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Old May 2nd, 2004, 03:05 AM
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Best Wheel/Tyre Set up

HI Guys -

I am getting ready to purchase some new rubber and started looking around but before I take the plunge, thought I would get some feedback and ideas.

Here are a couple of Quezzo's -

- 15" steel or 16" alloys rims for off roading?

- What's the biggest tyre to fit Defender with stock suspension?

- What's the biggest tyre with 2" OME lift

- Anyone have any ideas on wheel offsets and how this impacts the changes or what I need to consider?

I had alook at 285x75 BFGs MT which look the biz. Bascially looking for some advice from someone has done this before.

Spoke with ARB/OME and he said this kit would be OK for the Drive shafts.

Thanks for any advice you have on this....
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 03:08 AM
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 05:15 AM
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This is about the look I am after in terms of wheels/suspension and tyres. Anyone pick what this tyre size is?

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Old May 2nd, 2004, 01:20 PM
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MY guess on the tire size would be 285x75 or 33x12.5" on stock 16" alloys.

I like the steel rims as they are easy to fix with a hammer and easy to touch up the paint.

I think with stock suspension you can fit the 285x75 with some adjustments to the steering stops.

With a 2" OME lift I bet with minor trimming you could fit 35s but 33s would fit without to many issues.

I'm not to sure on the offset, I think everyone runs about 4" with a 8" wide rim.

I'm no expert, but I'm sure some of the other 90 owners will speak up with some good advice. And welcome to the board!
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 02:32 PM
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Thanks Michael - Appreciate the advice.
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 06:36 PM
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on that 2nd D-90 are they the "freestyle" alloy wheels that came on all the NAS trucks, they kinda of favor the alloys off the last RR classic's?
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I plan on putting on my 2" rovertym lift this week. I think I am going to run 255/85 16. So, a touch over 33", but a few mm narrower than the 285/75.

Quick question: can both of these tires be run on stock LR 16" alloys? I am still in a bit of debate over these two tires, but the cash has been spread too thin to buy wheels now. Is there any reason to go for one of these tires over the other?

As for type of tire, I think I have decided on BFG mudterrains.

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Old May 2nd, 2004, 09:46 PM
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255/85 will work just fine on the stock alloys
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Old May 2nd, 2004, 10:04 PM
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Any pro's and con's of BFG MTs vs Goodyear MTs?

Will 285s fit on16x7 alloys?

I am undecided on choosing either:

255x85s or 265x75s or 285x75s
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 10:16 AM
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BFG Vs MTRs, the BFGs get better mileage and are marginally better in mud, the MTRs are great on rock and there side walls can be patched up real well.
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285/75 will just rub the suspension arms at the front on full lock and the rear arches on full articulation but no biggy. as far as which tire the other one (OK I am biased) to consider is Interco's TrXus - which is better than the MTR in Mud and snow but not such a good crawler, and better than the BFGs in snow but not as good in Mud I reckon. BFGs are probably longest lasting. MTRs in Canada at least are way more expensive. One of the guys I off road with is changing the standard MTRs on his Rubicon to TrXus. I run them on 7" rims - less than the recommended min of 7.5 but don't see it's a problem.

as your in Hong Kong/Oz I guess snow isnt an issue. Isnt there some Malaysian made Simex tire we cant get that should be considered?
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If you are buying/using in Aussyland go ask here: Outerlimits

The tyres available are quite different than in North America. MTRs are probably your best choice if they are to be used on the road. TrXus are pricey in Aus. BFG MT have quite poor off road traction in most situations.

If you are going for an off road specific tyre, there are a few choices in Aus such as the Simexs.

if you are getting aftermarket rims, go with around 4" backspacing. Some stock wheels (such as Disco steelies) have more backspacing which will cause reduced turning radius and possible fouling.

I guess I should ask where you are specifically?? Sometimes a mud tyre is not the best choice down under. Most tend to have two sets as there is a lot of sand running. Muds are fine in the sand (traction wise) but do tend to suck power.
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Old May 4th, 2004, 02:06 PM
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HI All,

I really appreciate all the advice - thanks.

Red,

I work in HK but my def90 is in Oz. I am coming closer to some conclusions. Either go with Alloys and install 265X75 or 285X75 on standard rims or

Keep the grabbers on the alloys for road use and get myself some black 15" steelies and get either a set of Simex or swampers to use in the mud.

A guy in Melb runs 33X11.5X15's Jungle trekka's on a 110 with a 2" lift so I might go this route. He has a 2" lift [not OME]and no major probs with clearance etc.

Still looking for any feedback on an OME lift and how it effects the ride and off/on road performance, driveline etc....

Thanks again in advance.

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Old May 4th, 2004, 02:12 PM
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Check out the 110 I am talking about - looks great!

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I have the standard 2" OME lift (HD front, MD rear) with no driveline vibes or negative handling at all. I run Bilstein shocks as well.

I've heard in the past that a 2" lift is 'usually' fine for driveline on a 90, although some trucks result in slight vibrations.

Also, my first set of mud tires were the 255/85-16 BFG MT's on stock alloys. No problem, no rubbing, etc. and a very 'stock' look to them. The on road handling was better and quieter than I expected (although hardly 'quiet').

I now run 34x10.5 15" Swampers on steelies for most off road, and use the BFG's for on-road use. They seem to never wear out!

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Old May 4th, 2004, 04:42 PM
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Yep, the 33x11.5 should be fine. Basically the same size as 285/75/16. Simex also does a 34x10.5 which should fit with maybe a tiny bit of trimming.

For springs, call Rangie Spares (now called Les Richmond Auto) in Melbourne. They have a better selection of springs and are cheaper than ARB. He (Andrew) will also be able to give you reall, useful advise on what spring rate fits YOUR needs and YOUR vehicle.....

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Old May 5th, 2004, 03:17 AM
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My 90 came stock with 265/75 and I'm planning on going to 285/75. According to BFG ads, the 285/75 and the 255/85 are the same diameter (just over 33") whereas the 265/75 are around 31" diameter. All based on what I call rolling radius.
I was debating going with 15" steel wheels and 33s, but will likely stick with the alloys with 285s for now (they are also supposedly a tad larger). Looking at the bios, it seems lots of folks run this wheel/tire combo.
As for springs, I recently put OME 751/764 in. I've got the 'original' rancho9000 shocks still (that the truck came with when I bought it last year). Rides pretty good, but I think I need to do something as articulation is currently shock limited.
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Here's just another setup to consider. I have OME 751/764 springs with OME shocks and 2 spring spacers up front, 1 spacer in the rear. Great ride (compared to my FJ60 with 2" lift and Rancho 9000). I run 33X12.5 goodyear MTR's on 15" steel rims. I have ~ 6K miles on them without any complaints but they are louder than the BFG AT's of course. I know, the setup isn't really different from others but I haven't seen anyone mention the MTR's or spacers in this post yet.
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