But it's wider which for wheeling is just as important as height.Spicoli said:I would recommend going to either a 285/75-16 or 265/75-16
A 275/70-16 is a smaller tire than the 265/75-16.
One thing to remember when shopping for tires, is getting sizes that are uncommon can and typically costs you more and the choice of tires is greatly diminished. Sticking to "normal" sizes is a good idea, if you can. Some cars just come with goofy sizes, but 265/75-16 and 285-75-16 are very common sizes.
I'm trying to figure out where you saw this? Looks like you used the tire selection guide. Using that I choose the Xterra SE (2006 off-road) which only gave me to choices for street/all season like tires, in stock size. They didn't even have the A/T KO that most of us are using.USMC XTERRA said:http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/bfg/vehicleInfoSubmit.do
By the way BFG said in no way shape or form do they recommend putting the oversize and up rated tire on the Xterra because of the weight. They are tire people, they pay the lawsuits when something goes wrong. There is a reason they can't recommend it. Go wit the people who know.
Keep in mind, adding weight at the outer edges is worse than adding weight closer to the center. The moment of inertia (a measure of how hard it is to turn a wheel/tire) is (simply put) I=mr^2, so by adding weight at the edge (bigger r) vs at the center (smaller r), you're increasing the difficulty by a square factor! Add in the fact that you're increasing the overall radius of the entire wheel/tire combo and the effects of heavier/larger tires on the drivetrain keep getting bigger.mjm4soccer said:You'll be fine with those tires. Many people on here have ran 285/75/16 with steel wheels which add a lot more weight than the tires.
You are only increasing a marginal amount. Check out some of the other tire posts if you want more info.
I wouldn't give up height for width. If it's taller you have more cleareance, eventhough the differences in 275/70/16 and 265/75/16 are so small that you shouldn't even bother.Muzikman said:But it's wider which for wheeling is just as important as height.
The biggest problem is, who makes a 275/70R16 tire?
Yea I mentioned that somewhere because I mentioned it to BFG Tech when they asked why in the hell I went with that size/overweight tire.Spicoli said:One thing I think is funny. I have yet to see some mention that most of us go to a 8/10/12ply tire... while the stock is 4ply. People mention the weight, but as if it was a function of going to a 285/75-16 tire while it is a lot more to do with going to a tire with a lot more metal in it so it can take the abuse of the 4 wheeling.
You can get 285/75 tires that are 4/6ply that aren't that much heavier than the stock OR tire, but they aren't going to hold up to rocks and dirt roads like a 10ply tire will (current BFG A/T KO's are 10ply)