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Old March 14th, 2016, 12:03 PM
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265 or 285 tires for 200tdi 110?

Hey folks,
Long time lurker, first time poster. Really appreciate this forum. Hoping to start contributing more than just pulling info for my own use soon. I am having a difficult time choosing 265/75 r16 or 285/75 r16 tires (will be BFG KO2) for install on a '91 200tdi D110. I know that the 200tdi will do ok with the 265's diameter regarding speed and power. Will the 285 be too heavy and large diameter for the 200tdi to operate adequately? I know the tires will fit fine, its a question of how the truck will run with the 285/75 installed relative to a size that is closer to stock diameter. Truck has stock gearbox, transfer case, 3.54 gears and nothing aftermarket regarding performance.

Does anyone have any experience here? I suppose a 300tdi could provide an analogue as well. There seem to be a lot of trucks on this forum with 300s relative to the few 200s.

I owned a jeep for years and installed 33" tires with stock gearing and 4.0 engine and top speed and performance definitely suffered - until I regeared it. I'm more interested in this defender running as smoothly and nicely as a 110 can be expected at highway speed and prefer the stance of the 285 tires. Worried that the 110 will not run well enough in top gear and don't want to change the gears.

Thank you in advance!
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255/85r16 will net you the right height without spinning the wider/heavier tire, so less weight. I can't comment on how a 200tdi will do with any of these tires. It looks like a negligible weight difference between 255/85 and 285/75 (2lbs).
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The 285x75s are taller, wide and heavier tire (33x11.5) than the 265x75 (32x10.5). So there will be some performance penalty with the 285s. If the tread pattern is the same so both will have the same ride. So if you really like the look of a 285x75 on your truck then go for it, the 200Tdi should pull them just fine.
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Probably too subjective of a question because of the number of variables that come into play between trucks, like racks and tuning and lift drag.

Are you running stock size 235's now? If so I think John's suggestion is great. 255's will probably be a good tweener. If you like the wider stance of the 285's maybe consider a spacer.
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as long as you have the 1.4 tcase the 285/75 is a great tire.
I ran km2's with 200/1.4 combo for years. Truck would go faster than I wanted and had plenty of grunt ofr towing etc.
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If stock suspension smaller tire. If lifted bigger tire.
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fwiw 285's fit with no suspension mods
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