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Old January 4th, 2009, 05:06 PM
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Best Tire/Size?

Okay, I know there are a few threads on this subject, but I wanted to get an update. If you had to buy new mud terrain tires for your 90 with a 2" lift what would you get and what size? I have always ran BFG MTs but the Toyo's look interesting. I also don't want to go bigger than 33". I am really trying to decide between 285/75s and 255/85s. Thoughts?
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Old January 4th, 2009, 05:27 PM
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I think it's going to boil down to which look you prefer. The wider tires look nice on a D90, but I'm becoming a skinny tire fan myself. In this area I'm not sure you'll see an appreciable performance difference. I wouldn't go bigger than 33" on the 2" lift myself.

I have a set of 285/75/R16 wheels/tires here if you want to give them a test fit to see if you like the look.

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Old January 4th, 2009, 05:36 PM
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That's actually the size I am taking off mine. I think they are a little too wide.
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The 110 has 235 GY MTs on it with increased backspacing -- it has the skinny tire look but the wheels push them "out" enough that they don't have the "skinny tire buried under the car" look. And the GY MTs are fairly smooth for MTs.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 05:48 PM
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Best find someone with the tire size you are considering and give them a test fit.

Tony, how did your wrenching go?
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Went well, the next round of parts got held up be fedex due to the holiday, but the radiator and intercooler and in position. Tight Fit, but should work really well!
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255/85/16 on my 1.4 TC NAS 110 made such a huge difference in drivability. I was running shorter tires and the gearing was never right. Always out of the power band and the truck ran like a dog. I wanted a taller tire to lower the rpms at highway speeds and went to the 255/85/16 and it is like night and day. I have a 2" OME shock spring combination and it is the perfect tire size for the 1.4 transfer case in the 110.
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What kinda RPM's are you turning on the interstate? with the 255 and the 1.4?
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That's actually the size I am taking off mine. I think they are a little too wide.
Well, if you are taking 285/75's off, and they seem a little too wide, than it sounds like the answer (which you probably already know) is the venerable 255/85-16. Personally I don't think I would go as narrow as a 235/85 (which is only a 32" tire btw), but the 255/85 is a great choice if you are feeling a 285 is too wide..
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Old January 5th, 2009, 01:57 PM
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Can't remember exactly off the top of my head but the tires dropped the rpms by about 500 when I went to the 255/85/16s , I will do a test drive at lunch and post rpms.

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2175 rpms at 60 mph
(accurate speedo checked with GPS)
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I think we have talked about this link on Expedition Portal, but it compares the popular sizes with side by side pics of the tires: Expedition Exchange Link

I think I decided to go with the Toyo MTs in 255/85.

Here's a great shot of three sizes together - Toyo MT 265/75R16, 255/85R16, 285/75R16
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I am! Just dropped $3k into it with another $2k on the way.
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Looks good, but they sound pricey! Also, I need to measure mine, but 10.5 doesn't sound very narrow to me.
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According to the specs the 255/85 is 1" narrower than the 285/75. And yes, they are VERY pricey, that might be the only detractor.
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Why not the BFG's?
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Well, after some serious price comparisons, the BFGs are $50 less EACH!! So I may just stick with the BFGs. I've heard good things about the Toyos, but the extra $250 may not be worth it.
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Are you going KM or KM2?
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Thats a great pic reference you have there. Thanks.

I have the Toyo MTs on my FJ and really like them, but as you said they are pricey.
One other detractor to the Toyo MT is the weight difference. They are much heavier than the BFG KM2s
which will also hurt MPGs. I'm still at a toss up between the two when I need new tires.

If you are going to wheel her hard, I think the Toyos will be a little more durable on the rocks.
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