only have 215/75's. Not ideal, I know.

Don't think my picture link worked... here it is for all that want to see: jeep2 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:34 AM   #4
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See if they will send you a spec sheet with options... ?? Idk....
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See if they will send you a spec sheet with options... ?? Idk....
Yeah I hear ya... will try that route but I've pretty much given up.

Now I'm trying to do my best with the cards I'm dealt. Of course serious off-roading is out, though it will save me a ton on future mods / lift kits / etc etc.

Any recommendations on the best tire aesthetically for stock size? I think white lettering is a must as it detracts from the puny size.
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Check for a sticker inside the driver's side door jamb at the hinge. You should have a sticker there that lists the rated tire size(s) for your vehicle. I had a '97 TJ Sport that came from the factory with the "LT Option" which included 8" rims with 30"x9.50R15 light truck tires (load class C) as stock. All TJ model years had this option available on the Sport and higher models but it must be on the door jamb sticker to be offically stock from the factory. I see from your pics that you don't have the Sport decal on your Jeep, so you may not have the LT Option on the door sticker.

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that's the way my 2000 tj sport came. with 15x8 30x9.5x15.
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I think I might would buy me a Rubicon decal for the hood, and find me a passport forge-atir and have a new label made up saying I had Rubicon, (if I wanted bigger tires.) I've lived in other countries, I'm sure you could make it work.

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