285/70R17 or 265/70R17 BFG AT
I need new tires for my '04 XLT 4x4. I've got the factory 17" chrome wheels (which I actually like and am not looking to replace). I don't have a leveling kit, the setup is stock.
I think the wheels are 7.5" at the rims, so the 265 fit, and the 285 fit that rim as the absolute low end of the range, so I'm guessing they wouldn't bow up in the center.
The 285s cost a bit more than the 265s. And I think I might need to change out the brakes to handle the 285s properly. The 285 would make the truck about 0.5" taller than the 265s, which seems barely noticable. 285 have a D load range and the 265 have a C load range (I'm not sure of the numbers those represent, I plan on towing a light travel trailer at some point in the future but no more than 4500lbs with a tounge load of probably under 500lbs)
Is there a reason I would want the 285s versus the 265s?
Thanks for the help.