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jpilk99 01-29-2011 07:09 PM

255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
Has anyone ever put 255/60s on their WJ? If so, can you post a picture and tell me if there were any issues (rubbing, speedo, etc.)?

Thanks. I want to buy a bigger/beefier tire for my Overland. I've heard this is about as big as you want to go with stock suspension etc.

pallmexman 01-30-2011 03:26 AM

Re: 255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
Hi. I'm also interested.

GiggityGiggity 01-30-2011 11:57 AM

Re: 255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
it will look EXACTLY like the OEM 235/65/17's only about 5/8 of an inch (20mm) wider than stock. Pretty much all the specs except width are identical to OEM. I don't know if you consider that "beefy" but I don't. Beefy to me is taller AND wider, something noticeable, even if just barely. 245/65/17's is what I'm running. Its about a half inch wider than stock, about a half inch taller than stock overall and the side wall profile is about quarter inch taller than stock. You might think this is minimal but its quite noticeable when all the components that make up the tires appearance are working together. That is a beefier looking tire imo since at a glance you can see obvious differences at all angles. Coincidentally, 245/65/17 is about as large as you can go on a stock suspension with out having to worry about rubbing.

run a search for my user name, you should be able to pull pics of my set up.

jpilk99 01-30-2011 12:24 PM

Re: 255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
Thanks GiggityGiggity. I believe I'm chasing the same goal(s) you talk about. I really want a WIDER tire with at least the same height if not a little more. At the end of the day, I just want to fill out the wheel well as much as possible without rubbing or screwing up the speedo.

I did a search on your user name and found a bunch of posts, but - unless I'm issing something - no ability to see pictures. Sorry if I just don't understand how to use this forum. Any chance you can send me a link so I can see the pictures? I'm dying to see a nice tire setup on a WJ. Thanks!!!!

jpilk99 01-30-2011 12:29 PM

Re: 255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
Giggity. I'm a huge Family Guy fan by the way :-)

I just searched the Member list, found your contact info, but no pics. What am I doing wrong?



jpilk99 01-30-2011 12:34 PM

Re: 255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
Giggity. I just clicked on your user name here and viewed "all other posts" or something and still couldn't find picturs. But, I did find an earlier post you sent me where your comment then confuses me now. You said, regarding beefier tires, back in late December:

A 245/65/17 will give you a wider contact patch than stock (not as wide as 255/60/17) but it will also give you more sidewall and more overall diameter while still being with in spec so you don't throw off your speedo.

"Not as wide as 255/60/17". Sorry if I'm justa stupide, but, I'm kinda confused now. Sorry man. Just don't want to go buy 4 tires for around $150/ea, get em' mounted and then stand back and look and go, "Well then, looks like I effed up". Ya know? :-).

Thanks for the continued help. Your posts have been very helpful. I love my GC Overland!

GiggityGiggity 01-30-2011 02:53 PM

Re: 255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
the 255/60/17 is wider than the 245/65/17.....just barely.

Both will give you a larger contact patch (width) then stock. BUT thr 245/65/17 will give you a bit more sidewall and overall diameter.

Heres a link to some pics.....

pallmexman 01-30-2011 03:03 PM

Re: 255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
good helper:

jpilk99 01-30-2011 03:19 PM

Re: 255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
Thanks guys. That tire calculator is cool. Your tires do look cool, Giggitty, but, I don't see much difference, width'wise with the 245/65s - nor do I with 255/60s. Almost seems like I have to go to a 275/55 to get a noticeably wider tire. And I'm sure that Murphy's law will bite me in the butt in that they won't fit. :-(

01grand 02-01-2011 05:41 PM

Re: 255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
I have 245/70/17's on my 01 Limited, not noticeably wider but I could tell the difference in diameter as soon as it rolled out of the shop. Fills out the wheel wells nicely. I have not had any rub, but they do only clear by a narrow margin. I also like my Bridgestone duelers much better than the stock wrangler sr/a's that were on there when I bought it.

jpilk99 02-01-2011 07:56 PM

Re: 255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
thanks 01grand. Got any pictures you can share?

paul_666 02-02-2011 05:29 AM

Re: 255/60/17s on an 02' Overland?
I am interested in this too - i have just picked up a set of 17s for mine with 2 of the 4 tyres good condition.

They currently have the standard 235/65R17 tyres mounted but i did fancy something a little wider - 255/60R17s are almost the exact rolling circumference of the orginal tyres, just 20mm wider -

235/65R17 tyres will give you 2223.64mm rolling circumference
255/60R17 tyres will give you 2225.15mm rolling circumference

... thats 1.51mm (or 0.07%) difference! You would get more difference through tread wear on them!

Currently i can get a pair of 255s for a lot less than the 235s and was going to put those on the back - I feel if there were to be any rubbing issues they would be from the front on full lock. Once the fronts wear out I will just replace the whole set (or raise it a couple of inches and get something taller all round)

Still wouldnt mind a definitive answer as the OP asked as 255/60r17s all round would be something i would like to do (and prefer not to get the angle grinder / saw out to get them fit ;) )


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