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Does anyone know of a taller Load Range E tire that I can put on a Dually. My tires are 17 inch. I would like to go a little taller, but I need to stay fairly narrow because of the duals. I can't seem to find anything.


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Nitto TERRA GRAPPLER Tires from National Tire & Wheel @ NTW

Should be a 33.5x11.5, a 34x12 and a 35x13 all in 17s and load range E.

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This is a timely discussion.

I bought my truck used and it has the Nitto tires on it (295-75/R17D). You can not put a half dollar edge wise between the tires at the bottom when unloaded. The previous owner ran the truck this way for some time, but I am concerned about the tires heating and having a sidewall blow out.

The spacers that are sold at that website start at $175/pair! Personally, I do not like the bigger tires, so I have to decide whether or not to buy spacers or new tires.

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Does anyone know of a taller Load Range E tire that I can put on a Dually.
Your stock rims are your limiter. They are 6.5" wide. The widest tire that will safely fit on those rims - per the Tire and Rim Assn. and all tire manufacturers - is LT245/75R17. You already have LT245/75R17 tires, so you shouldn't go any bigger unless you also replace the rims with wider rims.

Spacers between dual rims are killers - and especially cheap spacers. Do't do it. If you can't live without bigger tires, then order custom, wider, rims with the right offset to match your tire choice.

The next size up is LT265/75R17. That size requires rims a minimum of 7" wide. Your rims are only 6.5" wide.

With custom rims, you can go to a lot bigger tire. One of our members from Wyoming showed up at the North Texas rally in October with much bigger tires. The truck looked great, with adequate space between the duals. But not cheap. Those tires, rims, and lift needed to clear the tires cost him a small fortune. But he took home the trophy for the crowd favorite at the rally.


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So why did any tire dealer put those tires on what I believe are my factory rims and why did it ever pass inspection that way?

I am going back to LT245/75R17E tires as I believe it is the right thing to do for me. Although it is certainly going to be painful at $1170!

I am going to talk to the dealer and inspector and ask them what they can do here. Afterall, there is enough blame to go around here. The inspection station should not have passed this unit with unsafe rim/tire combination (I am checking NY law to get the specifics) and the dealer should not have sold a vehicle (with inspection sticker) that should not have passed.

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FYI, I made the change back to stock and I could not be happier.

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This is a timely discussion.

I bought my truck used and it has the Nitto tires on it (295-75/R17D). You can not put a half dollar edge wise between the tires at the bottom when unloaded. The previous owner ran the truck this way for some time, but I am concerned about the tires heating and having a sidewall blow out.

Did you happen to have any pictures of those tires mounted on the wheels? I don't foresee the tire sealing on the bead being that wide, the minimum width of wheel for those tires are at 8" wide.


I know this goes against what SmokeyWren stated and I don't intend to offend him either but I'm looking at going to a 265/70/17 on my dually, & yes I do realize that my wheels are .5" too narrow.

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I am using 215 85r 16 inch tires on my 95 dually, can I use 235 85r 16 also?
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I am using 215 85r 16 inch tires on my 95 dually, can I use 235 85r 16 also?
Yes.

LT215/85R16E were standard, but LT235/85R16E were optional on your truck.

However, if you go to LT235/85R16E tires, your speedo will be slower by 5% (3.5 MPH at 70 MPH). IOW, if your speedo is accurate with the 215s, then with the 235s when you speedo shows 70, your speed on radar (or GPS) will be 73.5 MPH.

It's an easy fix for your Ford dealer (or anyone with the right scan tool that can access the ABS module) to calibrate the computer for 654 tire revs/mile compared to the 687 revs/mile for the 215s.


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