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Tires on a 2003 Chevy 1500 reg. cab short bed

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Chevy 1500, May 6, 2009.

  1. Chevy 1500

    Chevy 1500 Member
    Messages: 30

    I currently have 245/75r16s on the truck and i want to put on 285/75r16s will they fit? does anyone run these on there 1500's and do i need to do anything to the truck. I am not doing a lift and want to know if i can just put them on and maybe take a few cranks on the torsion bars. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. speedy

    speedy Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    Do you want width in addition to height? To go to 285's you really should get wider rims. If you want taller, but width isn't a priority, go with 255/85R16. They usually spec out taller than 285's and only 1/2" wider than stock. The selection of tread designs and manufacturers is more limited, but I like the look on my CC Duramax. I even went with 235/85R16 on my V6 1/2 ton. 245's were the stock size on both. The 255's give my Duramax a 9% overdirve, and the 1/2 ton's speedo is now bang-on according to my GPS. Tire make and model on both are Toyo M55.

    I think 285's are a disadvantage in snow and ice, the width limits the traction, unless you get sometimng with anarrow tread pattern. But ultimately it's your choice.

    I cranked up the T-bars on the D-max (slight rub at full left lock on driver's side when suspension is under compression) - got a wheel alignment too, no change on th '96 1/2 ton.
    Last edited: May 6, 2009
  3. SawHoss

    SawHoss Member
    Messages: 89

    Regardless if you are going to use them in the snow or not, they should fit on the stock chevy rims (although upgrading to a wider rim would ensure that they fit) However, with just a few cranks of the torsion bars, they should fit just fine. A buddy of mine has 285/75/16s on his 2000 Chevy half ton with the stock wheels, and the truck looks really nice. But, like Speedy said, you may have a slight rub at full lock going in either direction)
  4. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,719

    They will fit with a few turns on the tbars and mayble some slight trimming.

    They will fit on stock chevy wheels. I have 285s on oem wheels off an 02ish era chevy.
    I have no rub at full lock, even with no extra turns on the bars and my plow on. But I have heavier tbars and spring packs.

    Here's what 285s on stock 16x6.5 (I think) look like.
  5. BOSSMAN21

    BOSSMAN21 Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    265 Adventuro GT Radials.....enough said!