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Old 10-22-2010, 11:25 PM   #1
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I have a 2008 GMC Z71 with 17 inch wheels. It has factory 265's on it now. I need new tires and want to go as big as I can without lifting it. Has anyone put 285's on this truck (without lifting the truck or installing a spacer) and not had a problem or had the tires rub too bad?

On my last z71 (the previous model) I could easily put the 285's on but I heard the new models may require a spacer or lift. At least that's what the guy selling the tires told me.
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i got an '04 and put 285s on it but i had to crank the torsion bars. that said i have no clue if the newer models are set up the same way or that's even an option. gave up a lot of ride when i did it though. rode great stock. bigger tires, torsion bars cranked, you can feel the difference. not unbearable, but noticeable.
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I had a 2000 and now have a 2004 and have 285's on it and no problem at all.
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i put a set of 285 on my '03....didnt do anything to it and it rides just the same...no rubbing or scraping
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I have a 2008 GMC Z71 with 17 inch wheels. It has factory 265's on it now. I need new tires and want to go as big as I can without lifting it. Has anyone put 285's on this truck (without lifting the truck or installing a spacer) and not had a problem or had the tires rub too bad?

On my last z71 (the previous model) I could easily put the 285's on but I heard the new models may require a spacer or lift. At least that's what the guy selling the tires told me.
Go to Tire Rack.com and you can reach how big each tire size is.
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:31 PM   #6
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yeah I did the torsion bar trick on my old Z71, but the new ones dont have torsion bars anymore. Think I'll go with 275's but there are only a few that make that size that I've found.
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