Tyre sizes? HELP!!

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I am planning to ship my vehicle to Oz which has 255 85 16 mud terrains on. what is the availability of this size in australia? are they a common size? will i have difficulty sourcing new tyres in this size?
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Reply By: Member - John - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 07:46

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 07:46
Tyron, 235/85/16 are common, not sure about getting 255/85/16 in a hurry in the bush though. If not in a hurry, should be no problem. John
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 08:53

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 08:53
Unusual for a tyre shop to have that size on their shelves. But they are easily obtained in the cities, but only in a few brands such as BFG, Cooper and Maxxis. In Adelaide, for instance they would probably have to get them from a warehouse in Melbourne , so might take a day or two.

Might take up to a week to get them outside the cities.
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Reply By: get outmore - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 10:02

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 10:02
definitly not common but i have seen them in goodyear MTR

most common size is 265x75x16 and in the diametre you have the most common size is 285x75x16.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 11:51

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 11:51
Hi Tyron

I run 255/85/16 as my favourite size for my Nissan Patrol , and agree with above info about being available but not widely, not really a problem though as if really in a push 285/85/16 would get you home -which reminds me I must get back a borrowed 255 from a friend who stuffed his 285's and used it as spare.


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Follow Up By: warthog1 - Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 15:39

Thursday, Apr 16, 2009 at 15:39
Hi Robin, I haven't been on this site for a long time however I remember you used to have a 4.8 Patrol. If this is still the case I'm wondering which wheels you use for the 255/85R16 tyres. Can the std 16x8 Nisssan wheel be used or is a 16x7 needed. Thanks, Chris.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 09:03

Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 09:03
Hi Chris

Yep still have the 4800, keep looking for a better car but can't find it, brother recently got a td 80 series which keeps the 4800 honest in the bush, but they die on the road.

Currently have two sets of 255/85/16 on trak 11 7inch rims, they will go onto 8 inch rims because of the tall sidewalls , but I have not specificly checked if thats an approved rim code for them as 7 inch is nominal rim width.

Trak11 7 inch rim give a wider track than 8 in Nissan rims as the have a 10mm negative offset and are lighter.

Some of my other 7inch rims (speedy) only have 5mm offset and just touch the front brakes , I have had made up some spacers out of 6mm aluminium which I use when using these.






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Follow Up By: warthog1 - Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 14:33

Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 14:33
Thanks Robin for the follow-up. I still have my slow but strong old td42t. I'll go for the trak II's also then, I like that size better than 285/75, don't need the extra width. Cheers, Chris.
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Reply By: Tyron - Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 00:38

Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 00:38
Thanks for the information everyone, great help and saved me a fortune on new rubber. cheers Tyron
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Reply By: TUFF 07 LUX - Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 13:27

Friday, Apr 17, 2009 at 13:27
I wouldnt recommend 255/85x16's on 16x8 wheels if you are going to air them down for offroading.

I have seen this size tyre in a BFG on a 16x8 rim on a 60series pop off the bead when offroad because the rim was too wide for the 10.3" wide tyre and not strong enough to hold it on the bead when going over obstacles.

a 7" rim would be more preferable.
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