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215/85/16 on 2500hd?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by dj89, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. dj89

    dj89 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 112

    Would a set of 215/85/16 be to small for my 2003 2500 hd? I want a narrow tire for plowing? Just wondering if it would be to narrow?
     
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    That's pretty small. I run 235/85/16. Great for plowing. And they carry a full 3042 lbs.
     
  3. prostk2

    prostk2 Member
    Messages: 70

    I believe we have that tire sizeon a 2006 3500 dump--it is a little small but is not a problem. Truck has a 8.5 steel Boss straight blade also.
     
  4. dj89

    dj89 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 112

    I want to run the 235 85 16 but dont want to spend 600+ on tires. I found a used set of 215s...... Im going to keep looking...
     
  5. mcfly89

    mcfly89 Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    215s are the same height as 265s...Id run em.
     
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Just watch the weight rating if you carry a spreader.
     
  7. dj89

    dj89 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 112

    Just a plow 8.6 MVP..... its a heavy plow.... My truck is a etx long box also... No stalter but a 10k trailer often year round, During the summer im going to try a set of treadwright's 265 75 16 there alot like the BFG AT KOs...
     
  8. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    The Treadwrights are retreaded BFGs. Good reviews on them though.

    What engine do you have?
     
  9. dj89

    dj89 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 112

    6.0.. light motor..... Yeah they dont make them in the 235 and there back odered any way.....
     
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I wish they made them in 255/85.....
     
  11. KTM

    KTM Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    That size used to come stock on some of the older Dodge factory plow trucks, had them on a 87 250, and that thing plowed awesome, they just look a little weird. They will hold plenty of weight, IF i remeber correctly they were rated around 3000#.
     
  12. aeronutt

    aeronutt Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    215/85/16 is a common tire on 1-ton dually delivery vans. It keeps 'em low to the ground for loading. Should be plenty capable for what you are doing.
     
  13. haejinjoe

    haejinjoe Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    I would beg to differ with Mcfly89 that 215 85s would be the same overall height as 265 75s. A 215 85 16 would be equivalent in height to a 225 75 16.

    As the other posters stated, narrow is a good idea for plowing, but watch the ply rating and weight capacity. Also note that you will lose some ground clearance as well with the shorter tire.

    AverageJoe
     
  14. mcfly89

    mcfly89 Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    for the record, begging makes you look cheap :D

    I have a set here, i rolled them up next to my 285s and they were slightly smaller, so i rolled them over to my 265s and they were the same height...which is why I said they were the same height.

    but now that I think about it, I might have 235s. I would go check, but its raining outside, and I'm lazy like that soooo....when I get around to it, I may or may not be able to back that up. Thank you, drive thru :D
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2009
  15. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    If you do the math, a 215/85 is just about the same as a 245/75 or 265/70. A 235/85 is close to a 265/75
     
  16. dj89

    dj89 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 112

    Found a set of Nokian Hakkpiliitta LT 235/85 R 16 Load range E with 2000 miles, 2 months for 400 going to got pick them up.
     
  17. mcfly89

    mcfly89 Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    whew good, so the set I bought for $150 was a decent deal, lol.
     
  18. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    If you want me to test those out for you, I would be happy to do so.
     
  19. mcfly89

    mcfly89 Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    so, as it turns out, the 215s were on the rv...the 235s were the ones i rolled up next to my 285s and 265s. hehe:gunsfiring: you were right, I was wrong. :blush2:
     
  20. dj89

    dj89 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 112

    take that as a good tire?;)