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Old March 19th, 2018, 12:31 PM
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Biggest tire size for 16x5.5" rims on D110 w/ 2" lift?

Hi all,

Asking this amazing community for help one more time

I've got a 1991 D110 200TDi and just put a 2" OME lift w/ new coils and shocks on it.

Want to beef up the tires a bit but I currently have the original steel 16x5.5" rims on there. These are not Wolf rims with the holes in them, but the solid steel.

I'm having trouble finding tires that will fit the 5.5" wide rim... Am getting conflicting information on if I can put a tire that has a mim. rim requirement of 6" on a 5.5" rim.

Was looking at a BF T/A K02 but not opposed to a chunky Toyo tire either.

Anyone know the biggest tire I can get away with for my rim?

Thanks
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Old March 19th, 2018, 12:48 PM
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Every tire manufacturer will list suitable rim widths for their tires. Look for the specs for those tires...

https://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/uplo...in-t-a-ko2.pdf

As far as they are concerned, nothing is suitable. Lots of people run 235/85R16.
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Old March 19th, 2018, 02:12 PM
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I know for sure the FJ40 folks sometimes run 10.5" wide tires on the stock toy 5.5" steelies.

It'll balloon the tires a bit, but YOLO. For low-profile miata-style tires, it's a worry. For off-road tires, not really.

I've heard rumors of people putting some obnoxiously wide tires on narrow wheels, so YMMV.
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Old March 21st, 2018, 02:59 PM
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Thanks all. Will be doing a lot of driving on the beach, as well as on road, and wondering if LT235/85R16/E BF T/A KO2's will balloon too much and I'll be at risk of them slipping off the 5.5" wide rim.
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Old March 21st, 2018, 03:06 PM
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Wider tires on narrow rims are better for keeping the beads on, not worse. The main downside to the narrow rims is worse on road handling.
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Well considering it's a Defender 110 and handles like a horse and buggy anyway - I see no issues then XD
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Old March 21st, 2018, 03:16 PM
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Look. I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but just buy the tires you want. Buy the awesomest, gnarliest, best, super-duper tires you want. Buy the good ones. The ones you want. The ones you dream about at night.

Stop killing yourself over this 5.5" wheel business. First, I don't think you quite understand how tire width and wheel width work when it comes to safety beads. Second, you'll be replacing those POS wheels with something better in no time. So why do you care so much about how they fit on a 5.5" wheel which you will be replacing in no time?
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Old March 21st, 2018, 03:26 PM
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@Sonoronos,

Not take the wrong way at all. I'm just looking to make sure I don't buy $1000 worth of tires then come to find out they slip off the rim when I drive them.
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Old March 21st, 2018, 06:17 PM
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Yea, it is just about handling. I ran 265/75 on the 5.5" rims for many years.
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If you lost your original thread, here it is http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ft-141281.html
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Yea, it is just about handling. I ran 265/75 on the 5.5" rims for many years.
You have any pics of that? Just so happens I have some very clean Alpine White 5.5" in the basement as well as a set of 265 KO2's....


OP wider is better for beach. My 265's KO2's were better on the beach than my 255 KM2's, and they didn't throw sand and mud around like the KM2 either.
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You have any pics of that?
A long time ago with a very shiny truck.....
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With a 2" lift, IMO you need 33" tires to complete. 255/85R16 BFG KM2 would be my pick. Make sure your TDI is well tuned or drop to 3:90 or 4:11 gears.
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