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You skinny 'tire'ers out there! 235's

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by brettb, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Sep 16, 2012 at 8:27 PM
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    I am currently in my first year of four years in college in Laramie Wyoming and snow will be an issue for me. Will be traveling down to CO a lot during winter as well.
    I currently have 32x11.5 tires BFG AT's on my truck with little tread left. On a scale of 0-10 (10 being the best in snow) these get a 2 or so from me. I got stuck in such a little amount of snow it was ridiculous. It had almost no traction on packed snow.
    Anyways I am going with 235/85/R16 GoodYear Duratracs. I have been a BFG lover at heart but these have the "severe snow use" rating on them and I'm impressed by that. And that they are more 'offroad tires' then other severe sun rating tires. (Getting for function not looks)
    I've also read that skinnier tires aren't as great as wider tires at higher speeds. And that they don't do as well on asphalt, but...... not worried about mall crawlin'.;)



    My question is how do you 235'ers like your tires being skinny? On the highway and on trails with or without snow?
     
  2. Sep 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM
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    Ive only had my truck (99 4X4 TRD) a week and didnt have the cash for bigger tires, so I put some good year 235/75/15 ATs on it.
    They feel fine on the road. I went hunting this morning and pulled my 5X8 trailer with 4 wheeler doing 75 mph and felt stable.
    The old tires were 265 and my main concern is that I lost ground clearance.
    I crawled under it to change my oil and it just felt too close to ground.
     
  3. Sep 16, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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    What is the mpg like with the 235's?? Are they well suited for the 4 bangers?
     
  4. Sep 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM
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    Do they rub on a 05+ taco?
     
  5. Sep 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM
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    235's??????
    I thought my 255's were narrow.guess not
     
  6. Sep 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM
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    I think they would rub with no lift but even an inch life might fix that. Don't quote me on that though, I'm no expert on this subject. Since they are so skinny, they'd have less chance of rubbing. But what do I know?:notsure:

    Yeah this will be very new to me. Im not impressed with my 32x11.5 at all so maybe im a skinny tire guy. Then again they didn't have much tread. Front ones had the most at probably 50%. I'm also really excited to try a new brand of tires. I wanted to go with Toyo MTs but they apparently do great on the highway.
     
  7. Sep 16, 2012 at 10:40 PM
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    I'll keep you guys updated with how these tires do. I currently have my truck at home so i'll first start out with how they do on the highway for two and half hours :p
     
  8. Sep 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM
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    curious. why go from a 11.5 to a 9.25? and what did u not like about the 32x11.5's?
     
  9. Sep 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM
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    I'm going skinny because skinner tires do better in snow. They dont float on the snow and have more "pressure on the current tread on the road" since they dont distribute the weight over 4x11.5 tires. Instead its 4x9.5. And the BFGs did great on trails on wheeling in general but when it came to snow, they SUCKED. At everything. I got stuck in about 6 inches of snow and my buddy in his jeep didn't have a problem at all. He had skinnier tires and a heavier vehicle but still. HATED them in snow.
     
  10. Sep 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM
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    OK 6 inches is weak. ive been in snow up to my diff and not had issues. and that was with 265 75 16 maxxis bighorn mt's
     
  11. Sep 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM
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    Yeah see. It was snow that had been plowed too. My buddy was parked righ by me and when he backed up, no problems at all. I got maybe 3 feet. I HATED those tires during the winter. Really stoked that I'm getting these snow tires that are skinny. I would like to perform in all situations pretty good haha
     
  12. Sep 17, 2012 at 12:05 AM
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    try the tire calculator the 235 85 r 16 is like a 31.5x9" so it shouldnt rub at all even if stock. Most of if not all of the tires in that size range are gonna be load range E so your gonna take a hit gas milage wise for sure.
     
  13. Sep 17, 2012 at 7:45 AM
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    Yeah that's a big con as well. Definitely makes the 265/75 a size choice as well. I just can't decide. Leaning more towards the 235's but idk how much mpg ill lose. I hear about 2mpg. Anyone can confirm the mpg loss?
     
  14. Sep 17, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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    What do you all offroad on? Have you ever experienced snow with those skinny tires? And what load range are your tires? These duratracs have much higher max load per each tire then the 265/75s
     
  15. Sep 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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    I replaced my stock dunlops with same size 245/75/16 in C LT load. I too wanted skinny for snow.

    For my driving 245 are fine summer and winter.
     
  16. Sep 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM
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    What about 255's or 245's? If you're concerned about the Load E rating, you could probably find either a 255 or 245 series tire with a lighter load range so you get the skinny tire and still stay with a lighter weight tire.
     
  17. Sep 17, 2012 at 8:32 AM
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    Bfg AT's right? Yeah Goodyear is new for me but I guess I'll see as well. I hear mixed reviews but I like that these have the rare'ish' snow rating. I wasn't impressed by my bfg AT's but they were wider and didnt have much tread
     
  18. Sep 17, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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    There are no 245's or 255's in the height size i want. Just 265's
     
  19. Sep 17, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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    Sorry about that, you're right. You'd have to go taller or shorter for the 245's or 255's. My bad :eek:
     
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    I don't keep TW updated very well. My POS body lift is already off:D :D :D

    It's hard hearing negative things about tires. It makes it super hard to choose. I personally would want to go with KM's but I won't be offroad too much according to how much I'm on the highway. I'll just take the bite on these duratracs and if they don't perform, my loss. You can't really know till you try them. If they don't work I'll get KM's :D
     
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