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Skinny Tire help / experience

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by BAZZMAZZA, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Apr 23, 2012 at 2:55 PM
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    BAZZMAZZA

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    I am looking to purchase some tires very soon and need some advice. Not much on the forum search available for this size tire.
    I own a 2004 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab and am moving to Kodiak Alaska.

    I will be installing a "Wheelers" complete suspension kit with OME-882. (yes I have an ARB Bumper and Winch).

    I currently have stockers 265 70 R16 and am looking at possibly making the move to either 235 85 R16 (taller / skinnier) or 245 75 R16 (basically stock). I want to get DURATRAC's

    Will 235 85 16's RUB? (cant find much on this in the forum)
    these are an E rated tires in this size for heavier Trucks. What are the disadvantages on E rated tires?

    I want to avoid any rubbing / cutting / pounding whatsoever. My main concern is funtonality not looks. Thanks in Advance !!
     
  2. Apr 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM
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    With that suspension you should be able to run the 255 75 R16's or a 33x10.50 R15.
     
  3. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:31 PM
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    yeah you could even run 255/85r16 too. Thats what i'm running with the 882's
     
  4. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM
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    Both would require pinch weld "adjustment". I think he is trying to avoid that.
     
  5. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:37 PM
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    nope i didn't have to do the pinch weld mod, i only rub a little on full lock on the driver side frame
     
  6. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:39 PM
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    I have no experience in the snow, but wouldn't you want a wider tire with more contact patch to grip the snow? Maybe you guys up north can verify this.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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    Wider floats on mud, skinny cuts through snow to grab ground underneath.

    I vote 255s as well
     
  8. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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    Well then there you go. I've only physically touched snow once in my life, seen it plenty times on T.V. though lol.
     
  9. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:44 PM
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    You got real lucky, of have a shit-ton of positive caster.
     
  10. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:46 PM
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    Snow is over-rated.
     
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    some say yes, but some say no. I tend to like a skinny tire for the snow because it tends to dig in better. I've run super swamper Q78's on my jeep (36x11.5) and some 33x12.5 cooper stt and they just seemed to float on the snow to much. I've found the my 255/85 (33x10) seem to do the best, at least on the snowy roads up here in maine.
     
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    if you are driving in relatively fresh snow laying on a cleared road/trail, narrower tires are an advantage for cutting thru the snow to the ground. If you are driving on a trail of packed snow with fresh snow on top of it(not commonly done), wider tires will keep you on top of the packed snow underneath.

    Narrow tires are recommended for winter tires
     
  13. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM
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    There is much to debate on that subject. Depends greatly on the type, and depth of the snow. I tend to lean towards the skinny tires, but one has to make sure that they are properly siped. I think that makes as much difference as the width.
     
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    must have but my friend with the same year taco as me and pretty much has the same lift set up i do didn't have to either. Must be the Light racing uca's i guess, i mean it's aligned to what it should be with the lift.
     
  15. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:51 PM
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    My truck needed some pretty good firewall reshaping. TC UCAs and 3* positive camber and I still rub a little.. Granted, I am running a wider tire than you, but I know of a bunch of guys with my set-up that did not have the rubbing issues I saw.
     
  16. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM
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    True on that as well, i mean a garbage tire it going to suck no matter what size it is. I know my maxxis bighorns were great in the snow, and i'm getting crazy mileage out of them. My friend likes his coopers too, so that's another brand that seems to work well.
     
  17. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:53 PM
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    I have heard good things about both. Two local guys just got the KM2s in that size, which have no siping at all. They also bought a tire groover to modify the treads to help out in rain/snow.
     
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    it's funny how that works, it's like all our trucks are a little different, because i've seen it where we've had to smash the hell out of the pinch weld to it wouldn't rub, and then there is cases like mine and my buddies where we have plenty of room.
     
  19. Apr 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM
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    It was a frustrating experience for sure.
     
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    Narrow tire = better for on-road winter driving in Alaska. I have heard good things about duratracs or cooper stt do well up here, I have no experience with them. I run studded winter tires in the winter, and AT in the summer.
     
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