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Old 02-25-2011, 11:19 AM   #1
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Thoughts on new tire setup?

My tires are balding and need to be replaced asap. I was thinking about getting the Kumho Road Ventures SAT KL61 in 285/75/16. I will be using the stock TRD 16" rims from the 2nd gen tacos.


(before the lift)

I've thought about getting the Goodyear Wrangler Dura's but it's more aggressive than I need. I don't get off road often if at all. I think the KL61 is a good combo for on-road/off-road without sacrificing much for either. I don't want a plain highway tire on a lifted truck.
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/survey....jsp?type=ORAT


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As far as rubbing I don't think I'll have any? I have ICON extended travel C/O, TC UCAs, and SpiderTrax 1.25 spacers. Anyone know what I should expect on MPG loss? Current tire setup is 265/70/16 (whatever brand stockers were on 05's.) Is there anything else I should be worried about with 285s on my truck?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:21 AM   #2
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are you v6 or 4cyl?
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:34 AM   #3
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Old 02-25-2011, 11:45 AM   #4
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so do you have 4.56 gears? if you're on 4.10's I would think twice about going up to 285's without regearing first.
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:26 PM   #5
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Stock gearing. I used this calculator tire size calculator and thought that since it was in the green I was all good. I don't know if I can afford to regear right now, it usually costs about 500 right? Maybe I should just stick with the 265, seems like 275 isn't a very common size.
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Personally those tires are wayyy to conservative for my taste. If price is a concern I'd at bare minimum put some General grabbers on in a smaller size like 265/75/16. That will get you a semi-aggressive tire for just a little more than those Kumhos. Plus they've got great reviews and they aren't made in Tawaii, Korea, or Thailand.
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Would I actually benefit from the "E" load rating vs. the "C" load rating? Most I haul is if someone's moving (i.e. refigerator, washer, dryer, sofa) and that doesn't happen too often. The rest of the time I just fish in my free time. A couple rods, buckets, tackle box don't weight much.
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"E" rated tires will cost more, hurt your fuel economy, ride stiffer and have a load rating that far exceeds the load capacity of your truck. I don't see any benefit to that! "C" rated tires will be more than adequate. You would probably be fine with P rated unless you travel roads with some gnarly gravel on them. You do get a tougher tire carcass with the higher rating.
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Would I actually benefit from the "E" load rating

Not unless you have a Dodge Ram 2500 diesel quad cab pulling a double axle trailer....
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With stock gearing (could be 4.10 or 4.56) and that 4 cyl you will be hurting power wise. I would definitely try to regear to 4.88 before going to 33's, otherwise stick with 265's.
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Thanks for the input guys. I think I'll stick to 265 until I can regear. Might go with 265/75/16 to get a little extra width on the stance and make a personal deciscion on the Kumhos or say screw it and go with the GYW Duratracs. Thank you all again.
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I had Kumho RV's on on 1 ton Super Duty that was my old tow rig. They were a good all around tire but I don't know if they would have been good for much off road. I never too it on anything other than dirt roads. They did great in snow and mud but they were also on a big, heavy truck so I can't say how they would do on a Taco.
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Take a look at the Hankook Dynapro ATM's. I'm running 265/75r16's in the P rated version. They're only 6 lbs each heavier than the 245's Dunlops that come on the stock base models. They have a nice aggressive tread. Also I've had mine offroad three times in the last few months and I have hauled a fridge in the truck. Great tire. Got them from DiscountTireDirect.com.
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