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Thread: Tires - C load range 285/75 or 255/85R16s?

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    Default Tires - C load range 285/75 or 255/85R16s?

    I posted a similar thread over on T4R, but does anyone have experience with an all terrain (or even a good MT) tire in 285/75R16 or 255/85R16 that's not E-load range?

    I've got 285 KO2s on my 3rd gen 4Runner that look great, but they are way too heavy. I lost like 25% of my fuel range when I installed them and they are so stiff that they transmit EVERY little bump in the road into the body, even at 30psi. I know everyone thinks highly of the 255 ST Maxx, but they're even heavier than the KO2s I have now.

    Thanks!

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    This doesn't exactly answer your question but it might be helpful in comparing tire weights and other attributes. I put this together a couple years ago when shopping for tires for my Xterra.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

    I would have preferred a C or D load rating too for the weight savings, but ended up with an E range as it was the only option in the tire / size that I decided on.

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    255/85/16 is a great tire size (definitely a way better option than 285s!), but there's a very limited number of options available in it.

    I recently looked into the same thing (well, the 255/80/17 size for my 17" wheels). I would love load-C KO2s in that size, but they're not available. Those ST Maxx tires are pretty much the best option that you can get, but I don't know whether they'd be an upgrade or a downgrade from the KO2s. Snow performance is quite important to me, and I've yet to find any concrete info about that - some people claim they are awesome, others claim they they are utterly hopeless. The official Cooper site only says that they are M+S rated and are studdable, but no further info. The KO2s have the 3-peaked-mountain, which is the "extreme" snow rating, but how do the ST Maxx compare? No idea (yet)...

    Anyways... when I switched to load range C KO2s from my OEM Firestone Destination LE2 tires, the comfort difference was instantly noticeable (as in, the very first speed bump in the parking lot of the Costco that did the tire swap). Very "comfortable" tires that have performed superbly in everything I've thrown them in.

    There is another option you could consider: 34x10.5 KO2s in load range D. Might be a good middle ground!
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    You could pick up a set of BF Goodrich 255 75 R17 Mud Terrain Tires in Load C. They can be bought for cheap as "take offs" from a jeep wrangler. It's a narrow 32" tire.

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    Hard to find. I want with Load range D General AT2’ in 285/75-16 on my Tacoma

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatSleepWoof View Post
    255/85/16 is a great tire size (definitely a way better option than 285s!), but there's a very limited number of options available in it.

    I recently looked into the same thing (well, the 255/80/17 size for my 17" wheels). I would love load-C KO2s in that size, but they're not available. Those ST Maxx tires are pretty much the best option that you can get, but I don't know whether they'd be an upgrade or a downgrade from the KO2s. Snow performance is quite important to me, and I've yet to find any concrete info about that - some people claim they are awesome, others claim they they are utterly hopeless. The official Cooper site only says that they are M+S rated and are studdable, but no further info. The KO2s have the 3-peaked-mountain, which is the "extreme" snow rating, but how do the ST Maxx compare? No idea (yet)...

    Anyways... when I switched to load range C KO2s from my OEM Firestone Destination LE2 tires, the comfort difference was instantly noticeable (as in, the very first speed bump in the parking lot of the Costco that did the tire swap). Very "comfortable" tires that have performed superbly in everything I've thrown them in.

    There is another option you could consider: 34x10.5 KO2s in load range D. Might be a good middle ground!
    Those 34s are an option, but I'd need 17" wheels (unless there's a 16" version I missed).

    Quote Originally Posted by outback97 View Post
    This doesn't exactly answer your question but it might be helpful in comparing tire weights and other attributes. I put this together a couple years ago when shopping for tires for my Xterra.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

    I would have preferred a C or D load rating too for the weight savings, but ended up with an E range as it was the only option in the tire / size that I decided on.
    That's a useful spreadsheet. Thanks for sharing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Del Gue View Post
    You could pick up a set of BF Goodrich 255 75 R17 Mud Terrain Tires in Load C. They can be bought for cheap as "take offs" from a jeep wrangler. It's a narrow 32" tire.
    That's something that I've strongly considered, but I have 16" wheels right now. Any savings I might see from buying takeoffs would be eaten up in buying new wheels.

    I might have to just suck it up and buy both though...

    Quote Originally Posted by bkg View Post
    Hard to find. I want with Load range D General AT2’ in 285/75-16 on my Tacoma
    What year Tacoma? Do you like them?

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    2004 doublecab. VERY happy with them

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    Maxxis bighorn is the only D rated tire Ive seen in 255/85 . I run them on my 1st gen tacoma.
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    Sorry man. But if you’re trying to gain any significant MPG back, you will be highly disappointed you sunk all that money into new tires for nothing. The only way you’ll gain any meaningful mileage back is getting smaller tires. Or regear.

    Ride comfort wise. Maybe look at softer springs.

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    Get 265's load range C and you have it all.
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