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I posted this over on clubfrontier, but thought some of you that dont frequent over there may find this info usefull.

OK, Here are the pics of them mounted and my initial impressions....
They are quiet for a MT, below 25mph there is a bruuummp, bruummp, bruummp noise, which is just the lugs hitting the pavement, but above that the noise goes away. On the highway, I they were not any louder than the rugged trails, although I was not able to go above 60mph due to traffic. I did notice that the truck seemed to 'float' a little more on the highway, but I think this can be resolved with a psi adjustment (I told the shop to put them at 40psi, but I have yet to check them).

Initial impressions seem very promising, I will update as I get more miles on them, I only have 60miles on them right now.

As for fitment (keep in mind I am running 2.5" PRG spacers), I couldn’t ask for anything more! You can check out the pics yourself, but I will explain here.... With the tire turned out slightly the tire comes close to rubbing on the lip at the lowest part of the rear edge of the front wheelwell. There is 1/4" of clearance at ride height in this spot. Under full droop (upper A-arm resting on coil bucket) there is still 1/4" of clearance here. The tire never gets any closer than this.
For those of you running the TC a-arms I do not believe you will have any issues here either, even with more droop because the tire already drooped past its widest diameter, meaning any more droop will be above the widest part of the tire, and therefore actually increase clearance.

I was not able to test out compression, but from the looks of things, the only spot that the tire appears like it may rub is the inner fenderwell directly behind the tread of the tire. It looks like it will clear on my truck, but I did the 'melt mod' before mounting the tires, I definitely think the melt mod will be required.

Other notes:
I have both my front air-dam and mudflaps removed. These tires definitely require the mudflaps to be removed, although removal of the air-dam may not be necessary. I forget the air-dams exact shape, but there is ample clearance in front of the tire, which leads me to believe that it may still fit.

Also, I used my jack to lift the truck 1�, 2�, and 3� and found that there is no measurable increase in tire clearance at the lip at the lowest part of the rear edge of the front wheelwell. This would explain why Calmini claims only a 33� tire will fit with their 5� lift kit. This also means that unless you are going for looks, don’t bother lifting your truck more that 2.5 – 3� if you plan on running a ~33 (285/75R16, 255/85R16 etc, or equivalent).

On to the pics....






Sorry they are all driveway shots, but there I have no place I can go offroad spontaniously.
 

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Looks good!

One thing you will notice I bet is as they wear down, they will get louder. This seems to be the norm with more aggressive tires.

Just curious, what did they run you?
 

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$524 shipped from C.C.Burges tire company on Ebay. Then $90 for mount and balance at Sears, but that comes with free lifetime rotation and balance.
 

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muzikman said:
Was that got 4 or 5 tires?
4, $131 each.
I'm not sure what I am going to do about a fullsize spare yet.
 

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Looks very nice. I'm really liking this tire size over the 285's the more I see them.
 

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Looks very nice. I'm really liking this tire size of the 285's the more I see them.
These are 255/85, a bit taller than the 285.

BTW, truck's lookin' good steve. IMO that's like the perfect tire for these rigs... a great price 255/85 MT that is siped for good wet traction and pinned for studs so no need for chains... what more do you need!

:cheers:
 

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Looks great!

What's the life expectancy of the MT's compared to the AT's?
 

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syndicate, I just bought a set of BFG MTs. This came up on another thread, but any downside to siping as far as you know? And any clue why BFG doesn't sipe the MT, when almost everyone else does?
 

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You know, as far as my research has found, there's only benefits from siping. As far as why BFG doesn't sipe their mud terrains, couldn't tell you with any honesty. My best assumption would be the added cost. Discount Tires used to sipe at every location but they don't anymore because the siping machine breaks down more often than it's functional. I just know that any tire salesman I've spoken to says it's a great tire to sipe.
 

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The only downside of siping that I know of, is that the tread will chunk easier offroad on rocks and sharp objects, but for a DD with MTs, I would consider siping a necessity.
 
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