Well, my long hunt for new rubber is over, and boy am I tired!
Sorry that this post turned out to be wordy, but I figured I would recount the whole experience. It shouldn't take as long to read as it took to figure out the right tire and rim combo!
I wanted to go with the largest tire I could, with a nice aggressive all terrain tread. Money was a bit of an issue at first, but I knew I couldn't get through the winter with my worn stock SR/A's. I first tried a set of Motomaster Total Terrain A/T's as they were cheap and perform fairly well on the work truck, but the 245/65R17 wouldn't bolt on because it hit the rear strut mount on my RRO lifted FDII. Strike 1.
The next thought was to get a set of Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo's in a 235/65R17 as I have had them in the past and was very pleased with them. However, cash flow was still a problem, so I decided to stick with tires I could get at Canadian Tire as they are offering 12 months no payments on tires. The next best thing seemed to be a Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armour in a 235/70R17, but at 30" around I wasn't sure they would fit, and as they are not a stock tire I would incur a restocking fee if they didn't. Strike 2.
Still looking at the Silent Armour because of it's high rating on tirerack, I discovered that it was available in a 245/65R17 even though it wasn't listed on the Canadian Tire website. I started thinking about wheel spacers, but didn't really want to spend the extra money on them. I also started to think about whether a 245 treadwidth might be a bit much for the patriot in the snow. Then one day, as if by magic, I was browsing tirerack for any options I had overlooked, when I realized that I had been missing the "commercial traction" group of tires... Lo and behold the Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac ranked #1, and was available in a 225/75R16! Now I just needed to find some 16" alloy rims!
I spent some time searching the local classifieds, but most of the aftermarket rims available had too much backspacing to work on the 'Riot, and I certainly didn't want to have to buy new rims _and_ spacers. So I dug up a wheel spacer catalogue online and began searching through which other vehicles used a 5x114.3mm bolt pattern, and, for good measure, a 67.1mm centre bore. Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Tuscon both came up as good options, but when I went to the local boneyard to look at them they just didn't appeal. That's night I was out driving when I saw the rims I wanted on a taxi that was waiting to turn left... they looked Moab-ish, and I recognized the vehicle as one from my list of acceptable rims! I ran home and checked the car-part website and there were some available just around the corner, and significantly less than the Hyundai rims. And at 16x6.5 with a +40 offset, I figured they would be perfect. 10 points to whoever recognizes what vehicle they come from!
So with rims in hand I ordered some Dorman tire pressure sensors from rockauto and my new tires from Canadian Tire, and as of Friday I've been riding high on my new Duratrac 225/75R16's!
Great traction so far in the freezing snane
They are a little squeamish for steering but reviews say this dissapates in time
They do rub at the inside rear of the tire about 1/4 turn before full lock (I'll probably investigate spacers sometime in the future)
UPDATE: 25mm spacers cured rub Rub Resolved!
Clearance to the spring perch. Lots of room left... gives me hope that the 235/70R17's probably would have fit, although the rub would be worse.
A Tread pic:
More Glamour Pics:
Closeup of the new tires/rims: