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So I'm looking at 2012-2014 Laredo's. Most likely will be a 2012. The factory tires are 245/70-17 and tire rack also says 265/60-18 will fit as well. I'd like to get the 18 wheel on the Laredo. Has anyone done this? I have had BFG All terrain KO and KO2 on my previous 2 cars and really like them. Has anyone put the 265/60-18 on their laredo? Do they look good? I don't do a lot of off roading, mainly on the road since I'm in sales. But I like the tougher look of the KO2. I've just always been confused on what the difference is in the numbers of the tire specs. Is the 265 a thicker tire or more meatier tire than the 245.

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The Laredo is the only trim level that comes with 17" wheels. You will be fine purchasing and installing 18" wheels and suitable tires. OEM tire diameter stays the same... ~30.6" ... regardless of wheel diameter.
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....... I've just always been confused on what the difference is in the numbers of the tire specs. Is the 265 a thicker tire or more meatier tire than the 245.
The number describe the width/sidewall/rim, and don't have any bearing on thickness. The thickness is denoted by the lettered load rating (also described by the number of ply creating the sidewall).
To simplify it. The first number is the width of the tire in mm. The larger the number, the wider the tire across the tread.
The next number is a ratio, that describes the side of the tire. If the second number is 60, that means the side of the tire is 60% the width of the tire. So a 265/60/__ tire would be 265 x 60% (or .60) which makes the sidewall 159 mm tall. The lower the number the lower profile the tire. Don't confuse this with overall tire diameter though, because rim width also affects overall diameter. The last number is the rim diameter. The rim diameter is usually only an issue when going smaller, because you need to clear the brakes and suspension. Going bigger is rarely an issue, unless you go so big you have to increase your tire diameter.

Anyway, that's the simplified version. Now you should have an idea of what the numbers mean. Regarding the look you like. I've got 18" rims on my Overland, with BFG KO2's on them (255/70/18). IMO, they look great.



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