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Good read on the 'narrow vs wide' argument

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by benbacher, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Oct 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM
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    colinb17

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    if i didn't live in florida most of the year, i'd deffinately consider a narrower tire. we have to have them down here because of the sugar sand. some trails go on for miles with sand that you will sink to your knee in if you step out of the truck. the difference in skinny and wide tires here is very noticable with skinnys being at a dissadvantage. one of the few scenarios where this is the case though.

    However, you do have to realize that in the grand scheme of things, a 285 (average for people on this site) is still fairly narrow.

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  2. Oct 3, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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    dealer cost in the NE for a km2 is $180.00 so you can talk them down much further....

    luckily I know a member who knows a guy so we gave him $10 per tire for doing the deal and me and a buddy grabbed 10 of them for $1,900.00 cash. dealer made $100 and we saved a ton.
     
  3. Oct 3, 2012 at 5:25 PM
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  4. Oct 3, 2012 at 5:50 PM
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    soooooooo can I have 5?
     
  5. Oct 3, 2012 at 5:53 PM
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  6. Oct 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM
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    Glad I stuck with 265 rather than 285 .
     
  7. Oct 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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    But your truck is in the sand! Don't you NEED those wide tires for flotation?! :p
     
  8. Oct 4, 2012 at 2:27 PM
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    I found those narrow tires you ordered.

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  9. Oct 4, 2012 at 2:30 PM
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    Just some more info to add to this.

    The reason tire manufactures here (US) do not make 35 10s is due to sidewall buckle.

    At speed during a turn a narrow tall tire has a higher likelihood of the side wall folding causing roll overs.

    This is why most 35's are 12.5
     
  11. Oct 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM
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    Cool......guess I picked the best size tire for the conditions I deal with here in the deep South (deep red clay & mud). But then again.....I already knew this. :D
     
  12. Oct 4, 2012 at 3:33 PM
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    Definitely a good read. So for most just trail/exploration types like me at the moment a 255 would be good. But if later on in life I was intrigued by the LT prerunner setups I should look more into the 285s?
     
  16. Apr 28, 2013 at 5:15 PM
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    Depends on your terrain? Do you need to float or do you need to bite?
     
  17. Apr 28, 2013 at 7:23 PM
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    I guess bite. As of now the terrain I go thru looks like this

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    That pretty much sums up the Fort Hood areas. Mostly dirt and some rocky areas. We haven't had rain yet so I'm not sure what this area is like with wetness.
     
  18. Apr 28, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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    It looks like you'd benefit from a smaller more aggressive contact patch, if that were my terrain I'd be going tall skinny.
     
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    Plenty of good reasons to use wide tires, but for my purposes, it appears that narrower is better. Who knew?

    Very useful post to me, because I was wobbling between 33X12.5 and 33x105. Now my mind's made up. :)
     
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