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LR3 guys....tires?

Can I put these on my stock 06 lr3 with rear a/c without a problem. Reading different opinions. Read some minor rub under hard off-road which I won't probably do without putting on some johnson rods. Thinking about any problems around town.


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Old May 2nd, 2013, 07:38 AM
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no issues at all

my BIL runs those on his SE7
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 08:11 AM
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285 60 18s nitto grapplers on the wife's 3. they are a little wide and I had to move the wires for the height sensors but other than that we'll go with that size again when these wear out. Much better than the pos that came from the factory.
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 08:57 AM
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Thanks for the info. Need to do this soon since mine are shot. BFG AT should be a BIG improvement.


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I have 275/65/18 BFG ATs on my LR3 and had to shorten the height sensors by 10mm (about 1.5-2" lift). Even with this lift the tires still rub slightly at full lock, no problems driving around town though.
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Can I put these on my stock 06 lr3 with rear a/c without a problem. Reading different opinions. Read some minor rub under hard off-road which I won't probably do without putting on some johnson rods. Thinking about any problems around town.


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BFG AT 265-65-18

31.5-31.7"
This is the same size I ran on my LR3....Best fitting size in my opinion. I happen to have an airspring failure on a fairly difficult trail 3 years ago and was able to stack rocks to get out. Had I run a larger tire I would have mostly likely been stuck!
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What kind of MPG effects did you guys see with the larger tires?
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 09:28 AM
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Mine went down but the RTT and other added weight didn't help either. I could easily achieve 20mpg with it in stock form on the highway. With the mods and added weight (near the end of ownership I had is on the scale at 7,000lbs +) I was only able to achieve 12-13 around town and 16 or so on the highway..
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Anyone want to part with their spare Michelin Synchrone tires in 255/55R19? I need two preferably 9/32 tread or better. Let me know if you have one.
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I've had MT/Rs on mine for a coupla years now. I use the adjustable Sasquatch rods, and I don't have any rubbing.

I am about ready to put a new set on, and it will most likely be MT/Rs again.
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I have 275/65/18 BFG ATs on my LR3 and had to shorten the height sensors by 10mm (about 1.5-2" lift). Even with this lift the tires still rub slightly at full lock, no problems driving around town though.
Got any side pictures of the stance at normal height with the lift. with the 276/65/18. I'm assuming a lift is required for that size correct?

How did you shorten the sensors. I can't decide if I should go a little larger and run the rods full time or just go largest possible and put the rods on when I off road it.

thanks for all the great input.

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Rich,

I am at work now but can snap a few pics later. I made my own rods. They are adjustable so you can raise or lower as needed. Great for leveling the corners. When I made mine I bought enough for an extra set. They are not as nice as Sasquatch but who has $200 to spend on something so simple to do on your own. I can send you a set if you want.

For that tire size you will need a lift. I am really happy with the lift and tire size. You will have to reprogram the CPU to adjust the speedometer though. I have a faultmate and reprogrammed everything myself.
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I am at work now but can snap a few pics later. I made my own rods. They are adjustable so you can raise or lower as needed. Great for leveling the corners. When I made mine I bought enough for an extra set. They are not as nice as Sasquatch but who has $200 to spend on something so simple to do on your own. I can send you a set if you want.

For that tire size you will need a lift. I am really happy with the lift and tire size. You will have to reprogram the CPU to adjust the speedometer though. I have a faultmate and reprogrammed everything myself.
Cool,
Thanks for the offer. I'd be willing to pay you for them. Just have to decide on lifting or not.

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Cool,
Thanks for the offer. I'd be willing to pay you for them. Just have to decide on lifting or not.

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Also what do you think the clearance would be at normal height once lifted. I guess it would just add 2" to it. I have city indoor garages to consider, and some of them are LOW. Wouldn't want to give the D3 a haircut.
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No need to pay me. I just happen to have all the parts worked out and found them cheap. I can just send them to you and you can play with it since they are adjustable. You will have to cut the eyebolts to length before assembling them together.

I have a standard house garage here in Florida and the LR3 fits just fine, even lifted with the bigger BFGs on normal height setting. I just drop it to access height so the kids can get in and out easier.
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No need to pay me. I just happen to have all the parts worked out and found them cheap. I can just send them to you and you can play with it since they are adjustable. You will have to cut the eyebolts to length before assembling them together.

I have a standard house garage here in Florida and the LR3 fits just fine, even lifted with the bigger BFGs on normal height setting. I just drop it to access height so the kids can get in and out easier.
Thanks. Post a picture if you can.
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No problem. I work until 8 tonight. I'll post some pics tomorrow.
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Great pics, thanks for posting!

I had the Nitto A/T on my 04 dodge ram and I really liked them, they wore really well and were pretty good offroad. I see that they make close to stock sizes as well which is nice.
Great to see the pics with the lift and heights. The LR3 is pretty sexy with a little taller stance.

When my treads are worn I might go this route with slightly larger. As it is now though with the roof rack I am verrrrrrrrry close to the top of the garage door.

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Here are some better pics:

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great pictures. Thanks for posting and I think I will go in that direction. The BFG's look awesome on your LR3.
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