275/65R18 GY MT-R or Discoverer STT mud

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  1. Steve T

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    working on the project..

    Have a 2011 LR4 Nara Bronze. After some long thought out research on 18” vs 20” wheels I have decided on 18x8 LR3 oem 10spoke (powder coating them semi-gloss black). Too many issues with offsets and such on other wheels. Plan to use Gap iiD and or a slick system like LLams or Mudtech Prolift or XLift. Advice welcome!

    Also.. will the 275/65 have any issues mounting on 18x8 wheel? Or should I be looking for 18x8.5?

    Anybody have experience with either of these “shoes”. I am aware there will be road noise but not familiar with either. Most likely an “E” load. Looking for more aggressive look but also being used 85% daily driver. Live in Northeast so terrain is mostly dirt,mud, Forrest, rocks, gravel. Will be wheeling in PA and MD mostly. Occasional drives to upstate NY or NC for camping. Will pull trailer occasionally.. obviously not concerned too much about fuel economy . Open to any other recommendations. Have considered the KO2s also. This is my first go at an overland project/daily dad Rover.

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    I'm running Cooper st Maxx which might actually be a better fit for you than a full mud terrain tire. It's built on the same platform as the stt but with a hybrid tread. I love them, not too loud, look great and plenty of grip on and off road and still very good in the snow. I just drove from denver to steamboat and back in this blizzard without issue.

    LR3 18" wheels won't fit without some combo of spacers and caliper grinding. Compos are the only direct fit 18" readily available. BMW style 99 wheels are very close and fit with a little caliper grinding resulting in a better offset situation than you'll get with lr3 wheels plus spacers.

    275/65 won't fit in the spare tire well and will probably rub badly at full suspension compression (the lift does nothing to help this). It's possible to make it work, but it takes a lot of doing. A true 265/60/18 is as big as will fit without major work without jepordizing functionality. BFGs run small so a 265/65 bfg works.
     
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    A. you don't need an 8.5" wide wheel but more importantly it only exacerbates issues with turning clearance points.
    B. you just said you decided on the owm 18"... it is 8" wide. Are you actually still very undecided?
    C. I thought you were into the bolt-on Compomotives at least, if the Mudtech sounded too risky on fit. The Compo bolts on and has the best offset solution. The oem wheels can be made to fit but you do have to use a wheel spacer which kills the turning clearances just like a wider wheel. It would be like having a 9" wide wheel where it contacts the bumper and fender edges as well as the "frame horns".
    D. for anything larger than 265/65x18 tire, you WILL have rubbing even in normal driving not on trails if you don't perform the physical modifications.

    As Bikepilot mentioned, the 265/65-18 is the one you can still fit underneath as well as use without any modifications.

    As for "bolt on" wheels that do work, there are a couple steels now and also those rally ones we saw in the other thread.
     
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    Like BP said, the one he's using or the BFG ko2 make more sense than a MT type for what you described as most uses, especially the towing, sound, and highway handling. They will wear better too. I've gotten 75,000 miles out of a set of ko1 before using 5 tire rotation and a mid-life flip.
     
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    Goodyear MT/Rs in the 276/65R18 size are load rating C.
     
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    Might as well take this opportunity to invite you to check out our Land Rover Owners Maryland group on FB. Sending you a PM.
     
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    Thx cperez! Just sent you a message
     
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    The EVO CORSE DAKARZERO 18"x8.5" Land Rover LR4 5x120 ET:38 ROCK! Whats the largest size tire that can be put on these on the LR4?
     
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    Really, you want to ask that? For fucks sake read the endless "how large" threads. ;)

    The answer to be honest is any size you dream up, if you're willing to do what it takes. A RRS SC guy had a killer body lift done that allowed over 35", might've trid 37's. I am quite sure the entire job cost more, far more, than a used LR3 though so it depends on your goals, etc.

    You could say "without mods" or with the "normal mods" or for best looks vs best actual function off road, or even for best winter tire spec because that tire ratio is going to be different than what an 8.5 is meant to use. Too many answers for such an open ended question....
     

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