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Old June 21st, 2005, 02:58 PM
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OME and 285s

hey gang~

i got my rig back with new OME suspension....i want to get 285 tires, do i have to do any other mods? or do these tires fit without any problems with the OME?

thanks a bunch!

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Old June 21st, 2005, 03:16 PM
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No problem other a tiny bit of rubbing under full stuffage on the wheel arches although I was running offset wheels too. I ran that set up for 3 years. You will be good.
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Old June 21st, 2005, 03:57 PM
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New shocks?
I kept the same shocks when I swapped out the springs - limits my droop. Other than that they are good. Turning radius isnt as good (rubs the radius arm at full lock now).
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Old June 21st, 2005, 09:46 PM
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cool!

thanks, fellas!

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Old June 24th, 2005, 03:25 PM
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Another vote for 'they'll fit'. Mine rub the fender flares a bit on full stuff and when turning at full lock but nothing major.
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Old June 24th, 2005, 03:45 PM
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I run the 255/85/16 and they fit great! No rubbing! I think they are the same diameter as the 285's but skinnier. I love these tires the look great.
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Old June 24th, 2005, 10:38 PM
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yeah...i was thinking of the 255/85s too.......do you find them too "skinny"???

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Old June 25th, 2005, 12:41 AM
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I don't find the 255/85's too skinny--you have better turning radius and much less rolling weight. Pick up a 265 and compare it to the 285--you shave off like 15lbs.

That said, just beacuse I don't find the 255's too skinny, does not mean they are fat enough. That depends on the wheeling you will be doing. where/what type of wheeling are you doing?
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Old June 25th, 2005, 01:59 AM
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I don't find the 255's too skinny. I think they fit the D-90 very well without making it look too jeepified if you know what I mean. Also, Chris is right you have less unsprung weight and better turning radius but with the same height as 33's.
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Old June 25th, 2005, 02:37 AM
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I agree with Chris. What type of wheelin do you do? Sometimes in the rocky terrain of CO I wish I had a little extra width. BUT, I love the turning radius with the 255s.

Oh and the fact that I have the bonnet mount spare. It'd be a bitch to see over with a wider tire!
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Old June 25th, 2005, 11:38 AM
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Also, one more plus for the 255's is since they are lighter (and skinnyer) you have less chance of breaking an axle--since I am running Detroit/Truetrac with stock axles (24spline) and a 4.6l, this is important to me. If I was running heavier wider tires, I would probably change out my axles before I destroy my Detroit.

I will eventually swap axles, but I would definetly consider it at the same time as tires if I was going bigger than 255/85's. (and there are plenty of people that run bigger tires that have NEVER broken an axle, and some that have broken axles on smaller tires, all I am saying is it is PRUDENT to have stonger axles if you do remote wheeling with larger tires, especially with lockers)
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Old June 25th, 2005, 04:46 PM
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So can I run the 255/85s with a stock suspension setup?
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Old June 25th, 2005, 06:02 PM
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If you do, expect a little rubbing. Even with my (now sagged) OME 2" (more like 1.5) I rub when I am aired down/stuffed. On the road, I think you would be alright. But hey, you have the tires off anyways, it would be good time to add a little lift. And, since you are working on the suspension and the tires are off, it would be a prudent time to add lockers...but then you will be able to do harder trails which would make a winch necessary and if you are in that kind of terrain, full skid plates are a must, and you might as well use some HD trailing arms. And a CB. and a...........yeah, better just stick with the tires for now...(sure adds up the$$$$$qucikly, these D90's!)
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Old June 26th, 2005, 12:45 AM
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No kidding.
I think I'll rebuild the clutch first, but while I'm under there...
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Old June 26th, 2005, 04:01 AM
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Here's a couple pics of mine with 285/75s with OMEs yesterday playing on a ramp at Katemcy. Sadly, all I have are these pics of it from yesterday. 10 minutes into wheeling my camera got smashed in the rush to grab a friend's Disco to keep it from falling over a 30' cliff.

As you can see, the fronts stuff easily, no rubbing. The rears do rub the leading edge of the fender flares ever so lightly at full stuff. Playing on the ramp showed me exactly where to trim to stop the awful sounding but harmless rubbing. I'm also running without sway bars which makes a difference in the amount of twist you're going to get.
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Where did you get the diamond plate corner protectors? Are they genuine?
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Old June 26th, 2005, 10:08 PM
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Where did you get the diamond plate corner protectors? Are they genuine?
I believe I got them from Northeast British. I don't see them on their site anymore though. They are purely for cosmetic reasons. The right side covers a bit of body damage, and quite well if you ask me. I'll soon add wing tops and bonnet plating in black once I've got a bit of extra cash.
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Old June 26th, 2005, 11:06 PM
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" right side covers a bit of body damage"

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Old July 2nd, 2005, 01:16 AM
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OK, I am looking at the Goodyear site ...

http://www.goodyeartires.com/goodyea...ea=Light+Truck

And they don't show a LT255/85R16... just a LT255/70R16.

As I am looking for tires for my 110, and am currently running the PO's Michelin LTX AT 235/85/R16's with OME, I think I could go bigger based on the thread conversation, the 255's seem to be a compromise between smaller (235) and huge (285), do you think they still make the 255's?.

When do I start with a larger tire, to impact the spedo accuracy?

I guess I will call Discount tire tomorrow... Have a great 4th! COSteve
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Old July 2nd, 2005, 02:13 AM
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I just ordered a 255/85/16 BFG MT/R for my spare. So at least BFG still makes that size.
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