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Old 09-09-2008, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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?
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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
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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:
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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better mpg with skinny 10.5s thats all i know
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anyone think a 285/75 (roughly a 33x9) would be too skinny?
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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...
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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
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33x10.5 is optimal for 2nd gen I love mine. I also liked 32x11.5.
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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.
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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.
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skinny ftw. they can really dig in.

33x10.5 or 255/85's are my vote
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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
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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.
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