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Old September 24th, 2016, 10:10 AM
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LR3 needs new tires desperately. I've read up on the Johnson Rods, apparently that will provide 2.5" lift and are easy to install. For those of you that have done this, I need some feedback on tire size. This is where the wife comes in. She drives this truck 90% of the time. I can't stand the 18" stock tire look and size, but she won't be please if I run 285's as this is not her look. I'm looking to put a modestly larger tire on. I'm thinking 265/65 because of the broader selection of tires. Anyone have this set up and confirm that it looks ok? Pics would be great. Will the 265's look big enough with 2.5" gain?
Eventually this will be my toy rig, as she will have to move up at some point to a larger SUV if we have another kid.
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Old September 24th, 2016, 11:19 AM
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My 2 cents is to get the Green Oval Experience rods that allow for stock height all the time and then you can bump up in a few minutes at the trail head. I'm in the same situation in that our LR4 is my wife's DD but will become mine at some point. She likes that the truck isn't lifted and I like that you can lift it as needed. Greenovalexperience.com
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Old September 24th, 2016, 11:56 AM
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I'm running 285/60, which is essentially the same height as 265/65 (~31.5") on 2" of lift (though when I had EAS I didn't run a lift, and it didn't matter). I'm running Terra Grapplers, they are ok but not great. KO2's next. FWIW my wife hasn't cared, nor noticed, the changes both in terms of ride height, tire noise (nor the coil conversion for that matter). Of course she drives an 02 Tacoma as her normal DD so she isn't the norm perhaps.

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Old September 24th, 2016, 12:55 PM
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You can fit the 265/65 without a lift. I think if you used 265 with a lift they'd look as out of place as the stockers do with no lift. I went Duratracs. No noticeable noise increase over the a/t I was running previously. Note this is parked so it's dropped but they fill up the wheel well nicely.
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Old September 24th, 2016, 03:58 PM
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Attached is my 2005 LR3 on 265/60R18 Duratracs + 2.5" rods

I think its a good balance of looks, functionality and the ability for my 5'2" wife to actually get in.
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Old September 24th, 2016, 04:13 PM
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Attached is my 2005 LR3 on 265/60R18 Duratracs + 2.5" rods I think its a good balance of looks, functionality and the ability for my 5'2" wife to actually get in.
Do you need the rods?

My friend runs 265/65/18 all terrains on his lr4 and they fit fine with no mods.
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Old September 24th, 2016, 04:15 PM
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No, I ran those tires before I installed the rods, I like the space with them on better however.
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I have a 05 with stock suspension and I put Bridgestone duller 255/70/18. The tires are great and I have no issues with clearance.

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Attached is my 2005 LR3 on 265/60R18 Duratracs + 2.5" rods I think its a good balance of looks, functionality and the ability for my 5'2" wife to actually get in.
I do like a little space, your truck looks good at that stance.
One question on the rods, does the compressor have to work harder since stock height is really always in off road height?
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I have a 05 with stock suspension and I put Bridgestone duller 255/70/18. The tires are great and I have no issues with clearance.
Nice roof rack. What kind is it?

And I take that back. That actually looks alright with the lift and 265s.
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Old September 27th, 2016, 01:03 PM
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I do like a little space, your truck looks good at that stance.
One question on the rods, does the compressor have to work harder since stock height is really always in off road height?
I don't see why it should if the airblocks aren't leaking. I guess yes its possible a few extra top-offs, but the compressor is new as well.
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BFG KO2-275/65R18
At stock setting and then at off road setting.
Only a small rubbing at stock on the passenger front under full compression and again under full turn.
No issue with rubbing at off road setting.
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Run some 20's...

I liked the adjustable rods because you could drop them to stock size. I think britpart/RN now sells them.
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I used this as a guide for our most recent tire purchase on the LR3

https://lr3tips.wordpress.com/2007/03/14/46/

I 'think' we got 285/60/18 but I'm not near the truck right now and can't confirm until this weekend. We did go with Toyo Open Country A/T and have liked them.

Now, to the wife part. This is her truck for the time being, (hopefully then mine then to my daughter in 8 more years if I can keep it running). It's truly no harder to get in to. My wife is about 5'2" and never complained about the change. It's just not that big of a change. No rub on turning, and no lift/rods. It's actually probably easier to get our youngest in his car seat and my 7 year old daughter can climb in just fine.
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I liked the adjustable rods because you could drop them to stock size. I think britpart/RN now sells them.
What light mounts on the grill are those?
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Made them myself. Kustom with a "K". I'll post in your other thread.
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Proud Rhino lift kit (advertised as 2.5 I think)
275/65R18

I plan on going to a little bigger tire, but I'll have to cut my sliders (not pictured)
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Proud Rhino lift kit (advertised as 2.5 I think) 275/65R18 I plan on going to a little bigger tire, but I'll have to cut my sliders (not pictured)
Nice rig. I am thinking 275/65 now with Johnson rods. As I understand it, there are no rubbing issues with this size and the lift? Definitely will be getting an alignment.
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Joel can you confirm a few things on your 275/65 set up?

With rods, do you have any rubbing at all?
How is the handling highway speeds?
Do you notice anything different with drive?



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Proud Rhino lift kit (advertised as 2.5 I think)
275/65R18

I plan on going to a little bigger tire, but I'll have to cut my sliders (not pictured)
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