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Old December 7th, 2010, 11:08 AM
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What is the best all terrain 255/85?

I'm kinda stuck on the idea of getting 255/85 tires for my truck. It seems like a great size to maintain the tall skinny effect. The only problem is that there is very little selection in that size.

I'm seeing the Cooper Discoverer ST, the Maxxis MA-762, and the Toyo Open Country MT in that size and that's about it for an all terrain. Does anyone have anything positive or negative to say about these or anything comparable?

Last year I put Nitto Terra Grappler on my Titan and they did great in the snow. I am looking for something that does as well in the snow since I am sliding all over on my current tires.

As far as the truck goes, it is pretty much stock suspension so not sure if this size will even agree with my setup as it is. Will these even fit my truck? Will I need spacers or new suspension? I am going to put the tires on stock alloys. Will the stock alloys even fit my 1983 truck?

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Old December 7th, 2010, 11:24 AM
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I have Cooper ST/LT 255s and they were unbelievable in two 3-ft snowfalls last year. Much better, IMO, than my BFG ATs. Unsure if you'll need additional lift to make them fit.

Try treadepot.com or Sears for lowest prices.
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Toyo M-55, perhaps ?
http://toyotires.com/tire/pattern/m-55

Agree that Treadepot has good pricing...
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I run the BFGs in that size. Been real happy with them.

Follow up: sorry I missed you were looking for the AT's.. I have the MTs
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Old December 7th, 2010, 01:51 PM
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Those coopers might be the right ones. They have some pretty favorable reviews and are a good price too.

Still not sure if they will go on my truck as is.... I will try to do some research in that department.

I'm thinking I will put some all terrains on the alloys and eventually put some mud terrains on steel wheels as the budget allows.
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255.85's should fit with no mods what so ever
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No rubbing when turning?
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Toyo A/Ts are a fine tire- running them for a while on my Ford truck, as the Rover gets M/Ts.
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No rubbing when turning?
If they rub a little just adjust the steering stops.
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No rubbing when turning?
with a 255 ? No way. You need to drive one of these somewhere other than LA and the surrounding burbs.
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I like the Cooper S/T in this size.
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with a 255 ? No way. You need to drive one of these somewhere other than LA and the surrounding burbs.
my turning improved with the 255's over the previous 265's. Mine rub the rear of the flare under xtreme articulation
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I was thinking 285. Anyone have a picture?

------ Follow up post added December 7th, 2010 01:09 PM ------

Never mind, Mark had them on his 90. They looked decent.
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Just get a set of SSR'S. Everything else is a futile attempt. I just have a hard time envisioning a 90 with street meats.....
BTW, SSR's do surprising well in snow and ice.
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Just get a set of SSR'S. Everything else is a futile attempt. I just have a hard time envisioning a 90 with street meats.....
BTW, SSR's do surprising well in snow and ice.
Even tho they are heavy as sh1t and break my balls when I take them on and off, I have to say I like the SSR's. I've been thinking KM2's as replacement rubber when the times comes but might just go the skinny 35" SSR that's available and just use a lighter steel wheel. Didn't get much off road time this year but when I did the SSR's did well. And like EWR said, they do well in snow and ice - we got a bunch of it last season in NJ.
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If you're stuck on an AT the Cooper S/T is a great AT bordering on light mud tire. They work well. Ice they are "good", better than a true mud but not as great as a more car like AT or AS tire. Everything is a trade off.

In a 255 the tires are limited so I think the S/T is a great choice.
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I will probably go with the Cooper tires after all. Never had them before so it's nice to hear positive things about them.

New battery today, new tires soon, and I'll be all set for winter
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here are the SSRs in 35/10.50-16 on Wolfs. They look aggressive, and are, but as stated above, really good all around.
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here are the SSRs in 35/10.50-16 on Wolfs. They look aggressive, and are, but as stated above, really good all around.
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My 255/85/16 BFG MTs on wolf rims rub a bit on the front of the rear wheel well sometimes. The front tires rub when I steer to full lock, if that happens I just back off the tiller a bit.
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