All Terrain Tires

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    Thanks for the link. That is a more sophisticated calculator than the other ones I've seen online.

    Still, it assumes that the OEM tire fits outside the spring perch. As I see it, our tire sits under it.

    I went back and reread the article on the Gambler Prius. The first thing I noticed is that the tires and wheels came from a "lifted Subaru." The wheels, therefore, could have a different offset which put the tires outside of the spring perch.

    The other things I noticed were in the pics. For one, there isn't too much of the fender trimmed off. Hmmm...

    Additionally, I measured the size of the tire and compared it with the distance between the lug nuts. When I calculated this out, rather than a diameter of 29" as claimed, I came up with 27.7" - the exact diameter of a 215/75R15.

    While this is far from a scientifically precise means of calculation, I also know that I watched way too much pro rasslin' during my formative years to take everything I'm told at face value
     
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    Yes, their offerings definitely provide some inspiration :)

    For what I imagine they charge, you'd think they could at least throw in a snorkel:

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    Put a roof basket on that with a ATV spare and a few cans of gas and you've got prime /r/battlecars material.
     
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    Yes, well, admittedly, I've looked into it, and there's a Tennessee Gambler 500 just a few hours away :: sheepish grin ::

    As for the spare, wouldn't it be better in the rear, for the sake of fuel economy? This is one of those annoying, tree-hugger Prii, after all.

    Returning to the tire question, Walmart offers a Kumho AT51 in 31/10.5r15 for $123.21

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    According to the Kumho website, it is Severe Service rated for winter. At 30.5" diameter, it is the largest tire that is recommended for the 6" wide OEM wheels.

    Next up: wheels spacers, sawzall, fender flares?
     
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    Not sure what you hope to achieve, the stock tire size is fine for gravel roads (I commuted in my Prius down dirt roads to a copper mine for a year). Get ready to have a lot of tire hum on the highway. I really don't think you will be able to fit a 31", even if you could you would have almost zero travel whereas the stock suspension/tire has a ton. Also the higher you lift the faster you will go through CV joints.
     
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    With the 40mm lift, full travel would be likely for anything up to 27.5". You have a good point about putting the corners on a high point and making measurements :: rubs chin ponderingly ::
     
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    I can envision a few possible options:
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    Driving off-road with a Prius, and beefing it up with some off-road tires? I would instead a more appropriate vehicle, say a Jeep Wrangler.
     
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    I mean, my Prius needs a lot of throttle just to get up car ramps to change the oil. It's definitely not made for crawling. It can get you down a rough gravel road if you know where to put your wheels and beware that the oil pan is completely exposed. I take mine down some roads that I really shouldn't because I use it to tow my dirt bike to staging areas. For the money you spent you could just get a cheap samurai or geo tracker and have a lot more fun. I abuse the crap out of my Prius, but I stay on the side of the line that won't wreck the car.

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    Of course I was thinking of something else entirely :whistle: : The "Send Nudes" Prius | PriusChat
     
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    Yes, I was thinking the same thing. Only thing is that when I posted on pirate4x4 about where to find a Hybrid Synergy Drive add-on kit for my CJ, they sent me over here
     
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    well all the power to you, my advice: no on snow tires, they're way too soft of a compound. We punctured a snow tire on my friends GC a couple miles into a gravel road last year. They're meant for winter and believe it or not...snow. Also wouldn't recommend a 6 ply LT tire, the carcass would be way too stiff so you're going to have a lot of unnecessary weight and weight ruining the ride.
     
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    I've made quite a number of comments in that thread. I'm pretty sure he's doing that for all the reasons I listed.
     
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