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Old August 18th, 2011, 01:12 PM
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tire size for 16" stock steel wheels

I have searched the forum and my head is spinning, no luck with what I'm searching for. I have a 1984 90 with stock suspension and steel wheels. I'm in the market for new tires but not sure of the sizing as the ones that are currently on it are obviously too small. Those tires simply say "205/16", no aspect ratio. Terrain here is mostly dirt, mud and snow. Can anyone help with tire size for this stock setup? Thanks!
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Old August 18th, 2011, 01:29 PM
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Look at the black bar at the top of the page. See the thing that reads "Tires/wheels"? Click on it. Answers are there, not in the forum threads.

Generally 265/85/16 is a good starting point.
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235 85 R16 is good for a stock size wheel on an 1984 90 or 110.

265 85 R16 is not a size at all and I assume Bill typoed and meant 235 85 R16
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Old August 18th, 2011, 01:56 PM
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Thanks for the info. I did look there as well before posting and the info is primarily about lifts and alloys which does not help me. I have actually found a lot of answers in the forum threads.
My inclination is more in the 235 range for my conditions...but am looking for advice.
Thanks!

------ Follow up post added August 18th, 2011 02:02 PM ------

Thanks evilfij, that's the size I've been gravitating to...thanks for confirming!
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Old August 18th, 2011, 02:06 PM
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255/85-16 is an option also, tall but a little wider than 235.
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255/85R16 will rub in the front without modifications (large offset wheels or large spacers)

I have them now on my early 90 and they are annoying. Still have yet to switch to my 225 "skinnies" but I can't wait!
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Er yeah, 235-85-16. I like Dunlop Radial Rover AT for the road and Goodyear mud KM2s for the goop.
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I run the 255's also. Yes they rub when you turn to full lock. Solution, ease up on the helm a bit. Ultimately no harm done other than a bit of polishing on the radius arms. or wind the steering stops out a bit. But, i like winning RTV type trials so I leave mine where they were

225? That sounds small for a 90. 235/85/16 is the stock size in the UK.



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255/85R16 will rub in the front without modifications (large offset wheels or large spacers)

I have them now on my early 90 and they are annoying. Still have yet to switch to my 225 "skinnies" but I can't wait!
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The quick answer to your question is the stock tire size is 235/85/16.
I don't know the stock offset or rim width, but that's the tire size for sure.

When I bought my '84 110 (UK spec) earlier this year it wore 255/75/16 BFG MT (older style). They didn't rub and didn't look obnoxious, but were worn. I decided to keep it 100% original, so I switched to 235/85/16 BFG Mud-Terrain KM2 and they are great for sand and off-road. Lots of road noise and unsettled on the highway, but I like 'em.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes

They seem to have increased in price slightly from when I bought mine, but are still under $200/ea
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If we talk about good proportions then the perfect
shoe is 285/75-16 imho.
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