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It all depends on what look you want but based on experience I would never put a 285/50 on a 4x4 truck like ours. I say that because mine had that size when I bought it and they are so short it makes the truck look funny (1.75" shorter than stock). Looks like it needs bigger tires....cuz it does, lol. This isn't a great pic (cell phone) but it's the best one I have before I put on new 275/60 Cooper Zeon LTZ.



And after with the Coopers. It's even more noticeable in person.



Also, just for your info....275/65/20 is also a great size for these trucks. About an inch taller than stock and really fills the wheel well nicely without looking stuffed and fits with no level or spacers required. I do believe all the tires in that size are LT tires though so they are a little more expensive.

But back to your original two sizes...the stock size hands down. And they are even cheaper....hell yeah! Lol.
 

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I just had 275/65R20s put on, the Cooper Zeon LTZs. They are about 1" taller than stock and fit perfectly. I do have a level kit, but they would fit fine on a stock ride height as well.
 

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I don't want to lose any height, and I want the tire well filled as much as possible. Thanks!
The 275/60 will look much better than the 285/50 and I think the 275/65 actually looks the best of all three. I don't think the tire you want is available in that size but there are several other good tires that are. Two of the best in my opinion are the Cooper Zeon LTZ and the Nitto Terra Grappler. Good luck with your decision!!

I just had 275/65R20s put on, the Cooper Zeon LTZs. They are about 1" taller than stock and fit perfectly. I do have a level kit, but they would fit fine on a stock ride height as well.
Best I remember you owe us some pics, lol!!!!

I thought Cooper had the 275/60-20 ?? I don't want to pay to have my computer changed on my truck that costs $80.00. Don't want the speedo off
Like Trucks n Guns said, Cooper offers both though the 275/65 is a LT tire and is a little more expensive. As for your speedo.....going to a 275/65 vs. the stock 275/60 would make it read 1.9 MPH too slow at 60 MPH.
 

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The 275/60 will look much better than the 285/50 and I think the 275/65 actually looks the best of all three. I don't think the tire you want is available in that size but there are several other good tires that are. Two of the best in my opinion are the Cooper Zeon LTZ and the Nitto Terra Grappler. Good luck with your decision!!



Best I remember you owe us some pics, lol!!!!



Like Trucks n Guns said, Cooper offers both though the 275/65 is a LT tire and is a little more expensive. As for your speedo.....going to a 275/65 vs. the stock 275/60 would make it read 1.9 MPH too slow at 60 MPH.

So this would be the best size? http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/ti...bmitProductSize.do?r=FLOINT|pc|32837&pc=18674

I'm probably sounding like an idiot for asking so many questions, but why is an LT more expensive?
 

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No, not at all. Just glad we can help. "P" stands for passenger tire. "LT" stands for light truck tire. Now you might be thinking "Well I need LT tires on my truck, right?" Ehhhh, maybe, maybe not. LT tires are basically thicker, stronger, and slightly less flexible so that they can handle significantly higher pressure and have a higher load index or weight handling capacity. Think of it as heavy duty. The only people that really NEED LT tires are people that tow or haul considerable weight on a regular basis. I would guess the majority of half-ton trucks on the road have P tires and the vast majority if not all new half tons are sold from the dealer with P tires. There is nothing wrong with running P tires on a half ton pickup if you don't need LT tires. By the same token, there is nothing wrong with running LT tires even if you don't need them. You are very unlikely to tell the difference from behind the steering wheel in every day driving. But that is why they are more expensive.

As to whether 275/60 or 275/65 is best for you....I would guess it's going to come down to appearance. Unless you tow a large boat or trailer or similar or routinely haul mulch or rock or whatever with your truck, you don't NEED an LT tire. If that is the case, the only benefit to the 275/65 for you is that it is slightly taller and fills the wheel well a little more. If you have a need for the LT rating or if you think you might want to level the front of your truck and if you can afford the price difference, I would go with the 275/65. If you do not have a need for the LT rating and aren't going to level it and/or price is a big factor, go with the stock 275/60.

If you google image search "Dodge Ram 275/65/20" you can find some trucks with them to see what they look like. Just be sure to read the article or forum thoroughly because it will bring up a lot of results where that size tire is mentioned but not what is on the truck in the photo.
 
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