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rjvis

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Posted: 07/20/19 03:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, this is my first time on this forum, so I appreciate any help!

I am wondering if I should put OEM size tires back on my truck? It is a 2007 Suburban 2500, with the 6.0l and 3.73 gearing. It currently has 265/75/16 which came on it when bought the vehicle and they need to be replaced. I discovered the factory sizing is 245/75/16. We tow a 31’ BHS that weighs nearly 10,00 lbs when loaded which puts us right at the max for the burb. I haven’t really had any issues towing, but some hills are definitely a slow go. We live in BC so it’s quite mountainous!

What I’m wondering is if I would notice any difference in power if I go back to factory sizing? I don’t really want to as I find the 245’s just look a little small...

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Posted: 07/20/19 03:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you change back you won’t notice any difference IMO.


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Posted: 07/20/19 03:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You won't notice any difference in power with that small of a tire change. If you were running a lift and 38" tires I would tell you different. Keep the 265's.


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Posted: 07/20/19 03:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The 265 & 245 are thread width in millimeters

The 75 is the 'aspect ratio' ---- height of tire's cross-section to its width.
The 75 means that the height is equal to 75% of the tire's width.

The 16 is wheel diameter...16" rims

A 245/75/16 does look smaller then a 265/75/16 cause of difference in width and sidewall (aspect ratio)

Weight carrying capacity could be very different depending on the tires Load Index so check side wall for MAX Load/MAX PSI

265's will be slightly taller, a little bit wider, have a bit more sidewall and will turn LESS revolutions per mile VS the 245's

If you aren't rubbing side of tires when turning, whacking top of tire when going over rough roads/bridge transitions/speed bumps & haven't gotten a speeding ticket ([email protected] = [email protected])replace with another set of 265's LOL


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You'll notice some, as you have effectively made a 4.10 geared rig a 3.95, a 3.73 a 3.55 geared rig. Also the 245 tires are about 5 lbs less weight than 265's. At least I noticed the difference in my 88 k3500 with a TBI 454/TH400/3.73, and my 96 K3500 with a 6.5TD/NV4500/4.10 gears.

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My 02 on the subject is, I want a tall aspect ratio tire for the terrible Michigan roads. Tires with lower aspect ratio's are more prone to pothole failure because there isn't enough sidewall to absorb the potholer shock and your rims could take a hit too.


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Posted: 07/20/19 06:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will gain about 4% in RPM with the smaller size and the engine will produce a very small increase in horsepower by running faster. My guess is that you will have about 5% better performance and the drivetrain will benefit slightly. The cooling system will perform slightly better as well. If you might be operating at large throttle openings, I would use the smaller tires. If handling is the priority, then go with the larger tires.





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Howdy Langley neighbor!

We've towed our TT around 7 western states and I thought we've been on some pretty challenging mountain roads. Then last month we towed our TT from Langley BC to Banff & Jasper in Alberta and back. Now that was a very mountainous road trip!!

I would go back to the OEM sizes but I would say it depends on the tire design. Up until last month, we had an F250 for 7 years. Then we bought a 2012 GMC Sierra 2500HD which came with 265 wide 17" tires and needed replacing. After talking to a local retired tire dealer owner with 30 years exp. in the biz, we bought 245 wide Goodyear Wrangler tires which have a stiff kevlar sidewall and are LRE OEM size. He showed me what the sidewall is like in Michelins we used to have on the F250 - very flexible in comparison.

The Sierra now tows our 29' TT like it was on rails. Waaay better than the F250 with Michelin LTX 245 wide (18") tires. Don't know how much the kevlar sidewalls help but I sure like the new setup. I don't know much about stiffness of tire sidewalls but it might be something to look into. I run our rear tires at 80 psi and front at 75 which helps with handling. I don't think the slightly smaller dia. will make much of a difference but will help, not hinder.

The guy we bought the tires from in Langley races cars at Mission and sells and installs tires out of his home shop in Murrayville. If you want to check out what he might have for your Suburban, send me a PM.


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Personally, I would keep the 265s. If you think you're really hurting for the slight amount of extra grunt, go with the 245s. I run a 285 on my pickup and while the big mountain passes require downshifting, compared to 20 years ago, trucks have so much horsepower that I don't think it even matters that much. I am passing semis on every mountain pass anyway, what's another few percent of output? If you don't venture off the pavement much, the 245s are better, and skinnier tires are better in snow and ice. On wet or dry surfaces though, you'll notice more traction with the wider tires.

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2007 Suburban 2500's came with 6.5" width wheels. An LT265/75R16 requires a 7" wide wheel minimum. Using a narrow wheel tends to make the vehicle follow the ruts in the road and makes it sensitive to cross winds.


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