Looking for a little input here.
I am currently running the stock, sucky Continentals that came on my '08 250. They are 275/70/18s.
For better or worse, they are reaching the end of their tread life, and with winter coming I'm looking to upgrade
I'm looking at the following three tires:
BFG All Terrain T/A
Toyo Open Country M/T
Pro Comp Xtreme A/T
Here's where the questions start. I'm not looking to upgrade my wheels. Currently i'm running the Stock King Ranch alloy wheels. The engraving on the back of the wheel indicates that they are 18X8J wheels. I know this means 18 inches around X 8 inches wide, but what does the "J" mean?
Second question, I'm looking to stick to the ~33 X ~ 12-13 " size. Unfortunately, based on the offerings listed on the Toyo and BFG websites, they don't have an 18" tire in this range that will fit on an 8" wide wheel. It would need to be at least 8.5" to be "approved". Pro Comp has a 35" tire that looks like it would spec out, but it's 35" not 33"
I see the following that look to be what i'm interested in:
BFG All terrain A/T 285/65/R18/E (33/12/18) but they have a 8.5 - 11 wheel width requirement
Toyo Open Country M/T 33/12.5/18) which has a 8.5 - 11 wheel width requirement
Pro Comp Xtreme A/T 35/12.5/18 which does meet the wheel width (8 - 11), but it's a 35' tire.... not sure if i'm going to run into clearance issues with that.
I'd like to make sure that whatever tire I run will be "legit" I do a fair amount of hauling, and although it's obvious i'm looking to switch to a tire with a bit more off-road prowess, I want to make sure it is still performing on the road - at speed and is safe.
I know a lot of folks on this alias are running all three of these tires, How many of you are on stock wheels?
What do you think about these options?
Thanks in advance.