1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

255/85 or 285/75 ?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Magnetic, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. Nov 10, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    #1
    Magnetic

    Magnetic [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2009
    Member:
    #16911
    Messages:
    39
    Gender:
    Male
    Baton Rouge, La
    Vehicle:
    09 TRD-Off Road, locker mod
    I just got the TSB done on my 2009! Next I am going to add some 5100s @ 2.5" and either a block or AAL for the rear if needed. I will be running stock TRD OR wheels for a year or two, but buying some new KM2s right after I lift it. Most of my off-roading is done on muddy hunting club roads, and not much else. In fact, I'm able to go everywhere I need to in stock form, so most of this is for looks anyway. I like the beefier look of the 285s, but I think they may look squeezed on the stock 7" wheel. I'm also wondering if there is any real difference in the amount of trimming that will be required between the two? I do realize that I will need spacers for the 285s. And of course if you have photos of your rig with either, please reply.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Nov 10, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    #2
    JimBeam

    JimBeam BECAUSE INTERNETS!! Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2008
    Member:
    #5966
    Messages:
    41,931
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    JB
    Vehicle:
    2014 DCSB TRD 4x4
    check to make sure that the 255/85s are even available first

    its a size not a lot of folks run because most people associate wide as good with mud tires when in fact skinnier can be a WHOLE lot more useful
     
  3. Nov 10, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    #3
    nelztaco

    nelztaco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Member:
    #23137
    Messages:
    701
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Neil
    Levittown, PA
    Vehicle:
    09 TRD Sport DCLB 4x4 SW
    UNDERCOVER, EIBACH COILS, TSB 4 LEAFS, TRD WHEELS, 255/85R16 KM2
    I want the tall skinny pizza cutter km's or km2's baad. From what I've read less trimming with the narrower tires. Was it difficult getting the tsb on your 09? I mean did they give you a hard time?
     
  4. Nov 10, 2009 at 1:24 PM
    #4
    Magnetic

    Magnetic [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2009
    Member:
    #16911
    Messages:
    39
    Gender:
    Male
    Baton Rouge, La
    Vehicle:
    09 TRD-Off Road, locker mod
    Surprisingly not. I printed it out from here and brought it with me. I explained the problem and that I had the same part number springs covered by the TSB. They gave it to a supervisor and called me a couple days later to say the parts were in and to bring it in for service.
     
  5. Nov 10, 2009 at 1:26 PM
    #5
    Magnetic

    Magnetic [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2009
    Member:
    #16911
    Messages:
    39
    Gender:
    Male
    Baton Rouge, La
    Vehicle:
    09 TRD-Off Road, locker mod
    They are available as special order through Sams for less than Tirerack or Discount Tire Direct...
     
  6. Nov 10, 2009 at 1:30 PM
    #6
    SubZombie

    SubZombie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Member:
    #19206
    Messages:
    340
    Gender:
    Male
    South East
    Vehicle:
    09 DC TRD Off Road 4x4 Barcelona Red

    Eh, I don't agree. Skinny is good for snow, but skinny tires in the mud = sinking deeper into the mud, wider tires lets you float on it a little better.

    Same thing on our tractors (live on a farm), you don't take certain tractors in the field when its muddy because the skinny tires just sink.
     
  7. Nov 10, 2009 at 1:40 PM
    #7
    JimBeam

    JimBeam BECAUSE INTERNETS!! Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2008
    Member:
    #5966
    Messages:
    41,931
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    JB
    Vehicle:
    2014 DCSB TRD 4x4
    ive found that skinny tires offroad work better than wide ones...

    when aired down they actually create a wider contact patch than a wide tire because they dont concave across the footprint like a wide tire

    skinny also helps when cutting thru the mud to get to the solid bottom to create traction instead of floating in the mud to just spin your tires

    this is an ongoing debate...but i subscribe to skinny is better for a multipurpose truck

    if you have an offroad only buggy and can put 12"+ wide tires that are beadlocked and run at 0psi thats completely different than the average offroad use of someones truck here
     
  8. Nov 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM
    #8
    SubZombie

    SubZombie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Member:
    #19206
    Messages:
    340
    Gender:
    Male
    South East
    Vehicle:
    09 DC TRD Off Road 4x4 Barcelona Red

    Yea but digging deep = having to sit there cutting just as deep through the mud and push all that mud out of the way which = far more to have to push through than spinning over top and it's also a much bigger chance of getting stuck and you'd better know the mud isn't any deeper than your axle. When you get stuck 99% of the time it's because you're too deep in the mud and can't cut forward through it or get enough traction to get ontop of it. I also don't think there is any good traction even in the bottom because its like slick snot on glass.

    Then if your wheels are on the bottom of the mud pit and you hit the edge and it isn't a gradual slope you're gonna be dead it your tracks.

    Also even if your tire is going concave (which isn't going to happen much on a good tire) it won't matter much in the mud anyway because the traction isn't on a flat plain, and your sidewalls aren't going to give you much usable traction laying out wide.


    I can see why it's an ongoing debate :p
     
To Top