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Kurt
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1/18/2004
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does anyone know if I can get 285 75 16 tires on a stock 2003 quad cab or is a 265 the largest I can go



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1/18/2004
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Yes you can, BUT you will have to crank your torsion bars way too far and you will have to trim way too much plastic around your front wheel-wells. Since you have a 2003, I really don't think you want to do that. It just so happened that today I saw a 2003 ext. cab in the Wal-mart parking lot with 265-75-16's. I didn't notice any trimming, but it looked like the torsion bars may have been cranked only slightly. A 265-75-16 is what used to come on stock Ram's and are about 1 inch taller than 265-70-16's. Most 285-75-16's are about 33 inches tall and about 11.5 inches wide and will destroy all your nice plastic around your front wheel wells and forget off-roading. Your 265-70-16's are 30.6 inches tall and 10.7 inches wide. One thing that is critical on Dakotas is the width. Too much width=too many problems. On a stock height Dak, I would even be leary of putting 265-75-16's on, much less 285-75-16's. With a 3-inch Performance Accessories body-lift you could fit 285-75-16's with probably not many problems at all. If your truck is still under warranty then talk to your dealer about what you can and can't modify on your truck if you want to fit bigger tires. I waited until mine was out of warranty before I started modifying my 2001.



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1/19/2004
09:44:57

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285x75x16 is the largest you can run on stock. You will have to crank the torsion bars and trim a little bit. If you do not want to do any of this then stay at 265.

Cranking your torsion bars will put more stress on the front end and you should get it aligned after. You will get mixed reactions on doing this. I have run on cranked TB's for over 2 years and even with the Rancho lift I still have them turned up. Over 50k miles on this setup. I wheel hard and ran 33x12.5x15 on STOCK before the lift.

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Kurt
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1/19/2004
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Thanks for the input.



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1/19/2004
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Since the width tends to be the problem with larger tires on stock wheels hitting the plastic flares, look at some other tire sizes. There is a 255/85R16 which is about 33x10.50 and there is a 235/85R16 which is about 32x9.50. These are taller tire options that are not too wide.

Most tire MFG web sites have metric and standard measurements for all their models. It'll give you an iea of what is really available rather then having some tire shop sell you what they bought too much of.



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1/19/2004
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I am visiting the site, reading through the message boards as usual. I recently blocked up the front springs in my 98 Dak 2wd. It sits between 1.5 and 2 inches higher than stock. I measured the rear end and I'm fairly certain 31x10.5 R15 will fit in back. My question is will the 31's fit on the lefted front end. I know cranking the steering all the way to the left or right will give a slight rub. The wheels are stock, but they are the ones with a slight off-set. I wanted to know some opinions. Will they fit? With a stiffer suspension will it be safer to run that tall of a tire? Any help anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated.
Dave



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1/20/2004
09:23:41

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Kurt,

I assumed you were a 4x4.

I have no info to offer for a 4x2.

Chris

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1/20/2004
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what's wrong with 4x2? anyways, can anyone offer some assistance or info on the biggest tire i can fit on a stiffened and slightly raised 2wd dak?
thanks guys



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1/21/2004
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Nothing wrong with a 4x2, I have no info to offer and the original post did not state 4x4 or 4x2 and there is a big difference for tire size options.




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1/22/2004
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Alrighty... I have a new question. I was brainstorming with a friend. Dangerous, I know. Our question is... Are the front coils of a 4wd dakota interchangeable with the coils of a 2wd? If so, how likely would it be that a coil swap would level out a 2wd dak? Just a thought. Love to hear an opinion!!! If it's "doable" I'll be on it..



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1/22/2004
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4x4's dont have coils.

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1/22/2004
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SH%#!



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1/26/2004
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I have a 1999 4X4 with a 3" body lift and 305-70-16 and 60,000 miles on them. Rub a bit in parking lot but not bad. Look bad!



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1/28/2004
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John David:
I fit 31's on my stock 98 2wd no problem. No rubbing whatsoever. I've had these 31's on for 4 months and have the truck lifted now with a 3" suspension lift and am probably going to get 32's or possibly 33's if I can find a buyer for my 31's. They are 31x10.50x15 BFG A/T ko's fitted on the stock wheels. I'm running 2" spacers in the front to clear the upper arms.



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1/28/2004
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I've got a 01 Dak QC 4x4
I want to put some BFG KOs on and was wondering if 265 75 R16 would fit without any fender rub or trimming on a stock height



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1/28/2004
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SoCalDakota,
Thanks for your reply. I'm glad to know they will fit without rubbing. You have 2 inch spacers in the front? 2" backspacing? or 2" coil spacers for lift? if it's backspacing, will my 31's rub unless i backspace? thanks for the help.
John David



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1/28/2004
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SoCalDakota,
By the way, I'm also interested in a quality suspension lift. If you have any pics, could you send to earle81us@yahoo ? thanks again



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4/16/2014
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So I have a question for you guys, I want to put 275-75r15
tires on my stock 2wd 1998 v6 Dakota, without adjusting the
torsion bars, will they fit or will they rub?
Thanks! :)



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4/27/2014
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A 2wd drive with torsion bars?? are you serious?? why don't you ask the dealer and see what they say!



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4/24/2016
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my 2001 Dakota already has 255/65 R16 tires that fit well with what seems to be plenty of space for larger tires. What I don't know is will a set of LT285/75 R16 tires: 1) fit on the same rims? 2) If so, will there be enough room in the wheel well so they don't rub when turning? 3) if not, whats the biggest off road tire that will fit that rim, and not rub when turning?



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4/24/2016
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I neglected to say that this 2001 dakota is an extended cab (not a 4-door), and it is a 2wd



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