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What size tires and what issues have you had?
I'm trying to get the definitive information on tire sizes and issues for everyone. This is a common question that I've seen here.
The list below is some tried and true experiments from folks who have put larger tires on their RAV4.1s stock and lifted. It also matters if you have a manual or automatic transmission because the automatic tranny sticks out into the wheel well further so keep that in mind. The chart I made up gives you the diameter of a given size in the size ranges from original equipment up to a way oversized tire that will not work without firewall modification.
235-60-16....27.1".............original equipment, optional
235-65-16....28.0".............a step up, no problems for stock RAV4s
225-70-16....28.4".............this is the largest that a stock RAV4 can handle with minor scrubbing on full lockup and removing the "bump". On automatic RAV4's it will scrub the transmission unless spacers are used.
215-75-16....28.7..............Must have a lift kit
235-70-16....29.0".............Must have a lift kit
255-65-16....29.1".............Must have a lift kit
225-75-16....29.3".............Must have a lift kit, people say they have run these tires but there was no follow up concerning any scrub issues
245-70-16....29.5".............Must have a lift kit, spacers, and it will probably require modification of the firewall, I have seen no one claiming to have tried this size tire
235-75-16....29.9".............Too big even with a lift without serious firewall modifications, this is what I currently have, others claim to have installed this size of tire but no information as to any problems that had to be resolved.
Any larger sizes will require more than a lift and spacers to work without scrubbing.
Note: The area on the other side of the firewall if you heavily modified the firewall will not interfere with pedal travel on left hand drive RAV4's on right hand drives I'm pretty sure it would affect at least the throttle pedal and probably the brake pedal.
Unfortunately, most people talk about tire sizes and never follow it up to let us know what if any issues they had. So everyone post your experiences here, include tire size, brand, and model. Also tell us if you are stock, lowered, or lifted and the method used. Tell us in detail about any firewall mods needed. Pictures are welcome.
Currently, I have 235-75-16....29.9" Firestone Destination A/T tires on my RAV4.1 with an OME lift kit plus a 1" additional lift on the front. I also have 1" spacers on each wheel but I still have scrubbing on turns. I have removed the "bump" and judiciously used an implement of destruction (large hammer) on the front wheel wells, in the lower rear area and they still rub. I am going to have to cut the firewall out to gain enough room to use these tires or I will downsize.
It may be that my sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
RAV4.1, 1999 RAV4, 3S-FE engine, E250F transaxle 5sp AWD, 5 door, LHD, Redneck Edition (RNE), Mossy Oak Obsession wrap, heavily modded, TOAD
'96 Newmar Mountain Aire, 40' diesel pusher motorhome, the mothership
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