Skinny Vs. Wide tires? - YotaTech Forums


Go Back   > >


Tires & Wheels Anything about tires and wheels
Sponsored by:
Click Here

Skinny Vs. Wide tires?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-09-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
SR5
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
Thread Starter
 
SR5's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Kirkland, WA
Posts: 713
Skinny Vs. Wide tires?

my dad says "33x10.50 are a lot better for off road then 33x12.50"
but i dissagree i think the 33x12.50 would work better
what do you guys think?
SR5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 08:05 PM   #2
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
bigarms23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Kingman AZ
Posts: 1,122
if you air down alot the wider tire is best cause when its aired down youll have a wider footprint. i would go with the 12.50 width
bigarms23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 08:08 PM   #3
tc
Contributing Member
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
tc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Longmont, CO
Posts: 8,874
It depends A LOT on the particular conditions, but one thing is FOR SURE:

You need A LOT less lift to fit the skinnier tire. As in, you can fit them stock on your truck, where you will need 3 or 4" lift to really fit the 33x12.50.

Here's some good things to consider of how tires work differently offroad than on:
http://www.expeditionswest.com/resea...tion_rev1.html
tc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 08:16 PM   #4
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
Alex 400's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Shoreline, Wa
Posts: 775
I would get 33x10.50. more ground clearance than you 31's, they weigh less, and require NO LIFT!!!!!! not only does this save you money, it keeps your center of gravity lower which makes it safer (IMO) in off camber situations. I read Peterson's 4 wheel and off road magazine, and one thing they preach is "lift with tires then suspension." They recently built a z71 chevy solid axle swap, that has 40 inch tires with only 7 inches of suspension lift. and the tires can fully tuck into the wheel wells during articulation. anyway, if you do it, i would get the 33x10.50. That's what i want to get one day.

Last edited by Alex 400; 09-09-2008 at 08:20 PM.
Alex 400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 08:20 PM   #5
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
Alex 400's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Shoreline, Wa
Posts: 775
Quote:
Originally Posted by tc View Post
It depends A LOT on the particular conditions, but one thing is FOR SURE:

You need A LOT less lift to fit the skinnier tire. As in, you can fit them stock on your truck, where you will need 3 or 4" lift to really fit the 33x12.50.

Here's some good things to consider of how tires work differently offroad than on:
http://www.expeditionswest.com/resea...tion_rev1.html
that is a very good website TC
Alex 400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 08:25 PM   #6
SR5
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
Thread Starter
 
SR5's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Kirkland, WA
Posts: 713
Quote:
Originally Posted by tc View Post
It depends A LOT on the particular conditions, but one thing is FOR SURE:

You need A LOT less lift to fit the skinnier tire. As in, you can fit them stock on your truck, where you will need 3 or 4" lift to really fit the 33x12.50.

Here's some good things to consider of how tires work differently offroad than on:
http://www.expeditionswest.com/resea...tion_rev1.html
wow that guy is to smart for his own good
so ya it really depends on personal needs
SR5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 08:26 PM   #7
SR5
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
Thread Starter
 
SR5's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Kirkland, WA
Posts: 713
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alex 400 View Post
I would get 33x10.50. more ground clearance than you 31's, they weigh less, and require NO LIFT!!!!!! not only does this save you money, it keeps your center of gravity lower which makes it safer (IMO) in off camber situations. I read Peterson's 4 wheel and off road magazine, and one thing they preach is "lift with tires then suspension." They recently built a z71 chevy solid axle swap, that has 40 inch tires with only 7 inches of suspension lift. and the tires can fully tuck into the wheel wells during articulation. anyway, if you do it, i would get the 33x10.50. That's what i want to get one day.
ya i am starting lean more towards the skinny tires
SR5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 08:30 PM   #8
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
Alex 400's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Shoreline, Wa
Posts: 775
Quote:
Originally Posted by SR5 View Post
wow that guy is to smart for his own good
so ya it really depends on personal needs
or preference. but thing about what you do. for me at lets say reiter, where there is a lot of rock and you need more ground clearance and not really a whole lot of deep truck eating mud, i would want the skinnier tire rather than the wider. and hey it's easier to turn too.

for you, in terms of lift, i would level the truck, maybe crank the torsion bars a little, beat that pinch weld back and put on the 33x10.50's. it will look better too than having 33x12.50 on a 3-4" lift i tell you that. and hell they will fit for less money! hahaha
Alex 400 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 08:37 PM   #9
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
azrunnin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: tucson, az
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by SR5 View Post
ya i am starting lean more towards the skinny tires
Dads are always right. jk! I have the 255/85/r16s which would fit the skinny category and they do just fine for me off road.
azrunnin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 09:04 PM   #10
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
slowncurious-87's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Eugene Oregon
Posts: 70
better mpg with skinny 10.5s thats all i know
slowncurious-87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 09:08 PM   #11
Licensed Lunatic
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
iamsuperbleeder's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Lake City, Fl
Posts: 12,244
anyone think a 285/75 (roughly a 33x9) would be too skinny?
iamsuperbleeder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 09:28 PM   #12
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
Hayes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Aurora, CO
Posts: 2,018
Check out Ric's profile (his username was Ric) for a rig with 285/75-16's. They aren't as skinny as you may think...
Hayes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 10:04 PM   #13
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
red87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Visalia, CA
Posts: 99
285/75-16 is about a 33X11.5 255/85-16 is roughly 33X10.5 BFG makes a 33X9.5 AT if you want super pizza cutters
red87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 11:06 PM   #14
Contributing Member
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
taikowaza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Dakotas
Posts: 777
33x10.5 is optimal for 2nd gen I love mine. I also liked 32x11.5.
taikowaza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 11:09 PM   #15
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
Josh.Photo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: CA
Posts: 41
im running 35(tall)x15(wide) on a 15 inch rim.

but then again it all depends on what you want to do with it.
Josh.Photo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2008, 11:29 PM   #16
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
Matt16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 5,377
Ever wonder how smooth rain wheels grip the smooth track? Contact pressure.

Unless your crossing muskeg, the arctic, or the Sahara desert, a skinny tire really digs, claws and grips giving you more traction.

FWD Volkwagen van with 185s(?) snow tires on it can out climb my 4Runner (in 2wd) with 31x10.5R15 all terrains climbing a loose gravel road.

When I have money to regear again, its 33x10.5R15s for me.
Matt16 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2008, 05:00 AM   #17
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
crolison's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: TN
Posts: 2,571
skinny ftw. they can really dig in.

33x10.5 or 255/85's are my vote
crolison is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2008, 08:16 AM   #18
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
Team420's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: the great Maine wilderness
Posts: 2,048
I say...it depends on what u plan on doing. If you gonna drive a lot of snow, or mud...I would want the skinny... less of a path to "plow" with the tire, which allows it to dig better, if you gonna do a lot of rock crawlin, I would want the wider, more surface area to gain traction. Thats just what i have learned from my offroad experience...which is very limited....lol
Team420 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2008, 08:50 AM   #19
Registered User
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
 
Junkers88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 4,371
I prefer skinny tires. I would have gone with 33's if I could have gotten them in a 10.50 width from TreadWright. Heck for that matter I would have gone with 35's if I could have gotten them in a 10.50.
Junkers88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2008, 04:53 PM   #20
Social Media Mod
Personal Sales Rating: (0)
Staff
 
Fink's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 9,076
Moved to the new "Tires & Wheels" section.

If you have a general question about tires or wheels that is not year-model specific please first search and then post if needed in this new section.

Thanks!

Fink
Fink is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
When is a good time to rebuild? shisha1999 84-85 Trucks & 4Runners 12 09-21-2015 08:22 PM
93 sr5 potential lift! Jgloade 86-95 Trucks & 4Runners 3 08-29-2015 08:40 PM
1991 Toyota truck spring flip ubolts help. toystoplay 86-95 Trucks & 4Runners 2 08-25-2015 11:54 PM
DO I buy, how many miles is too many AndYota FJ Cruiser 7 08-10-2015 09:19 AM
Help with TPS test Sidherish 86-95 Trucks & 4Runners 5 08-03-2015 07:17 PM


Tags
15in, alpine, fat, jeep, mud, mudding, mv12, rim, road, skinny, tall, tire, tires, verse, wheels, wide

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:12 AM.


2010 InternetBrands, Inc.