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04 Dakota - going from 265 to 245 tires. Any issues?

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by 4Driver4, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. 4Driver4

    4Driver4 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    So I just picked up my "new" 2004 Dakota 4.7 five speed. It has the optional 265/70/16 tires, which are well worn... to put it mildly. I want to go a bit narrower for plowing and for fuel economy. 265 looks cool, but beyond that I see little value. I've seen recommendations to go 245, and I'm thinking of going 245/75/16 to keep the sidewall height as close as possible to what is on there now. Good so far, right?

    I called the local tire shop, and they all but refused to install anything but the factory size. Instead of a price quote, I got a lecture on the dangers of going to a smaller tire. This morphed to a lecture on plowing with a vehicle that was not equipped with the factory plow package.

    Regardless, anyone experience any issues dropping to a 245? Too narrow for the rim? What is the stock wheel width?

    TIA

    Tom
     
  2. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    Stock wheel should be 16x8, 245 would be close on that rim but shouldn't be a big issue.
     
  3. snowfighter75

    snowfighter75 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    I run the 265 in summer and 245 in winter for plowing. You won't have a problem. I haven't had any issues. All the best!!
     
  4. 4Driver4

    4Driver4 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks, guys.

    My old Audi had 16 x 8 wheels and it came from the factory with 225/50/16's, so I concur that a 245 should be fine.

    Snowfighter, what series are you running? 70 or 75?
     
  5. snowfighter75

    snowfighter75 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    70 in summer and 75 in winter.
     
  6. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    You won't have a problem, I went from 305/70/16's to 245/70/16's
     
  7. 4Driver4

    4Driver4 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Wow! 305 is a *lot* of tire.

    How do you know how fast you are going? - LOL Holy speedometer fluxuation, Batman. My recollections on Maine are that the troopers enforce the limit pretty tightly up there.

    I guess I'm too anal to put up with the speedo being off more than a few MPH.

    Tom
     
  8. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Umm I just went as fast as everyone else. I eventually put a superchips on it which allowed a tire calibration change.