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Old June 30th, 2011, 01:43 PM   #1
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how big can i go with tires?

have an 86 toyota stock, but the previous owner did a spring over lift. looks to be pretty well done. right now i have 30x9.5x15's would like to go bigger, without having to switch my gears. any advice? thanks
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Old June 30th, 2011, 01:48 PM   #2
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31's

some say 33x10.5 though
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Old June 30th, 2011, 01:51 PM   #3
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ive ran 33s on stock toyota gears, not a dragster but it goes, 31's would be about perfect.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 01:54 PM   #4
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I have a set of 33's for sale. They were on my toyota which had stock gears. 70mph was no prob, but not much more than that. The tires are 33x12.5x15 with good tread left. pm me if interested
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Old June 30th, 2011, 09:31 PM   #5
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i just don;t want to tear up my gears in my effort to compensate with bigger tires
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Old June 30th, 2011, 10:58 PM   #6
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you wont break anything it will just be slower. harder on your clutch and tranny than the gears
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Old June 30th, 2011, 10:58 PM   #7
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I am running 33's on my '83...does 70 easy down the highway...mileage suffers a bit....it does not like when the plow is on it in the winter but I dont drive it very far with the plow on
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Old July 1st, 2011, 11:32 AM   #8
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My 89 cleared 32's and ran freeway speeds + with no problem.
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Old July 1st, 2011, 08:37 PM   #9
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. harder on your clutch and tranny than the gears
by harder on clutch and tranny do you mean shorter lifespan?
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 04:05 AM   #10
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by harder on clutch and tranny do you mean shorter lifespan?
Yes he means shorter lifespan
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 05:39 AM   #11
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without having to switch my gears. any advice? thanks

if thats your criteria then it will come down to what youre "ok with". anything from stock affects performance, the bigger the change the more its affected. personally i can feel the difference in replacing worn tires with new ones of the same size. its just a progression - the further form stock - the more you compromise.

while all the comments posted are true, the best way to know for yourself is to test run the size youre looking at on your rig. swap with somebody for the afternoon and your choice will become much clearer
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 01:35 PM   #12
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If you're this concerned about it... you're probably getting into the wrong hobby.
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 03:55 PM   #13
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i just don't have alot of extra time or cash, but will have to replace the 30's in the fall. soooooo i wanted advice as i make incremental improvements to the truck. why destroy something that doesn't need replacement. if the time and cash is available and if i destroy my gears/tranny/motor then these will be replaced/improved at the time. i amy not be as true a 4x4'er as you but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the feeling of getting stuck in a mud hole far away from anyone.
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 04:01 PM   #14
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if you're this concerned about it... You're probably getting into the wrong hobby.
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 07:01 PM   #15
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but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the feeling of getting stuck in a mud hole far away from anyone.

sure, its all good - do whatcha can, have fun. theres no real right or wrong way to the whole thing.

to some, recreational offroading is like a demo derby except with trees and rocks in a salvage title beater, some people sink there life savings into a rig - which of course is nearly worthless after using it, still others dress the part but never actually get offroad. its whatever - its all good as long as youre getting out and having some laughs.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 10:44 PM   #16
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I ran 32s on my old '89 XtraCab with cranked torsion bars and just had to do a little trimming a firewall banging.

I have a set of 32x11.50 Kumho Road Venture MTs on black steel Toyota wheels I want to sell. There is still some miles left on them. I am only in Bay City. If you want to stop by, you can try them on.
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Old July 25th, 2011, 10:03 PM   #17
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You will notice a difference from the 30's to the 31's. The taller you go the wider and heavier the tire gets. If you are going to daily drive it and don't have the time or money to mess with stuff I would keep it as close to stock as possible. You can go through alot with a stock truck and good tires. Check out Treadwright. com they are great tires, I run them and several of my co-workers do also. No complaints.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 06:29 AM   #18
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I have been running 285/75/16 Treadwirghts for about a year and they have been excellent.
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Old August 1st, 2011, 11:23 AM   #19
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i had a 86 with stock gears on 35's when i got it .. 35's are too much when i went down to 33's it seemed perfectly fine. i wouldn't go any higher
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Old August 1st, 2011, 03:41 PM   #20
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Update:

I got some Bilstein 5100s along with some Old Man Emu 882 coilsprings. Wow what a better ride from the coilspacers. I still need to get the back up a little bit now though. I get very little tire rub now.

I am going to add some diff spacers too to get that a little lower and lessen the CV angle.
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