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265/55R17 replacement options

I just bought a 2001 2WD Crew Cab SC with the impossible to find 265/55R17 tires. Whoever had the truck before me put on some Kumho Ecsta 265/60R17's. They seem to work fine and look good but they are just as hard to find as the stock size! I am hoping to get some feedback on what other people are running in place of these on their 2wd trucks. I've noticed that some are using 265/70R17 at least on the 4WD models. That seems to be a pretty common/popular size and I wouldn't mind switching to it but I'm not sure if the 2WD models have enough clearance for that much bigger of a tire. Anyway, any suggestions would be appreciated.

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i wouldn`t install 265/70r17 as they are just too big (almost 3 inches taller than stock)
Your speedo will read 6 mph slower than your real speed and your truck will loose a fair amount of acceleration... but if you want it to look like that it can be fitted with minimal trimming

245/60R17 would fit, same od, 20mm thinner so less turning effort.
michelins are available p/n 50991

also 255/60r17 is within the range of the stock o.d.
marshalls, michelins, yokos and some other brands seems available in this size

stock 265/55r17 o.d. 28.47in
245/60r17 o.d. is 28.57in
255/60R17 o.d. is 29.04in
265/70r17 o.d. is 31.60in
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Thanks for all of the info. That will definitely gives me some better options to look at. You just saved me lots of legwork and time. I wouldn't even mind staying with the stock size but I'm not real crazy about paying $200 per tire to do it. Thanks again.
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I still run the stock 255/65/16's on my 02 DR and am looking to move up to a 70 series this month. I'll likely keep the 255 tread width as it seems to be a good compromise with wide traction/good looks and acceptable MPG/handling.

I considered moving to a 265/70/16 but am concerned about rubbing as well as loss in MPG/handling/acceleration.

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Was 2001 the only year that Nissan made these weird 17" sizes stock on the SC trucks?
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Was 2001 the only year that Nissan made these weird 17" sizes stock on the SC trucks?
In 02 they changed to the higher profile 265/65/17 on the SC, which makes me think that size would be OK on an 01 as I doubt they changed the suspension very much.

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P265/55R-17 was stock on SC 2WD and 4WD in 2001
P265/55R-17 was stock on SC 2WD 2002 - 2004
P265/65R-17 was stock on SC 4WD 2002 - 2004

I run P255/60R-17 on my SC 2WD 2003

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Thanks for all the input. Forums like this can be more valuable than any other tool you can buy to work on your vehicle. There always seems to be info in these forums that can't be found anywhere else.
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The cost will probably be pretty close to the cost of the Firehawks. If you find that that is so then I'd stick w/the stock tire.

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