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Old February 10th, 2013, 02:17 PM
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Largest tire on stock wheels?

What's the largest tire I can run on a stock wheel, Deep Dish Alloy to be specific?
I'll be regearing soon and am contemplating jumping to 35's, 315/75/16 specifically. Anybody running this set up? I don't particularly feel like buying steel wheels if I don't have to.
If its possible to retain the stock alloys with that size tires, are there any problems with doing so?
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Old February 10th, 2013, 03:39 PM
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Dan has 315s on his boosts. Jorge has 345s on his. You'll be fine.

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Old February 10th, 2013, 05:56 PM
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Interested to see how they wear with some miles on then
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Old February 10th, 2013, 06:27 PM
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Interested to see how they wear with some miles on then
What's that mean?
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Old February 10th, 2013, 06:28 PM
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315s fit on 7" wide alloys. They bulge a little but if you end up lifting the truck I would correct your panhard rod or you will get some weird wear patterns in the front.
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Old February 10th, 2013, 07:37 PM
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I have 315's on 16x7 Disco Steelies and it seems fine. I think 8" is what you are supposed to have but like ini80 said it will just bulge a bit. The LR alloys have a good sized lip on the inside so it should hold the bead well.
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Larger tire, smaller rim width, equals tire pushed up in the center. You will be effecting the contact patch which then in turn can be adjusted by air pressure to some extent.
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Old February 10th, 2013, 09:26 PM
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315s fit on 7" wide alloys. They bulge a little but if you end up lifting the truck I would correct your panhard rod or you will get some weird wear patterns in the front.
The truck (98 D1) already has a 3" RTE lift and all the nice expensive parts to make the lift work including the RTE adjustable panhard, so I'm all set there.

Anybody run into problems with shops not wanting to mount the larger tires to stock alloys?
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I like them!
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Old February 10th, 2013, 11:19 PM
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Larger tire, smaller rim width, equals tire pushed up in the center. You will be effecting the contact patch which then in turn can be adjusted by air pressure to some extent.
This is what I meant may not be an issue but this is the biggest thing to consider

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I like them!
Looks great!
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I like them!
Sweet! What size are those?
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Those are really nice...So there's no structural concern with these mounted on those rims? What pressure do you keep those at for normal use? Off road whats the lowest you've been?
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I like them!
That looks really sweet.
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Off road: 15-17 (haven't found the need to go lower)

No problems...ride is smooth.

But you should get boost wheels!
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Heck, I like my 285's and dont think I'd go bigger (then grandma wouldn't go wheeling with me). Your do look pretty good on your 90, its good to know!
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The 315/70s do look nice. For those looking for something between the 315/70 and the 285/75, this is the look with 305/70s on OME mediums.
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Heck, I like my 285's and dont think I'd go bigger (then grandma wouldn't go wheeling with me). Your do look pretty good on your 90, its good to know!
Your avatar has me laughing...
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More 315 pics
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What's the largest tire I can run on a stock wheel, Deep Dish Alloy to be specific?
I'll be regearing soon and am contemplating jumping to 35's, 315/75/16 specifically. Anybody running this set up? I don't particularly feel like buying steel wheels if I don't have to.
If its possible to retain the stock alloys with that size tires, are there any problems with doing so?

If you already have tires picked out, the right thing to do it look at the manufacturer's specifications for that particular tire, which will include an approved rim width range.

Staying within the approved rim width range helps assure that the tire's internal stresses are within its design parameters.

Tire sidewalls are supposed to be vertical, since they're what's holding the tire tread stable against the car's weight and protecting the wheel against impacts.

Factory alloys are 7" wide (Disco 2 and P38 Range Rover are 8") which means technically the widest tire you should be running on a factory alloy is a 285/75R16... technically. But of course that is all dependent on what the tire manufacturer says.
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