Okay, aside from clearance issues and gearing (I'll address that later) what the opinion around here on tire size? I couldn't find much on 315's here, and I don't really want to ask on TTORA, because I'm anticipating carrying more stuff than most of those guys do.
My truck is an '03 DC, V6. I've had it for about 2 months now, and I'm far from thrilled with the way that my current tires are performing in the snow. I've narrowed my tire search down to Goodyear's, still wavering on the DuraTrac vs. MT/R Kevlar's, but that's not my question. I know a lot of guys on here run the DuraTrac's and love them. I would love something more like a 33 or 34 x 10 or 11, but Goodyear doesn't believe in those sizes, so I'm choosing between 285/75/16's and 315/75/16's.
My question is more towards experience with running either size, fitment issues, accelerated wear on steering and drive parts, etc. I'm willing to do the work to clear 315's if the truck will handle it. Basically, where I'm looking at it from is this: if I'm buying a new set of tires, and I'm going to have to do some work to clear either size, but it seems natural to want to clear the biggest set I can. The truck came with aftermarket rims on it, they're 8" wide, so the 315's should mount up okay, from what I've heard.
The truck is my DD, with family expo trips in the works. Currently running 265/75's, from what I can tell, there is a 2" spacer lift on the front end, and an AAL in the rear. I know it's far from ideal, and I will address that according to what I decide on tires, but Montana winter is forcing my hand to decide sooner on tires. I love the way a big pair of shoes looks on these trucks, so I'm leaning towards the 315's, but I'd love to hear some thoughts, opinions, and better yet experiences first. Thanks guys-