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chevy 2500HD tire size

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by l1011100, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. l1011100

    l1011100 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    I have a 2002 2500HD Durimax, it has those small 245 tires on it, I was wondering if anyone has put bigger tires on their truck without a lift kit.
  2. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    I have heard of lots of people going up to 265 series tires on the HD trucks. Some have even gone up to 285's, but I do believe they require a torsion bar adjustment and a front end alignment. There have been several discussions on this subject over at www.pickuptruck.com in the GM truck forum. Hope this helps
  3. l1011100

    l1011100 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Thanks pottstim, I think I will go up to the 265's, those 245's just dont look right
  4. Davis Lawn Mowing LLC

    Davis Lawn Mowing LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318

    I would put 265s or 275s on it.

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,426

    I would not make any tire changes that were not E rated. We haul too much weight and work too hard for tires that would not do the same work we do now.
  6. l1011100

    l1011100 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Its funny you mention that, several tire places I went today looking at prices tried to sell me load range C tires, they said I probably wont ever haul that much weight. I think the weight of the truck alone would destroy C range tires. I guess they are right, they are experts in the field of tires, I only got that goose neck hitch cause it looks cool.
  7. Davis Lawn

    Davis Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    A 265 and 285 tire on a factory wheel will work fine without a lift kit, but the HD's look great witth the torsion bars cranked (leveled out) and 285s
  8. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    We have LT285/75/R16/D on our duramax. Mounted on stock rims, with about 1.5" of torsion bar cranking. The bars were previously cranked though, so I don't know how much is necessary if at all.

    So far they seem to be wearing evenly with no other problems.

    They are only a D load range as opposed the to the stock E load range, but the load capacity is 3305 lbs as opposed the the stock 3065 lbs.

    I'd say go with 285, or at least 265.


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