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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-23-2011, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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Larger Tires Effect on Warranty & Trade-in?

I am thinking that I would eventually like to install a lift and some larger diameter quality Off Road capable tires. In discussing this possibility with dealers when I was vehicle shopping, I found their reaction interesting and was wondering what the truth really is.

Dealer comments about suspension lifts varied widely but I think that basically the feeling is that warranty coverage would only be adversely affected for problems that could be directly caused by the lift, including no coverage for the new suspension components themselves of course.

However, the dealer consensus was that over-sized tires will lower trade value significantly and would prevent me from signing the Federal Odometer Accuracy Declaration under penalty for perjury. Furthermore, they mentioned early loss of all warranty coverage since it would no longer be possible to ensure the accuracy of the odometer reading, which is the sole basis for determining eligibility for much of the warranty coverage.

I do see where my extended warranty contract states very specifically that installation of over-sized tires will void the extended warranty coverage in its entirety. One of the dealers told me that even if I just brought my Jeep in for an oil change, if oversize tires were detected, that it would be noted in my vehicle record.

So is this all a bunch of bs or what?
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Well different animal, but my last TJ I was given MORE money for my trade due to the lift and tires. I don't recall there be any issue about the odometer reading, but on my last TJ and this current TJ both speedos are overly optimistic according to my GPS and those radar things they have on the side of the road. So from the factory their odometers are wrong on the Wranglers. My charger seems to be spot on at all legal speeds though.
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So you give them the 8~10% on mileage. Best bet is have the dealer do the lift and tires. My dealer will do a coil lift and tires/rims and continue the factory warranty. Plus a lifetime warranty on the lift kit. Not cheap, but they do it.

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The dealer has the ability to recalibrate your odometer and speedometer.
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Actually a couple of the dealers I had talked to told me they could NOT recalibrate for tires that are larger than OEM. If you know that this is untrue and that I should argue with my dealer about this, please let me know.
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So you give them the 8~10% on mileage. Best bet is have the dealer do the lift and tires. My dealer will do a coil lift and tires/rims and continue the factory warranty. Plus a lifetime warranty on the lift kit. Not cheap, but they do it.
Yeah, 1 of the 5 local dealers I had visited seemed very much into doing lifts, but my dealer, the only one that had 5-speed 4wd Latitudes in stock, seemed least receptive to the idea.

I would be happy to "give them 8-10% on mileage" but will they have to accept that, or can they play hard ball on warranty claims anyway, and if so, would I have any recourse?
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Actually a couple of the dealers I had talked to told me they could NOT recalibrate for tires that are larger than OEM. If you know that this is untrue and that I should argue with my dealer about this, please let me know.
this is for a TJ, so maybe the MK is more difficult. But the key here is the guy has 32" tires (factory are around 30" at the tallest) and 4.56 gears (4.10s were in the Rubicon, but this year Jeep had something taller), yet he was able to get the speedo gear from his Jeep dealer.

http://www.stu-offroad.com/engine/speedo/speed1.htm
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