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Old 08-19-2013, 09:57 PM   #1
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TJ tire size

I recently bought my son a 02 TJ. It does not have any type of suspension / body lift. The PO put some 31x10.5 x15 M/T tires on it. They rub when wheels are turned all the way. They are rubbing on the (control arm?) The stock tire size (215x75x15) are 8.5" wide. 225x75x15 are 8.86" wide and the 235x75x15 are 9.25"wide. I will go with the biggest of these sizes that will not rub. Would the 235s rub?

Besides the tires, we need to do more minor repairs / maintenance on the jeep are not planning to spend money on a lift or spacers. There are other things he wants fixed first (CD player and speakers).

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Old 08-19-2013, 10:08 PM   #2
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Cheapest way is put some spacers in the stops. That would prevent the rub at full turn. I just bought four tires and they ain't cheap.

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Old 08-19-2013, 11:38 PM   #3
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Pro Comp sells black steel wheels with the correct back spacing for $55 a rim. That would also solve your issue. He might need to hold off on the other things till he gets it fully driveable.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:39 AM   #4
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I'm not interested in buying new rims. The tires on the jeep are shot and I need new ones. Just want to see what size I can put on above the stock 215/75/15 and not have a rub issue. Some of the ones I am looking at are not available in the 215/75/15 and are only available in a 225/75/15 or a 235/75/15.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:05 AM   #5
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All of those sizes are tiny. Even by today's car standards those are tiny. So I'd at least do the 235s if I were you.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:50 AM   #6
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Stock tires were 215/75/15.

PO put 31x10.5x15 on stock rims and they rub on control arms at full turn.

What size tire can be put on the stock rims without getting the rub issue?

No plans for lift, new rims or spacers. This is sons first vehicle and will be offroad at times but no hard core 4 wheeling on rugged terrain.
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:14 PM   #7
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I've got BFG T/A 30x9.5x15's on stock steel rims, no rubbing.......
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Old 08-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #8
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Thank you Rick!!! That is the answer I was looking for!

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I've got BFG T/A 30x9.5x15's on stock steel rims, no rubbing.......
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Old 08-20-2013, 04:52 PM   #9
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I've got BFG T/A 30x9.5x15's on stock steel rims, no rubbing.......
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There are thousands of TJ's out there with the same size tires you are using (31x10.5/15). All you need to do is put a couple of washers underneath your steering stops. Much cheaper than new tires!
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X2. Cheap and easy, and you'll still have a tight turn radius. Do this.
Great Dad to buy your son a Jeep by the way!
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:58 AM   #12
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^^ this...your son will wish he had the 31's instead of the 30's after they are put on. The 31s are perfect if you adjust the steering stops with a couple washers. Very very simple and easy to do in about 10 minutes. There is a good write up on this Forum.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:48 AM   #13
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The tires that are on there are pretty much spent. Very little tread and cupped from never rotating them. Thanks for the feedback on the steering stop / washers fix. I'll look it up now and probably do the mod this weekend. It sure will open up more options on what tires I put on it for him.

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Keep in mind that, the tire size that is stated on a tire doesn't always mean that's what the actual measurement is. You could go with BFG, or Good year tires in a 31x10.50x15 because they run small. They're really about 30.5x10. but a bfg T/A KO 30x9.5x15, shouldn't rub. I had those on my TJ when I bought it. Mind you, I wouldn't buy them again, not very good in the rain. Here's mine with the 30x9.50x15s
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Old 08-22-2013, 02:07 PM   #15
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I'm selling 5 - 31x10.50x15 BFG AT tires mounted on oem Jeep wheels. They are currently on a 2000 Wrangler Sport. Tires have +60% tread left (prob more like 75% but I don't have a gauge). Spare has never been used. I have someone traveling to Houston if you are interested. Asking $600

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