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May 9, 2019
Birmingham, AL
Hello all,

I just got a 16 LC 200 this past week and want to put a new set of tires with it but would like the keep the stock suspension if possible. I am thinking of getting some Nitto Ridge Grapplers and keeping the stock wheels. I have narrowed it down to two sizes, the 285/65/R18 and 285/70/R18. Does anyone have experience with either and be willing to share. I was talking with another member on the forum who had the 70s with stock suspension and said they rubbed a little, which has made me think that maybe a 65 would be better.

Like I said I would prefer not to have to lift it, but if I need to it is not the end of the world. Would love to hear some feedback though.

**Disclaimer** I am new to all of this haha. I’ve been driving a 06 4Runner stock the past 7 years so this is my first chance to customize a rig. So please be understanding if I have no idea how this stuff works haha!
Start here: 200 Series Tire and Wheel Size Database

285/65R18 will fit fine with zero rubbing. 285/70R18 will rub a bit but should be manageable.

Thanks! I could not really find any info specific to the RG on the database. I do want a tire that looks a little bigger and more aggressive; so is there a big difference between the look of the 70 and the 65?
It will look different. It's about an inch larger in diameter.

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285/70/18 will have a significant amount of rubbing and you'll be heat gunning and cutting to get them to work right. 285/65/18 is the biggest size you can do with no issues and they look good.
Here's my 2013 with stock suspension and 285/65/18s

A new 285/65r18 will be within 1/4-1/2 inch of rubbing on some parts, on flat ground, for indication of how a 285/70 will fit. Twist up the suspension at all and that 70 tire will be dragging on parts pretty well.
Personally, I would recommend going as big as you're comfortable with. That's real clearance under the rear axle for which a suspension lift does nothing for. As you're keeping stock suspension, I would say get all the lift you can via tires.

285/65r18 is the easy button. Just slap them on.

285/70r18 is bigger and will take a bit of massaging, but truthfully it's nothing drastic. Easy peasy nip and tuck of some plastic. A spare of that size would still even fit. 285/70r18 will give you a great tire lift and enough clearance to so some pretty serious trails. Plus you'll maintain all the great ride quality of stock, along with maintaining good suspension geometry and handling manners which suspension lifts generally compromise.
On the other hand...

While A lift might not help you clear the rear axle/shock mounts, WILL help you clear a lot of other important stuff. Belly stuff...rocker panels...bumpers...exhaust...and on and on.

32.5-33” tires help add +/- 1” with rear axle, etc. . But a mild (2-3” lift will help a whole lot of other things clear by a lot more.

As for handling...even a basic suspension upgrade improves handling far more than the minor geometry change hurts. -Less dive...less roll...less bounce...less strut heat...less chance of bottoming out with stronger coils...adds up to greater overall handling & control.
And, 285/70 having stock ride depends on finding a p-metric tire, with its stock or similar inflation pressure, vs an LT-metric tire.

I did not like my lt-metric 285/65r18s on stock suspension. Not enough damping for such a large jump in weight and pressure.

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