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Old September 27th, 2009, 11:11 PM
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Anybody running 255 85 16

Is there a big difference b/w 255 85 and 285 75 both ON and OFF road? thanks
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Old September 27th, 2009, 11:25 PM
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The 255 is a better size if you're going to do plenty mud.
The 285 is a heavier tire, probably a little louder on road.
Both size are about 33" diameter so the ground clearance
will be quite the same.

Oh, i forgot, if you get the 285, be prepaired to wash your
truck often .
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Old September 27th, 2009, 11:29 PM
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I like the on-road steering and handling much better with the 255/85/16.
I now have the 255/85/BFG KM2s and while I seldom use the 300 Tdi for trails anymore, I ran Hole in the Rock trail last year with another 1994 D90 300 TDi and I saw no advantage to my 285/75/16 that I was using then. Sometimes the other D90 did better and I don't think there was a big difference in skill level.
The 255 tire will look narrow and kind of spindly - at first - if you switch from 285s.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 02:37 AM
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I've got 255's on my 110, had them on my 90 previously, love them.

I prefer them to 35" too, far less hassle making them fit and no gearing problems either.
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Put 255/85s on my stock 90 for about 2 months and loved them on it. A little bit harder to turn with no power steering than 205/85s but they weren't too bad, they rode really nice and didn't rub until going over huge bumps at more than a crawl after I put about 30 12 packs of soda and 8 cases of water and tons of gatorade in the back.

They are currently on my 110 for the time being and so far I think they're perfect for it. The tire on the hood would be unmanageable if you're not able to lift heavy things with this size.
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been running the BFG 255/85/16's for over 6 years now (partial to them), good off-road, very acceptable hum on road, fair/decent on snow, a little over 33" size perfect for the D90 without major mods (heavy duty OME set up for SW with superwinch/HD rockware bumper and roofrack), adjusted the steering stops a little bit less for tire clearance (hardly noticeable) durability excellent-(45K and still good), best tire in my book for Eastcoast mud trails, only other tire I really loved were XZL Michelins on my 'ol series2, but the Michelins are hard to find in a 33" size...

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been running the BFG 255/85/16's for over 6 years now (partial to them), good off-road, very acceptable hum on road, fair/decent on snow, a little over 33" size perfect for the D90 without mods, adjusted the steering stops a little bit (less) for tire clearance (hardly noticeable) durability excellent-(45K and still good), best tire in my book for Eastcoast mud trails, only other tire I really loved were XZL Michelins on my 'ol series2, but the Michelins are hard to find in a 33" size...
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