So I drive the kids to School in the Pathy this morning, thinking I'm going to hit the tire shop afterwords and get the 285s, fender liners be damned.
As I'm leaving school and merginig back onto the freeway, I hear a plastic-bag-caught-on-the-undercairrage sound. Odd. It dies away after a few seconds, so maybe it was just something from that bobtail truck on the surface streets which I'm now rapidly accelerating away from...
NOPE. 2 mininutes later I'm pulled off in a carpool parking lot standing next to the front left of my truck looking at ANOTHER FLAT TIRE!!! OMFG!
And it's flat flat flat, totally toasted by a nail or something sharp, sidewalls were even a little scrubbed from driving on it a little bit to get off the freeway. Now here's the amusing part...the tire that I blew out in Death Valley last weekend
, it still has like 20psi of air in it, will that patch that refused to hold 30psi in DV at least hold what air it has until I get to the tire shop? Wonder of wonders, yes it did
So at around 12:30 today I'm heading out of my local America's Tire Co.
with five 285/75-16 BFG AT KOs on my truck, that's 2" taller and 4/5" wider than stock. They rub the front fender liners a bit when about half way to lock, but it's a minor conflict and I'll attack those with a heat gun and dremel soon enough, and the full sized spare fits under the tail (barely).
There's just a hint of 4x4 tire growl when driving along, but in no way is it louder than normal road noise, as confirmed with my trusty Radioshack DB meter
. Acceleration is a bit weaker of course, since these are bigger tires the gearing has changed, and also a little more effort needed to turn the steering wheel or push on the brakes. Over all the truck feels heavier and more substantial, more planted by gravity than before.
The truck looks SO mean now, it's fantastic. Visually it looks wider and lower than before, because the wheel arch gap is less, when in fact the roof line is an inch further from the pavement. With those wide 285 meats and lower & wider feel it almost reminds me of an H3 Trophy Truck...
Pictures of the truck and details on tweaking the fender liners to come soon! Wohoo, baby's got a new pair of 32" shoes!