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Upsizing tires (285/65/20 or 34.6" tall) - Does *Anyone* regret 35's, go back stock?
I've been agonizing over this for a while now, partially because in my 30's I've become the "if it aint broke don't fix it guy" - but I'd like a little more "attitude" than the smooth walled Firestone Transforces give -
I have a buyer for them at $300 with 8k miles so its not like they are going to waste, and I've decided on the Cooper AT3 XLT due to many factors including great reviews on here, and their weight is very little compared to other 35's and others in their size. Adds exactly 5lbs per tire vs the Firestones in the size I chose, which is 285/65/20, a compromise between not adding any width, and adds exactly 1" in height.
I also got a great deal from Discount Tire's price match, the Coopers actually dropped about $30 before Thanksgiving, plus I had 7% off price matched for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, so they honored them at $275 a tire for me which is pretty decent considering the size.
My rpm worries were eliminated as its 3.3% less so nothing too crazy, I shouldn't feel much lugging because of the low weight compared to some 35"-37" mud tires adding 20-25lbs, etc. I have AlfaOBD to configure the speedo which should be about 2.5mph off at 70 with the new size.
Is there anything I'd regret to "going bigger"? If it rubs at full lock I would be super pissed, but I can't imagine that Ram designed the tire clearance so tight that a half inch taller radius tire is going to rub, they had to have built in more clearance than 1/2" (again, this size isn't any wider, and its not a mud tread that has huge lugs making it wider than the specs)
I get it that for off road etc thats a different story but for strictly on-road driving I can't imagine going up this small in tire size would rub, but I'll keep you guys posted. Just wondering if anyone hated upsizing their tires to 35's so much that they went back to stock size and were happier.
2018 2500 Big Horn Sport - 6.7L 68RFE - CC 6'4"