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very doable.



285/75R16 tires w/ no lift


the only issue, is that the tires will rub alittle on the plastic skirt on the inside of the front fenderwells. take a heat gun and 'mold' them back a little, and you'll be fine.
 

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x2 - I have the same 285/75's and they worked great before the lift and still work great with the lift. You will be ok. The plastic splash shield only needs minor rework. In fact you can leave it alone and the tire will wear it right away, although I wouldn't recommend it!
 

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Ive heard alot of people saying that they wished they could do over and just go to OFF ROAD edition sized tires. I think i first heard this a while ago, then just recently from MC. I think that is what i am going to do this winter, and i still do not know about lift, but ill take better gas mileage over cramming tires in any day.
 

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I've been very happy with OR size All-Terrains (265/75R16). They were a HUGE improvement over the stock Long Trails. The handling and acceleration have remained the same, but it looks better and is WAY better offroad. Sometimes I wish I had bigger tires but I think they were a good compromise.

If you go with the 285's you are adding not only more diameter, but more weight, which means more rotational inertia and a tire that's harder to turn. This translates to less acceleration, more stress on CV shafts and the like, and of course lower gas mileage. How noticeable this is, I'm not sure.

OTOH, with 285's, you do get a better look (more filled up wheel well) and an extra 1/2" of ground clearance over the 265's, as well as a little wider traction area.

Decisions, decisions...
 

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Don't forget the possibility of balancing issues also. Need a wider wheel to put the bigger tire on...
 

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Just have two sets of tires. One for daily driving and a set of SSR's for off road use. Now where is my damn kayak so I can get some shoes for PB's wheels.
 
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... just driving along and happen to see a trail or mud pit and the 4X4 sickness just takes me over!
that would most likely be trespassing, unless you live on green acres or something. :dontknow:
 

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New tires should not affect warranty. But if you are that worried about it go for the BFG ATs in the stock size. It will still give you a much better tire and probably not affect your gas mileage. If you go 285/75 you'll be looking at a larger wheel to ensure that you won't have balancing problems. To me it sounds like as an occasional off roader, you would be better off going with the AT in the stock size as the tread alone would be more important to you than size itself. It all depends on how much money you plan on throwing down.
 

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some people have had balancing issues, some haven't.

the 'people' you've heard saying that they wish they'd gone with the stock OR size are usually: MC, someone else, MC, MC, MC, someone else...you get the picture. i understand why he says it, and very valid reasons (better gas mileage is a big one). he just says it alot.

you'll lose some ride quality, as you'll probably go with a LT tire vs a p-metric tire, but (for me) handling characteristics are night and day from the stock rugged trails. better wet/dry traction, handles turns better etc. Rugged Trails suck.

I have had no balancing issues at all. infact i'm overdue for a regular balance/alignment checkup, but haven't noticed any adverse effects. saying that, there are a large number of people who have had some issues. BFG states that you 'should' have a 7.5" wide rim (stock rims are 7") and you might even find some tire vendors won't put the tires on your stock rims for this reason.

as for gas mileage, went from 19/22 to around 17/20 with the tires. i might've gotten less of a drop if i'd stayed with 265/75R16, but i don't believe it would've been much.

I've had good luck with mine i guess... no balancing issues, no warranty issues(dealer replaced a front shock for me...after the lift), not that big of a gas mileage change. i had a bigger mileage change after the lift.
 

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Hey! I say stick with the stock OR tire size. Better gas mileage! LOL yes I read above post! But other reasons are, better handling, and some people have trashed the front diff with the larger tires and dealer said that wa the cause, and I can see why they say that. (Although I don't think it is, I think it's a Nissan X weak spot) But anyways, Next time around I will return to that size. I don't think the size really matters as far as traction and not THAT much more clearence over OR size.
Plus, the stock rims are too narrow for that size tire, you need an 8" wide rim, stock is 7. I did get new rims, and still, I'd go back to OR size.

But, my BFG AT's are the perfect tire for on and off road.

MC
 

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TXterra37 said:
But isn't that a major pain in the ass to have to unmount and mount tires every time you wanna change your driving? And a lot of times I'm just driving along and happen to see a trail or mud pit and the 4X4 sickness just takes me over!
The only thing we have around here is Toyota Prius's to drive over. All wheeling tht I do is planned out ahead of time, plus I just use the impact wrench for quick tire changes.
 

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TXterra37 said:
Yeah some see it as trespassing, I see it as a window of muddin' oppurtunity. :blackeye:
I see it as a way of giving off roading a black eye, but I do see that you live in TX, there is probably a bit more public space than here in PA.

Around me we are fighting to keep open what is currently legal. The problem is the locals don't really care so they steal cars, drive them back the trails and burn them up. I have however wheeled on land that is of questionable legality. These trails how ever have been wheeled since before I was born, so if they are illegal, no one seems to care.

I originally thought about having two sets of tires and just swap them when I wheel, but this was before there were wheels available so I decided on the BFG MT's. They are a good off road tire but they have good wear on the street and don't have too much hum. The down side, they are expensive.
 

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Muzikman said:
TXterra37 said:
Yeah some see it as trespassing, I see it as a window of muddin' oppurtunity. :blackeye:
I see it as a way of giving off roading a black eye, but I do see that you live in TX, there is probably a bit more public space than here in PA.
Texas also has relax gun laws!

Muzikman said:
Around me we are fighting to keep open what is currently legal.
Just hit Route 65 today. Those mud tires will come in handy.
 

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kokopop said:
Muzikman said:
TXterra37 said:
Yeah some see it as trespassing, I see it as a window of muddin' oppurtunity. :blackeye:
I see it as a way of giving off roading a black eye, but I do see that you live in TX, there is probably a bit more public space than here in PA.
Texas also has relax gun laws!

Muzikman said:
Around me we are fighting to keep open what is currently legal.
Just hit Route 65 today. Those mud tires will come in handy.
Yeah, not even a land slide can stop me!!! Actally as of last night rocks and dirt were still falling. I don't want to be burried. :)
 
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