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Old 01-09-2011, 12:02 AM
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So I need a new set of tires and was thinking about going with a smaller width. They say a thinner tire does better in the mud and snow, but Im not sure what size I should go with? Currently Im running 265/70R16 on a 1999 4Runner SR5. What do you guys think about doing this, is it worth it or should I stick with what I already have? I don't like the rims I have on now, so going with something basic, no frills, cheap but durable isn't a problem.
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Are you suggesting a 255/75r16 then?

Edit: meant 255/85r16. my bad
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Old 01-09-2011, 08:36 AM
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A fatter tire does better in the rocks, if you are going to wheel it thinner isn't going to help you.
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Thinner helps you dig down through the slop to the hard pan. I run 235/85r16 (almost 32") but I'm not a rock crawler anymore. Airing down my tires does not increase footprint/grip but it does increase comfort. This is a great snowy pavement and plow-wake busting tire. I've never tried deep, off road snow. Mud has proven to be easy enough as well.
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x2 on 235/85. You'll get all the height with a much smaller contact patch and reduced rolling resistance. It'll come down to whether or not you like the looks of something that skinny.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:07 PM
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Are you suggesting a 255/75r16 then?
Im not suggesting anything, I looking for suggestions.


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A fatter tire does better in the rocks, if you are going to wheel it thinner isn't going to help you.
Im not a rock crawler. I get up to the mountains for camping/fishing/boarding/hiking, so I doubt thinner tires will hurt for what I use my Runner for.

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Thinner helps you dig down through the slop to the hard pan. I run 235/85r16 (almost 32") but I'm not a rock crawler anymore. Airing down my tires does not increase footprint/grip but it does increase comfort. This is a great snowy pavement and plow-wake busting tire. I've never tried deep, off road snow. Mud has proven to be easy enough as well.
I'll have to see what that size looks like, I don't want to go super skinny. I just want a good all around tire that Im comfortable with all year round.
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x2 on 235/85. You'll get all the height with a much smaller contact patch and reduced rolling resistance. It'll come down to whether or not you like the looks of something that skinny.

Im gonna have to see what that looks like!
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:38 PM
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That's the stock tire size on late 80s-late 90s Ford F250 pickups, if you want to see that tire on an actual truck. I agree that they are skinny and find traction well, and tend not to hydroplane. I rarely see them on any other stock trucks, other than 3/4-1 ton pickups.
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That's the stock tire size on late 80s-late 90s Ford F250 pickups, if you want to see that tire on an actual truck. I agree that they are skinny and find traction well, and tend not to hydroplane. I rarely see them on any other stock trucks, other than 3/4-1 ton pickups.
And they are common enough that most places will have a set in stock. My local Good Year dealer has a few sets in stock of the very capable Wrangler DuraTrac in 235/85/16. And that tire is studdable if you like.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:49 PM
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The only thing is that I have to find rims that would fit these tires also!
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