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Old October 31st, 2011, 10:44 AM
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33" tires and stock gears

I am considering swapping out a set of 265/75 Goodyear Silent Armors for 255/85 BFG KM2 tires. Quoting from Tirerack.com, that will be moving from 31.7 and 656 revs/mile to 33.3 and 625 revs/mile, essentially running 4.7% taller gears. Everything is stock other than the OEM springs. LT77 transmission.

Is it okay to keep the stock gears with the taller 33 tires or is this the point where a gear change is desirable.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 11:50 AM
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255's are fine with stock gearing and the 5 speed. mine still pulls the same hills just as it did with the 265's. I find that my speedo is now spot on when compared to the GPS. I considered 235's initially but I am extremely happy with the 255's, this doesnt happen often. The turning radius is also greatly improved IMO. Dont be that guy and buy all 5 good luck.
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