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Old June 15th, 2010, 05:15 PM
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255/85/16 vs 285/75/16 stock wheels with spacers

revisted: D-90 lifted, 3.54's; which size is prefered; running stock rims with 1.25" spacers so rubbing/turning radius not a problem. Thinking BFG KM2's; 285's are more common/easier to replace. Driven on & off road; slick-rock, CO highcountry, etc...may add lockers & new R & P (4.11's) in the future...

Versus stock 265's: the 265's look small in a lifted rig.
-285's = 32.83" x 11.22"
-255's = 33.07" x 10.4"
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Old June 15th, 2010, 05:31 PM
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My vote is for the 285s. I run KM2s on the stock rims with the wheel spacers. Looks good & more importantly works very well off road. Have not had any reals problems during extreme articulation either.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 07:32 PM
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Paul, I've run both sizes (without the spacers) and preferred the 255's, they stuffed up much better off road and look more "Roverish" than the slightly more "Jeepish" 285's.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 08:09 PM
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I've like the 255s I've had on mine... they do look very traditionally rover... like you're about to head out on the plains of Africa...

and they stuff nice with no spacers so win win really...

I've only ditched them to go 35s (so fully abandoning everything I like about the 255s LOL on a related note used set of 255/85s for sale on stock rims )
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Old June 15th, 2010, 09:22 PM
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Had both sizes and I much prefer the 255/85. Have the BFG KM2s on there now and very happy with them.
Had spacers too (2") and they were hard on bearings. Glad to be rid of them.
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Old June 15th, 2010, 10:12 PM
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I have the 285s...like them, never had the 255s, but was running the skinny Michelin XSs way back when...I like the meat on the 285s...
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Old June 15th, 2010, 11:09 PM
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I have run 255x85x16 for 18 years. It the perfect size for a rover with a 1"- 3" lift. The 285's will work fine, and I understand they are easy to get but are IMHO to wide for a rover.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 07:28 AM
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255 for sure its worth it for the increase in turning radius.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 09:51 AM
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I"ve had 255's BFG MT's and now have 285 SSR's. Both on Wolf's - no spacers.

The 255's are certainly nice - lighter, less tread width so it's easier to turn, no rubbing, pretty tall, keeps mud off the body, a little squirrelly in the snow although they would cut thru deeper stuff (mud too)

The 285's SSR's are the same height - maybe a tick taller. It's a different tire so can't compare apple/apples but rub on the front arm is minimal. Last trail ride the tires would stuff with a little rubbing on the back. The SSR's work in the snow better. Maybe it's because of the Wolf's but the SSR's do not stick out of the fenders flares. Keeps the mud in and prevents looking "Jeep"

For your terrain the 285 will probably work better especially with the flexier BFG. And you might not need the wheel spacers so you can get them up in the wheelwells.

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Old June 17th, 2010, 10:19 AM
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will the tires rub under full articulation?

I originally installed BFG AT 285's without spacers, however, they rubbed too much on the SG 3-link...tire dealer switched them out for the BFG AT 265's. (when I bought the 90, tires were rotted out and I had to buy something quick). Two years later…now with 1.25" wheel spacers, the 265's are just inside the fender flares; I haven't tried stuffing the wheel yet to check clearances. I have heard many say the 285’s should have worked, however, the SG 3-link combined with AT’s vs Mud profile probably make up for the problems/differences. With wheel spacers, turning radius is outstanding (having adjusted the limiting bolts), and I prefer to maintain this as much as possible…only limited by the brake lines and caliper; the additional ½” width (285’s) probably won’t make much of a difference.

What I really need to confirm is with my 3” lift, 1.25’ spacers; will either tire cause me problems under full articulation?

Thanks for all your thoughts…
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Old June 20th, 2010, 10:31 PM
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Anyone running the 255/85/16 on the steel wolf wheels which I believe are 6 1/6" wide or for that matter what's the widest tire that people are running on that wheel.

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Old June 20th, 2010, 10:50 PM
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Chris,

I run two sets of 255 85 16's on the rover. Both on steel wolf rims. One set for off road BFG MT's and one set of Cooper rover radials for everyday. I drive about 15K a year in the rover and love the wolf rims.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 11:09 PM
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Scott, I'm guessing they look good as you are running two sets of them. The bulging on the side isn't too much I guess.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 11:18 PM
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it's not an issue. I run the road tires at 45-50lbs and get a great ride. 70mph is a breeze. Also helps the mpg.
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not to hijack but i'll be in the market for tires in the next year or so, can either of those be run with stock suspension on a UK D90? I'm running 265/75/R16s on it now with a tiny bit of rub on full lock (because I'm too lazy to adj the steering stops). I'm not opposed to a set of spacers, but I'm more apt to get a set with the narrow/tall "Rover look" as said above.

Hopefully I can save up for a set of BFG MT KMs (or Goodyear MTRs which I've loved on a handful of other vehicles) in that time. Maybe I can convince wifey that 1.5" of lift wouldn't actually kill her... (she's 5'3" when on her toes) haha
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Old June 21st, 2010, 07:44 AM
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Danny,

I run a 3" lift. 255-85-16 will not fit comfortable w/o a little lift 1 1/5" min. Just a suggestion, get a rock slider with a removable step. It will make all the difference with the family
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