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So, I sold my crawler and bought a 99 4runner. Already put a 3" lift, sliders, and some 33x9.5 BFG km2. Don't like the skinniness so with my refund decided to get new 285 75 16's. Then I started thinking, with an 1 1/2 body lift could throw 35's on instead. Now it's my first ifs rig, and will eventually sas it, but until then, will 35's be too much on cv's, gearing too high, etc.? Don't really want a body lift either. It is also my dd, but my commute is only 8 miles round trip. Lets hear what you got?
 

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I guess I should also say I was building this more as an expidition rig and not crawler, so....
 

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If you really want your front end parts to last a little while, I would stick with 285s. I've already broken 1 CV with the limited wheeling I do. Both of my inner tie rod have become loose in 1 year (new factory units). I could only guess that with 315s it would happen faster.

If you want to get rid of those 33x9.5s let me know. My 83 needs some skinnies.
 

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I had a set of Cooper discoverer stt's 285 75 16's on my truck for about 2 months. Didn't like em. Not so much the tread pattern but the size. They rubbed quite a bit on the frame, truck became gutless(even with 4.88's) and gas mileage dropped. Switched over to BFG km2's in a 255 85 16, much better all around. Had them siped too, seems to help on the icy snowpack roads.
 

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I had a set of Cooper discoverer stt's 285 75 16's on my truck for about 2 months. Didn't like em. Not so much the tread pattern but the size. They rubbed quite a bit on the frame, truck became gutless(even with 4.88's) and gas mileage dropped. Switched over to BFG km2's in a 255 85 16, much better all around. Had them siped too, seems to help on the icy snowpack roads.
Dittos on 255s
 

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I got the 255's because I didn't want an undriveable rig. And by that, I mean no rubbing, and that means even in the grocery store parking lot. I went through that excact thing when lifted my tundra. Trimming, BFHing and 1" wheel spacers cleared that up. Anyway, there's just something about the skinnies I can't get over. I guess if I don't get 35's, I want a wider footprint. Especially now that it's my only rig. And while I was ruining the mileage, steering, ride, etc, I was going to have to do some massaging for 33's, why not go 35's?
 

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Tub the firewall and forget the body lift if you go 35s
 

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I had a set of Cooper discoverer stt's 285 75 16's on my truck for about 2 months. Didn't like em. Not so much the tread pattern but the size. They rubbed quite a bit on the frame, truck became gutless(even with 4.88's) and gas mileage dropped. Switched over to BFG km2's in a 255 85 16, much better all around. Had them siped too, seems to help on the icy snowpack roads.

.................255\85 having a larger diameter than 285/75's so your truck becoming more gutless would not make much sence unless the extra 1in wide really was making that much more of a difference but i cant see the 1in width making you truck more gutless than the extra diameter. just my :2cents:
 

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FWIW: I broke less with my 36" TSL bias ply tires on IFS.

However, I was pretty much guaranteed a new steering rack once a year (junk yard racks, about $100).

The $100 a year was well worth the additional ground clearance, and traction. IMO, you will break LESS on 35's because you will not get as much wheel spin to get over any given obstacle.

However, learn the truck, and you'll really need to pay attention to how the wheels are turned, and you'll have to learn when it's ok to spin, and when it's not ok to spin. I wheeled my IFS hard for 5 years and it took some time, but when I went to the dual case setup, and 36" tires it paid off. I broke 13 CV's in one year on 33's, and 2 CV's in 2 years on 36's. It definitely was not because I was being easier on the truck either.

Also, on the 35's note. I had tubbed my truck to clear the 36" TSL's without any rubbing throughout any range of travel/steering. However, for a little while it was really hard to find the TSL's and I ended up with a set of 315/75/16 Kevlar MTR's. The 315/75/16 (35x12.5) kevlars rubbed my bumper, fenders, frame, UCA (even with a 1.5" wheel spacer) and everything else. Plus they were shorter than the Q78 (36x11) TSL by almost 2".
 

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Thanks Brian, might take you up on that. Pretty sure I'm goin with the 285's. I just know the can of worms bigger tires is going to open. Gears, more lift, who knows. BFG KM2's are my first choice, and if I buy them by the 28th at discount tire you get a $100 visa card, so there's a little incentive.
 

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Thanks Brian, might take you up on that. Pretty sure I'm goin with the 285's. I just know the can of worms bigger tires is going to open. Gears, more lift, who knows. BFG KM2's are my first choice, and if I buy them by the 28th at discount tire you get a $100 visa card, so there's a little incentive.
if your going 285's check out treadwright....i should work for them! i love my guard dog M/T's they have awesome traction in snow and ice!
 

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Saw some on a Tacoma the other day, and could not figure out what they were at first. Might have been you, in Aurora? I made a handrail for a condo complex and the truck was parked by it. Any problems with balancing? Aired them down yet?
 
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