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My tire of choice has worked great in all conditions 7 58.33%
Ran em but didn't work for me, went wider and am happy I did. 2 16.67%
Ran wide before now run the skinnies and am much happier 3 25.00%
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:34 PM   #1781
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will a 255/75/17 fit on a dcsb with no lift???
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So I got myself some new shoes for my ride. My 285/75R16 Fierce Attitudes were really worn out and it was time for a change. I picked up a set of 255/85 R16 Cooper ST Maxx. I really like these, a very aggressive AT but not as aggressive as an MT. Plus they are made on the STT carcass so they are very tough. Tomorrow I get my alignment done.

So far just driving around today I really like them. The truck is smoother and quieter already.

I will give you an off road report next week when we take them and the truck up to Sedona and run Broken Arrow.


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Old 02-12-2014, 08:38 PM   #1784
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Nice! Are those on 16x7 or 16x8? Did you get a chance to measure them?
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Nice! Are those on 16x7 or 16x8? Did you get a chance to measure them?
They are 16x8. I have not had a chance to measure or take a front shot as well. Hope to do that today.
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must say I am impressed with my KM2's in the snow. We didn't get jack last year so I had no real first hand info, but this year we had a few storms with 10" plus and I have yet to slide out or get stuck. I was going to sipe them, but I see no need now.
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must say I am impressed with my KM2's in the snow. We didn't get jack last year so I had no real first hand info, but this year we had a few storms with 10" plus and I have yet to slide out or get stuck. I was going to sipe them, but I see no need now.
How does it handle in slush vs pow? I don't have any weight in the back of my truck and the AT's handle powder ok but slush is pretty bad..
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:51 AM   #1788
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So I got myself some new shoes for my ride. My 285/75R16 Fierce Attitudes were really worn out and it was time for a change. I picked up a set of 255/85 R16 Cooper ST Maxx. I really like these, a very aggressive AT but not as aggressive as an MT. Plus they are made on the STT carcass so they are very tough. Tomorrow I get my alignment done.

So far just driving around today I really like them. The truck is smoother and quieter already.

I will give you an off road report next week when we take them and the truck up to Sedona and run Broken Arrow.


I looked on coopers site and didn't see that size. Where did you buy them?
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:58 AM   #1789
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They are 16x8. I have not had a chance to measure or take a front shot as well. Hope to do that today.
Gotcha thanks for the response. I found a guy who measured then on expo with 16x8" but no 16x7" yet. I may be the first!

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I looked on coopers site and didn't see that size. Where did you buy them?
They just came out and coopers site doesn't reflect the size yet. You can get then through any cooper dealer, although they're back ordered (at least when I checked a couple weeks ago). Tirerack has them as well as the local big brand.
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That is the tire I'm gonna get when meh nittos wear out or someone buys them...

the STT maxx looks really good and it's not a M/T so that'll be even better.
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the STT maxx looks really good and it's not a M/T so that'll be even better.


Feeling the same way. Happy to find an aggressive all terrain in this size.
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I looked on coopers site and didn't see that size. Where did you buy them?
I got mine from discount tire. They don't show on their site either but if you call they have them. Mine took 4 days to get in direct from Cooper so I doubt they are on national back order right now.
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How does it handle in slush vs pow? I don't have any weight in the back of my truck and the AT's handle powder ok but slush is pretty bad..

I gots heavy ass end bumpa so no issues there + I still have a quarter cord of wood in my truck from last weekends camp trip

I see no way a MT would be better in ice or slush than a AT but I could be wrong

I never had rear end sliding issues when I had my mechanical LSD or now that I'm open. First storm we had I spent a good hour in a parking lot trying to learn how the open would react in emergency situations because I was so used to my LSD. I still don't have the open rear down pat yet, but a few more storms and Ill be a pro again
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I got mine from discount tire. They don't show on their site either but if you call they have them. Mine took 4 days to get in direct from Cooper so I doubt they are on national back order right now.
That's good news!
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I gots heavy ass end bumpa so no issues there + I still have a quarter cord of wood in my truck from last weekends camp trip

I see no way a MT would be better in ice or slush than a AT but I could be wrong

I never had rear end sliding issues when I had my mechanical LSD or now that I'm open. First storm we had I spent a good hour in a parking lot trying to learn how the open would react in emergency situations because I was so used to my LSD. I still don't have the open rear down pat yet, but a few more storms and Ill be a pro again
Open diff actually means less tendency for rear to slide
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Major Traction Advantage

The traction advantage of 255/85-16 KM2s touted by earlier posters is NOT hype.

I spent the majority of the day yesterday driving muddy, rutted, snow covered trails with a handful of other similar, small 4wd vehicles equipped with at least rear lockers. They had either 285 Duratracs or 285 KM2s.
The 255 KM2s provided the best traction by far, and my truck had the least problem getting around.

I can't attribute my success to any modifications as my truck is an otherwise stock Off Road (rear e-locker).
I also can't take credit for skill, because this was my 4th off road experience.

My truck tractored through everything at a slow and steady pace with minimal use of the skinny pedal, minimal spinning, and minimal sideways sliding. Not much drama at all, save for rubbing against two trees.

DO NOT BUY 255 KM2s if you don't want to get bored. I would have been in danger of real boredom yesterday if not for a few things: 1) Hanging out with good people 2) being so new to off roading and 3) hitting stuff with the bottom of my rear bumper and crushing my trailer plug.
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I see no way a MT would be better in ice or slush than a AT but I could be wrong
AT's are definitely superior on ice. It is well known that MT's are bad on ice. I think MT's are superior in slush though. More gaps in the tread for the slush to go. The hardest part of deep slush is pushing it out of the way of the tires. That will pull the vehicle all over the place. I can haul ass through some pretty deep slush with my KM2's and not even know it's there.
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I gots heavy ass end bumpa so no issues there + I still have a quarter cord of wood in my truck from last weekends camp trip

I see no way a MT would be better in ice or slush than a AT but I could be wrong

I never had rear end sliding issues when I had my mechanical LSD or now that I'm open. First storm we had I spent a good hour in a parking lot trying to learn how the open would react in emergency situations because I was so used to my LSD. I still don't have the open rear down pat yet, but a few more storms and Ill be a pro again

My Hankook MT's were definitely better on slush / wet snow than my Hankook ATm's
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I've read pretty much the whole thread (long read) and I still have a few questions just to confirm before I spend $1183 on the KM2s. The more I read the more confusing it got, ie - it fits, it doesnt fit, etc.


I have a 2013 access cab trd offroad, with the stock 16" rims. I am going to purchase a 2.5" lift kit (brand to be determined) with UCAs. I plan to use the stock rims with the KM2s (I really like the look of the stockers)

Will this setup work for me without having to cut/trim/remove mudflaps. My offroading is light, mostly logging trails and sandy/muddy ground. No rocks to crawl around here.

I would appreciate any input.

Thanks for your time.
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When you guys are hammering the pinch weld flat which direction do you hammer to? towards the engine or towards the fender? I just bought a set of 255/85r16 Maxxis Bighorns and trying to get ready for a wheeling trip this weekend.

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