285/60 R18 on LC100 '03 with No Modification? (2 Viewers)

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hey LC fans! I joined the LC club last year with a high mileage '03 salvage. Despite nearly 250k mi and having a salvage title (minimal damage and no frame damage), it runs like a dream, better than anything I've ever owned...and better than most new vehicles out there. This forum was a huge help in finding the right one - THANK YOU ALL for your contributions and building this awesome community!

I've gone through several threads trying to understand tire fitment. My LC came with a set of new Ling Long tires (275/60/R18). They are surprisingly good on dry roads, but I have no real confidence in them and want to get a set of AT's. Problem is, there is nothing good in the OEM size 275/60/R18! For what I do, I don't need any real additional height - I just need tires I can depend on for rocky terrain (off-roading around Vegas area), and that are still good/reasonable on the road.

I've been eyeing BFG KO2 285/60/R18 - Everywhere I've looked, people are saying these can go on without spacers or lift but I'm not entirely confident about that. Looking behind my current tire, the inside sidewall is only about 0.2" - 0.25" from the suspension - I'm not sure how adding a 0.5" wider tire can happen without potentially rubbing parts of the suspension.

Hoping you can share your experience with this! Also, have you ever been able to "test" fitment at a tire shop?

I have more confidence that a slightly taller tire would work like 275/65/R18s, but I really don't need the height, and they only come E rated from BFG (not a huge detractor - maybe slightly stiffer ride).
 
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There is 1 good option OEM, but it's not an A/T - Michelin Defenders. There are only about 4 or 5 tires in 275/60/r18 :confused:. If all else fails, Michelin Defender is hands-down a fantastic tire.

JunkCrzer89 - wouldn't the width be an issue? Maybe I'm reading this wrong...tread width would increase by 0.4" but the sidewall width only by 0.2". The inner sidewall would then be 1/10" from the suspension?

Size 1 = OEM and current tire
Size 2 = 285/60 R18

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JunkCrzer89 - wouldn't the width be an issue? Maybe I'm reading this wrong...tread width would increase by 0.4" but the sidewall width only by 0.2". The inner sidewall would then be 1/10" from the suspension?
No. 11.2” wide tire does not rub with factory wheels.
 
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What about 265/70r18 or 285/65r18? Both measure about 32.6" and will fit with no issues on the stock suspension. The general rule of thumb is that a tire 33" tall and 285 or narrower with fit a stock 100 without modifications. Long as you stay within those parameters you'll be good to go.

Don't be afraid to stray a size up if necessary to find a tire to suit your needs. It will have minimal effect on drivability.
 

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