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Tires for an OverLanding Rig

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by navysealboy93, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Feb 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    navysealboy93

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    So I've finally decided what 3in. suspension kit I'm going to get (mainly from info on the this site) and I want to get the kit and the tires on at one time once I save up the cash and the truck is due for new tires. But I've run into a problem..I have no idea what size tires will work for what I need, I have been reading everything I can find on here but I am still clueless. I found this article on expo portal and I want to build my truck up like they have, as in simple, reliable and keeping as many things as close to stock as possible to keep the truck working as it was designed to.

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/wha...el-the-10-rules-of-vehicle-modifications.html

    " It is recommended that the tire height not increase more than two-inches larger than the largest standard tire for that vehicle in stock configuration. It is also recommended that the tire width increase be limited or if possible, kept at the same width as stock. This will allow full compression travel and full turning radius. Select the tread design based on the environments you will likely be traveling in. Match the load rating to GVWR and ensure that only LT (Light Truck) tires are use"

    I like the look of 255/85/16 size tires that are on such trucks as Barlowrs and Tacovendor's, but I want to look at more options before I commit to anything. So in your opinion what tire sizes would suit the "overland" look the best?
     
  2. Feb 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM
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    bjmoose

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    Simple, same width as stock, widely available, 1" oversize diameter.
     
  3. Feb 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM
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    Cant go wrong with the 255/85's
     
  4. Feb 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM
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    looking to do the same with my rig. 5100 arrived today. tsb too come. tires and wheels still up in the air. looking forward to see some pics of your truck. im having trouble finding a selection in the 255 range.....subed
     
  5. Feb 18, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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    bjmoose

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    If you're travelling to East Bumfukistan, you want a commonly available tire size.
     
  6. Feb 18, 2011 at 10:34 PM
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    That's another great point to consider.
     
  7. Feb 18, 2011 at 10:39 PM
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    Thanks for the responses so far guys. I'm still a bit confused as far as what will fit on the stock TRD Offroad wheels. If I were to go on-line or went to a store and said " I'll have some 255/85/16's please" would that work with the stock wheels? and also what about the spare tire? Besides just getting a tire-gate like system (keep in mind the simpler the better).
     
  8. Feb 18, 2011 at 10:43 PM
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    The 255/85/16 fit stock rims. I have them. They look awesome and haven't effected my milage.
     
  9. Feb 18, 2011 at 10:52 PM
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    I agree, except that no body mount chop is required/needed with 255/85/16s. Unless you get different back spacing. In other words keep stock rims for 255/85/16s.
     
  10. Feb 18, 2011 at 10:58 PM
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    It barely hits the frame on the passenger side full lock to the right on the street. I don't notice any rubbing when fully compressed and full lock either way.
     
  11. Feb 19, 2011 at 7:27 AM
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    That's awesome. I had heard they didn't effect mileage very much and I had forgot to mention that was one of the reasons I was looking into them.

    What about off-road performance? I see a lot of mud,sand and in the winter usually a ton of snow, so I was wondering how they stack up against fatter tires.
     
  12. Feb 25, 2011 at 9:32 AM
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    I got my tires guys. Went with 255/85's

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    Thanks for your help.
     
  14. Apr 14, 2011 at 11:01 PM
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    Hell yeah. I'm going with the same tires here when I'm due. We'll have twin trucks here pretty soon. Any chance you could post up a straight front and straight rear photo? from a low angle... When you get a chance of course... and pretty please.
     
  15. Apr 15, 2011 at 6:26 AM
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    You got it dude.

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    Did some off roading last weekend at Rausch Creek Off-road park in PA and I gotta say I fell in love with these tires AGAIN. The clearance alone was amazing.

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  16. Apr 15, 2011 at 9:36 AM
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    Awesome, thank you! I really like the look of the 255's. I don't know that they look cooler, per se, but they look good enough, and they look very functional. Ultimately, function over form anyway.

    I've done my research, but what are your impressions so far? Specifically, I'm curious about any changes to handling/comfort on the highway, steering feel looser? As I continue to outfit my truck for trails, I have a long work commute that isn't going away...

    Not sure if you're tha one to ask, but have you noticed the narrower mud tire being any quieter on pavement in comparison to its wider cousins?

    Thanks again!
     
  17. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM
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    I put my OME 3in lift and the tires on at the same time and I personally feel that it is more comfortable than stock. As far as handling goes, I was navigating the steep climbs,drops and awkward turns of PA roads last weekend (in extremely rainy conditions) with no concerns. and steering doesn't seem different at all.

    As far as road noise goes. One of my friends has an '86 Bronco with 33'X13.5 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws(I think that's about right) and that thing sounds like a freight train heading down the road..he said he can't even hear his radio on high when hes going highway speeds..The 255/85's road noise is not even close to being that annoying, once I get some music going on at a reasonable level, I barely even notice the small amount of noise coming from the tires.

    Hope that helps with answering those questions dude. If you have anymore just let me know.
     
  18. Apr 15, 2011 at 10:52 AM
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    Truck looks good! I wish I could've made Raush Creek, I was looking forward to it, but funding fell through.:(
     
  19. Apr 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM
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    Wish you could have made it too man. Hopefully next time.
     
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