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Old 02-03-2010, 09:08 PM   #1
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Tire size?

I just bought a 2005 Ford Sportsmobile from the Indiana location that has a Quigley 4x4 conversion. According to Quigley, they add a 3.5" spacer block to level the van and recommend a 265/70-17 tire, but I really like the look of the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Kevlar tire in a 275/70-17. What are some thoughts about will it fit without major rubbing on a Quigley lift? Also, any thoughts on these tires?
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:53 PM   #2
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Re: Tire size?

I'm running 305/70-16 (12" wide, 32.8" dia.) Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Kevlar tires on my '02 Quigley. I've had some pretty bad rubbing on the right bushwhacker fender flare. I've had to trim it back a bit. I also (barely) rub on the frame at full lock in either direction. I'd say what I have is too big.

If you go with the 275/70-17, you'll be 10.8" wide and 32.2" in diameter. I don't know if the extra 1/2" on each side and 1/4" on the tread face would make me feel comfortable running chains up front, but otherwise I'd be pretty happy with that setup.
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:49 AM   #3
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Re: Tire size?

Aldercrest, thanks for the input! Where are you in Oregon?

I think I should go with the 275/70-17 to play it safe. Anyone else faced this issues? Thanks!
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Re: Tire size?

In my opinion the key point is to make sure you get E rated tires.... carrying the load is going to be the most important characteristics to keeping them healthy
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Re: Tire size?

I've heard good things about the new Goodyear Kelvar mud tire and the new BFG mud KM2, but no personal experience with either.

After 2005, Quigley started using the F350 Dana axles up front that may have changed tire clearance issues. When we bought our 2007, the most common tire size installed by our dealer was 285/75-17 and Quigley said the largest that would fit was 305/65-17. I think you will be fine with a 275 series tire.

I'm running 35" tires and they don't rub at all on full-lock turns. Aside from trimming the front bumper valence, I didn't adjust the steering stops or make any other changes. The 315 and the 305 tires are basically the same width (about 12") with the 315 being a bit less than 2 inches taller. I will get some minor rubbing on the Bushwacker flares when the suspension flexes offroad.
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:03 AM   #6
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In my opinion the key point is to make sure you get E rated tires.... carrying the load is going to be the most important characteristics to keeping them healthy
Based on everything I've read, I agree. My Goodyears are E-rated. I wouldn't think that would be a problem for River.
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Re: Tire size?

I agree... it shouldn't be a problem, BUT make sure that the load rating is the first screening criteria. There are a LOT more D rated tires in our sizes than there are in E ratings.

When we went to E rated 35inch tires on 18in rims, the choices dropped even further.

BUT we chose a winner and have almot 30k miles on them with zero problems.
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Re: Tire size?

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I've heard good things about the new Goodyear Kelvar mud tire and the new BFG mud KM2, but no personal experience with either.

After 2005, Quigley started using the F350 Dana axles up front that may have changed tire clearance issues. When we bought our 2007, the most common tire size installed by our dealer was 285/75-17 and Quigley said the largest that would fit was 305/65-17. I think you will be fine with a 275 series tire.

I'm running 35" tires and they don't rub at all on full-lock turns. Aside from trimming the front bumper valence, I didn't adjust the steering stops or make any other changes. The 315 and the 305 tires are basically the same width (about 12") with the 315 being a bit less than 2 inches taller. I will get some minor rubbing on the Bushwacker flares when the suspension flexes offroad.
You are running a 35" tire on a stock quigley with no rubbing? Everything I've read and seen, including my vehicle is 32" fit fine, 33" will require fender trimming. Any chance you can post a picture of your front tire / wheelwell ?
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Sheep - I uploaded a few photos of the tire fitment on our van in my gallery.

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Re: Tire size?

Greg in Austin, according to Goodyear, the MTR Kevlar's are E rated. After reading a lot of posts on the site, I made sure that I was looking at E rated only tires. Thanks for all the input!
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