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The SKINNY on skinny tires

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by LadyRed, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. Jan 19, 2018 at 3:37 PM
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    LadyRed

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    The SKINNY on skinny tires


    Let’s start with that I love skinnies! I wish there were more options available for those of us who enjoy this under-appreciated tire. Not only are they great for overlanding and off-roading but they can also provide better MPGs than their wider cousins with better performance - IMO. I run 255/85/16 Toyo Open Country M/Ts and they have been a great tire – 35,000 miles later and plenty of tread on them.

    On TW, there are a number of threads out there that discuss/mention skinny tires but there isn’t a one-stop-shop for all the information. This is just a start and I will continue to add to this as I find more options for this type of tire – so this list DOES NOT represent all skinny tires out there on the market today.

    Please feel free to post pics of your truck sporting skinnies and add information that may be useful or missing!



    Skinny v. Wide Explained
    (http://www.expeditionswest.com/research/white_papers/tire_selection_rev1.html)

    Benefits of a narrower tire:
    1. Less rolling resistance - better fuel economy
    2. Can cut easier through mud, sand, and snow
    3. Typically lighter which can improve acceleration and stopping performance
    4. Will almost always fit better in the wheel well and require less trimming than a wider tire
    5. For airing down, a taller and skinnier tire allows for longer contact patch which can increase traction while off-roading
    6. Taller tires have more sidewall and when aired down can result in a softer ride

    Negatives of a narrower tire:
    1. Provides less stability on and off the road
    2. Vehicle is more prone to trail damage because a tall narrow tire wants to cut through a medium as opposed to floating on top bringing your underbelly in closer proximity to obstacles on the trail​

    Skinny Tire Size Options

    16" Wheel:

    235/85/16
    255/85/16

    17" Wheel:

    255/75/17
    255/80/17
    34x10.5 R17​



    235/85/16

    General specifications:

    Diameter: 31.7”
    Width: 9.3”
    Sidewall: 7.9”
    Revs/Mile: 636


    BFGOODRICH
    · All-Terrain T/A KO2
    Load: E
    Weight: 49 lbs


    COOPER
    · Discoverer ST
    Load: E
    Weight: 44 lbs

    · Discoverer ST Maxx
    Load: E
    Weight: 49 lbs

    · Discoverer STT Pro
    Load: E
    Weight: 49 lbs


    DICK CEPEK
    · Extreme Country
    Load: E
    Weight: 42 lbs


    FALKEN
    · Wildpeak A/T3W
    Load: E
    Weight: 48 lbs

    · Wildpeak M/T
    Load: E
    Weight: 53 lbs


    GOODYEAR
    · Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar
    Load: E
    Weight: 52 lbs

    · Wrangler Duratrac
    Load: E
    Weight: 47 lbs


    TOYO
    · Open Country M/T
    Load: E
    Weight: 54 lbs


    255/85/16

    General specifications:

    Diameter: 33.1”
    Width: 10”
    Sidewall: 8.5”
    Revs/Mile: 610


    BFGOODRICH
    · Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
    Load: E
    Weight: 55 lbs


    COOPER
    · Discoverer ST
    Load: D
    Weight: 48 lbs

    · Discoverer ST Maxx
    Load: E
    Weight: 59 lbs


    DICK CEPEK
    · Extreme Country
    Load: E
    Weight: 50 lbs


    TOYO
    · Open Country M/T
    Load: E
    Weight: 61 lbs


    255/75/17

    General specifications:

    Diameter: 32.1”
    Width: 10”
    Sidewall: 7.5”
    Revs/Mile: 629


    COOPER (there’s a bunch, but here are the popular ones)
    · Discoverer ST Maxx
    Load: C
    Weight: 55 lbs

    · Discoverer STT Pro
    Load: C
    Weight: 51 lbs


    FALKEN
    · Wildpeak M/T
    Load: C
    Weight: 53 lbs


    GOODYEAR
    · Wrangler MT/R with Kevlar
    Load: C
    Weight: 52 lbs

    · Wrangler Duratrac
    Load: SL
    Weight: 40 lbs


    NITTO
    · Trail Grappler M/T
    Load: C
    Weight: 58 lbs


    TOYO
    · Open Country M/T
    Load: C
    Weight: 57 lbs


    255/80/17

    General specifications:

    Diameter: 33.1”
    Width: 10”
    Sidewall: 8”
    Revs/Mile: 610


    BFGOODRICH
    · Mud-Terrain T/A KM2
    Load: E
    Weight: 57 lbs


    COOPER
    · Discoverer ST Maxx
    Load: E
    Weight: 58 lbs


    NITTO
    · Ridge Grappler
    Load: E
    Weight: 55 lbs


    TOYO
    · Open Country A/T II
    Load: E
    Weight: 50 lbs

    · Open Country R/T
    Load: E
    Weight: 56 lbs


    34x10.5 R17

    General specifications:

    Diameter: 34”
    Width: 10.5”
    Sidewall: 8.5”
    Revs/Mile: 593


    BFGOODRICH
    · All-Terrain T/A KO2
    Load: D
    Weight: 55 lbs

    Some other threads talking about skinnies:

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/put-255-85-16s-on-stock-or-wheels-and-suspension.491079/

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/235-85-16-the-skinny.490070/

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/235-85r16.416184/

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/255-80-17-owners-experience.340682/

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/255-80-r17s-pizza-cutter-thread.525039/


    I’ll also just leave this here :

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/wheel-backspacing-and-offset-info.102992/

    This is my truck sporting 255/85/16 Toyo Open Country M/T
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    DSC_1162.jpg
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2018
  2. Jan 19, 2018 at 3:41 PM
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    Great post! Love that you’ve added the weight of the tires. I’m saving up for the Cooper ST due to the light weight!
     
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  4. Jan 19, 2018 at 3:45 PM
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    Weight and load are the two things I look at most when I am searching. Make sure you post a pic of them once you have them mounted!
     
  5. Jan 19, 2018 at 3:45 PM
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    Great post!! What about 255/80/17? I will look up options when I get back to my computer if you like.
     
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  8. Jan 19, 2018 at 3:51 PM
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    That size is available in a few models and like I said, this was just a start. I plan to have all the available options posted. Any help is greatly appreciated!
     
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    Add 255/80 17?
     
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    Planning on it!
     
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    Added some, but still working on it. Standby.
     
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    My next set will be tall & skinny
     
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    This is a great thread!!:thumbsup:

    :popcorn:
     
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    Excellent thread. Mods need to make this a sticky!
     
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    Edit: I'm not sure how accurate Cooper's weights are as each one of my wheels and tires weighs 87 pounds and I doubt my aluminum wheels weigh like 30 pounds
     
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    Ought to look at 285/75/17's also
     
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    99% sure I'm going with toyo mts as my next tire!!

    Edit due to new setup*
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