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Old May 21st, 2012, 01:59 PM
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Wait, Charles gets all the credit? I told you all that stuff, too!!
Haha to be fair alot fo you had this advice, but for some reason Charles stuck out in my mind first...

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Adrian - great to hear. I love the SSR's but I think with your setup the 255 KM2's will be a smarter move. They work great with the 6.5" Wolf wheel too. And I think the savings in weight and narrow tread width will match the 200tdi better.
I think so too!

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Is there is difference in road noise or tire wear between the 285/75 and 255/85 KM2's? Thinking wider would be louder, but wear a little long over the narrower.

The 255 should be queiter, and give better mileage. as for the wear, i'd imagine its a minimal diff but I dont know for sure
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Old July 1st, 2012, 06:55 PM
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Adrian:

So how about a one-month into it review? I'm currently struggling between the 255/85 amd 285/75 myself (but definitely in the KM2s). A set of 255s is $250 cheaper and available immediately. However, my main concern that I've been hounding Charles and others about is whether the 285s may be better for offroad since they have more "grip".

So...any feedback?

Also, anyone know if the 285s on Wolfs will rub at full lock? I *think* some folks have had that issue and needed to run spacers (which I'd rather not do).
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Old July 1st, 2012, 09:12 PM
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Well I can't give much off road feedback, the one time i went since I mounted them I blew a CV joint just at the begining of a trail.

They look great in my oppinion, and a great size for my truck aestically. On road performance has been fine so far. They are actually a bit louder than my interco TrXus but by no means anoying or "loud", they just have a little more hum to them but really nothing bad at all. They fit great on the wolfs, and yes at full lock they still rub just a tad, but not as bad as my 235/85/16's did on stock defender wheels. I'm sure 285's would fit as well but honestly I'm Very glad I went with this size. They look great, they are actually a bit taller than the 285's and I think thats more important than extra width. If I could do it again I would have gotten this size still. I just dont think you gain anything other than cost, weight, resistance, and width with the 285's.

Hoping I can have some offroad feedback for you soon!
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I've got KM2 255/85r16 tires with wolf rims on my 90. I've got a mild lift, maybe 2", 90 HD rear springs in front and some long blue 295lbs/in springs in the rear. Used to have OME 781 in the back but the blue ones worked better with a load.

Anyway I don't have any rubbing and I can run chains front and back in the winter with out catching the body work.
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Just curious why the vote for 255s? My biggest reason to lean towards 285 is to get the extra width/traction for wheeling. Some say this is a positive, and Charles recently went to 255 KM2s (from 285 Trxus I believe) and wasn't "feeling the love" like he had on the Trxus when wheeling.
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I'm sure it was the change in tire not change in size. The trxus is a better off road tire. If they had trxus in 255/85/16 I'd have gotten them but they didn't. The BFG has other advantages. Price, availability being the main ones

If you take two of the same tires 255/85/16 vs 285/75/16 id bet you wouldn't be able to tell a difference in performance off road in 95% of the times. And often the skinnier tires would be better.
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I'm sure it was the change in tire not change in size. The trxus is a better off road tire. If they had trxus in 255/85/16 I'd have gotten them but they didn't. The BFG has other advantages. Price, availability being the main ones

If you take two of the same tires 255/85/16 vs 285/75/16 id bet you wouldn't be able to tell a difference in performance off road in 95% of the times. And often the skinnier tires would be better.
I think you're selling me on the 255s...and it's working! That, and the 255s are $250 cheaper for a set of 5, not to mention the 255s available immediately and the 285s are not in stock until end of this month at the earliest (tirerack.com). I think I'm going to pull the trigger on the 255s...even though I *feel* the 285 would ultimately be a better fit all around (aesthetics, function, etc) I sort of agree with you that I'd probably not even be able to tell the difference.
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I'm sure it was the change in tire not change in size.
It could very well be. I'd love to try a set of 285 KM2's sometime to be sure.
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I've been a BFG MT tire guy all my life and I have the KM2s on my truck now. I am finally convinced they suck in mud - the tread pattern is too tight and they pack in the mud. My next set will be something more aggressive.
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I've been a BFG MT tire guy all my life and I have the KM2s on my truck now. I am finally convinced they suck in mud - the tread pattern is too tight and they pack in the mud. My next set will be something more aggressive.
They're much more spread than any AT. Curious, sounds like you had issues recently, where was it?
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They're much more spread than any AT. Curious, sounds like you had issues recently, where was it?
I'm hoping Jonathon didn't try to go the wrong way through the mud like I did at Rausch
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True...the best part was the way you went didn't even look all that deep. No pictures of the before...just the aftermath:
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o.k. so I have a big mouth and I love the Cooper Discovery ST 255/85/16s. They are grippy as heck and not a lot of road noise. Love the way this tire rides.
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o.k. so I have a big mouth and I love the Cooper Discovery ST 255/85/16s. They are grippy as heck and not a lot of road noise. Love the way this tire rides.
Not to mention they are typically pretty cheap! I ran the ST's on my '69 Bronco (in a 33x12.5) and loved them!
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Not to mention they are typically pretty cheap! I ran the ST's on my '69 Bronco (in a 33x12.5) and loved them!
I rsn the prior generation Cooper STT and they were great.
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Steve (SMOB) here on the board has those Coopers in 255 (on black Wolfs); when I saw them on his truck they looked great. He might be able to comment on their performance.
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They're much more spread than any AT. Curious, sounds like you had issues recently, where was it?
At The Wilds, going through simple mud, I was getting stuck, even fully locked. Couldn't get enough speed or revs with the diesel to clear out the lugs. It's happened a few times. I'm also needing some more side lugs.
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At The Wilds, going through simple mud, I was getting stuck, even fully locked. Couldn't get enough speed or revs with the diesel to clear out the lugs. It's happened a few times. I'm also needing some more side lugs.
You should go a little bigger and get a set of Pitbulls!
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You should go a little bigger and get a set of Pitbulls!
Ugh, no. 35s are pushing it on a 110. I do have the lift, but I don't want to cut the fenders.
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