Many people who have purchased a stock Jeep Wrangler want to upgrade from the stock tires. In most cases, this means putting larger tires on their Wrangler. But what is the largest size of tire that you can put on your Jeep Wrangler?
35-inch tires will not fit on a stock Jeep Wrangler. The largest size of tires that will fit on a stock Jeep Wrangler are 33-inch tires. To fit 35-inch tires on a Jeep Wrangler, the car needs to be lifted 1-2 inches or the splash guards need to be removed.
While 35-inch tires may not fit on a stock Jeep Wrangler, with a few modifications, you can fit this larger tire size. Keep reading to learn more about upgrading the tires on your Jeep Wrangler.
Can 35-Inch Tires Fit on a Stock Jeep Wrangler?
35-inch tires do not fit on a stock Jeep Wrangler, they are too big. However, 33-inch tires do fit on stock Jeep Wranglers without any issues.
Stock Jeep Wranglers can fit three different sizes of tires:
- 29-inch (225/75/16)
- 32-inch (255/75/17 or 255/70/18)
If you want to put 35-inch tires, or even 34-inch tires, on your Jeep Wrangler, you are out of luck. Instead, you will need to put 29-33-inch tires on your stock Jeep Wrangler. If you are curious about what size of tires have already been installed on your stock Jeep Wrangler, ask the car salesmen. They will be able to tell you or find the information. You can also read the tire sidewall to find out your Wrangler’s tire size.
If you know you want to have 35-inch tires on a new Jeep Wrangler, speak with the salesman first. Some trim models and upgraded packages may allow 35-inch tires. This would prevent the need for any after market upgrades.
Read more about different Wrangler models here: Can You Put 35-Inch Tires on a Stock Jeep JL?
What Will Happen If 35-Inch Tires are Put on Stock Jeep Wrangler?
If you put 35-inch tires on your stock Jeep Wrangler, the tires will rub against the inside fenders. This will cause the tires to wear down faster and can cause damage to the fenders over time.
The tires will not be able to rotate properly if they are too large for your stock Jeep Wrangler, especially when you are turning or are off-roading. If your tires are too large, it will be difficult to make sharp turns.
Not only do larger tires reduce your turning radius, they may not be able to fully turn within the wheel well, further limiting your turning radius. Additionally, as the rubber rubs against the fenders, it may be difficult to straighten the wheels after completing the turn. Not to mention that the tire rubbing will produce an annoying sound.
If you have 35-inch tires on your stock Jeep Wrangler and go off-roading, it will be difficult to drive. Most tires have quite a bit of space between the body of the car and the edge of the tire. This will not be the case if you fit 35-inch tires on your stock Jeep Wrangler.
While off-roading with 35-inch tires on your stock Jeep Wrangler, your tires will hit the car as you go over any large rocks or dips. This could cause serious damage to your Jeep’s suspension system. Limited space between the tires and the car could also damage the drivetrain and other mechanical systems.
Your tires will wear down faster if they are rubbing against the fenders. This means that you will need to replace the tires sooner, and we all know that bigger tires come at with a bigger price tag. It’s best to save money in the short and long-term by purchasing a smaller tire size for your stock Jeep Wrangler.
What Should I Do If I Want 35-Inch Tires on My Jeep Wrangler?
If you are determined to put 35-inch tires on your Jeep Wrangler, it will require several after market upgrades. First, you need to lift the vehicle 1- to 2-inches. After completing this modification, your Jeep Wrangler will no longer be considered a stock vehicle. If having a stock Jeep Wrangler is important to you, you will have to settle for having 33-inch tires on your Jeep Wrangler.
When lifting your Jeep Wrangler, it is best to go to a mechanic or an auto shop that specializes in customized vehicles. Unless you have significant mechanical experience, you should not install the lift by yourself.
Before lifting the Jeep, consider the additional cost. Lift kits and the cost to install them can get quite expensive. Additionally, lifting the Jeep alters the center of balance, which could increase the vehicle’s roll-over potential.
Once your Jeep Wrangler is lifted, it is ready for the 35-inch tires. You should be able to purchase 35-inch tires from any local tire shop; however, most will likely have to order the tires in. Call the shops beforehand to find out availability and pricing information.
If you have yet to purchase a stock Jeep Wrangler, speak with your salesman about getting this upgrade installed before delivery. If you do this, there will be no need for the extra trips to the shop, the Jeep will be ready for immediate driving.
The size of tire that your stock Jeep Wrangler can fit varies depending on the trim model of as well as the year it was manufactured. In general, older model Wranglers can only fit smaller tire sizes. However, Jeep recognizes that its off-roading audience wants better handling while driving.
For this reason, newer models tend to fit bigger tires than the last year’s. Even if the newer stock Wrangler doesn’t fit the larger tires, the trim packages specialized for off-road driving do.
Trim packages available for the 2021 Jeep Wrangler and their stock tire sizes are as follows: the High Altitude (20-inch tires), the Sahara Altitude (18-inch tires), the Rubicon (17-inch tires), the Sahara (18-inch tires), the RHD (17-inch tires), the Sport Altitude (18-inch tires), the Willys (17-inch tires), the Sport S (17-inch tires), the Willys Sport (17-inch tires), and the Sport (17-inch tires).