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Old 03-20-2017, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default Size wheels/tires for 2014 XLT 4x4

Heys guys i am new here and hope i am posting this in the right spot. I have a 2014 XLT. It is the cheap package that came with 17 inch wheels with hubcaps. I want to increase my tire and possibly wheel size. It is rated for a 26570r17. The wife and i bowhunt and she is letting me get black wheels. Due to this i was wanting to get 18 inch wheels and run Cooper AT3 P27565r18's but the tire shop is refusing to mount this stating that i would not have enough clearance. My buddy says they are wrong and that right now my total height of tire is 31.6 and with the new set up it would only be 32.1, is this right and would it work? I initially was going to install a 2 inch level kit but as i just found out it would cause warranty issues, i am at 66,000 of the 100,000, i dont think i will.

So do you guys think this would work without leveling it. If not what size tire would work with the 17s. I am looking for just enough to fill out the wheel wells a lil more and some more tire to get me through the muddy fields and creeks to hang stands and pull out deer lol. I also live in central IL so snow can be a issue at times.

any info wouls be great, thanks!!
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Let me categorically state, that I absolutely hate stupid, idiotic -"we can't do anything because we might get sued"- tire shops...

I started working in the tire industry in 1976. I know of what I speak.

1- Stick with the 17s. A taller tire sidewall will yield a better, more compliant off-road ride, not to mention more tire choices.

2- You should have -0- issues running up to 285/70R17s. With a 2" level, I am running the equivalent of 34x12R17 (305/70R17), and no rubbing issues. (I can say this, because just 3 days ago I did Mengel Pass and Steel Pass in Death Valley - both "Class IV" Jeep trails). And that, in a 145" wheel base truck! (you should have seen the looks on the Jeepers' faces!)

3- levelling will NOT (I repeat: NOT) cause warranty issues. Levelling will not cause some other vehicle function to fail; thus, no warranty issue. I levelled my truck at about 10K. All my dealer's service mgr. says is "nice set up". All my warranty work gets done with -0- issues. I now have 48K.

If you act nave, they will treat you that way (because they know they can get away with it): don't let 'em!
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I had a 2.5 RC leving kit on my 2014 KR 4x4 truck and had 20" OEM wheels with Cooper Mastercraft Courser MXT tires (20x35x12.5) and they fit with no rubbing. Not sure what the company did to make them fit, but they did.

Now I'm running the same with my 2015 with a 4.5 suspension lift

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Find a new tire shop. 275/65/18 is the stock size for 4x4s with 18" wheels.
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...With a 2" level, I am running the equivalent of 34x12R17 (305/70R17), and no rubbing issues. (I can say this, because just 3 days ago I did Mengel Pass and Steel Pass in Death Valley - both "Class IV" Jeep trails). And that, in a 145" wheel base truck! (you should have seen the looks on the Jeepers' faces!)
Now THAT is what I'm TALKING about!!
Without derailing too badly (Ok, it's a MAJOR derail!), what mods have you done besides lift/tires to be able to tackle those boulder fields?
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Thanks guys!! I ended up staying with the 17s and going to a different shop. They just laughed when i told them about the previous shop, then fixd me up with tires i want, which are taller than the ones that the other shop refused to put on....thanks again!!
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Now THAT is what I'm TALKING about!!
Without derailing too badly (Ok, it's a MAJOR derail!), what mods have you done besides lift/tires to be able to tackle those boulder fields?
In my sig line is basically all I've done. I did notice today (just got home) that the RCI skids did their job a few times. Even the factory gas tank skid plate took on a few new scratch marks. A big factor is tossing the factory running boards. All they do is eat ground clearance. I also just finished my front bumper project. With that and the redesigned rear bumper, my approach/departure angles were dramatically increased. I rarely used 4wd this trip.

It also doesn't hurt that I've been wheelin' for over 40 years, and know how to get where I want to go.

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Thanks guys!! I ended up staying with the 17s and going to a different shop. They just laughed when i told them about the previous shop, then fixd me up with tires i want, which are taller than the ones that the other shop refused to put on....thanks again!!
Good on ya!
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Here's a photo from last year when we (by accident) did South Park trail to Briggs Cabin (Jeeps/ATVs only):




And this is the wide part of the trail!
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Got them on! Falken Wildpeak Atw3 on Vision Warlord wheels with a 2 inch level. Love them but they stick out about half in or so and i am kinda concerned bout debris flying up and chipping ot denting. Do u guys think fendet flares would help and if so any suggestions on what ones?
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