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Truck needs new tires. Factory Goodyears are done (thankfully).
Love the look and performance of BFG AT (had them before on a Ranger), but am wondering what they'll be like towing a 7000+lb TT around all summer.
Will be going up from stock 265/70/18 to 285/65/18.

Anyone have any experience or suggestions. Here's the criteria:
-tow well
-good in snow
-quiet ride
-good tread life
-decent mileage
-not crazy expensive

Thoughts?
 

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I like the Nitto Terra Grapplers I had before I went to the Trail Grapplers. I had to do the pinch weld mod for 285/60/18's.
 

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I had great experiences with the BFG A/T, but never towed anything with them. How do they handle towing heavy loads?
I don't want to do ANY mods to make them fit either. I like my truck stock. I've heard conflicting reports about whether a 285/65/18 will fit under a truck that has NO suspension mods. The sidewall is exactly the same as stock rubber, but they're 20mm wider. I don't want anything to rub.
 

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I had great experiences with the BFG A/T, but never towed anything with them. How do they handle towing heavy loads?
I don't want to do ANY mods to make them fit either. I like my truck stock. I've heard conflicting reports about whether a 285/65/18 will fit under a truck that has NO suspension mods. The sidewall is exactly the same as stock rubber, but they're 20mm wider. I don't want anything to rub.
I highly recommend the BFG A/Ts. I have a 4" Rancho lift on my truck, but DID NOT go up in tire size (I wanted to save my brakes and gears, not to mention gas milage). I drive an '04 w/ off-road, and I stayed w/ the stock wheel. I can't remember the size, but does 305/75/17 sound about right?

Anyway, they tow just fine. Mine are load rated "D", and I regularly tow 5500 lbs on an open deck utility/ATV trailer, with zero problems.

My 2 cents: get the BFGs! They're well priced, wear great over time (50K miles, if I'm not mistaking?) and are certainly a good looking tire over all!

Hope this helped!
 

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Pretty happy with my Pirelli Scorpion ATR's.

Dont know about snow but they fit all other requirements.
I picked up mileage over my Factory BFG's.

I tow a 6500 lb boat, and an 8K toyhauler with 1K in the bed and they perform superbly. They have a 55cold psi limit which is a few pounds higher than my factory tires.

This made a big difference in towing mileage and handling with lots of tongue weight.

Would by them again.


Uncle Dave
 

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Thanks for the tips guys. Sounds like the BFG's are the way to go.
Still looking for a straight answer on the size issue though. Anyone actually run 285/65/18 BFG's on a stock suspended truck? There seems to be an abundance of guys with lifts or levelling kits willing to let us know how big their tires are and that they 'fit just fine', but I am about to drop a wad of cash on shoes, and would like to know if they're going to rub before I wrap them around the rims.
Sorry to be abrupt, but I've searched a TON of posts and can't find any that state what will/won't fit under a stock truck, other than stock tires.
If you know, drop a line for me.
 

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Truck needs new tires. Factory Goodyears are done (thankfully).
Love the look and performance of BFG AT (had them before on a Ranger), but am wondering what they'll be like towing a 7000+lb TT around all summer.
Will be going up from stock 265/70/18 to 285/65/18.

Anyone have any experience or suggestions. Here's the criteria:
-tow well
-good in snow
-quiet ride
-good tread life
-decent mileage
-not crazy expensive

Thoughts?
hankook at's
 

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Check pricing of 285/65r18 vs. 275/70r18.. I love my 285's, but @ $287 vs $194, not worth it.
 

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Thanks. Will definitely check on the price difference. That's significant.
Again, same concern - will they fit without rubbing? The 275/70/18 will have a taller sidewall than the stock tire or the 285/65/18. I have heard that the stock suspension setup doesn't allow for much size increase. The 275/70/18 is more than a half inch taller than the stock.
 

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What wheels are you using? I had aftermarket wheels with the 285's and the rubbed, went back to stock and no more rub!
 

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Stock 18' 5-spoke.
 

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These are supposed to be pretty good, being that I'm on the roads 99% of the time I just couldn't justify an aggressive tread design and the noise that comes with it.
 

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I've had both the BFG A/T and the Michelin AT2 and they are both about the same for road noise in my experience. I didn't notice them to be any different than any other tire I've run. Was sure to rotate them regularly. The BFG is remarkably quiet for such an aggressive looking tread.
Still hoping to get some clarity on the fitment of the 285/65/18. Can't seem to get anyone to commit either way. I might just order the things and if they rub, return them for ones that don't. Ha ha!
 

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I have and am very happy with the BFG All Terrain KOs. I have the PRO-4X with the 275/70/18 so a 285 would do just fine.
Does the Pro-4X suspension differ in clearance from the standard BT Titan? I checked prices on the 285/65/18 vs. the 275/70/18, and the 275's are significantly cheaper.
I want to pull the trigger on this deal today, so I am trying to make sure they'll go on without rubbing. You mentioned you have the 275/70/18's, and they don't rub, but I don't have a Pro-4X. Issue?
 

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Well, the 285/65/R18 BFG's are on and look great. No rubs, and they look taller too despite being the same as stock. Optical illusion created by the more aggressive side tread I think. No pics yet. They do have a tiny bit of road hum compared to the stock Goodyears, and its only there at city street speeds. Goes away above 40 mph. Have to check pressures, because they seem to be running a bit 'hard' over pavement seams.

The frustrating thing is that the grease monkeys at the tire shop scraped all 4 of my rims! They apologized and offered to fix the mistake, but now I have to be without my truck for 3 days while the rims are refinished. I even mentioned it to the desk girl before it went in because last summer I had a flat fixed at a different shop, and the same thing happened. Bad luck and bad techs! So chapped!
 
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