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Old August 23rd, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Sorry... skinny 36 (TSL MT) with a 2" lift rubs on turns at any speed and god help you if you have to make a turn uphill quickly... (drives me nuts!). If you can afford unlimited plastics/don't care, then go for it. I'm looking to downgrade to 35s.
So 35's are going to be the happy middle for you? Whats your setup and onroad/offroad usage ratio? Im fairly new to this, so Im asking a lot of questions before I pull the trigger on my suspension/tire combination. I appreciate any and all input. I spend hours at a time reading threads here and find that everybody has different experiences/opinions. Gets confusing sometimes. Thanks.
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Kent, I run 34x9 Interco Special Service Super Swampers on my Disco 1 with 3" lift. Haven't fitted them to a customer's Defender yet, but my experience with the tires is:
1) bias-ply: not particularly round when cold
2) distinctive sound at any speed , on pavement
3) diggers, and they dig quickly
4) seem to hold air even with all kinds of sidewall damage.
I made the mistake of buying 6, all mounted on Wolfs, so everytime one became unuseable, I'd get a replacement, but have never worn out a set of 4, so I'm always refitting 1 or maybe 2. I may not be able to break the cycle and may have this tire forever.....
If I was going to go to a radial, I would choose the 255/85 size.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 12:24 PM
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Thanks Trevor. Good info, I appreciate it.

It seems that with all the research I do, I always wind up coming back to an A/T radial between 255-285. Wouldnt need a lift, the tire choices are vast, and my wallet wont hate me. At 75/25 onroad/offroad respectively, with offroad being mostly beach driving and light to moderate trail riding, my favorites are Grabber AT2's, Falken WildPeak AT's, or Toyo Open Country's. I wish there werent so many options. I might never come to a decision.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 01:02 PM
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I agree

absolutely with the previous posts. I am brand spanking new to this (about 3 months) so for me to offer any opinion other than limited observations would be speculative at best! Two sets of wheels would be optimal but I simply do not have the space to store 36s x 5.

For my D90... original owner did a beautiful job of setting up a trail rig with 34s. Second owner had it less than a year and did cosmetic "upgrades" that I'm currently changing back to "stock" and I've got my hands full with maintenence. Owner#2 put on the 36s and they are awesome/fun/taller then shi* but can be a pain in the ass if it's your daily driver (I have 5 mile trip to work thankfully). I drove my girlfriend and her sister to Zuma Saturday (60 miles roundtrip) and I'm still tired. Owner #2 was willing to include the original 34s in the sale but I had no where to put them so I let him keep them. In hindsight I should have traded and let him keep the 36s.

My best suggestion is... go slow. Start with whats there and see what you like. Only thing I regret is modifications made in the heat of the moment that were overpriced or useless. Get her up to speed first, then make your mods. There will be plenty of time to spend money... be savvy with your resources. Now, go drive the shi* out of her.
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I am running 315s MTR-Ks on a Disco steelie - 2" OME.

When talking rubbing - you might have say vertical or front - turning rubbing. I rubbed vertically but that was fine after trimming the fender arches. Mine had cracks in them anyway so not a big deal. Plus it looks better.

The main problem so far is turning. I have 1" spacers up front and the tires will rub. I just deal with it but am going to try and get it a little better in the future.

IMO there is a LOT of info that needs to be taken into account on tires. When i have some extra time I will post my opinions. Might be good to update a tire specific thread.
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