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Old April 4th, 2015, 05:43 PM
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Tire Size Question / +2" on 90

Currently have BFG TA's (255/85/R16) on 16" Alloys with +2 Suspension.

Need to replace tires and want to go down in tire size but not too much where they look like "bologna rinds" or too small.

Any suggestions and pics on non-Mud Terrains?
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Old April 4th, 2015, 05:51 PM
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What don't you like about the 255's? It's a great tire size for a Defender IMO.
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Well, this may sound foolish but I have think skin - Was hoping to find a not so tall of a tire. See I lack about 2" from getting in my garage and am currently swapping my ribbed roof to a smooth so that should help a bit.
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Old April 4th, 2015, 06:00 PM
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The OEM tire size is 265/75. Search for a post I made about 2.5 yrs ago comparing the 255/85 to the 265/75 on the medium OME springs.
Also - swapping to stock height springs will be cheaper than swapping tires. That would help solve your height problem.
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Found one of your post - So 255/85 will fit standard springs?
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Found one of your post - So 255/85 will fit standard springs?
Yes. Springs don't affect tire clearance.
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Since your tires need replacing, go with the 265/75 for fatter tires, or 235/85 for thinner tires closer in appearance to the 255/85.
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Well, this may sound foolish but I have think skin - Was hoping to find a not so tall of a tire. See I lack about 2" from getting in my garage and am currently swapping my ribbed roof to a smooth so that should help a bit.
Not foolish at all.

Agree with the other's:

- return to stock springs
- 235's if you want the skinnier look or 265's for a little wider
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Maybe this will help in reducing your diameter by 2 inches

http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/infoTireMath.do
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Maybe this will help in reducing your diameter by 2 inches http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/infoTireMath.do
You would have to go down 4 inches to drop two, which would be crazy. Just change springs.
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This may sound crazy; dig up the garage floor and remove 6 inches of dirt or raise the roof line by 6 inches, or build a new carport/ garage, or park it outside,
I do tend to over think problems😒
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Yes. Springs don't affect tire clearance.
Taller springs create more space between the body and axle thereby affecting tire clearance.
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Old April 5th, 2015, 10:53 AM
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Taller springs create more space between the body and axle thereby affecting tire clearance.
At normal ride height, yes.

Tire to body interference happens at either maximum bump or maximum articulation. Lift springs do not limit the maximum bump travel. This is limited by the bump stops only.
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Stock springs and 235/85 will look real good.
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Appreciate the feedback - Going to stock medium load springs and 265/75.

Will be posting 4 x +2 Terrafirma Springs with approx 3k miles on them in the for sale section soon. Thanks!!
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