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11-12-2002, 09:11 AM
I will be needing 6 new tires for my 3500 in alittle while, what is the biggest size I can go to add some height to my truck?<br><br> I have 215' on there now from my brothers Chevy 3500, hey they were free what could I say. Stock tires on a 3500 are 235' I think. His Chevy 3500 came with 215' and he wanted bigger so he gave me them 215'.

Sarge1124
11-12-2002, 09:17 AM
Although my truck is not a dually, the biggest tire I am able to but on my truck is the 255/85/16 which is basically a little bigger than a 33&quot;. I tried the 315/75/16's comperable to a 35&quot; and they fit height wise but when I turned, they rubbed hard. Hope this helps,Mike

11-12-2002, 09:20 AM
What about rubbing on the rear tires? You think 255 may rub with the weight that I haul. I did have a set of 235' on there before the 215's.

Sarge1124
11-12-2002, 09:22 AM
<br>What about rubbing on the rear tires? You think 255 may rub<br> Even with the 315's I had more than enough room in the rears, the front's is where I had the problem. I have the 2&quot; leveling kit already on order so I can put the 315's on.

11-12-2002, 09:24 AM
where I got to thing about is on the rear with the dauls next to one another, if I get overloaded and they rub and get hot they could blow out.

Sarge1124
11-12-2002, 09:25 AM
<br>What about rubbing on the rear tires? You think 255 may rub with the weight that I haul. I did have a set of 235' on there before the 215's.<br><br> The 255's do really look good on the truck, if you do not want to lift it.

Sarge1124
11-12-2002, 09:26 AM
<br>where I got to thing about is on the rear with the dauls next to one another, if I get overloaded and they rub and get hot they could blow out.<br>A buddy of mine has a dually with the 255's and hauls alot of construction equipment and has had no problems.

11-12-2002, 10:26 AM
I want alittle more height on my truck, the 255 won;t do that?

97CTD
11-12-2002, 10:31 AM
I run 315 75 R 16 A/T's on my 1997 with no problems with rubbing although i have heard a lot of people complain about rubbing i have never had any kind of odd?! what could be the difference???
Anyhow CH here are the differences
235 75R16 = width 9.25 height 29.88
255 85R16 = width 10.04 height 33.07
I would imagine a 255 would fit on there easy enough i mean surely you have 3/4 inch to spare between the dual tires?? adn the height will even be an issue here is my tire size
315 75R16 = width 12.4 height 34.6 and i have no height issues anywhere especially in the rear!!

97CTD
11-12-2002, 10:33 AM
http://www.c5-corvette.com/tirecalc.htm<br><br>go here type in the tire size and click the &quot;Just calculate Tire A's dimensions&quot; box and hit submit it is simple

97CTD
11-12-2002, 10:34 AM
<br>I want alittle more height on my truck, the 255 won;t do that?<br><br><br><br>you gain almost 3 inches with the 255 85 R16's

Hired Gun
11-12-2002, 10:39 AM
Hey Cattle Hauler. I have the 235 on my dually. No problems at all. I was told I could run the 255's. I am not for sure. 90% of the time you see the 235. My dad's 2002 has 235 from factory. His tires are a little flatter or should I say a little wider. I think the rim size may have changed. I am not for sure. Look into it.

97CTD
11-12-2002, 10:42 AM
yeah i believe it was in 2001 they started putting 16X8's on there

11-12-2002, 10:59 AM
The rear dually wheels on an '01 and an '02 have more offset than prior model years. You can run most 255's on those models with any weight, and the rear tires won't rub between them. The tires will rub with the dually wheels on a '99. However, I believe that the wheels from an '01 and an '02 will swap onto a '99 axle, so if you're set on 255's you can try that solution. <br><br>GP

11-12-2002, 11:12 AM
I gues I better go with the 235' to make sure I don't get overloaded and run the 255'. I will have to look further into the 255' It would be nice to gain 3&quot; with the 255's<br><br><br>Thanks guys

97CTD
11-12-2002, 11:28 AM
I would go to you local tire shop and see what they say we have some good ones around here but i guess 2hrs is a little bit of a trip just for tires!! [laugh]

ToolManTimTaylor
11-12-2002, 12:07 PM
255/85/16 BFG Mud Terrains .... Love 'em .... Load 'em .... Burn 'em http://image1ex.villagephotos.com/extern/991224.jpg

willyslover
11-12-2002, 03:33 PM
Cattle Hauler..on yours being a 99 the 235 is max unless you change the rims to the 01's....might I suggest you look at the Mich. XPS in traction...a little pricey but a damnn tuff tire..steel sidewalls that do not flex on loaded conditions [and I know you run loaded regularly]..better handeling in the mountain roads also as the don't roll over on the edges..takes a few miles to break them in as they feel like your on your finger tips till they lay down..but well worth the extra $$ IMHO..got 60K moles out of mine an I drive it like a slot car in the mountains I live in...I do not wear them out I grind them off..the first set of factory Mich. I got 25k on for compairson..[this was on my old rig 98.5..have them now on my 01 also.]

11-12-2002, 07:02 PM
Thanks all, I guess I will havd to settle with the 235', don't want to put money into rims. :-[

Hired Gun
11-12-2002, 08:31 PM
I wonder what a set of rims would cost? ;)

Stroke This 24V
11-12-2002, 09:22 PM
A Friend of mine David Gresh has 285/75/16 on his dually and drives it a lot when it is together

Redleg
11-12-2002, 10:06 PM
<br>Thanks all, I guess I will havd to settle with the 235', don't want to put money into rims. :-[<br><br>I just went with Cooper Discoverer A/T 235 85R16. Look nice, aggressive tread, and E-rated. I think you'd like them.

pappyman
11-15-2002, 06:10 PM
95 3500 with 235's hauling gooseneck with 18000 lbs tires are close to rubbing on hot days on hot highways...over all happy with the tread wear...next I will try the recaps I have on my casings.<br> Pappy

GDeitrich
11-25-2002, 02:49 PM
CH been there done that. I'm still hunting for heaver tires for my 98.5 Dodge. My problem is that it is not a duely. Your best bet is look at the Richson sight (www.ricksontruck.com). He is pushing the 19.5 wheels. A good tire for you would be the 225/70R19.5 in 12 or 14 ply. Duels are 3415# &amp; 4300?per tire and only 32' dia. This would only be .2 more than the 265/75R16. And this is the smallest tire he has. They go up from there. My problem for me is he has the only single rear wheel that I can find. For you there are a lot of people who make wheels for duels.

11-25-2002, 07:55 PM
Thanks Deadeye I wish I could afford to go with that setup, it would pay for itself over time but the money upfront is holding me back. Maybe someday ::) ;D