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Wanted pics of newer chevys with 285 tires

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by dheavychevy38, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. dheavychevy38

    dheavychevy38 Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Need to buy some new meats and can't decide if I should stay with 265's or move up to 285's. It's a 03 chevy 2500hd with a 8.5 western hanging on the front. Looking for pics and what you had to do to install them as far as leveling kit or just cranked on the bars.
     
  2. Schwinn68

    Schwinn68 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    The norm around here is green keys and 2" lift blocks then you should have no trouble running 285's I've got a set of h2 rims with 285 firestone m/t on them I love the way they look and ride.
     
  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
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  4. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,305

    I have 285's on the 06 and 07. They did rub a little not much at all but I added timbrens now it's fine.
     
  5. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    285's will rub a little on all the newer trucks. If you add the weight of the plow they might rub pretty bad. I had 285's on my 02 HD and I had to trim some plastic. I put 275's on my dad's 04 HD and had to trim some plastic and they still rub when fully turned without a plow. I have 285's on my 08 HD and I had to trim some of the metal and plastic to get them to fit without rubbing. Alot of it has to do with the rim backspacing. You might be able to get away with the 285's on the stock rims. I am not sure. On my dad's 04 I don't think I could get 285's to fit, but he is running aftermarket rims too.
     
  6. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,569

    Here you go:

    1st: o7 Green Keys and Blocks with 305's
    2nd: 03 Green Keys and Blocks with 285's
    3rd: 02 Turned up t-bars with 285's
    4th: 02 Stock with 285's
    5th: 03 Green Keys and Blocks with 305's


    I need to go move my plow this morning so I will hook up to it and take some pictures of the plow on the ground and in the air so you can see the amount of room with 285's. All of the chevys we put keys and block right out of the hole to get them to clear 285's even with a 9 foot snow plow hanging out front.

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  7. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,569

    Truck:
    07 Crew Cab Classic

    Suspension Changes:
    Green Keys with 0 turns and tibrens
    Rear has 2 inch blocks

    Wheels and tires:
    285 Wrangler MTR's on H2 Wheels -

    Plow:
    9 foot Western Ultramount Pro Plow


    It measures 10 inches between top of tire to fender flare with the plow down
    It measures 9 1/4 inches between top of tire and fender flare with plow up

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  8. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    What are green keys?
     
  9. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,569

    Green keys are a Chevy part that more or less moves the index of the torsion bar to a greater point for about 2" of lift on the front end of the truck. The green keys and 2" lift blocks come stock on 1/2 ton pickups with the Z71 package. The only thing is you need to get either longer travel shocks or shock extenders as the stock shocks to not have enough travel in them and it will create a terrible ride.
     
  10. ibew697

    ibew697 Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    They're not the best pics, but ones i could easily post. I've always ran the 285's with little trouble. Slight rubbing only when backing up and the wheels slightly turned to the right...go figure......Jake

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  11. jlouki01

    jlouki01 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    ibew that second pic you posted makes me think of money for some reason:)
     
  12. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
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  13. ibew697

    ibew697 Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    yea, that makes two of us!!!! That pic was from last year when we got hit with around 24". Gotta love that lake effect. Hopefully i'll be posting some new storm pics like that soon!!