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Old March 18th, 2009, 03:13 PM
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Anyone running 285/75r16's?

Just wondering if there is any rubbing. Can anyone send me some pics of there truck? And opinions?
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Old March 18th, 2009, 03:23 PM
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I ran that size on my D90... with stock suspension, it rubbed on the fender flares a bit when compressed, and also would hit the radius arms in the front on tight turns.. 1" spacers were used to correct that. With a 2" OME lift, I didn't notice any rubbing.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 04:44 PM
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Yes, they fit with zero changes, but you need wheels with less back spacing than stock. I think it is a perfect size for a 90.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 04:52 PM
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So looks like unless I get spacers or different rims they're probably not a good choice?
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Old March 18th, 2009, 05:08 PM
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Well, rims are a lot cheaper than tires, so I don't see the concern.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 08:20 PM
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I am. Slight rubbing on the radius arms, but it doesn't bother me
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Old March 18th, 2009, 08:31 PM
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I am. Slight rubbing on the radius arms, but it doesn't bother me

Same with me. I love them . . . but I do have Heavy Duty springs which adds a few inches of lift.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 09:01 PM
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The stock D90 alloys are 7" wide with 5.4" of backspacing.

To run with the 285/75's I had a set of 1 tons rewelded into 8" wide with 4.5" of backspacing (suggested by Bill Davis). This avoids having to use spacers and gives you a wider track too. Keeps it looking Rover too.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 09:03 PM
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Same with me. I love them . . . but I do have Heavy Duty springs which adds a few inches of lift.
Crap I should have mentioned I have an OME 2" lift as well, sorry.

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Old March 18th, 2009, 09:04 PM
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I am. Slight rubbing on the radius arms, but it doesn't bother me
I second that! Rubs a bit. Solution: Just don't turn so tightly!

I've attached 2 photos - one is before a 2" lift and the other is after with that size tire.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 09:05 PM
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I have them as well. I also think its a great size for a Defender. I had the slight rubbing on the radius arms and ended up with Ryans old spacers so that minor issue is gone. Lots of pictures of the tires on my truck on my website linked below.
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3" lift, Wolf wheels, minor rubbing.
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Run them too. Same rubbing that everyone else has.
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Old March 19th, 2009, 09:21 AM
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Thanks for all of the great input! I haven't decided yet but I'm sure I will in the next couple of days.
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Me tooo

SSRs 285/75 fitted on 8 spokes wheels, 7x16", 0 lift, some minor rub on radius arms.
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how about the 255/85 on a stock wheel?
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Old March 19th, 2009, 11:01 AM
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Great Thread.

Thanks Jon.

I'm looking to go from stock BFG 165/70R16 TA's to Mud or TA 285/75r16's. Anyone out there with a used set of the larger tires for sale or swap to stock?

Continuing the thread - how much are the OME springs and how hard are they to install?

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Old March 19th, 2009, 11:14 AM
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Same rubbing that everyone else has.

You should see a doctor about that!
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Old March 19th, 2009, 11:16 AM
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You should see a doctor about that!
Yeah I heard bigger tires will do that to a guy
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Old March 19th, 2009, 11:17 AM
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Continuing the thread - how much are the OME springs and how hard are they to install?

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They are pretty reasonably priced. I bought mine from Expedition Exchange for around $80 for a pair (2 pair needed). https://www.expeditionexchange.com/ome/indexsprings.htm

Installing them is much easier with the sway bars disconnected (or removed completely, as a lot of guys run without them). First timer, you can definitely do it in a day. After the third or fourth time, about 2 hours! All you need is a jack, a few jack stands, and some elbow grease. It is pretty straight forward.

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