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Old 03-01-2009, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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265 vs 285 16" tires

After hours of research I am now leaning toward Icon coilovers, which will give me a 2.5" lift (2nd choice are bilstein 5100's at 1.75 which will not allow me to go with 285's). If I go Icon's should I go 265/75 or 285/75 series tires? Will most likely go with an AT tire such as Revo's, Goodyear Silent Armour or Fireston Destination. Occasional trail riding but little mud as I live in the high desert. Traction in snow is important as I use my truck to get to the ski resorts in Tahoe. Running FJ Cruiser Trail Team wheels which are 16 x 17.5 with 4.5-5" offeset (will have to measure again). Thanks!

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Old 03-02-2009, 10:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i'm gonna say do the 285/70/16 Goodyear Silent Armour. the 285 (33") will give you about 1.5" extra ground clearance over the 265 (30") wheels. not to mention the truck wont look un-proportional. I did the OME 3" lift and i haven't had time to get the 285 but right now there a large void left by the lift and it looks funny. The Goodyears are great snow and all around tires. Currently running them and they're just as quiet and smooth as the stock tires. they handle well offroad and i havent had too much trouble with the treads not clearing in the mud.
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i'm pretty sure the 265/75/16 is roughly a 31.7" tire depending on brand..... while the 285/75/16 tire is roughly 32.7" tire.


so about a half an inch of ride height difference.

a 3" lift will look just fine with a 265/75/16 tire as long as it's an all-terrain or mud terrain tire with some meat on it, and not a highway tire..... IMO. and you'll get a bit better mileage with the lighter 265/75/ tire....
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i'm pretty sure the 265/75/16 is roughly a 31.7" tire depending on brand..... while the 285/75/16 tire is roughly 32.7" tire.


so about a half an inch of ride height difference.

a 3" lift will look just fine with a 265/75/16 tire as long as it's an all-terrain or mud terrain tire with some meat on it, and not a highway tire..... IMO. and you'll get a bit better mileage with the lighter 265/75/ tire....

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If your main concern is snow traction, then you are hurting yourself by going with a 265 or 285 width tire. I run a 265 and regret it, they are too wide and the Taco just floats on the snow. (and I run with 5 bags of tube sand over the rear axle too) The stock width, 245, is the widest I would run for snow traction. 225 would be even better, but then it doesn't look as nice. *shrug*
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i'm pretty sure the 265/75/16 is roughly a 31.7" tire depending on brand..... while the 285/75/16 tire is roughly 32.7" tire.


so about a half an inch of ride height difference.

a 3" lift will look just fine with a 265/75/16 tire as long as it's an all-terrain or mud terrain tire with some meat on it, and not a highway tire..... IMO. and you'll get a bit better mileage with the lighter 265/75/ tire....
i got the 3" with some dunlop mud rovers 265/75 and with the tread it looks really good, or at least i think so and the gas mileage is horrible with the 265 and i think also if you go with the 285 its recommended to get regearing but im not positive on that.
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No regearing necessary with 285 tires.
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