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Old February 2nd, 2014, 04:11 AM
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Thoughts on 7.5r16 with lift

Being over here in Europe xzl's are pretty abundant (I am trying to hunt down some 8.25r16s prior to coming back). I have a set of RTE 2" springs I am looking to install, just worried if I went with 7.5s it'd be too small. Thoughts? pictures?

Right now average price of a new 7.5 xzl is running €155 so about $210 a tire. Pretty reasonable for brand new xzl's
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 04:44 AM
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I suppose it depends on what you are using the vehicle for and what type of terrain you will be on. If it were me, solely based on aesthetics, I'd just run the 7.5 XZLs at stock height.
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 07:21 AM
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7.50x16 is my tire of choice. I ran them from '79 to the mid-2000's when they got too hard to find.
I've never really cared about the aesthetics aspect, so can't address that.
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 09:09 AM
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If you are looking for reference photos showing the difference between the 7.5 and the 8.25 XZLs go to google and search "grocery getter thread, expedition exchange" which should pull up a link to Jack Quinlan's thread on his 110 (a wonderful resource and great thread). His 110 starts out with 7.5s and ends up with the 8.25s so you can get a good idea of the difference. Jack's a board member as well.
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 09:38 AM
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They wont look silly, but the taller tire will look better.
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 09:42 AM
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Here's mine on 7.50 x 16 Michelin's (not XZL) and a 2" lift from 2 years ago.

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