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Old February 15th, 2012, 05:53 PM
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Tire size w/ a 2" lift

My '95 SW has a 2" lift and 285's, but I'm looking to swap them out for something more road worthy and smaller. Anyone have a suggestion about how small to go without it looking stupid? Clearly it's subjective, but hoping not to spend $1200 on a full set and find out I'm driving a low-rider.

And is 265 the stock size?
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Old February 15th, 2012, 06:31 PM
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265/75 is what you want. That is also the stock size. You can try 255/85 as well.

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
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Old February 15th, 2012, 06:59 PM
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I really like my new Dura Tracs. 4x4.com has a great price and shipping is like $50 for a set. If you do a search for a coupon code you will get another 15 percent off.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 07:50 PM
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235/85 or 255/85

Those 75 series tires kill your turning radius
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Old February 15th, 2012, 07:59 PM
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Are those sizes any of you have tried with a 2" lift?

------ Follow up post added February 15th, 2012 05:05 PM ------

Phillippe here at Roverland recommended the BFG All-Terrains for road/snow use. Mostly just trying to dial it down a notch from my Super Swampers as far as road noise, aggressive look and massiveness.

Sorry, I know there are a million threads on tires here... just trying to get some input on going towards a more stock/road-worthy set up.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 08:19 PM
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I'm running 255/85s with 2" Terra Firma lift and it seems pretty happy. I also have wheel spacers that keep the tires from rubbing when turned all the way.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 09:21 PM
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Think it twice, I'm everyday more convinced
that 285/75 is the ideal size for the 90.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 09:23 PM
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I have 235/85/16 on mine with a 2" lift (2" according to PO but certainly looks correct).

They work fine, and road manners are fine (for what a defenders road manners are). They look a little skinny to me, and i want to go to something bigger for the next set (33-35") for little more ground clearance.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 09:38 PM
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285 Swampers are a pretty big tire and heavy as hell. Going with a different 285 like a GY MTR/K or DuraTrac (like o2batsea mentioned) or BFG KM2 could change the ride and handling. I've been searching different tires (as I want to go to a 35" size) and the KM2's and MTR/K's seem to get great reviews.

I had 255 KM's before my 285 SSR's and they are light and are skinnier than stock and will have a better turning radius. But like Buckon37's said in one of his posts about a wide tire - the steering radius goes from worse to worse.

The main question is what are you going to do with your SW? Road only, some trail, type of trail. What wheels are you running now - stock alloys? skinny steelies?
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Barry loves himself some 265/75-16's and I think I'll put that size on my next truck, but currently I'm running 235/85-16's on the 110 with a 1"-ish lift.

Also I'm running the BF Goodich KM2's on the 110, but I have the BFG All Terrain T/A KO's on the Series and I like those as well, but the KM2's look better on a Defender and perform well on/off road.
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Pictures will be helpfull.
I am also considering getting a set for off road use.
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My '95 SW has a 2" lift and 285's, but I'm looking to swap them out for something more road worthy and smaller. Anyone have a suggestion about how small to go without it looking stupid? Clearly it's subjective, but hoping not to spend $1200 on a full set and find out I'm driving a low-rider.

And is 265 the stock size?
smaller in which direction? 255's are a little taller than 285's so don't go that way if you want shorter.
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Smaller/shorter.

I believe 255/85's are taller than 285/75's, but the 255/75 is shorter. The second number is a % factor for figuring out the overall height. I found this (http://www.defendersource.com/faq/Tire/TireSize.html) really helpful in trying to understand that.

I'm leaning towards the BFG All-Terrain T/A KO 235/85 over the 265/75... they're almost identical in dimensions, but the 235's are cheaper. Weird.

How does the 75 vs the 85 affect turning radius? Are they wider? (Nevermind, figured that out from my own link... width is represented by the first number, to 265 is 30mm wider than the 235. Duh)

Are wheel spacers hard to come by? Would you trust the tire shop to install those?
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You'll have zero problems running 235/85-16's with the turning radius. Not sure about 75's.
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Here's the current set up. Turning radius is definitely an issue.
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Pictures will be helpfull.
I am also considering getting a set for off road use.
Here is a before and after, 265/75 to 255/85. The 255/85 is about 1.5" taller.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Great photography work. Like a little flip book. Someone needs to figure out a way to swap out tires digitally before buying them...
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I thought tirerack.com's configurator could do that, but I was wrong....wheels only. Darn!
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Can anyone speak to the handling or fuel economy differences between a 265 width and a 235? The tire shop is convinced the wider is better based on improved traction.
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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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