Re: Tire suggestions please
I'm also in Vancouver. I've had studded Nokian Hakkapeliittas for the past 4 or 5 years in 245/75/R16 (my stock size), and they've been great. I have a stock E350 EB V10, weighing about 8000 lbs.
I've recently gone to 265/75/R16 for my non-winter tires, which add about an inch to the tire diameter, and have had no rubbing issues at all. Speedometer is about 3% slow.
Here are the theoretical tire diameters for the tires discussed here:
225/75/R16 - 29.3"
245/75/R16 - 30.5"
265/75/R16 - 31.6"
235/85/R16 - 31.7"
As you can see, the 235/85 size you are considering is about the same as my new tires, and with the narrower width should have even less potential for rubbing. Of course, YMMV.
2008 E350 EB, V10, GTRV Conversion