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Hey guys, looking to put 235/70 R16's on my 2004 Rav4 AWD Limited. Will these work without rub? Right now I'm running 235/60 R16's on there and I would like to run a bit beefier of an all terrain tire. Please let me know!

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The 70 series tire you stated will mathematically be 1.85" taller than the 60 series tire you have. The taller tire also places extra load on the drive train/decreases performance. Not sure a taller tire is considered beefier:shrug:......more plies under the tread/in the sidewalls, higher load range and deeper tread make for a beefier tire.
 

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I'm sure I've read 235/70x16s will fit a 4.2 when I was looking for info for my 4.1. Be careful with BFG ATs as the may well bt a LT tire, so very stiff.
 

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Yes 235/70/16 will fit on a 4.2.

I passed from 235/60/16 to LT225/75/16. So passed from 27.1'' to 29.2'' overall diameter, it gives 1 inch more ground clearance.

I have BFG AT K02 and love them. These are even a little better than I expected for winter use. But because these are bigger and much heavier tires, it accelerate slower than before.
 

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Your speed and odometer will be off as a result of your larger tires. Also the tires are heavier which will result in slower acceleration.
 

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I mounted Nokian Line Suv 235/70 R16 without doing any modification. The most closest part is front fender. İts about 20mm but There is no rubbing even when the steering wheel full turn and is oscillating at the same time. İt Works.
The tires makes it look like you lowered your rav.. Looks good with the beefier tires
 

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Yes it will. 235/70/16 are 28.9 in diameter, and my 225/75/16 are 29.3 in diameter. It fits ''tightly'' in the spare space without spacer.
 

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Yes it will. 235/70/16 are 28.9 in diameter, and my 225/75/16 are 29.3 in diameter. It fits ''tightly'' in the spare space without spacer.
and someone said it didn't. Just wasted a year without having them mounted smh lol. Did you use extended bolts?
 

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No extended bolts for me. But maybe yours may need a little spacer because the 235 are a bit larger than my 225. Don't know if you want to keep your spare cover, but it will not fit! ;)
 
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Did anyone try putting on their 235/70/r16 on the spare with a spacer? I think it will work lol. I'm on OME lift
Hey Rav4 Chris your Rav looks awesome. Do you have a spacer lift and bigger tires on the car? If so with the spacer lift did your rear shocks still have enough travel?

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OME lift kits dont use spacers. Their coil springs give 1.25'' lift. The total kit come with new rear shocks that have a different valving.


But the stock rear RAV4 shocks are long enough for much more lift.
 

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Hmm interesting because I just tried to install a 40mm spacer set staring with the rear and the shocks seemed to be maxed out... Any thoughts on that?
 

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I have 40mm coil spacers with stock shocks and there is still plenty travel.
 

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Mine is a 2001 RAV4.2. I will soon try new rear shocks from 2003-2009 4Runner. They are the same lenght as the RAV4, but with a stiffer valving. The only physical difference is that the hole in the bottom bushing is a little bigger than the RAV4 one. Will try to use the RAV4 bushings.


In your case, may-be your rear shocks were replaced by shorter ones....
If my memory is good; they should be 24-25 inches long (fully extended)... between bottom and top bushings.
 

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Thanks for the clarifying Commando.

Did you do anything with your control arms?

I'm currently waiting on my 40mm spacer.

Do keep us updated with the runner shocks!
 

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On the size spec chart (lenght fully closed and fully open), the 2003-2009 4Runner rear shocks were about the same lenghts as the RAV4.2 rear shocks. So I called a set.


But when I received them, they were about 3 inches shorter fully open. So with the 40mm lift, they were almost to short (not enough travel when lifting the RAV), which means less flex or off road. Other than that, the shock body is a little bit larger, but it clears the RAV4. Another ''problem'', is that the hole for the bottom fixing point is lager in diameter than the RAV4 one.


So I put them on the RAV4 (with a sleeve in the bottom hole)... then went for a ride. I was so happy with the stiffer valving result, that I kept them!


To get the fully open lenght I was looking for (24-25 in), I shimmed the upper threaded rod (between the shock body and the bushings). I also cut the bottom ''loop'' from my old RAV4 shocks, and welded them under the 4Runner shock's loops. It's now perfect for me, and I'm very happy with the result. The shocks are KYB, and cost me a total of 92$ for both.
 
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