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Hey guys it is me again looking for people who have or have had these tires, some questions, I hope you can chime in. For the questions below the assumption is that the Patriot has no lift and there is no rubbing at all. I have a 2017 FD2 which I believe has the same clearance than the ones for the previous 3 or 4 years.

1. What is the biggest tire size (R17) that would fit without any modification?

2. What is the biggest tire size (R17) that would fit with wheel spacers? (what is the spacer size?)

3. What is the biggest tire size (R17) that would fit with wheel spacers and the pinch weld mod? (what is the spacer size?)

It is not a test :) so please feel to answer any of the questions based on your experience with the BFG KO2

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Adding something based on other posts in this forum, not necessarily for this tires, I believe 225/65/R17 are safe with no mods or spacers, 235/65/R17 may work with wheel spacers and no pinch weld mod but I am not 100% sure...

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And finally based on other post in this forum with spacers and pinch weld mod 245/65/R17 is doable... So for xx/65/17 it seems that this works for patriots with standard suspension :

215 - stock
225 - ok nothing needed
235 - spacers needed
245 - spacers and pinch weld mod needed

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As I am getting more information will keep updating this thread... I was looking at the BFG website and these are the sizes available for the KO2 in xx/65/17:

95341 LT225/65R17/D 107 S
52433 LT245/65R17/D 111 S
16681 LT265/65R17/E 120 S
42347 LT275/65R17/E 121 S
48785 LT305/65R17/E 121 R

The last 3 surely won't fit on a Patriot with no lift, so only 2 options here.... 225 that should fit as is with nothing else required and 245 that would require wheel spacers and the pinch weld mod.... has anyone have experience with these tires on a non lifted patriot?
 

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I dont think there is a downside to not doing any of those items he listed. You dont need to do any of that to have KO2s.
Intake and exhaust dont do much of anything on today's cars without a tune (waste of money on a Patriot,) Ive also read a lot of feedback that will recommend the basic copper spark plugs since they have actually had performance issues with upgraded plugs.
 

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Thanks for your posts breadtruck and longshot270

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Has anyone had success without a lift, doing only 1.5" spacers & pinch weld mod to fit the KO2 245/65/17 tires?

I ran that exact combination, car was nearly undrivable. Every bump and turn meant crazy rubbing, and it felt like it was going to rip the fender off. I wouldn't recommend it.
 

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Has anyone had success without a lift, doing only 1.5" spacers & pinch weld mod to fit the KO2 245/65/17 tires?

I ran that exact combination, car was nearly undrivable. Every bump and turn meant crazy rubbing, and it felt like it was going to rip the fender off. I wouldn't recommend it.
Appreciate the feedback. With your experience do you believe it would be driveable with stu coils instead of a lift?
 

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Has anyone had success without a lift, doing only 1.5" spacers & pinch weld mod to fit the KO2 245/65/17 tires?

I ran that exact combination, car was nearly undrivable. Every bump and turn meant crazy rubbing, and it felt like it was going to rip the fender off. I wouldn't recommend it.
Appreciate the feedback. With your experience do you believe it would be driveable with stu coils instead of a lift?
Personally I would go with a 235/65/17 tire and maybe have to flatten a pinch weld at most.
 

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Lol, STU coils technically are a lift kit. But with an independent suspension vehicle such as the Patriot, merely lifting it straight up also brings the wheels in, due to suspension geometry.

KO2 is the best overall tire in the world as far as I can tell, but it's also one of the heaviest. A stock Patriot street tire weighs 20-25 pounds, and a KO2 in 225/65R17 weighs about 40 pounds. That's alot for an eco-tuned 4-banger to push along. Might be worth keeping in mind when considering what size to run.
 
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