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I just got my Xterra a couple months ago and I'm trying to decide what tires I'm going to get. I'm thinking about the Nitto Ridge Grapplers, but can't decide between the 285 or 265s. I know the 285s will come in handy when going off road, but this is my everyday driver and the 265 just make more sense. Does anybody have any pictures with some 265 AT they can share, I need some ideas.
 

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There are a few threads out there showing comparisons between tire sizes, lift sizes, tires+lifts combos...

but here’s what mine looked like with both 265’s and 285’s

265/75-16 duratrac (3 inch lift) rear bumper was being worked on.
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285/75-16 Duratracs (same 3 inch lift)

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I think 265 with a more gnarly tire (e.g. ridge grapplers) looks good. I'd say keep that size and save what little MPG you have left.

265/75/R16 Highway Tires



285/75/R16 Mud Terrains

 

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I just got my Xterra a couple months ago and I'm trying to decide what tires I'm going to get. I'm thinking about the Nitto Ridge Grapplers, but can't decide between the 285 or 265s. I know the 285s will come in handy when going off road, but this is my everyday driver and the 265 just make more sense. Does anybody have any pictures with some 265 AT they can share, I need some ideas.
BFG KO2's in LT265/75R16



Cooper Discoverer AT3 in LT285/75/R16



Pretty much the same suspension setup (Old Man Emu) between the two, and I get maybe 1 or 2 MPG's better in the blue one with the 265's.

The 285 Cooper AT3's are great tires, but they do look sort of "plain". I have not found the KO2 265's lacking in size, and have never not been able to get somewhere I have been with the 285's. I don't get too hung up on the looks of tires, but IMO 265's with some lugs on the sidewall look great on stock or mildly (2" or less) lifted Xterras.

Advantages of sticking with 265: You may see slightly better MPG's, your odometer and speedometer will be more accurate, you will have slightly better gearing, acceleration, and braking, and probably less wear and tear on suspension and drivetrain components. Also, the tires will probably be a bit less expensive.
 

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I'm pretty satisfied with my Milestar Patagonia MT 285/75/r16's. Not much louder than the stock tires were and they look good. Performance has been good so far. Have had quite a few other X owners walking past that can't stop looking at them. Full stock '14 pro4x, just had to do a bit of a melt mod and no issues. I've even got one tucked up in the stock spare well (much aired down and some heat shielding on the exhaust).

Another one of the pros is that they aren't quite as expensive as KO2's and Wildpeaks.

MPG wasn't hurt too much with the tires, I was still getting between 17-19. I think before the tires I was still 20mpg best case scenario.

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There are a few threads out there showing comparisons between tire sizes, lift sizes, tires+lifts combos...

but here’s what mine looked like with both 265’s and 285’s

265/75-16 duratrac (3 inch lift) rear bumper was being worked on.
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285/75-16 Duratracs (same 3 inch lift)

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Damn! Makes me wish I never sold my 2015 xterra...
 

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This is my 07 xterra. It's an offroad model but still stock height with 265x75x16 Goodyear Wrangler authorities from Walmart. They have awsome traction on pavement wet or dry. They dig really deep in the snow which can be bad at times, I dug right down and got hung up on the frame once but they are definitely great tires for the price! I've got 3000 miles on the load e ones and they have no signs of wear yet too!
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Went through this myself and settled on the Ridge Grapplers. Love ‘em! Road noise is almost non-existent. Around here everybody and their brother does the KO2’s, just wanted something different. Went with 265’s to not lose mpg, acceleration, braking, etc.
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Here are some photos I saved some time ago for my reference 265 vs 285 hope it helps
 

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Here are some photos I saved some time ago for my reference 265 vs 285 hope it helps
you sure thats not 265/70 vs 285/75?

here is my story. went from stock (equivalent) 265/70's to 265/75's. they look good, filled the wheel wells nicely. ride quality is good. they've never really let me down off road or in snow.

that said.... everytime i see an X with 285s, I wish i had 285's! now the 265's i have on are getting low on tread, though lasting longer than i want!( wife wont accept new tires if the current ones are"ok")

but im 99% going 285's for my next set. i dont really care about mpgs.. they suck already. I do care about on road handling as that is 90 % of my driving if not more. my biggest concern is not size, but weight and sdewall stiffness. those i think will hurt on road performance more than anything. of course a super aggressive at or any mt is going to be noisey, but, hey thats just part of the game!

if you do alot of hwy driving, maybe stick with 265's, but if you dont do alot of hwy driving, go 285's!
 
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