Replace 205r/16's on splits for 225/75/16's??

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 01, 2003 at 23:06
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Hey all,

I am wondering if anyone has used the 225 on a 5.5 split? I have always stuck to the 205's without problem but have found that Coopers only make the 225 and I figure a bit more rubber isn't going to hurt (I hope!). The way i figure it is that a little more rubber ain't going to hurt in soft sand.

The size seems common enuff BFG's etc also supply but I haven't actually seen one on a split and won't be going to town for @ 4 weeks or so.

What I can't figure is why I haven't seen it around if it's such a good combo.

Anyway any advice or help would be app.
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Reply By: Prado Boy - Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 00:27

Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 00:27
Hey Slammin,

I've got a Prado RV TD (2001) - these come with 215 80R16 Rubber standard (grandtreks which are crud!)... I changed these over to Cooper ST 225 75R16 (Light Truck) very early on and have not regretted it one bit. These tyres are looking like they will get 100,000 Km's no sweat (already done 60,000 Kms). They are great in any conditions - sand, mud, gravel roads, rocks - oyu name it, they handle it very well.

I am however going to get the 265 75R16 - a little more width plus a change in diameter from 29 inch to nearly 32 inch. This gives a bit over a 1 inch lift - together with suspension mods should give me 3 extra inches of lift - very handy for some of the places I get to on my lonesome...

Hope this helps.
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Reply By: Squid - Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 06:26

Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 06:26

My mate has 225/75/16 BFG's on 5.5 splits on his Hilux and he seems very happy to have a bit more rubber.

I am still running with the 205's (Dunlop Roadgrippers) on my Hilux, and have never had a problem so am reluctant to change.

I guess if you are going to be doing a lot of sand driving the extra rubber of the 225 may be worthwhile.

I would be interested to get your thoughts on the Coopers if you decide to get them. Is it the Cooper ST you are looking at?
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Follow Up By: Slammin - Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 23:22

Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 23:22
I do agree that the 205's are v. practical and really haven't had any prob's except for in real soft sand and having to virtually deflate most of the tyre.
I'm looking at the Coopers simply because of the number and quality of the plys, particularly side wall.
I live in the desert so I can see the sense of a bit more rubber but as I said I've never come across this combo b4, from what I've been told the 225's are meant for a 6' rim, so I thought I'd see what other users thought.
As to ST's I'm looking at the AT as it is less agresive and will dig in the sand less, mind you I found the Dunlop Road Grippers more to be Sand Diggers. They are good in mud etc.
Anyway I'll post about how they do go if I get them.

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Reply By: Anthony (Vic) - Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 11:39

Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 11:39
Same here. I have put 225/75/16 BFG A/T KO's on my Hilux split rims. The only problem was with balancing the wheels, which I was told was a splt rim problem not the tyre. I definetly prefer the 225 BFG's to the original 205 Dunlop's.
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Follow Up By: Squid - Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 20:41

Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 20:41
Hi Anthony,

What do you find is the biggest difference with the BFG's? Is it a more comfortable ride, better off road, better durability?

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Follow Up By: Anthony (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2003 at 10:58

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2003 at 10:58
Hi Squid,

It could be as simple as more rubber (205 vs 225) on the road/dirt, equals better grip.

The problem I found with the Dunlop's is that with a bit of tread wear the Dunlop's quickly lost their grip in the wet, on and off road. I think the BFG's are at least as durable as the Dunlop's but I'm yet to find how the BFG's perform when low on tread (still have about 70% tread left).

Before the BFG's I also tried Toyo's, which I found to have a much softer wall and tread. They didn't wear as well as the Dunlop's.

Overall, I think the BFG's have a better tread patten and appear to be wearing at least as well as the Dunlop's. Both the BFG's & Dunlop's have a firmer wall, which I prefer.

On the question of comfort, the best thing I did was the relace the leaf springs etc with an ARB OME suspension kit.
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Follow Up By: Slammin - Tuesday, Jun 03, 2003 at 23:59

Tuesday, Jun 03, 2003 at 23:59
Just to note I only just got 30 000 out of the road grippers, I wasn't very impressed. How far have the BFG's gone?
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Follow Up By: Anthony - Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 10:09

Wednesday, Jun 04, 2003 at 10:09
Only 30,000 from your Dunlop's - I got about 60,000 out of the original road grippers on my '92 2.8D twin cab. So far I done about 18,000 on the BFG's, which I think are wearing at about the same rate as the Dunlop's. I'm on my 4th set of tyres and have done 175,000kms total since I bought the Hilux (current set has about 70% tread left).
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Reply By: xr500 - Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 16:17

Monday, Jun 02, 2003 at 16:17
i have kumo 215 / 85 .16 on a bravo for a bit more height but not split rims and they are great
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