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Old February 17th, 2012, 08:08 PM
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That makes no sense. A wider tire will take more energy which equals more fuel. Like using a beach cruiser in a time trial.

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Exactly, the less rolling resistance on surface area the better (from a mileage standpoint anyhow).
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Old February 17th, 2012, 08:38 PM
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I think they meant better in terms of stability, handling, performance. Clearly more rubber equals less economy.
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This might be off subject, but what is the max wheel size for a d-90? 18" or 20"? Without any lifts...thanks
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All this talk about the BFG 235/85/16 and no mention of the tire being an "E" rated (11 ply) tire. This rating will make it stiffer and have better roll resistance going down the highway (better fuel economy). On the tarmac, I run mine at 38psi. New, these tires have a height of 32". They're probably stiffer too when "aired down" over the factory 265 tire at an equal air pressure.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 10:38 AM
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The April 2012 issue of FourWheeler has a tire guide with a bunch of tires. That GY Duratrace that Bill mentioned got great overall marks. Nothing below a 3 out of 4 stars in all categories: Street, Rock, Sand, Snow, Mud, Ice. And from the reviews on the forums of them that seems to back it up. If you want a good all around tire that would be the way to go.

But you never answered what your plans are with your 90. Truck looks great in the pic you posted. Love the white steelies with the blue/white SW. I know the SSR's aren't the most friendly road tires but I think they do well for what they are. Looks like you have some beefed up axle on there too. Do you know what gearing you have in the diffs?

Seems like you mention turning radius, handling and fuel economy a bunch. A 90 won't be all that great at any of them and a modern day 2 door JK Sahara would be much better. But if you are intent on running a 90 - figuring what you have and what you want - we might be able to help.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 04:07 PM
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My plans:

- slightly lower overall height while avoiding a tire that looks too small (with my 2" lift)
- reduced road noise
- eek out a couple more miles per gallon
- current steering is a bit squirrely, but not sure a new tire will help that. similarly not sure the turning radius could be improved, but would love some improvement there.

I use the truck 99% percent on road or on construction sites. Snow traction is a plus.

Jake put on GBR axles, but I don't know what the gearing is.

Thanks again for the feedback.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 04:11 PM
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You might get a couple more miles per tank but not per gallon with different tires. I think this has been proven to be an urban myth.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 04:22 PM
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265/75/16 load range C Duratracs. Less than $200 per, http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....m=675QR6WDTOWL

Severe winter rating, so good in snow. Look aggressive so people won't think you are a pussy.. Good for off road and smooth and quiet on road.

On the squirrely steering, you have other things to fix.
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265/75/16 load range C Duratracs. Less than $200 per, http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....m=675QR6WDTOWL

Severe winter rating, so good in snow. Look aggressive so people won't think you are a pussy.. Good for off road and smooth and quiet on road.

On the squirrely steering, you have other things to fix.
Bingo. Was just going to say Duratracs in a 265/75. I have been searching a lot on tires and the Duratracs come up a lot with a bunch of positive remarks. Those with Wolfs/Natos will have a little less backspacing and will help with turning radius. I'd say get some alloys but I don't think they would fit with those axle shafts.

STFA for info on the steering.

Only thing to add: swap springs to stock and make sure the diffs have 3.54s in them.
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These are what I'm running for my all year road and winter off road tires.
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Any opinions on the Firestone Destination A/T? Great ratings from several sources (local tire shop, tirerack.com). Possibly more of the "pussy" look that you're referring to, but hard to argue with performance.

How big of a deal is the load range? More plys = stiffer? Higher psi? Looks like the BFG's with an E rating don't qualify as Severe Service (snow) tires.
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Any opinions on the Firestone Destination A/T? Great ratings from several sources (local tire shop, tirerack.com). Possibly more of the "pussy" look that you're referring to, but hard to argue with performance.

How big of a deal is the load range? More plys = stiffer? Higher psi? Looks like the BFG's with an E rating don't qualify as Severe Service (snow) tires.
Stiffer and heavier.
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 08:19 PM
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/survey...l&sortValue=16

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/survey...l&sortValue=16
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Exactly. Firestone get's high marks even with a large sample size. Anyone tried them?
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I've used 7.5 x 16, 235-85-16, 265-75-16, 285-75-16 and now, finally 255-85-16 in the diggerent Defenders (all 110) Ive had or driven for work.
The one I like the best is 255-85-16. My Defnder is lifted exactly 1.3 inches and i tlooks OK. with a bit more lift it would look even better probably so my vote goes for 255_85-16 (BFG KM2).
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My wife is running 35" Duratrac's on her JK. I think they have done great in the snow and rain. They also look aggressive without all the road noise.
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Just to report back:

Got the 265/75/16 BFG All Terrain T/A KO's and I like them a lot. Pretty stiff (E rating) and in the back of my mind I feel like I neutered the truck, but I'm a fan of the stock look (even with the 2" lift) and they're clean and (much more) quiet. Maybe 1-2 MPG jump. I'll try to post a pic. Thanks for all the input and advice guys.
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