235/85R16 tires on a 4x4 VS30?

wooteroni

New member
Greetings Folks,

Thinking about putting a set of this size on factory steelies. Anyone out there that has this setup? Pics? Reasons why not?

I appreciate the info and have done some searching that never quite tied into the VS30 (hence the questions)

Thx!
 

Slavy

2017 2500 4x4 6 cyl. with 20,000 miles
I have them and no issues. I purchased the van this way and so the decision was easy. The speedometer is a bit off, but otherwise it seems good.

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fireball05

Inbound 2021 144HR 4x4 passenger
What made you all choose the 235/85/16 over the 265/75/16?

Diameter is almost exactly the same. I would think on a big heavy van that the wider 265/75 would be a slightly better choice?
 

cryan

Member
Answering a question you didn't ask, but I'm running 265/75R16 with no issues. They fit fine on stock steel rims and don't require any fender mods. Should be the same diameter as 235/85s, just wider.
 

VanGoSki

Well-known member
What made you all choose the 235/85/16 over the 265/75/16?

Diameter is almost exactly the same. I would think on a big heavy van that the wider 265/75 would be a slightly better choice?
Snow performance! Look at my username, I spend a lot of time in the snow. Narrower is better in the snow. You don't want flotation, you want to cut through to the pavement. There's a bit of a tradeoff of course for deep sand where wider is better, and maybe highway? The 235's are only 3/8" narrower than the stock tires which I think is not noticeable for every day use. But the 265's are 1.25" wider than the 235's, and that's a bigger difference. You'll probably get a little better gas mileage with narrower tires too, but I'm not sure how much.
 

MountainR

New member
Snow performance! Look at my username, I spend a lot of time in the snow. Narrower is better in the snow. You don't want flotation, you want to cut through to the pavement. There's a bit of a tradeoff of course for deep sand where wider is better, and maybe highway? The 235's are only 3/8" narrower than the stock tires which I think is not noticeable for every day use. But the 265's are 1.25" wider than the 235's, and that's a bigger difference. You'll probably get a little better gas mileage with narrower tires too, but I'm not sure how much.
@VanGoSki I’m considering this same falken set-up for the reasons you mentioned. How many miles have you been running these? Used them in the winter yet? Any noticable difference in highway manners beyond the speedo being off a bit?
 

VanGoSki

Well-known member
@VanGoSki I’m considering this same falken set-up for the reasons you mentioned. How many miles have you been running these? Used them in the winter yet? Any noticable difference in highway manners beyond the speedo being off a bit?
About 10K miles on them. I also have the original tires on a second set of wheels which I've used on some long road trips this summer because there's no point in wearing out my winter/off-road tires on these kind of trips. They seemed terrific in the snow, although I did not see as much snow with them as I hoped. Pretty much all online reviews are extremely favorable in snow and they garner an Excellent snow rating on sites like TireRack.

Highway handling and noise was excellent with one possible caveat. When I first installed them I tried a lower tire pressure, maybe around 45 PSI, but they felt vague and swayed a bit in handling which I attributed to sidewall flex. Increasing tire pressure to 60/70s fixed them and they handled as well as the stock tires at that point. Maybe I'll try the experiment again when I put them back on in the fall.
 

MountainR

New member
@VanGoSki good feedback, thanks. My main concern was the sidewall flex for “tall skinnies” on a heavy sprinter. I run dedicated winters on all my other rigs. The sprinter came with the continental van contact winter tires, which have been decent in the snow and I’ve been trying to kill before I buy new tires (at 20k they’ll be dead). Thinking at this point that I’ll run 265/75r16 falkens for this winter with fresh rubber then likely add a dedicated set of winter tires into the rotation for the following winter, likely at the 235 size.
 

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