yes, the tires will go on the black 16' wheels for my G500. According to the tire specs the 295/75R16 BFG AT has a circumference of 2570 mm = 32.21" diameter. It should fit just fine without any lift. I don't plan on using any taller/stiffer springs - if needed I'll ad trip packers of 2". I primarely want to retain the ride quality I have now.
It was about 50 years ago when the "ply-rating" meant something on bias ply tires. 6-ply was considered stronger than 4-ply.
We have moved on to radial tires. Super strong steel belted thread area - soft, textile cord (vulnerable) sidewalls. Off-road reqires strong sidewalls.
I know from first hand experience that an unmounted BFG 3-ply sidewall tire has softer sidewalls (quieter, more comfortable) than the early Goodyear MT with a 2-ply sidewall (strong, inflexible, loud, uncomfortable). And the 2-ply GY was less prone to sidewall punctures than the 3-ply BFG.
Now, the GY MT (2-ply) has been replaced by the GY MTR (3-ply) and it is supposed to be even more puncture resistant. The BFG has retained its 3-ply sidewall and has improved considerably in durability.
Main thing I wanted to get across was, that the number of plies does not tell you anything. Are three very thin (flexible) plies stronger than 2 very thick plies? Depends on the materials unsed. Could be - but no guarantee. 2 Kevlar plies would probably beat 3 nylon cord plies.
Goodyear could have built the new MTR with only 2 plies, as strong or stronger than BFG's 3 plies. They decided to use 3 plies more as a marketing tool because too many buyers just go by numbers and the "3 must be better than 2" philosophy. Duh!
Harold, you should really like the new GY AT tire with SilentArmor. These tires have a kevlar layer among the steel belts (2). The sidewall is 2 plies, but uses the same technology as GY MT/R (aka Durawall).
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