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tire size

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by hd2500, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. hd2500

    hd2500 Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    I'm picking up my first plow tomorrow - a curtis 8' trip edge. I have a 2004 chevy 2500hd 6.0l - my "winter" tires are 245's - are these too small for plowing?? I've been thinking of moving up to 265's or 285's, but my old set is almost brand new... is it worth the extra $$ to go bigger?
  2. imdawrlus

    imdawrlus Member
    Messages: 71

    nope....keep the tires you got now...as long as their not a foot wide you shouldent have any problems with traction.....in my oppinion if they have good tread i would keep them on there.....
  3. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    I agree....

    I agree ,if your tires are in good shape then hang on to them.Going wider is not a good idea for plowing, as the wider the tire the more it floats ontop of the snow instead of digging in for traction.Plus they are less wear and tear on your truck and better fuel mileage.
  4. hd2500

    hd2500 Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    I knew skinny was better, but i appreciate the input on the height. Thanks for the replies and info. pumpkin:
  5. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    height changes you gear ratio.

    The taller the tire the higher your gear ratio from stock height(more top speed ,less low end power).
    Tall tires look cool, but to do it right you need to swap gear sets if you want to keep stock performance.
  6. gino

    gino Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 94

    If you go with a bigger tire then you the anti-lock brake system doesnt work...
  7. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    235 85 16 are ideal. Certaintly dont go bigger.
  8. danno

    danno Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Yep, thats the best size. On a 10 ply.