Question about 1998 Jeep Cherokee
Without lifting the body, most you should go on that is a 235x75x15. Larger may interfere with the body (rubbing) on turns. A lot depends upon how good your springs are...if they have sagged you may not get them to fit.
One thing to remember is that any fuel savings you get from the larger tire will be canceled by the added resistance to rolling when starting out. Also, a one inch change in tire height only gives you 1/2" additional ground clearance. Further, you will put additional stress on the driveline components as the larger the tire is, the more "reverse leverage" advantage you have and, your speedometer will read lower than the actual speed you are traveling.
I have five Cherokees and the largest tires I use are 225's. None are lifted and I use two off-road but only on rough trails in the woods while hunting. I don't look for "bad" places to drive and have never gotten stuck yet. Some off road vehicles are lifted but to use them on the street, handling is compromised and roll center is higher increasing the probability of ending up on your roof when cornering at highway speeds.
Likely you will get a hundred different opinions on your question. By way of experience this is mine.
Posted on Oct 24, 2010
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