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Dakota Definity AT tires would not fit.

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After reading on the forum that 265/75r16 would fit a completely stock explorer with stock rims, I went shopping for some tires.

I decided on the Dakota Definity AT's that are made by cooper.

I received a call saying they wont fit, they wont tell me why. The receptionist said "a lift would not help they're rubbing and you can't turn it much at all" they didn't understand when i asked them if it was the offset or what size spacers I need.

Is anybody running these tires or have any idea what size wheel spacers I need?
I have everything for a 1.5" body lift and I'm doing it sunday and I would like to get this finished by next weekend.
 



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I can see no reason why those tires don't fit. 265s fit unlifted explorers with no rubbing.

My guess is that they just looked in their book at what the factory specs for the explorer are, and saw that 265s weren't a part of it. I say ignore them and get them anyway.
 






I can see no reason why those tires don't fit. 265s fit unlifted explorers with no rubbing.

My guess is that they just looked in their book at what the factory specs for the explorer are, and saw that 265s weren't a part of it. I say ignore them and get them anyway.

^What he said.
 






A ran 265/70/16 Hankook Dynapro ATMs with no lift and no rubbing at all
 












I can see no reason why those tires don't fit. 265s fit unlifted explorers with no rubbing.

My guess is that they just looked in their book at what the factory specs for the explorer are, and saw that 265s weren't a part of it. I say ignore them and get them anyway.

Exactly, a lot of the shops I've dealt with will not install tires that aren't in the book for liability reasons. The only way to get it done is bring in the wheels off the vehicle.
 






My rims were plasti dipped so they definitely put one on its all tore up. But I stopped in today and talked to the mechanic who installed it and he also had no idea what I meant by spacing and offsets. I went to sears and they got me setup with cooper at3 in the same size.
 






...talked to the mechanic... ...had no idea what I meant by spacing and offsets...

I sincerely apologize for everyone you come in contact with having no understanding of basic concepts. I'm serious.

-Dubya
 






I appreciate the responses and advice and am glad I did not downsize as they suggested. Thank you. This forum is very helpful.
 






Good on you dude for getting them somewhere else... How bad did they chew up your rim??? don't think I would take my business there again...


Just picked up my 285/75R16 Kumo Road Venturer MT's now I'm waiting on my 3" body lift so I can get them on before the snow starts here...:D
Very impressed with the look of them can't wait to get back out 4x4ing been too long...

R
 






My rims were plasti dipped so they definitely put one on its all tore up. But I stopped in today and talked to the mechanic who installed it and he also had no idea what I meant by spacing and offsets. I went to sears and they got me setup with cooper at3 in the same size.

Love the Coopers, best AT tire I have ever run....good road manners, wet traction, works rock/mud/sand/dirt in Moab Utah, works in rock/dirt/mud in Colorado, even decent in the red clay here in SC

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