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Unread 12-27-2010, 10:57 PM   #1
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Question 245/70-17, 245/75-17, or 265/70-17 ??

Ok, I'm already a member of Tread Lightly so I can take advantage of the $100 Goodyear rebate (Thanks Goodyear!), and plan on ordering a set of Duratracs this week.

My 04 Overland is currently at stock height (which would limit me to the 245/70 max), but I have a set of 2.5" springs in a box in the corner and had thought about adding 3/4" spacers on top of them.

Both the 245/75 and 265/70 are right at 31.5" and 31.7" respectively so I think they'll be fine considering I've seen lots of people running the 32" JK Rubicon MTRs on 3" without tons of problems.

I would think the wider footprint of the 265/70 would give more flotation in sand, mud and loose rock plus put more rubber on the road overall meaning hopefully longer life. I'm just curious as to what others think. I don't spend a ton of time crossed up or stuffed at all, so I'm not horribly concerned about a bit of rub here or there, and I don't mind trimming the lower bumper a tad. I'm just not sure if the added tire size is worth the price difference.

On price, here's the best pricing I can find as of today from Treadepot:

245/70-17 -- $173 x 4 = $692
245/75-17 -- $184 x 4 = $736
265/70-17 -- $194 x 4 = $776 -- C-Rated
265/70-17 -- $208 x 4 = $832 -- E-rated

So, is there enough to gain from the slightly larger tires when considering the loss in mileage and gearing (I tow a 2-horse trailer and 20' flatbed semi-often) to justify the higher price?

Sorry for such a long post, but I'd love to have somebody else's opinions to help me make up my mind. Thanks!

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Unread 12-27-2010, 11:09 PM   #2
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I love my duratracs!! I have a set of 265/70/17's and a 4" RCX lift kit and they barely fit fyi. Had to trim about a 1/2 inch off my front bumper. They have a really aggressive tread pattern so if your not putting at least a 4" lift on yours then stick with the 245/70's. Anything larger then that and I think your going to run into some major rubbing issues....
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Unread 12-28-2010, 10:16 AM   #3
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I was kinda wondering with it being such an aggressive tread pattern if it would be too big. Looks like 4WheelParts has the best price on them too since they ship them for $49 where everybody else is closer to $100. Add in a 5% discount code and it's not a bad price at all. 245/70-17 it is then. Thanks! ....at least it won't look silly once lifted to have too-small a tire.
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Unread 12-28-2010, 10:32 AM   #4
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i am currently running a set of 265/70/17's.i have the rusty's 2.5 springs on all 4 corners and 3/4 spacers on the front.while i did not have to trim they do rub one in a while.if i had it to do over i would not buy bigger than a 31.i will get a up to date pic on here in a min.
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Unread 12-28-2010, 10:49 AM   #5
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here are pics
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Unread 12-28-2010, 11:12 AM   #6
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I wouldn't go any bigger than 265/70/17 and 2/12 lift. You will need to put those springs in for the clearance for the tires. I had 2" BB with 265/75/16 tires and only rubbed once and a while and i use my jeep heavily for towing and plowing.
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Unread 12-28-2010, 11:17 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replies guys. I know I can't go to the 265/70 without the lift, but I've heard from more than one person that the Duratracs are a bit bigger than simple math would elude to. So that 245/75 and 265/70 are closer to a full 32" tire than a 31.5". That makes me a bit skeptical. I know the 245/70 will fit fine and it's cheaper to boot. So that may be my tire of choice at this point. I really wish they made a 265/65. That would be perfect.

mudtracker, did you add the 3/4" spacer up front just to get rid of the rake or was it for clearance?
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Unread 12-28-2010, 11:39 AM   #8
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I have the Duratracs 265/70R17 on an IRO 3", they are a perfect fit. There is barely any rubbing on the streets even with full U turns (No noises that i can hear or feel) but you do have rubbing offroad at full flexing and you do feel them against the fenders.

When I bought them I was afraid of the walls since goodyear are known to have round walls instead of flat stronger walls. I thought they were going to rub against the shocks in the rear but they went on without a problem, they are close but don't touch. By the way they are great in the snow.

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Unread 12-28-2010, 11:44 AM   #9
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mudtracker, did you add the 3/4" spacer up front just to get rid of the rake or was it for clearance?[/QUOTE]

mainly for the clearence, they rubbed alot before the spacers.i do like the way it sits better now.here is a link to a tire calculator i found.hope this helps you.

BFGoodrich ALL TERRAIN KO Tires from National Tire & Wheel @ NTW
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Unread 12-28-2010, 12:07 PM   #10
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Anton, do you have any pics of yours with them on?
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Unread 12-28-2010, 12:13 PM   #11
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When I was at 2.5" my 245/75s rubbebld really bad... even with trimming... 245/70s would be perfect for your combo
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Unread 12-28-2010, 12:25 PM   #12
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Here are 285/75/16 with a 2" BB and fender trimming



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Unread 12-28-2010, 12:30 PM   #13
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Here are 285/75/16 with a 2" BB and fender trimming



but can you run those with the front bumper on lol
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Unread 12-28-2010, 12:35 PM   #14
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I used to run 285/75-16s on my F250. They're HUGE compared to what's on the Jeep. I can't imagine fitting them WELL if you had to get any articulation at all.
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Unread 12-28-2010, 01:08 PM   #15
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is the rebate good only if you order the tires, or can you go somewhere locally and use the rebate? my buddy owns a tire shop, so i would use him to get them from and he'd give them to me at cost.
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