Fitting larger tyres to Discovery

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 12:21
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Hi all, I have a 1995 Landrover Disco V8 with the great 7" steel rims. I'm about to purchase a new set of A/T tyres for a trip up to Coral Bay next month, and want to get the widest I can safely fit.

I've got all new OME Nitrocharger shocks on the car (std springs still) and I was hoping to get 245/70 R16's on the car. can anyone advise me of whether that would fit, or even wider?

thanks
nate
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 13:23

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 13:23
Nate

I think you'll find the biggest you can legally fit to std rims are 235/85 R16, but they may be too large without a lift. Virtually the same as the old 750R16.

Cheers
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Reply By: pathfinder - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 13:41

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 13:41
I didn't think there was a 245/70x16. I've got 245/75x16 on my Disco and it needs a 2-inch lift to avoid rubbing. 235/85x16 would have less chance of rubbing body work as they fit into the guards better at articulation, but such cheesecutters aren't exactly great for the spirited on-road cornering which the excellent Disco handling allows...
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Reply By: NathanK - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 13:43

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 13:43
i'm not looking at height, but width. legally you can fit well over 245 on a 7" rim, i know that for a fact. besides, they came with 235/70 R16, no car manufacture is gonna put the max width tyre on as OEM.
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Reply By: NathanK - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 13:51

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 13:51
okau, responses from other forums and also from Jordan Rovertech say that 245/70 R16 will fit without any mods or rubbing. 245/75 will just rub and should have a lift kit.
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Follow Up By: pathfinder - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 12:46

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 12:46
what tyres are available in 245/70x16? Anything with decent tread? I don't think you can get BFGs or MT/Rs in that size...
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 13:59

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 13:59
I've got 245/75R16 Cooper STs on a series 2. They fit perfectly with no rubbing but I believe the series 2 has a bigger wheel arch than the series 1.
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Reply By: NathanK - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 14:04

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 14:04
yeah, but the 245/75's are a lot larger.

looking at the specs:
235/70 R16 (OEM) = 735mm DIA
245/70 R16 = 745mm DIA (only 10mm extra)
245/75 R16 = 775mm DIA = a whopping 40mm extra on diameter.

that's almost 2 inches, no wonder a lift kit is needed to fit them in (the extra height under the diff would be nice though...).
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 20:04

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 20:04
Nathan,
they look excellent :-) I didn't need to do a lift - just have to be careful when alighting- its a looooong way down.
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Reply By: Mark - Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 20:23

Tuesday, Apr 06, 2004 at 20:23
Nathan
Check out http://www.discoweb.org/ they have a tyre fitment guide for the Disco covering all sizes.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: NathanK - Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 10:32

Wednesday, Apr 07, 2004 at 10:32
this is from that site:

245/70-16: little taller and wider than the stock size. reportedly, no need for lift or trimming to fit those tires

beautiful! :)
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