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So i decided to do a 4' lift on my truck, and swap to some bigger tires. the current setup is a 79 cab/chassis 4x4 with the skinny dually rear end with 4.56 gears. the rims are 16x7 steel rims. Up front, i currently have Goodyear G641 RSA LT 225/75r16. On the back are Goodyear G133 LT 225/75r16's. im hoping to find a skinny enough tire in the 33' to 35" range.

heres the dilemma. between the rear leafs and the tire, i have about 1-1/4", between the tires i have again, about 1-1/4". the rear tires measure about 8-3/4" wide on the 16x7 rim.

heres a few pics







as you can see, its pretty tight in the rear






so, does anyone have a similar setup? if so, what are you running and how do you like it? have enough clearance?

heres a few tires i've found:

https://www.treaddepot.com/#!productDetail/tireStandardFitment/90000003079

https://www.treaddepot.com/#!productDetail/tireStandardFitment/90000003096

https://www.treaddepot.com/#!productDetail/tireStandardFitment/312036142

they arent really as tall as i'd like, but then i did come across these...

http://www.powerkingtires.com/Tires/Highway/Bias Light Truck/1615

http://www.powerkingtires.com/Tires/Highway/Bias Light Truck/1614

looking forward to reading everyones input
 

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Mike,
The "old standard" 1-ton truck tire was the 7.50-16, and the modern replacement is the 235/85-16. Your 225's are one size smaller. The 235's will fit just fine, and be a little taller. The 9.00-16 will fit your rim and look really cool, but you'd probably have clearance issues between the duals and between the inside dual and rear springs.

I assume you're not building a gnarly rock crawler (and you're doing a 4-inch lift and not a 4-foot lift!). If it were me, I'd go with a 225/70-19.5 (a little over 32" tall) or a 245-70-19.5 (around 33.5" tall). The older 8R-19.5 tires are as tall as the 245, and about an inch narrower, but the selection is limited. The Rickson Wheel website is a good reference: http://www.ricksontruckwheels.com/tires-195-truck.php The tires are not cheap, but they're heavy duty tires that should last a very long time, and they'll have all the load capacity you'd ever need. Some of the old bread vans were equipped with the 19.5 wheels, so you should be able to find used wheels reasonably priced. Or you can pop for high-dollar custom alloy wheels!

Good luck with your project, Mike
 

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how about some 9.00 16 tires like sold at your local co-op store--they are tall and narrow....like those powerkings you listed....and i think they are 35's...
 

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yea, i meant 4", not 4'... that would be a bit much. and yes, its just going to be a fun truck, not a dedicated off road vehicle, just a mostly summer truck.

as for the 19.5" rims, i have looked into that, and can't seem to find a set near me. all the junkyards and used truck places i've called dont have any other than the split rims, and i'd rather stay away from those.
 

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I just got to thinking about it, and remembered my uncle gave me an old issue of dieseil power with a 1980 chevy k30 that i always liked. dug it out, and found that he's running a 4" lift on 265/75r16 goodyear wrangler MT/R's



and you can see, its tight, but they fit! looks like it's about all i'll be able to get in there for tire.



so now its down to Goodyear wrangler Duratrack in 235/85r16 or the Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx in 235/85r16
 

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good choice - I think it's a great size. Have been fitting them to utes for years instead of 7.50-16, I reckon they're better in the bush than 265/75R6 (but not the bitumen).

Out of interest, any reason you haven't looked at Toyo MTs? I've found them to be better in every way than an STMaxx (in fact the best all rounder period, but haven't tried a duratrack alongside)
 

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well, plans have changed, found a set of 19.5" rims... so now the tires have changed. and what color should i powdercoat the rims? white? gloss black?
 

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Made a trip down to NJ with dad yesterday and picked up a set of rims from A&A truck parts in Freehold. That place has a ton of stuff!



 
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