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Getting new shoes on the TH and I like the idea of maximizing ground clearance, so thinking of going with A/Ts in 255/70R-17. I do plan to lift the Jeep, but I really need tires, now, and then need to drive out of town, so there is now time at present. I'm just wondering what issues, if any I am facing running 255/70R-17 vs. 245/70R-17. Has anyone experienced rubbing? Does the spare tire fit in the compartment? Anything else to consider? Streetability is still a concern. Is it worth the extra ground clearance, or is 245/70 the more sensible option?
 

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245 will fit with no rubbing. 255 will require trimming to fit and will not fit in the spare tire compartment. 265/65 also fits with little to no rubbing and adds some width to your tires.

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Getting new shoes on the TH and I like the idea of maximizing ground clearance, so thinking of going with A/Ts in 255/70R-17. I do plan to lift the Jeep, but I really need tires, now, and then need to drive out of town, so there is now time at present. I'm just wondering what issues, if any I am facing running 255/70R-17 vs. 245/70R-17. Has anyone experienced rubbing? Does the spare tire fit in the compartment? Anything else to consider? Streetability is still a concern. Is it worth the extra ground clearance, or is 245/70 the more sensible option?
245/70's, they will fit your 2014 without the lift, 255/70's won't. Mine is lifted 2" and I run 245/70's, and would never go bigger. Drama free, and no cutting, trimming or grinding required...😎

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Also fit in the spare tire compartment!!!😎
 

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Getting new shoes on the TH and I like the idea of maximizing ground clearance, so thinking of going with A/Ts in 255/70R-17. I do plan to lift the Jeep, but I really need tires, now, and then need to drive out of town, so there is now time at present. I'm just wondering what issues, if any I am facing running 255/70R-17 vs. 245/70R-17. Has anyone experienced rubbing? Does the spare tire fit in the compartment? Anything else to consider? Streetability is still a concern. Is it worth the extra ground clearance, or is 245/70 the more sensible option?
The choice is yours alone my friend! Here's what I did. 255 75 17's (32.3"). To do so you need a 2" lift; rear wheel centering kit; pinch weld mod.; re-shaping of the fender liners with a heat gun. There is No cutting of the fenders, it is still stock in that respect. Nothing rubs or bottoms out (just did a week of trails in the Sangre De Cristo mountains in Colorado)
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. No the spare does not fit in the rear compartment, so I built a rear tire carrier, see my other posts. All of this can be done in your garage if you have basic mechanical knowledge, basic
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tools and a floor jack. Took me a month, working several hours on a Sat. or Sun. Was it worth it? OHHHH YEAH. 16" ground clearance at the bottom of my RRO SuperSliders. "If you ain't first, you last" - Ricky Bobby.
 

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The choice is yours alone my friend! Here's what I did. 255 75 17's (32.3"). To do so you need a 2" lift; rear wheel centering kit; pinch weld mod.; re-shaping of the fender liners with a heat gun. There is No cutting of the fenders, it is still stock in that respect. Nothing rubs or bottoms out (just did a week of trails in the Sangre De Cristo mountains in Colorado) View attachment 216287 View attachment 216288 View attachment 216289 . No the spare does not fit in the rear compartment, so I built a rear tire carrier, see my other posts. All of this can be done in your garage if you have basic mechanical knowledge, basic View attachment 216287 tools and a floor jack. Took me a month, working several hours on a Sat. or Sun. Was it worth it? OHHHH YEAH. 16" ground clearance at the bottom of my RRO SuperSliders. "If you ain't first, you last" - Ricky Bobby.
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As has already been said a couple times...if you're not lifted, the largest that will fit would be 245/70R17 or a 265/65R17 (almost identical height, just difference in width and visual impact)
I've always preferred the 255/65R17 for a perfect compromise. Not too wide, not as narrow as the 245 looks. They offer a decent visual upgrade to the look of your Cherokee making it appear a little meatier. They will never rub, and fits in the spare well with no issues. I recall my first Cherokee (2015) sitting side by side with Tyler's (he had 245/70's) and even he commented that the 255's added a better visual heft to the vehicle.

Until you actually lift it, those are your limitations.

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265/65/17 is very "your mileage may vary", really depends on the vehicle and the specific tire. On my cherokee without a lift, using nitto ridge grapplers, they rubbed. Not all 265/65/17 tires are equal. Some are slightly larger, some smaller. The trick is to look at the revolutions per mile to determine a more accurate tire diameter. For example my ridge grapplers are on the large side for a 265/65/17.
 

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Thanks for all of the feedback.

Awesome job on the spare tire carrier, and fitting the 255/75s. I'm not afraid of trimming the pinch welds, but I don't think I would want to run anything larger than the 255/70s I'm considering.

My understanding, from reading around here was that lifting doesn't do much to fit larger tires, and that if rubbing occurs it would be at the front/rear of the fender wells. Basically requiring pinch weld, and fender liner modification. Someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. I have read a few reports of people running 255/70R-17s on lifted vehicles without trimming, but no idea if the spare tire fits in the compartment. Hopefully, someone who has run this tire size can comment.
 

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Thanks for all of the feedback.

Awesome job on the spare tire carrier, and fitting the 255/75s. I'm not afraid of trimming the pinch welds, but I don't think I would want to run anything larger than the 255/70s I'm considering.

My understanding, from reading around here was that lifting doesn't do much to fit larger tires, and that if rubbing occurs it would be at the front/rear of the fender wells. Basically requiring pinch weld, and fender liner modification. Someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. I have read a few reports of people running 255/70R-17s on lifted vehicles without trimming, but no idea if the spare tire fits in the compartment. Hopefully, someone who has run this tire size can comment.
Getting new shoes on the TH and I like the idea of maximizing ground clearance, so thinking of going with A/Ts in 255/70R-17. I do plan to lift the Jeep, but I really need tires, now, and then need to drive out of town, so there is now time at present. I'm just wondering what issues, if any I am facing running 255/70R-17 vs. 245/70R-17. Has anyone experienced rubbing? Does the spare tire fit in the compartment? Anything else to consider? Streetability is still a concern. Is it worth the extra ground clearance, or is 245/70 the more sensible option?
i ru the same tire set up and there’s no way to fit the 32.01 in the spare tire compartment, so I purchased a hitch mount adjustable spare tire carrier, 250.00 and it looks cool, but I do have to take it off when I go off road, so I put it on top of my Jeep in the roof rack from tyger ! Happy Jeeping 😃
 

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i ru the same tire set up and there’s no way to fit the 32.01 in the spare tire compartment, so I purchased a hitch mount adjustable spare tire carrier, 250.00 and it looks cool, but I do have to take it off when I go off road, so I put it on top of my Jeep in the roof rack from tyger ! Happy Jeeping 😃
A 255x70x17 is 32.01!
 
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