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  1. #1
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    Default Is it ok to run bigger tire than stock?

    A friend of a friend has a set of 285s for sale for a decent price. Will these be ok to put on my 04 z71? I'm sure they'll clear, I'm just wondering if it will mess up the shift points on the transmission. I read somewhere that putting bigger tires on can burn your transmission???
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    My stock tires are 265s and I ran 285s for quite sometime and did not notice any difference in tranny temp. I think you should be okay, but this comment is based on my personal experience only...I am not a mechanic or even someone with lots of experience. However, I do think that you will need to provide your current stock tire size, transmission info, and maybe your gear ratio for someone to give you a sound answer.
    Last edited by mfleetwood; 11-12-2010 at 02:22 AM.

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    Clearance shouldn't be an issue for you since it's a 4wheel drive, I ran 285x70x17s bfgs mud terrains on my stock 2wd and only had minor rub issues until i did alittle trimming on the plastic innner wall...I didnt notice any difference either in the trans temp, but like said above, im not a mech But i have put over 75k on my 06 in that last year and a half half that was on those BFGs. I did notice however that my speedometer was off by about 5mph. hope that helps.
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    I ran 285/75r16e's on my 04 Z71 and had no problems. Only think to keep in mind is that the speedometer is 4mph slow above 55mph.

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    Yeah its not gonna burn your tranny! The only time I heard was a guy ran 38's on a ranger with a 4 cylinder and crap tranny and had problems but that was because the problem circled on the front!

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    ive been running 285/75/16s on my 04 since i bought it a year and a half ago.and i believe the previous owner also ran the same size.the truck runs great and ive had no issues out of it
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