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Old September 8th, 2008, 06:34 PM
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Opinion on tire size 305x70x16

I've run 255x85's for several years and would like to try something different. Any opinions on 305's? Should I expect rubbing with a 2 inch OME lift + EE spring isolators?
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Old September 8th, 2008, 06:46 PM
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Just a 33x12.5, it will rub your radius arms at full turn without spacers, different wheels or adjusting the stops.
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Old September 8th, 2008, 07:20 PM
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285/75 is a much better size.... whats wrong with your 255's?
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305 is wider than the 285.
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Thanks! My 255's are nubs and I need new tires. I thought I'd like to try something wider. Little more beef might be nice when I'm air'd down. The 285's are a good choice but they're not a full 33.
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Thanks! My 255's are nubs and I need new tires. I thought I'd like to try something wider. Little more beef might be nice when I'm air'd down. The 285's are a good choice but they're not a full 33.
Depends entirely upon the tire. The new BFG Mud Terrain KM2's are 33.1" tall, according to BFG's spec sheets, the Toyo Open Country M/T's measure 33" exactly in the 285/75 size (again, according to the manufacturer), and Super Swamper SSR's are 33.9" tall in the 285/75 size.

Personally I think the 255/85 and 285/75 are the best size choices for a Defender, but thats just my opinion. The 305 seems a bit wide and ungainly to me..
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Scott,
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I didn't know BFG had released the km2 in 255 /85. Great news!
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Thanks! My 255's are nubs and I need new tires. I thought I'd like to try something wider. Little more beef might be nice when I'm air'd down. The 285's are a good choice but they're not a full 33.
SSRs in 285/75 are bigger than a 33, almost 34.
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Will the 285/75 size rub with a 1.5" lift?
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Scott,
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I didn't know BFG had released the km2 in 255 /85. Great news!
Well, good and bad news for me :D I bought a set of 255/85 KM's a couple months ago. I do like them but it sounds like the KM2's are a better tire in many ways.

TireRack's site didn't have the KM2's listed (which may not mean much) so I wonder when they will be available.
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Will the 285/75 size rub with a 1.5" lift?
Anything wider than stock will rub the radius arms at full lock, and the shock towers (ft), upper spring perch/inner wheel well (back) unless you run spacers, or a different offset wheel. You could adjust your steering stops to avoid the contact with the radius arms, but you'll end up with a pitiful turning radius, and if your suspension is flexible enough, lost articulation. I run 1.25" spacers, and have been very happy with them, looks better too!
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 05:16 PM
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thanks everyone!

i finally made a decision to stick with 255/85's. i found a local tire shop that matched internet pricing on KM2's $200/each.

if anyone wants a dunlop 255/85 with 50 miles on it i've got one for sale $75, plus shipping (approx $30 UPS to lower 48).
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