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Re: Tire/Lift....what looks \"right\"?
Hmm. Im not sure there is any kind of hard and fast aesthetic formula for the right amount of tire/lift, especially since it's a subjective opinion, but here's my take on your rig.
Unless they are lifted to the sky or festooned with all kinds of offroad claptrap, 4 door vehicles are inherently dorky to begin with. I am not suggesting they have no usefulness or that they don't work offroad, they are just more steps towards a family truckster and more steps away from a cool offroad rig to start with.
That said, the biggest issue with that particular rig and the tire size is the shape of the wheelwells. Anything larger than stock is going to look out of place because they close in so tightly on the bottom contour. If you erased the wheels entirely, you can see what I mean. The wheelwells are disproportionately small for the bulk of the body. In some vehicles, like a first gen tracker, it looks a lot nicer with bigger tires because of the shape of the wheelwells. In the newer Trackers, both 2 and 4 door, the claustrophobic wheelwells take away the chance to make that simple change. Even lifting it an inch or two isn't going to get the "pinch point" at the bottom of the wheelwells far enough over the center of the wheel to prevent it from looking like the body is biting the tires.
ANother thing that will help the appearance you have right now is to use brighter wheels with the 235s. It wil have the effect of making the wheels appear larger and visually more bold, decreasing the weighted effect of the large body panels and restrictive wheelwells.