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Steve L
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Member # 349
Reged: 04/04/99
Posts: 40
Loc: RI USA
Tire size 265 or 255?
#34105 - 12/14/99 06:36 PM

I'm in the need for new tires. I'm looking at Coopers but the sizes have me confused I was thinking of the 265 75s but the tire guy seems to think 255 85s would be better.My only concern is the 255s are a larger diameter and I have 3.55 gears.I like the width of the 265s but the load rang is C the 255s are D .I am running 235 85s now.Any Help is wellcome thanks Steve

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94 f-250 4x4 xcab ,5sp 3.55 ,BD Downpipe ,US Gear Chip,A pillar pod, 2 Isspro Gauges




Rocket J
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Reged: 07/26/99
Posts: 380
Loc: POMEROY, OHIO
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34106 - 12/14/99 07:48 PM

Steve...I went with the 265/75/16 tires, only in a load range E. I think this size is also available in load range D from a number of manufacturers, and if I remember right, the weight capacity for a D rated 265/75 is very nearly the same as an E rated 235/85.
The height and diameter of a 265/75 is so close to the same as a 235/85 that it should not even be an issue with calibration, mileage, etc. The extra inch or so of width looks better and made my truck handle somewhat better,,,,easier to keep in a straight line.
My feeling is that you would be better off with the 265/75 than the 255/85, especially with 3.55 gears, as a taller tire will effectively gear you "up" a bit.

Fergmen
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Reged: 11/30/99
Posts: 151
Loc: Springfield, VT
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34107 - 12/14/99 08:01 PM

Steve, go to
tirerack.com
They have a real good formula to figure tire diameter for any tire. You can size the two tires and see the difference.

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1997 F350, Black, Crew Cab,DRW, PSD,
E4OD, Banks Stinger Plus, Transcommand,
Alcoa, Reese 5th Wheel, Amsoil Synthetics.


Rocket J
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Reged: 07/26/99
Posts: 380
Loc: POMEROY, OHIO
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34108 - 12/14/99 09:09 PM

Steve, Also check out www.coopertires.com. Looks like they make the 265 in at least two load ratings.....I 've seen this size on newer half ton chevy trucks in C range, usually Goodyears.

235/85 31.8 tall 3042 lb. capacity
265/75 31.7 tall 3000 lb. capacity
255/85 33.02 tall 3000 lb. capacity

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'97 PSD F-250 SC/LB E4OD 4:10 4WD


Powerstroke2000
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Reged: 04/09/99
Posts: 3873
Loc: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34109 - 12/14/99 10:16 PM

Steve...not sure how much your heart is set on size...but I went with BFG/AT KO's in 295/75/16...and they not only look great, but the new siping makes them a great rain and snow tire as well. I have the add-a-leaf, so I'm not sure how much your front end might be sagging....if so you might not be able to go to such a large tire, but they fit the stock rims wonderfully. Also...Being in the D load range, they have a rating higher than the BFG
stock 235/85/16 E range! I doubt you'd find a tire with as high a range, as I believe it's just over 3400 lbs per tire!

My .02 cents..

Good luck on your choices Steve...

Dale

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'95 F250 XLT SC LB 4X4 PSD E4OD 4.10 Tru-cool 18,000 aux tranny cooler , K&N, standyne performance additive, BB upgrade,
BD downpipe, U.S. Gear chip, A-pillar-pod, boost, pyro & trans temp Isspro guages.



Steve L
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Reged: 04/04/99
Posts: 40
Loc: RI USA
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34110 - 12/14/99 11:05 PM

Thanks for all the input. I like the 265s .I didn't know they came in different load ratings I'll have to check on that.I'd love to see those 295s. Do they fit a stock 7" rim

Keith C.
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Reged: 04/02/99
Posts: 277
Loc: Lewes, DE
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34111 - 12/15/99 02:38 AM

Dale-

Did you have to move the bumper with the 295's ?

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Keith Cochran
KCochran1@aol.com
1997 F250HD 4X4 SC LWB Bank's Pipe, US Gear Chip, Westach Gauges


superdave_001
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Reged: 09/18/99
Posts: 47
Loc: Denton, Texas
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34112 - 12/15/99 11:45 PM

I used Bridgstone 285/75's The fit perfect, no bummper triming or moving neccesary. They look great too. The cost was about 120 a tire if I remember correctly, but that was a tire and rim package. Load range is D but they are rated high for a D. Great ride and the mud terrain is awsome off road.

superdave_001
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Reged: 09/18/99
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Loc: Denton, Texas
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34113 - 12/15/99 11:47 PM

I used Bridgstone 285/75's The fit perfect, no bummper triming or moving neccesary. They look great too. The cost was about 120 a tire if I remember correctly, but that was a tire and rim package. Load range is D but they are rated high for a D. Great ride and the mud terrain is awsome off road.

Eli
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Reged: 10/21/99
Posts: 823
Loc: Washington State
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34114 - 12/16/99 10:10 AM

I have had three sets- 265/75, 255/85, and now 285/75. I have 3.55 gears, and of the three I like the 265's and the 285's. The latter carries 300lbs more weight for each tire, and looks great. Empty I run without much air, and really takes up small bumps better. As for power, I just switched to some 235/85 winter tires, and thought I would notice more snap with the slightly smaller tires. NOPE, not really noticeable empty anyway. I didn't like the 255's as they seemed so skinny and didn't carry anymore weight for their height.

Funkster
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Reged: 11/03/99
Posts: 364
Loc: Anderson, IN U.S.A.
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34115 - 12/16/99 10:50 AM

I've had 265/75/16 Wrangler TD On a '96 supercab 4X4 stroker with 3.55 LS And thought they were much better than the factory tires, except they only had a load range of C. Then Goodyear came out with the Wrangler ATS in a 305/70/16. This is an exceptional tire. I'm a farmer and I know how impotant it is for a tire to do well in all situations. This is the tire for the job!! Due to the width, I went with an 8" rim. This tire and rim combo gives you the best of both worlds. It's just big enough to give you a much better ride, given that the psi. is only around 35. But it's just small enough to fit on the truck without a lift. The only thing you'll need to do is shim the bumper out a little. Not a hard task considering the advantage of the tire! It may cost alittle more than just upgrading tires, but it is well worth it!!!

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1996 F-250,4x4,Supercab, XLT,Offroad, E-40D 3.55LS,Banks Stinger Plus,Performance Plus Tranny shifter,Custom air intake,Custom exhaust,and 33" Wrangler ATS. Color- LT. Saddle

Larry P
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Reged: 04/02/99
Posts: 806
Loc: Cobb, CA, USA
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34116 - 12/21/99 06:24 AM

There are many manufacturers that make a D rated 265. There is, at least, one that makes an E rated 265. They came stock on the 99's and I believe they are Firestones. Problem with 265 C or D rated is if you haul around a camper of any size, a heavy 5th wheel or haul heavy wieght in the truck the C rated and even the D rated tire really flatten out and feel very unstable even when pumped up to max pressure. A friend of mine had D rated 265's on his truck with an 11' camper and the tires looked flat all the time. He said he hated them because the truck rolled badly on curves. He had the tires pumped up to max pressure (65# vs 80# with E rated tires). He dumped those tires after a couple of trips. Something to think about when making your choices.

Larry

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97 F250HD, PSD, SC, 4X4,
White/Green, 4.10, E4OD, Transcommand, Synthetic fluid, K&N, Long bed, Leer shell, Add-A-Leaf, Rear Air-Lift and everything else stock.

Stroker Ace
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Reged: 11/09/99
Posts: 32
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Re: Tire size 265 or 255? new
#34117 - 12/21/99 08:44 AM

Larry,

So did he go back to 235's or did he get E rated 265's?

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'97 F-250 XL PSD, Super Cab, Long Bed, 5 Speed, 3.55 Ratio, Ranch Hand Grill Guard




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