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Pull trigger on 285/70/17 BFG AT's?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by KRich, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. Apr 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM
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    KRich

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    Hi all,

    I am ready to buy some dedicated non-winter use tires and have been leaning towards the 285/70/17 BFG A/T KO's. I have the stock 17" TRD sport rims with Bilstein 5100's on all four tires set at 2.5 in the front and a Toytec AAL for TSB in the rear. I also have 1.25 spidertrax spacers all the way around. I have a few questions before I pull the trigger:

    My understanding with this setup is that I will probably have to remove the front mudflaps and do some minor to moderate trimming to eliminate most if not all rub?

    I am debating between D and E load range and it looks like there isn't a big weight difference per tire but that the D range may use a softer compound for the mud and snow rating, since I won't be using these for winter, would I get longer tread life with the E?

    Lastly, I have been trying to overlook this part but with gas prices the way they are, how much worse are these tires going to make my gas mileage? I currently have 265/70/17 Nokian Hakka LT Load E studded winter tires on the truck and don't find the gas mileage that bad but these tires are only 45 lbs each compared to the 55-58 lbs each that the BFGs will be.

    Sorry for the long post, but I really appreciate any info that you guys can give me.

    cheers,
    Kyle
     
  2. Apr 4, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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    BAMFTACO

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    I have Load e a lot of people complain that there to stiff but just keep them at 32-34 psi and there fine I've put 20000 hard miles on my there just about half way Tread
     
  3. Apr 4, 2012 at 10:28 PM
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    Bumpity bump bump, leaning towards Load D now
     
  4. Apr 4, 2012 at 10:42 PM
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    Load D will be lighter/better for mpg. Im not sure if it will be noticeable though.
     
  6. Apr 8, 2012 at 2:41 PM
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    bump
     
  7. Apr 8, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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    I just got the D rated BFGs about 3 weeks ago! Love them! I don't tow much so I thought the E would be overkill!

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  8. Apr 8, 2012 at 9:50 PM
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    you will probably have to do the CMC as well.
     
  9. Apr 8, 2012 at 10:45 PM
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    What kind of front springs are you running with those billys turned up to 2.5?
     
  10. Apr 9, 2012 at 12:12 AM
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    Still running the stock springs at this point. I want to order the tires tomorrow but I'm starting to wonder if I should get the BFG's in a 275 since they do make that size and it might be better for mileage and less trimming etc
     
  11. Apr 9, 2012 at 7:03 AM
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    I am also interested in BFGs in 275s...if you order them...can you post up some pics after install? thanks
     
  12. Apr 9, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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    Just ordered the 285's for install on Thursday. Have seen a few posts from guys that got 275s and wished they had gone bigger so I am throwing common sense to the wind and going for it. The way gas prices are going, this truck will probably only be affordable to drive for a few more years :p.
     
  13. Apr 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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    I have the exact same set up as you, billy's 5100 set to 2.5 and billys in the rear. I have the 285/75r16 AT KO's load range D. I love them, the load range E would have been overkill. I doubt you will regret these tires.

    As far as trimming goes - I had to remove my front and rear mud flaps, and trim some minor plastic, which wasnt a big deal because you can barely notice.
     
  14. Apr 9, 2012 at 8:34 PM
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    Billy's 5100 all 'round, 2.5 front
    Also, the load range D is actually wider than the load range E. The E has a slightly larger diameter
     
  15. Apr 9, 2012 at 8:38 PM
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    I've got 285/70/17 BFG D rated and love them. Great tire.

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  16. Apr 9, 2012 at 8:40 PM
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    I have 285 BFGs with a 3" lift and just had to trim the inner black mud guard a bit. They look great and ride way softer then the toyo's i had before.
     
  17. Apr 10, 2012 at 7:21 AM
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    This is about the same question I have. Want to go 285, but I don't want to chop the cab if I don't have to. I have the toytec ULK with LR UCAs up front, and toytec TSB AAL and 5100s in the rear, and spidertrax on all 4. It's sitting 2.5 to 3 in up and currently running 255/75r17 BFG MT KMs. Looking at 285/70r17 BFG ATs. Cannot find a definite answer on the chop. I too might go 275 if I don't find the answer.
     
  18. Apr 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM
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    Got the new shoes installed today and wow do they look great! I did remove the front mudflaps and trim some of the inner fender and was hoping that I was all clear but then did manage to scrape when going over a bump and turning at the same time so may have to trim a bit more. If that all works out well I think I am going to be a very happy camper! As I have seen posted all over the place here, the 285 does look perfect with the 2.5-3" lift and I don't think I would want to go smaller.
     
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    where's the pics?!!
     
  20. Apr 15, 2012 at 6:09 AM
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    Lets see the pics!!!
     
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