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255/85 R16 Owners Experience

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by rsbmg, May 8, 2011.

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255/85 R16's?

Poll closed Jun 7, 2011.
  1. My tire of choice has worked great in all conditions

    58.3%
  2. Ran em but didn't work for me, went wider and am happy I did.

    16.7%
  3. Ran wide before now run the skinnies and am much happier

    25.0%
  1. Feb 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM
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    XXXX

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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.
     
  2. Feb 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM
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    chenbro

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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..
     
  3. Feb 13, 2014 at 9:51 AM
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    teneighty

    teneighty I'd rather be skiing...

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    I looked on coopers site and didn't see that size. Where did you buy them?
     
  4. Feb 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM
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    Pliny

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    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!

    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.
     
  5. Feb 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM
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    ChamYota

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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. :cool:
     
  6. Feb 13, 2014 at 10:38 AM
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    tacoma16

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    Feeling the same way. Happy to find an aggressive all terrain in this size.
     
  7. Feb 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM
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    extremachn1

    extremachn1 I am an asshole, deal with it!

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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.
     
  8. Feb 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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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 :D

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

    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 :D
     
  9. Feb 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM
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    That's good news!
     
  10. Feb 14, 2014 at 3:28 AM
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    mike2100

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    Open diff actually means less tendency for rear to slide
     
  11. Feb 17, 2014 at 8:23 AM
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    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. :p
     
  12. Feb 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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    BradyT88

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    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.
     
  13. Feb 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM
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    My Hankook MT's were definitely better on slush / wet snow than my Hankook ATm's
     
  14. Feb 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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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.
     
  15. Feb 20, 2014 at 9:14 AM
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    TacoFMS My turn.

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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.

    Pics for proof and to show off the new tires.

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  16. Feb 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM
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    Check out my build page. I have a OME lift about 2.5 inches and my KM2's on stock 16's do not rub at all off road.
     
  17. Feb 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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    I think the key here to running the 255/85 tires with minimum mods to use STOCK WHEELS. I have a new set of Cooper ST's in 255/85R16 on 8"wide, 0 ffset Method DoubleStandard whels and took them off because of rubbing on the front fender flares. I have a second set of tires/wheels in good shape so it was no problem.

    I have since bought a set of used but very nice condition 16"x7" Gen 1 alloy wheels (the ones with 5 twisted spokes). I am hoping these will clear up my clearance issues. So now I need to pull a couple of my Coopers off the 8" wide wheels and put them on the 7" wide wheels, mount them on the front and see what happens. I am thinking of having the 1st ggen wheels powder-coated before I put the tires on them.. They are not bad, but there is just no gloss to them after scrubbing with Purple Power and a stiff brush. Thinking the dull surface will be hard to clean.
     
  18. Feb 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM
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    I used a grinder to put a cut in mine every 2-3 inches and alternated the folds.
     
  19. Feb 20, 2014 at 9:52 PM
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    Icon stage 1, Wheelers 3 leaf HD, LR UCA, 265/75/16 BFG KO
    Read through this entire thread. I want me some 255s next time I get tires. Will BFG ever make an all terrain in this size?
     
  20. Feb 20, 2014 at 10:00 PM
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    All the cool kids are geting the st maxx :cool:

    But who knows about BFG? There's always the AT in 33 x 10.5 r15 if you drop down to a 15" rim....
     
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