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optimal tow rig tires

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by Pookster, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. Pookster

    Pookster 1/2 ton status

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    Is it better to get 235x85x16's or 265x75x16" tires for towing?

    I wanted to get 285/75's for a 33" outer, but The wide foot print im afraid will cause for some wobbly towing.

    235's are listed as 31.7" high and 265's at 32" high.

    Think I will notice a difference?
     
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    jac6695 1/2 ton status

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    I wouldn't think that you will see much difference. The 235's will have a little less rolling resistance with a narrower tread. I have seen with BFG those two sizes are both 31.8" tall, so height will vary per manufacturer. You will find the 235's cheaper (I would assume due to popularity). I prefer the fatter look of the 265's, especially on 88-up pickups.
     
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    I have 265's on my Silverado and they work great, ride smooth when not towing, and tow nice and smooth to boot. They seem to have pretty good traction in slush as I found out today. Oh I run Michelin LTX's.
     
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    ride smooth when not towing, and tow nice and smooth to boot. They seem to have pretty good traction in slush as I found out today. Oh I run Michelin LTX's.

    [/ QUOTE ] /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif agreed!
     
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    I wanted Michelins, but they didn't make as tall as I wanted. The look would have been fine, as opposed to the stock roller skates, but I wanted to drop the highway rpms a bit more. So, 285/75-16 Bridgestone's are on my 2500HD and it tows just fine...
     
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    Oh I run Michelin LTX's.

    [/ QUOTE ]Ditto. They break loose easy though. /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     

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