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This is a discussion on truck tire size decision within the Almost Anything Goes forums, part of the Off - Topic / Discussion forums category; I currently run toyo MT tires 285-75-16 on the truck. They're probably a little over half done (32k miles). I ...

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    I currently run toyo MT tires 285-75-16 on the truck. They're probably a little over half done (32k miles). I was looking at getting some summer AT tires to run just during the summer and save those MT tires for hunting season. I already have a 2nd set of rims to put them on. I can't decide if I wanna stay with the 285's for my summer tires or drop down to a 265 tire. Weight savings and money savings up front would be nice. I've always liked the looks of a shorter wider tire on a truck but have never run them because I've never wanted to give up the pumpkin clearance when I'm in the mud. A 265-70 would be giving up almost 3" of height which is pretty substantial. Worst case I'll just stay with a 285. I guess I was just looking for opinion. I'd like to get a little better (quieter) ride, save a little gas money, and save a little up front money. I've always ran mud tires because I do need them during hunting season but now that I can run 2 different tires I have a little more freedom with the summer tire. I'd almost just go to an all season but I did bury the truck up in my own damn yard on the original bridgestone tires that were on it stock. That's why I'm looking at AT tires to give me a little traction in case I end up in some mud during the summer at some point. Last option is to just stay with mud tires. I do like the benefits of getting those mud tires off there during the summer though.

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    I just got Nitto Terra Grapple G2's for the Durango. Liking them so far. However I did take a hit on mpg.

    I went from a 245/65/R17 to 265/70R17 like it was supposed to have in the 1st place. Sam's kept insisting on the smaller size. But after looking up the package fir the Durango it was suppose to have the 265/65 or 265/70 size. The 245 were for the 4.8 Liter package.

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    You only need the bigger tire for hunting and mud. Otherwise run the factory size if you want the most out of the truck.

    Or put on some rockstar wheels with no backspacing, lift it, and run 38s for the complete douchebag brodozer look.

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    No rockstars here....way overplayed. I have the bars cranked a little to fit the 285's so the extra wheel well is what concerns me. There's a lot of wheel well there factory though it may be a wash. Wish tires were like shoes where you could try them on first haha. Wife says to play safe and stick with 285's but I do like the benefits of a smaller tire. Most of that being the hundreds of dollars saved up front. Haha They are quite a bit lighter than a 285 so I'm sure some mileage would be gained also. Not sure ride quality or noise would be a difference between a 265 and 285. Most of that gain would be going from an MT to an AT.

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    Been running Kumho Roadventure AT51s on our Cherokee for almost 3 years now. Getting good wear and are quiet. Been great so far in snow and sand. Haven't really gone out in any serious mud with them so can't give an opinion in that. Size wise depends on how much you need to compensate for
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    Size wise depends on how much you need to compensate for
    It's orion, so maybe 44 inch super swampers would be appropriate.
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    I've looked at those at51's. I've had good luck over the years with kuhmo tires. I did have their mud tire...KL61 I think....that I got terrible mileage out of. Directional and were a soft compound. One of the quietest and best riding mud tires I've ever had but I got a whopping 23k miles out of them. Probably do better on a lighter truck and not spending so much time on pavement. I have 2 buddies that run Cooper adventurer ATP and love them. I'm probably looking at nitto Terra grapplers or toyo AT. Both wear really good. I'm not set on them yet though. Still haven't picked the size yet. I was looking at weights last night...the toyo MT is a 67lb tire. I could save 15-20 lbs per tire by dropping down a size. The Cooper is 49 lbs. I'm in no hurry so I'll get something eventually. Super swampers maybe and then duct tape a pole in the back of the truck to hang a Confederate flag from that has "don't treat on me" embroidered on it.

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    It's orion, so maybe 44 inch super swampers would be appropriate.
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    Why not a 265-75-16 since they are cheap and common size and only 2 inches smaller?

    I really like the Copper and General AT tires. Right now there are some smoking deal thru discount tire direct with Pres day sales.
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    Went with the toyo at2 in a 285. I've just been too happy with toyo not to stick with them. Also didn't feel like gambling on the size. With a 285 I know exactly what I'm getting. I went in there to get the Cooper atp but I had them look up the toyo and the price difference was basically nothing so I decided to stick with toyo and go to an AT.

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