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Old 10-24-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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Upgrade to 265/70/16?

I have a stock 2013 regular cab 4x4 manual transmission with the dunlop 245/75/16 at20s on. I started to do a couple trails and am having a blast.

I want to upgrade to a 265 tire for extra traction, but I have heard many mixed reviews on 265/75/16. Too much of rubbing / non rubbing talk. So the 265/70/16 would basically keep the same diameter while increasing the tread width.

Is it worth it to put on 265/70/16s to get the extra width without the height that the 75s add? I just don't want to run into rubbing problems when the suspension is compressing and I'm turning type stuff.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:13 AM   #2
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i got 265-75-16 on my truck no rubbing at all, if you have factory wheels you will be fine, its aftermarket wheels that will allow some rubbing issues.
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I was about to ask this exact same question, so no reason for me to start another thread, so Iíll just jump in here. Iím all stock. No lift. Am about to replace the stock tires that came on my 2011 Tacoma and am thinking about the 265/70/16.

Is there any advantage to the extra width of the 265/70/16 over the 245/75/16's besides the cool look?

These will most likely be the Cooper Discoverer AT3's
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I was about to ask this exact same question, so no reason for me to start another thread, so I’ll just jump in here. I’m all stock. No lift. Am about to replace the stock tires that came on my 2011 Tacoma and am thinking about the 265/70/16.

Is there any advantage to the extra width of the 265/70/16 over the 245/75/16's besides the cool look?

These will most likely be the Cooper Discoverer AT3's
i went from a dunlop at20 245/75/16 to 265/70/16 Michelin i think it drives better. i lost about 1mpg, but happy i did it
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i went from a dunlop at20 245/75/16 to 265/70/16 Michelin i think it drives better. i lost about 1mpg, but happy i did it
Minus 1 mpg just for going to a tire 1 1/8 inch wider?
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Minus 1 mpg just for going to a tire 1 1/8 inch wider?
i don't think its the size but the added weight
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:20 AM   #8
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Well I wasn't as concerned with how they will look or the mpg loss. It's my understanding that when you put more tire surface to the pavement / dirt / whatever that you're increasing the resistance and mpg loss is to be expected.

I was just starting out doing some trails and wanted some all terrain tires. I was just wondering about the 70s vs the 75s. What benefits would be lost by going with the 70s?
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Well I wasn't as concerned with how they will look or the mpg loss. It's my understanding that when you put more tire surface to the pavement / dirt / whatever that you're increasing the resistance and mpg loss is to be expected.

I was just starting out doing some trails and wanted some all terrain tires. I was just wondering about the 70s vs the 75s. What benefits would be lost by going with the 70s?
The real benefit would be losing the Dunlops and going with a better tire. 245 vs. 265 in the same overall height would not make much of a difference since you typically air down for trail driving anyways.
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Given the same exact tire you probably wouldn't notice any difference in feel but they definitely do LOOK better. When I bought mine it was side-by-side with an identical truck with 245's and it just looks better. If you're going to be buying new tires I don't see any reason to stick with the 245's, but I wouldn't replace them just because of the size.
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I see. I have a second set of wheels that I want the all terrain tires on. I don't mind the 245 dunlops for highway driving. I will run them until they wear out.

I just tried a couple trails and thought it would be nice to get a tire more suited for that in a LT version. I thought they would stand up to the abuse better.
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Well I wasn't as concerned with how they will look or the mpg loss. It's my understanding that when you put more tire surface to the pavement / dirt / whatever that you're increasing the resistance and mpg loss is to be expected.
That seems to make sense, but Iím sure air pressure in the tires would make a difference too. Iíd like to go with 265/70/16's vs 245/75/16's mostly for looks. I have to wonder how much of an improvement one might see in handling on the highway and traction off road or highway road noise.
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That seems to make sense, but I’m sure air pressure in the tires would make a difference too. I’d like to go with 265/70/16's vs 245/75/16's mostly for looks. I have to wonder how much of an improvement one might see in handling on the highway and traction off road or highway road noise.
Ya, you could probably get varied results with different air pressures. I agree that I think 265/70/16 would accomplish my goal of getting more traction and be just fine for off road driving / trails. I was just wondering if a 75 series tire would be just for looks or if there is some benefit to having the taller sidewall.

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265/75/16 with aftermarket rims here Level 8 Guardian rims on BFG A/T KO's. Some rubbing here. Very minor but it's there.
Cool deal, I have a set of stock wheels that I'll be using. I know there is probably very little reason for me not to get the 265/75/16, plus it sure does look a whole lot cooler. But I'd like to stay away from choosing based on looks for this particular purchase. I'm totally willing to remove the front mud flaps, but I don't know about cutting stuff in the wheel well. I know I'd be fine if all I did was drive in a straight line on the highway, but I'm buying these tires specifically for off road purposes. The suspension will be compressing and I will be turning.
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if you want a new tire that will be better off road and still drive ok and get good gas mileage i suggest looking to the 235/85/16 size. i ran these on my reg cab with no lift and no concern for rubbing. same width as the crappy stock tires but an inch taller.
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if you want a new tire that will be better off road and still drive ok and get good gas mileage i suggest looking to the 235/85/16 size. i ran these on my reg cab with no lift and no concern for rubbing. same width as the crappy stock tires but an inch taller.
I'm not looking for better gas mileage. I am looking to increase tread width for more traction and mostly off road use.

I'm just going to suck it up and try the 265/75/16. If I decide they're not what I'm looking for I suppose I can always sell them and get the 70s. I'd rather try the 75s and know for sure rather than getting the 70s and wondering what could have been.
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I just saw where you're going to mount these on a second set of rims and use them purely for off roading, keeping your factory tires for street & highway use.

If you're doing that - definitely get the larger size; no need to compromise and accept the factory diameter for a pure offroad use tire.
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I'm not looking for better gas mileage. I am looking to increase tread width for more traction and mostly off road use.

I'm just going to suck it up and try the 265/75/16. If I decide they're not what I'm looking for I suppose I can always sell them and get the 70s. I'd rather try the 75s and know for sure rather than getting the 70s and wondering what could have been.
i didn't realize you were looking for a set just for wheeling. go for the 265's for sure then. you should check out intero's site, they have recently posted 265/75/16's in the iroc nd!
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also important when looking to your wheeling tire choice that not all 265's are actually the same size, they vary by half an inch or so in height and also in tread width. a good example of this is another interco tire, the ssr in the 265/70/16, well worth a look..
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Well thanks for the input guys. It's a done deal.

I pulled the trigger on some Michelin LTX A/T 2 - 265/75/16

I was stuck between the duratracs and the a/t 2s for a long time. I'm sure the duratracs look cooler and have a more aggressive tread, but I called tire rack and liked the deal on the Michelins they gave me. So it's done now and they're on the way.

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