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    I want to put larger tires on my 2006 KJ CRD. The KJ has a 2" OME lift. I would like to go for 155/65/17 tire, up from 29" on the stock 135/65/17 tires to 30". Question - will these clear ok in the wheel arches or will I get some rubbing at full lock? According to the charts I should be ok, but has anyone actually tried these tires on a KJ or KK?
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    I can't help with sizes, but if you fit muds, be careful of the extra weight & grip offroad. Especially on the front axle.

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    Not muds, I want to fit Yokohama Geolander ATR's - the consensus seems to be that these are pretty decent all-round tires? Most of my driving is road, but I do drive some very rough rural roads, hence the OME for better ground clearance and ride quality. I don't do 4x4 obstacle courses!
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    Google Leisure WHeels All Terrain test. They did a comprehensive article on which are the best brands.

    For interest, why did you bother with the lift?

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    I have 245/75/16 muds on my CRD KJ with a 2" OME lift... You will have some rubbing on the tupperware at full lock and a little at full arlticulation.

    Stay with the 16" rim and rather put a good Bridgestone Dueller on as an A/T tire !
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    I think the 200f KJ's came standard with a 17inch rim. My opinion will be to go for a 245/70/17. Then you at 31" and more will give you rubbing issues.

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    I have the Limited which comes with the 17" alloy rims - I don't want to buy new rims. I looked at 245/70/17 but tire choice seems to be extremely limited - TWT offer just 2 brands, neither one of which excites me. If 255/65/17 is going to rub badly maybe I should settle for 245/65/17 which gives me 29.5"?
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    Ai.....typical...Dunno why these chops always change rim sizes - dof IMHO !
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    Richard, is there a noticeable loss of power when going to the larger tire?
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    Yes there is.. My KJ does feel more sluggish than it used too.... That said, the 120KW and 400 newtons still goes really well so I do not mind at all. I am happy to gain the extra ground clearance..
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    Ok, so I figured I would go big or go home and fitted the 255/65/17's. There is a bit of rubbing on the tupperware at the pinch welds, and I get rubbing at full lock turning left going forward - back off the tiniest bit and it stops rubbing. No rubbing at full lock turning right forward or at full lock in either direction reversing.

    I think that these are the biggest tires that will fit with the OME lift without serious issues. Power loss is minimal, not an issue at all. The Yokohama AT-S are very quiet on tar.

    Richard, did you "pound back" the pinch welds, or just live with the apparently minor rubbing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lindsay View Post
    Ok, so I figured I would go big or go home and fitted the 255/65/17's. There is a bit of rubbing on the tupperware at the pinch welds, and I get rubbing at full lock turning left going forward - back off the tiniest bit and it stops rubbing. No rubbing at full lock turning right forward or at full lock in either direction reversing.

    I think that these are the biggest tires that will fit with the OME lift without serious issues. Power loss is minimal, not an issue at all. The Yokohama AT-S are very quiet on tar.

    Richard, did you "pound back" the pinch welds, or just live with the apparently minor rubbing?
    The Geolandar A/T-S are superb tyres. They are quiet on dry tar
    Drive them in the rain, you'll understand what I mean.
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    Ok Rolf, had a look at your post on another thread - I can live with a bit of noise as long as they grip well!
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    I have not pounded anything.... they just rub, end of story !

    But wait untill you are in full articulation - then you will hear them doing their thing

    Granted I have a 70 profile so I will get a lot more rubbing than you will....

    The rear fender flares actually get "unclipped" by my tires... After a trail I simply give them a light bash with a fist or a plat hand klap and they are back where they belong
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    Hi John Lindsay

    I have the 3.7 petrol limited edition which also came out with 17" alloys. I managed to pick up a set of 16" rims for a good price.
    Compare what you going to spend on the 17" tyre vs the 16" tyre (considering overall diameter and options of tyres that are available)
    It is actually working out cheaper to buy the rims and tyres from the homework I have done so far.

    Hope the new rubber does not grind away too much of the Tupperware... :-)
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    I have 255's which are a bit wider than your 245's, so the rear fender flares are probably seriously at risk! May look at trimming away the inside edges which are anyway not visible so that the tires catch steel instead of fender flares.

    If they do start doing serious erosion to the Tupperware I will just have to pound down the pinch welds - looks easy enough to do.
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