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Old 06-08-2018, 12:30 AM
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Hello all.
New to this forum.
Purchased a 2019 KL Lat Plus with the 2.0. This is the 4th Jeep that I have owned.
So for (1500 miles) Cherokee is doing great. With the 2.0 mpg is averaging around 29 with mostly highway driving (75% High, 25% city).
I live in Indiana and am concerning about the winter driving. With that in mind I have 2 questions.
What size can I go up to without any issues will rubbing? OEM size is 225/65/17. Was hoping to get a 245/65/17 under it.
What brands have you had good service from. I have used Nokian's ( I also have 2 SAABs and a Volvo) before but unable to get the size that I want.
Any information would be appreciated.
Thank you.
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Old 07-01-2018, 10:19 PM
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Did you ever find out the answer to this? Or did you find out for yourself, I am trying to figure this out also. Thanks
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:14 AM
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:15 AM
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Since they have now moved into the "low profile" 17" category and concept it limits your options. Honestly... If it were mine I would leave it alone. As a tire dealer I think they made a huge mistake following this "low profile" trend with anything designed to also go off road. They took a truck and turned it into a passenger car when they did this.
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Whether this is of any help, as I was looking into the possibility of going to a larger tire I notice that on the 2018 KL there was a area of the wheel well that some were being cutting off/out.
I do not see that protrusion of the wheel well on my 2019.
I have also noticed that some are moving up from the 65 series to the 70 series .
Do not remember what size of 70 series tires they were going to.
I will be trying the Falken Wildpeak or Tire Barn RUBITREK A/T, as I mention I have the Wildpeak on my 15 F150 and love them plus they both have the Serve Snow rating.
Please let me know if you do move up and what size that is working safely.
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PS yes they have turned the Cherokee into a 'car" (I don't plan on going hard off road). This also means that the wife can drive it if needed, she would not drive my Grand Cherokee, Liberty or the JK.
$ 36000 list for $26500. Not bad and it also has the 2.0 turbo getting average 29.5 mpg.
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I cannot speak for the new low profile tires much. But I have to say I got the best winter performance out of my Michelin LT tires. Lots of sipes and in all the winter driving, much of it hundreds of miles at a time, they were just about as good as on dry pavement, within reason of course. I don't drive at CA freeway speeds in snow. So looking at the Michilin website, I think the Latitude Tour HP would be the best winter tire for you
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Originally Posted by 2019KL View Post
Whether this is of any help, as I was looking into the possibility of going to a larger tire I notice that on the 2018 KL there was a area of the wheel well that some were being cutting off/out.
I do not see that protrusion of the wheel well on my 2019.
I have also noticed that some are moving up from the 65 series to the 70 series .
Do not remember what size of 70 series tires they were going to.
I will be trying the Falken Wildpeak or Tire Barn RUBITREK A/T, as I mention I have the Wildpeak on my 15 F150 and love them plus they both have the Serve Snow rating.
Please let me know if you do move up and what size that is working safely.
Thanks

PS yes they have turned the Cherokee into a 'car" (I don't plan on going hard off road). This also means that the wife can drive it if needed, she would not drive my Grand Cherokee, Liberty or the JK.
$ 36000 list for $26500. Not bad and it also has the 2.0 turbo getting average 29.5 mpg.
Didn't mean to be honestly blunt, but as a tire dealer I just needed to get the truth out there for you. Thing is now that one puts themselves in the frame of mind that they are now a passenger car then the idea to "go bigger" is almost off the table. They are designed and thoroughly tested with that particular tire size to be the best in all conditions for that vehicle's design and weight as a "passenger car".

So the size it comes with will more than likely do the best overall and all you can do is try to pick the best in that size for your needs. They took all the options out of it when they moved from 15" to lower profile short sidewall 17" and now 18" tires and rims. It's all RIM and not much room for tire options left.
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Originally Posted by 2019KL View Post
Hello all.
New to this forum.
Purchased a 2019 KL Lat Plus with the 2.0. This is the 4th Jeep that I have owned.
So for (1500 miles) Cherokee is doing great. With the 2.0 mpg is averaging around 29 with mostly highway driving (75% High, 25% city).
I live in Indiana and am concerning about the winter driving. With that in mind I have 2 questions.
What size can I go up to without any issues will rubbing? OEM size is 225/65/17. Was hoping to get a 245/65/17 under it.
What brands have you had good service from. I have used Nokian's ( I also have 2 SAABs and a Volvo) before but unable to get the size that I want.
Any information would be appreciated.
Thank you.
If you're concerned about winter driving the stock tire size will do fine. Increasing the tire size you suggest will not make any difference and at times makes it less desirable. For a compact SUV the Cherokee tires are larger than virtually all other compacts. Focus on tread design and overall rain/snow/dry performance. Bigger is not always better.
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If you're concerned about winter driving the stock tire size will do fine. Increasing the tire size you suggest will not make any difference and at times makes it less desirable. For a compact SUV the Cherokee tires are larger than virtually all other compacts. Focus on tread design and overall rain/snow/dry performance. Bigger is not always better.
Sound advice. And unfortunately this is the reality of it. One of the main problems I can see come up with larger tires and snow is the operating temperature. Operating temperature is much more important than most realize when driving on snow. Just a degree or two can make a huge difference in how well they grab the snow or not.

A larger tire is going to operate much cooler than a smaller tire with the same weight on it which is a disadvantage, This can make a world of difference in traction and handling on snow. They very thoroughly tested this issue and adjusted tire size before they put the car out on the market.
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Old 07-28-2018, 07:39 PM
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Thanks for all of the good advice.
My main concern is snow but after reading your replying I will wait and go through a winter to see how the stock tires perform.
Thanks again.

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