Many Jeep owners love to upgrade the size of their rims and tires. However, the latest generation Jeep Grand Cherokee (2021-present) does not have room for larger diameter tires in its wheel arches. Resourceful Jeeps have discovered that they can install wheel spacers to change their rim placement and make room for larger tires.
Jeep Grand Cherokee: all-new for 2022
Jeep rolled out the long-wheelbase version of the fifth-generation Grand Cherokee for the 2021 model year. Then they started building the regular wheelbase version for 2022. You can still order this luxury mid-size SUV with a V6 or 5.7-liter HEMI V8. But now you can also choose the 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain.
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Jeep advertises the new Grand Cherokee’s MSRP as $38,720. The luxury SUV’s best off-road trim is the Trailhawk. The Trailhawk starts at $54,630.
The 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk comes with a disconnect sway bar for better front wheel articulation during off-road driving. It has an electronic limited-slip rear differential, air suspension and full-time 4WD. Check out the difference between AWD vs full-time 4WD.
But one feature even the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk doesn’t have is room for larger aftermarket rims and tires.
What size tires can I have on my Jeep Grand Cherokee?
Entry-level 2022 Grand Cherokees come from the factory with P245/70R17 tires, Limited trims have P265/60R18s, and Summit and Overland ride on P265/50R20s. Although you can change the rim/tire ratio, a new Grand Cherokee cannot fit a larger diameter tire.
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The Grand Cherokee’s front tire sticks out under a suspension link. If you increase the size of these tires, you run the risk of your wheels “scrubbing” or chafing every time you make a sharp turn. Scrubbing can damage suspension components or even cause a blowout.
Instead of larger tires, Jeep may suggest upgrading your Jeep Grand Cherokee with its Quadra-Drive II package. This full-time 4WD system includes adjustable air suspension at all four corners. A Grand Cherokee equipped with air suspension can increase its ride height and even provide 24 inches of water.
But for many more traditional Jeep fans, this tech-oriented solution isn’t enough. Grand Cherokee owners have found that they can install wheel spacers and change to larger tires while clearing all the suspension links.
Are wheel spacers safe?
Wheel spacers are divisive: Some claim they are unsafe and put too much stress on your vehicle’s suspension system. Other mountain bikers swear by them. The truth is that there are two very different types of wheel spacers and knowing the difference is key to making the safest choice possible.
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Slip-on wheel spacers are like a large washer that fits over your factory bolts. They force your rim further away from your axle by preventing you from fully tightening the lug nuts. Therefore, even spacer companies such as Bonoss claim that they are unsafe.
Bolted spacers attach to your axle’s factory bolts instead of your rim. Then they have another set of studs to attach your rim to. They are the preferred solution of enthusiasts like the experts at MotorTrend. Some Jeep Grand Cherokee owners have been able to use bolted spacers to install larger tires. Jeep has also said it is investigating solutions to upgrade to larger aftermarket tires for future model years of its new Grand Cherokee.
Then check out some common tire upgrade options or see the front wheelbase of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee for yourself in the video below:
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