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Old 12-15-2007, 07:21 AM   #1
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So many tires, so hard to choose. Weigh in on these pls?

I'm not sure if this will help or make me more frustrated, but since I'm frustrated already, I don't suppose it will hurt. I know what I want in a tire, I know what I like in a tire, I've read reviews on all of these or they wouldn't have made the list. What I'm looking for are opinions on these from y'all. Which tire would you choose and why? Here's some background:

They need to perform well in snow and rain, this is my daily driver with some off-road adventures, but not as many recently....sigh. I'm not buying these right away (Hubby gets the next mod), so I can save up if something more pricey wins, but I'd really rather go with something not crazy (or at least "not crazy" in my world!) Oh, and I would really like some road song...I really miss that..... Here's four divisions by price.

I can live with the price:

Firestone Destination AT
General Grabber AT2
Bridgestone Deuler AT RH/S

Moving into the top of my price comfort zone:

Bridgestone AT Revo

What the hell, let's mortgage the house:

BF TA KO

Have no real pricing info or reviews on these last (couldn't find any):

Cooper Discoverer STT or Radial LT


And this is the SHORT list. If anyone is still awake after this book, tell me what you think please! Thank you!
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all good choices. assuming you are keeping your stock rims. i would stick close to stock tire size. i believe its a 245/75/16
http://www.tirerack.com/
http://www.1010tires.com/TireSizeCalculator.asp
imo the firestone is the best.
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Stock for me is 265/65/17. I'm hoping to have the 3" Toytec lift installed in the next month or so and was eventually going to go with 265/70/17s. Keeping the stock rims for now since the cost of new wheels is not an option any time soon unless I find a good tire/wheel package deal. Thanks!
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Old 12-15-2007, 01:04 PM   #5
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charli,

i would go with a taller tire when you get the 3" lift. here is a pic of my truck just after the 3" lift with the a tire that is the same height as stock.... wheel well looks really big.
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Old 12-15-2007, 02:34 PM   #6
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Hmmmm...it does look big. What size would you suggest that wouldn't cause rubbing issues? I was under the impression that the 265/70 was the largest I could go (although "How big can I go" seems to be the eternal question on the forum! lol!) from various posts and Toytec's website. I certainly wouldn't complain about going taller....*grin*
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I know guys with Tacos that won't run anything but BGF's AT KO's, but really all the tires on your list will do fine, I am a Cooper tire fan, good tire at a fair price, although just today I saw the Firestone Destination AT's on a front wheel drive Ford Escape motor through a frozen, icy, snow laden, jobsite with ease. props to Firestone, I thought for sure I was going to have to yank that shit out of my way.
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after the 3" lift, i would recomend running 32's or 33's, i'm running 33's. and i also am running coopers and love them.

as far as what size those are, i'm not 100% sure... but i think on 17 rim, 33's would be a 285/70 R 17...
for me it's 285/75 R16
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just understand you cant run 33's on stock rims.
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:12 PM   #10
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Grabber At2

The General Grabber AT2 is an excellent choice.I am on my second set(a set being 4).The first pair I bought was from Sears just called General All Terrains, they lasted 60,000mi. (many people would have run them 10k more).The second set I had Wal-Mart order 265-70/16s for I think $120.00 ea. including mount and balance.Just what your looking for I believe.
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The General Grabber AT2 is an excellent choice.I am on my second set(a set being 4).The first pair I bought was from Sears just called General All Terrains, they lasted 60,000mi. (many people would have run them 10k more).The second set I had Wal-Mart order 265-70/16s for I think $120.00 ea. including mount and balance.Just what your looking for I believe.
The first set was 265-75/16s and they rubbed a little tiny bit at full turn and a little more rub with turn and suspension compression.~01 TRD Dbl Cab.
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Thanks guys! I'm rather partial to the General Grabbers myself since they seem to have everything I wanted, including the price!

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just understand you cant run 33's on stock rims.
Thanks rick! You confirm what I had heard. I may just have to hold off until I can afford wheels too.
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But then the Coopers on L Jackson's are awful pretty too.....
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Thanks Charli,

i forget what the shop originally wanted for my tires, we were talking total prices for tires, allignment, and some other stuff and i was on a budget so i was pickin and choosing what i was gonna get and he ended up giving me a "deal" for all 4 tires, ballanced, installed, the whole deal for $801. I think he origally wanted 850 or 875 + tax....

i found out the hard way when you get big tires you pay big bucks
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I've just been looking online so far, but I should probably check out a few tire shops as well for ideas and prices. I have to agree with you on the big tires/big bucks part! And I'm not even going all that big yet! Thanks again.
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just understand you cant run 33's on stock rims.
i believe you can if you use spacers
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all im gonna say is bridgestone dueler a/t revo's!!!!
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I know I push them alot, but I have and really like the destination AT's. They are very reasonably priced, KICK ASS off road, on road, in rain and snow, and they look good. But they aren't loud if you want tire noise.

I'm currently running them in size 265/70/16 (stock) and in the spring I'll either be getting the destination m/t or at in a larger size to accomadate my 3" lift.
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i just got 4 - 35's mounted and balanced for $520 trail mark APR's ... look like old bfg AT... cheaper and last a long time... i have 2 sets for tacomas(35x12.5x15)...my gf's dad has a set on his taco (31x10.5x15 stock rim on 00 taco)...have a set on my moms dodge ram 2500 (315-75-16) with around 20,000 on them no signs of wear
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Thanks guys!

TacoZilla--I haven't seen TrailMark around here--what nationwide retailers or websites might have those? I googled 'em but came up empty.
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