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Old December 15th, 2010, 03:52 PM
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I have an exciting delivery waiting for me at the house. My BFG 255/85s are here
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Old December 15th, 2010, 04:07 PM
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I have an exciting delivery waiting for me at the house. My BFG 255/85s are here
That sidewalk may get a little slippery this Winter with the location of that downspout...

Love those tires.
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Old December 15th, 2010, 04:58 PM
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Old December 16th, 2010, 11:15 AM
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That sidewalk may get a little slippery this Winter with the location of that downspout...

Love those tires.
Thanks for the tip regarding house maintenance Josh.

I just went to have these mounted and the guys don't like how the wheels fit. The freestyle alloys don't appear to fit on my hubs and the center of the hub sticks out so far that the center caps won't fit. Do I need spacers? Do I need to modify/grind out the inside of the wheel?
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Old December 16th, 2010, 02:31 PM
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Thanks for the tip regarding house maintenance Josh.

I just went to have these mounted and the guys don't like how the wheels fit. The freestyle alloys don't appear to fit on my hubs and the center of the hub sticks out so far that the center caps won't fit. Do I need spacers? Do I need to modify/grind out the inside of the wheel?

The problem should only be on the rear ? Yes you can do either "clearance" the inside of the wheel slightly or go spacers. Didn't realize you were switching to alloys or would have given you a heads up on this. If you search Gustavo posted a link to a felow selling spacers for $80 a pair or so on ebay. I bought 2 pair and am running them myself.
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Old December 16th, 2010, 02:39 PM
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I may need to see that truck when I am in Asheville. Tires looks sweet
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Old December 16th, 2010, 03:27 PM
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Ok thanks. I was running around today for a few hours talking to a couple of tire shops and then tried my two local rover mechanics but they weren't in at the time. Now I have a flat tire and bed full of brand new tires that won't fit.

I looked at eBay and saw those spacers earlier. He has hubcentric and another type. I'll check in with him for that option.

Do you think I can put these wheels on safely for the evening?
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Ok thanks. I was running around today for a few hours talking to a couple of tire shops and then tried my two local rover mechanics but they weren't in at the time. Now I have a flat tire and bed full of brand new tires that won't fit.

I looked at eBay and saw those spacers earlier. He has hubcentric and another type. I'll check in with him for that option.

Do you think I can put these wheels on safely for the evening?
If you look up in this thread I posted a white 1983 pickup with castor/ugly alloys on it with no center caps. I simply used an impact and buzzed them on. The bolt heads on the rear hubs were harder than the alum and gouged out the very very minimal clearance needed. Ran them like that for over a year with no issues. Another redneck way of doing it would be to install them hand tight and then drive the truck around the block. The amount of interference truly is very minimal and the hub bolt heads will work into the aluminum very quickly.
BTW you don't need hub centric spacers.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 10:17 AM
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Alright... Her are shots with new tires finally. I put them on with Doug's encouragement and they were fine coming home from work. I will get the spacers to complete the project.

Thanks to everyone for their input.

Now the only snag is that the spare won't fit on the rear door because the studs aren't long enough....
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Old December 17th, 2010, 10:46 AM
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how did the natural diesel pull the taller tires ?
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Looks great! As much as I said I like my SSR's, you can't go wrong with 255's KM2s on a Defender.
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Old December 17th, 2010, 11:06 AM
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Doug, that's a whole other issue. Truck had a hard time last night getting home. It feels really underpowered, but I don't think the tires are the only culprit. It has been fussy on starting up in the am lately and suddenly the idle has dropped to where unless it's completely warmed up it wants to stall. Last night it was really bad. I had to heel-toe it at stop lights and even cornering to avoid cutting out completely because the idle was sooo low. I adjusted the idle today but overall the engine feels really odd. When I mash the gas at a standstill the engine takes a long time to rev up, and under acceleration it shimmys a bit. The exaust and the intake sound choppy like it's only breathing every other stroke. I'm thinking air and or fuel flow could be my problem.

Might be time for another thread...

I don't think my major problem is related to the tires, but I do think they will be asking everything of my little 2.25. On the plus side, the gears seem to be a bit taller though and my speedo reads accurately with this ratio.
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Old December 18th, 2010, 09:48 PM
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I have a friend who's pulling a 2.25 in the next 45 days. Its got about 60k original miles.

Have you changed your fuel filter lately ?
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