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View Poll Results: which tire size is best for hitting the trails
265/75/16 9 40.91%
285/75/16 11 50.00%
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:20 PM   #1
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what would be best for wheeling

so now that i have my 3" lift. I was wondering is there any benefits from having 285's over 265's? or does tire size have nothing to do with anything besides looks
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Larger tire will have a larger contact patch.
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Folks will say that skinnier tires are better than wider ones due to the downward force, which means mud & sand would require airing down.

Wide tires will give you better on-road abilities. Expect trimming with 285s.

I personally have stock 265s, and others with better knowledge should be chiming in soon...
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Larger tire height will give you an additional lift to your suspension lift. Many people who go with 285's complain about rubbing and some have to trim their front cab mounts. I'm going with 255/85/16 tires when I lift my truck in the summer.
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I will probally go with the 255/85 not because of the fuss about traction, but because i spend most of my time on road and its easy to airdown for offroad. I know this isnt one of your choices but just my .02
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Larger tire height will give you an additional lift to your suspension lift. Many people who go with 285's complain about rubbing and some have to trim their front cab mounts. I'm going with 255/85/16 tires when I lift my truck in the summer.
Yeah i'm picking up 285's tomorrow but hopefully they will be ok on my stock rims for about a month or 2 without spacers. worst case scenario I end up selling the 285's and downsizing to 265's but I hope not
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I will probally go with the 255/85 not because of the fuss about traction, but because i spend most of my time on road and its easy to airdown for offroad. I know this isnt one of your choices but just my .02
255/85's seem to be popular. can i change the poll to include it some how? does anyone know?
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I know it's kind of off topic but what would be better for someone who does mostly highway driving but when going offroad it's either rocky mountain trails deep mud and deep snow 6-9 months out of the year 285's or 255's
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airing down larger tires over slow obstacles gets you more traction for your tires to "wrap" around rocks and such.

I say 285's, because I'm a supporter of the larger contact patch argument...
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IMHO I think 255's but im sure someone else thinks 285's lol its all up to you in the long run.
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