tire size after leveling kit

jrthomas05

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Aug 20, 2012
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does anyone have any idea of what size tire to use after a 1.5 inch leveling kit running 245/70r16 right now and after i just installed my kit looks funny. looking for a tire that wouldnt need spacers for. if anyone has any photos that would be a huge help.
 

The_Roadie

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Your present tires are 29.5" outer diameter. Next size up is 245/75-16, and those are 30.5" Good target size unless you really need aggressive offroad tires. 265 width gets into spacer territory, depending on the aspect ratio (the 70 and 75 part of the spec.) and you start to increase rolling friction and then you start to lose 1-3 MPG and many folks think that's too high a price to pay for mere looks.

What did you put on the leveling kit for, and what's your mission with the truck? And what's your budget and tolerance for reduced MPG.

The more you can share, the better advice you'll get.
 

Short Bus

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I ran 265/65/17's without spacers, so 265/70/16's should work if you don't get to aggressive with the tread.
 

jrthomas05

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Aug 20, 2012
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thanks. since i bought it ive hated the stance. i measured it out a few months back and front sat around inch and a half lower. i have a 4x4 not trying to do any off roading just my daily driver. after seeing that you said the 245/70 are 29.5" and that 245/75 are 30.5" going to go with them. that basically makes up for more of the kit. really just wanted to fill the wheel wells up a bit more most of my driving is highway going 60-70mph. planing on swapping out front and back bumper cover with 06+ lt model and adding a ss grill to avoid having the split headlights.
 

Short Bus

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jrthomas05 said:
thanks. since i bought it ive hated the stance. i measured it out a few months back and front sat around inch and a half lower. i have a 4x4 not trying to do any off roading just my daily driver. after seeing that you said the 245/70 are 29.5" and that 245/75 are 30.5" going to go with them. that basically makes up for more of the kit. really just wanted to fill the wheel wells up a bit more most of my driving is highway going 60-70mph. planing on swapping out front and back bumper cover with 06+ lt model and adding a ss grill to avoid having the split headlights.

SS's have the same "split headlights". If you want to get rid of the bar running across the headlights you need 06+ LT bumper, grille and headlights.
 

bore_pig

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Nov 25, 2011
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Another size that is often overlooked is 255/70. They run about 30.1" tall.
 

Pittdawg

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bore_pig said:
Another size that is often overlooked is 255/70. They run about 30.1" tall.

He wouldn't notice a difference at all going from 29.5 to 30.1. I barely noticed going from 29.5 to 30.6.
 

jrthomas05

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Aug 20, 2012
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Short Bus said:
SS's have the same "split headlights". If you want to get rid of the bar running across the headlights you need 06+ LT bumper, grille and headlights.
not sure if i want to go with the ss or the lt grill yet leaning toward the ss
 

jrthomas05

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Aug 20, 2012
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thanks for all the input pretty sure im going to go with 245/75r16 nothing aggressive since i do mostly highway driving right now. it was either between lowering and leveling and just prefer a higher stance here in the midwest winters are unpredictable more a bit more height in the front will help since the citys to slow on plowing side streets. my luck we wont get a inch of snow this year.
 

bore_pig

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Pittdawg said:
He wouldn't notice a difference at all going from 29.5 to 30.1. I barely noticed going from 29.5 to 30.6.

You would be surprised. The extra width is deceiving.
 

HARDTRAILZ

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Nov 18, 2011
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Hell the 0.6 inch difference could even be more or less depending on tire manufacturer. I know some 315 70 17 measure out to 33.5 while other stand up at 34.8. And dont believe their BS numbers, do some research and ask the tire places, try to see them, talk to someone with exact tires you are thinking of.
 

Pittdawg

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bore_pig said:
You would be surprised. The extra width is deceiving.

Oh, I agree the added grip from the extra width is definately noticed and appreciated :thumbsup: I was just speaking in terms of visibly "filling up the wheel wells", which .6 inches will not accomplish.
 

AV8ER

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Apr 19, 2012
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Im running 245/70/17 michelin ltx m/s2 on a stock EXT and the extra inch is noticeable visually. Every other TB i park next to looks like it has toy tires on it when there side by side. Of course it doesn't look like it has 32's or anything on it but it is more visually appealing to me with 30.5 inch tires
 

HARDTRAILZ

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jrthomas05 said:
anyone running Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor

Roadie did and i did.
 

jrthomas05

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Aug 20, 2012
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well i think im falling for spacers didnt want to but went to the car wash and looked down the side and noticed maybe just since i leveled it i never notice how far they sat in there. did seems like the rear was a little more then the front what spacers is everyone using and pricing i do not want my wheels poking out at all thinking flush or maybe just a tad bit inside the fender
 

AV8ER

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Apr 19, 2012
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what leveling kit did you get? I also hate the stance of my tb but dont need a lift/level
 

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