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How did you get tires that size to work without major problems in the front wheel wells?
70mm spacers on the front struts. barely rubs the plastic at the back of the wheel well. I trimmed it with a knife.
 

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So I could go even bigger on the spacers? I spotted a 40mm set with springs and struts spacers, would that be too much or?
Don't forget Aussie Design Rules prohibit a total lift of more than 50mm (if I remember correctly) without an engineers certificate.
Also, Hi from near Canberra. That's a sweet looking Rav you've got there (take a look at my profile pic).
 

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In this new format, I can edit my old post I have updated the first chart on page 1 to reflect all the changes.
 

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On my 99 5 door, I'm running the 23555R18 tires on the 18x7.5 sport rims from a 2009 Rav4 sport, they look great but slight rub on tighter left turn at the back of the drivers wheel well. It made a loud rub noise when turning in parking lots which made me cringe!

Took off the left front liner (8 screws/bolts) and found the "bump" from the hollow gusset to be the factor. Removed it quickly, couple hammer blows on the remaining lip then reassemble. By pulling the liner tight before final resecuring the bolts, I was able to get the liner to sit further back in the new clearanced area.

BAM! I love it when the solution is easy!
 

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On my 99 5 door, I'm running the 23555R18 tires on the 18x7.5 sport rims from a 2009 Rav4 sport, they look great but slight rub on tighter left turn at the back of the drivers wheel well. It made a loud rub noise when turning in parking lots which made me cringe!

Took off the left front liner (8 screws/bolts) and found the "bump" from the hollow gusset to be the factor. Removed it quickly, couple hammer blows on the remaining lip then reassemble. By pulling the liner tight before final resecuring the bolts, I was able to get the liner to sit further back in the new clearanced area.

BAM! I love it when the solution is easy!
Thanks, and I added your tire size and comments to the chart.
 

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I updated the Tire Chart and I will keep that one up to date. See #1 Tire Chart
 

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Edited the chart to add the 235/65-17 and 245/75-17 tire sizes.
 

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I'm on my 2nd set of Michelin LTX M/S2 at 225-70-R16, since I installed the first set upon purchasing the RAV4 used in 2010. Been w/ Discount Tire since 1990. Been Michelin-only in all tires on all our vehicles for 30-years. Michelins hold their air like none other. I check tire pressure every other trip, or every 3rd trip-- knowing it's a waste of time because they're always steady-on, but good for peace of mind. When I check the tires, I check the oil dipstick too. I run 36-psi in the tires. Still mighty pleased that in mixed City/Hwy driving I'm getting 25+ mpg.

Great post, as usual, EODGator..
 

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It's time to retire my Firestone Destination A/T - 235/75-16 tires (29.9" diameter), I'm going to go down in size just a little to avoid any rubbing issues and go with a set of Cooper Discoverer AT3 4S - 245/70R16 111T tires (29.5" diameter). They are the most highly rated A/T tire I could find, price is reasonable, and they are available nearby. I was initially planning on a set of BF Goodrich T/A KO2 tires but the reviews weren't as good and the price was a good deal higher.
 

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Will wheels with +45mm offset fit? I have a 98 4wd stock rav4 and I want a set of 16x7 sparco terras as a winter set. I'll be going with the stock tires size 215 70 16.
I suggest that you add a signature block with your RAV4s information, it really helps people trying to help you.
 

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OK, so after reading a lot o posts, I think adding a 225/75-16 should be possible at a 5D AWD 2000. I read that it is maybe possible to have some rubbing, but I'm mostly not driving with a lot of load. So, did I understand it well? And another question, does the 235/75-16 have a bigger diameter? That is what I read somewhere in this thread. I thought it only represents the width of the tire.
 

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OK, so after reading a lot o posts, I think adding a 225/75-16 should be possible at a 5D AWD 2000. I read that it is maybe possible to have some rubbing, but I'm mostly not driving with a lot of load. So, did I understand it well? And another question, does the 235/75-16 have a bigger diameter? That is what I read somewhere in this thread. I thought it only represents the width of the tire.
If you look at the chart I made on the first post it gives tire sizes, they may vary a small amount from different manufacturer and different tire designs.

Remember clearance issues depend on a lot of things, load in vehicle, tired old springs, rim offset, lifts, lowering, rim spacers, brand and model of tire, and automatic or manual transmission (the automatic protrudes further into the wheel well than the manual).

The 225/75-16 WILL RUB and MAY RUB HARSHLY on a stock RAV4. If you are staying stock I would stay around a 28" tire and nothing larger than 28.5" anything larger may be a problem. You may be able to go up to a 28.9" tire but if your springs are weak and many other considerations, you will have problems. Rubbing isn't just noisy, it can damage the tire, the suspension, and the wheel bearings.

The 235/75-16 is 29.9" in diameter and a 225/75-16 is 29.3" in diameter. See the following Tire size guide.
 

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OK, so after reading a lot o posts, I think adding a 225/75-16 should be possible at a 5D AWD 2000. I read that it is maybe possible to have some rubbing, but I'm mostly not driving with a lot of load. So, did I understand it well? And another question, does the 235/75-16 have a bigger diameter? That is what I read somewhere in this thread. I thought it only represents the width of the tire.
225/70-16 tires should work nicely at 28.4" but again it depends on many factors that I previously posted.
 

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I hate to ask for my own post to get a sticky, but this one gets a lot of attention and may warrant it if a moderator is watching.
 
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