slippery slope....................changing from the stock tire/ wheel configuration will affect performance (poorer), increase wear and tear on your parts and cause your NEED to upgrade power components just to keep up with the Jones. why bother? I run pretty much stock, but that is pretty boring and lame in some eyes.
28's will fit.I've got 27" on my rancher and they are right you do lose some but they are lite compaired to most other mud tires. I love the heck out of them. its not so much the weight but height where power is robbed you lose gearing. My lose was not a lot and I use them in gumbo mud, rocks and sand. My sisters forman has 27" mud lite XTRs and dose just fine.