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Tires 134 60.36%
Skid Plates 17 7.66%
Lift 51 22.97%
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:56 AM   #41
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Thanks everyone, looks like tires win! I plan on purchasing the 245/75-16 BFGs so I dont have to worry about rubbing at the extremes of the suspension travel. Next, I'll have to start saving my pennies for some skid plates/sliders. I like the absolute protection they offer.
Why not go for 265 75 16's?
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:09 AM   #42
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I figure the 245's came on the truck so I'll just stick with them. I have heard that the ABS/Traction control etc. will get messed up if I use a different tire size too. Whether or not that's true, I don't know. Have not put any time into verifying it. That's about as far as I thought about it.
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I'm running 265/70/r17 in bfg at and they don't rub at all.
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Don't do 245!!! Ull hate urself in a few months. Ull be fine with the 265/75/16 or 265/70/17 depending on ur rims
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:38 PM   #45
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I figure the 245's came on the truck so I'll just stick with them. I have heard that the ABS/Traction control etc. will get messed up if I use a different tire size too. Whether or not that's true, I don't know. Have not put any time into verifying it. That's about as far as I thought about it.
I've run 6 or 7 different sets of tires without issue. If you use stock wheels & suspension you can run 265/75/16s without rubbing.
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Don't do 245!!! Ull hate urself in a few months. Ull be fine with the 265/75/16 or 265/70/17 depending on ur rims
Do this!!!!

If you go with stock size, you will only waste your money!!! this will give you a little extra height, and you don't rub at all!!!

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I figure the 245's came on the truck so I'll just stick with them. I have heard that the ABS/Traction control etc. will get messed up if I use a different tire size too. Whether or not that's true, I don't know. Have not put any time into verifying it. That's about as far as I thought about it.
I have used stock and 265's, there is no problem with ABS/traction, etc...

Also, 265's looks better when you are stock!
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Don't know why anyone would put lift before tires.. you could lift your truck 10 foot but still not have traction with the stock tires..
Sometimes tiresize results in a need for lift. I had to lift first so my tires would fit. Why waste time buying tires and having them for 50k if your going to want bigger tires and will need a lift.

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We should try to get a meetup going for the Badlands. Looks like tires are winning so far. I have the Hankook DynaPro MT, Firestone Destination M/T, and Mud-Terrain T/A® KM2 in mind. Anyone got an opinion on which is better or if there is a better tire out there? I have an extra set of the toyota steel wheels that I plan to mount them on.
I got the goodyear wrangler authority's for my stock taco last week. 245/75/16 were $750 mounted and the 265/75/16 were only about $10 more a tire. They do awesome in every season and on/off road. I had them on my old T100 and absolutely loved them. Last week the day after I got them I went wheeling with a couple buddies, I made it further then the both of them. One was in a dodge cummins with brandnew 37" duratracs, the other was in a cherokee with 90% 33" cooper stt's. Granted the vehicle makes a big difference but they were all in aw at what the cheap tires could do.
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ok, fine, it can be done.. but not safetly really.. rubbing can be dangerouse... I put 285/75/16 duratracs on.. no way those would fit without some major rubbing. but in the end.. I fully agree.. tires are more important than lift. this is the first truck ive had that was lifted.. never really needed it.. it was alwayse the tires that matterd..
Lifts of 3" and less have no impact on what tire fits without rubbing. It only changes the amount of compression needed to rub. If you have proper clearancing and cab mount chop you can fit a 285 width 33" tire the same as a lifted truck with no rubbing. Again, it is an often repeated falsehood on this forum that a lift makes room for larger tires. It does not. It can do the opposite and make rubbing more likely, but never makes extra room... ever. The way it can make rubbing more likely is via added caster with an after market UCA.
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What is the best way to improve the off-road ability of a non-TDR 4x4 V6? I'm running 100% stock at the moment with highway tires. I have budget of about $1,000. Here are my ideas, but shoot me some suggestions.
  1. Off-road tires
  2. 5100's
  3. Bud Built skid plates
  4. Rear locker

Abs killswitch...........
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Sometimes tiresize results in a need for lift. I had to lift first so my tires would fit. Why waste time buying tires and having them for 50k if your going to want bigger tires and will need a lift.

2 cents,
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There is no tire & lift option, it's either, or. Tires are the by far better than a lift as a first Offroad mod, I already stated that 90 some off percent of the members do both at once before.
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I have to go with rear locker. Doesn't matter what tires you have if you unload 1 front and 1 rear you are stuck. You should be able to find a wrecked trd and snag the rear fairly cheap. Next would be tires.
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I put sliders on first- because I was stock height, I needed armor bad.



Next was tires


Followed by Rear Bumper & Suspension at the same time (I was rear ended- and they gave me a bunch of $$ to play with)

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I put on sliders first, then lift, then beefed up skids, then finally tires. Now waiting for my rear plate bumper to arrive.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:24 PM   #58
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I said lift, but def lift (5100's w/ aal or leaf pack) + tires

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Tires will determine your lift. Lift without tires looks awkward. Do both at the same time, and there's your first mod.
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Tires, Lockers, Sliders, Skids

Armor doesn't make you more "capable" off road, just saves you from damage.

Get tires and locked up then plate everything up, imo.
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