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2011 Tacoma: BFG All Terrains - Wavy driving?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by ShaneHD, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Oct 30, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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    I recently put on a brand new set of BFG All Terrains on my Tacoma. They were dealer bought during the buy 3 get 1 free sale.

    Is it just me or do these tires make the truck wavy? It's kind like it pulls from side to side, no more than the other. Is this an issue or something I just need to deal with?
     
  2. Oct 30, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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    I just put a set of the BFg AT's on last week, haven't noticed anything like that. Maybe take her in for an alignment?
     
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    Maybe groove hunting..... Check your tire pressure.
     
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    I don't understand your response. I just said I JUST got the BFG's put on.....
     
  7. Oct 30, 2013 at 9:13 PM
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    Valid point, but onto the topic.

    What is ur tire pressure?

    Don't go by the sticker on the doorjamb. That's for the stock tires only and its not decided solely on the size.

    Don't go by the psi on the tire sidewall either, that's the maximum allowable psi and generally reserved for heavy loads to decrease heat. Using a tire with a higher load rating will also have a corresponding higher max psi. Some LT tires can have a load rating that these trucks will never be able to handle and running the max psi can lead to a rough ride, accelerated center treadwear, and the groove hunting I spoke of aka "tramlining".

    If u want a good objective way to try and find the proper psi for your truck, Google " tire chalk line test". We can't tell u a magic number either (sadly) because each truck can be hundreds of lbs heavier bone stock due to configuration.... 4wd vs 2wd, tow package vs non, v6 vs i4, double cab vs access cab vs reg cab, long bed vs short bed, etc.
    On top of that many of us have added parts that make our trucks "ours" like different bumpers, sliders, tool boxes, extra battery, larger spare, racks, etc.

    Even worse, tire psi can vary from person to person even on the same model/configuration and tires because of weather or driving styles. I run fairly high psi in the winter so I can have a uniform footprint and really let the siping and channels do their job and resist hydroplaning. I also run higher than usual psi in summer due to my driving style (I corner kinda hard even when cruising.. If either of the Chris' who have driven with me pop in here they can vouch for it). I run fairly high to combat understeer, plus its easier on the steering during low speed sharp turns.

    I have never needed to max out the psi on my tires which have always been load range c... This may be based on not loading my truck to its max capacity tho.

    Running too much psi can lead to a rough ride and accelerated center tread wear.... Underinflation can lead to excessive understeer, lower mpg, accelerated outer tread tire wear, increased temperature, increased internal sidewall wear, and less resistance to hydroplaning.

    Let us know what the outcome is.

    I used to mount tires, hopefully some of what I said makes sense. U can always send me a private messege if u want too. I'm on my phone here 90% of the time so links are not always easy to post. If u need help with the chalkline test, I'm sure someone can link u some good articles.

    We are here to help...that's what tacomaworld is all about.
     
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    Forgot to mention.... If there's typos in my posts its generally due to the phone keyboard and fat thumbs, plus I have some neck/shoulder/back issues going on and can be medicated at times. Feel free to call me out on such typos or plain screwups so I can fix them please.
     
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    do youself a favor and get the Michelins and take the BFGs back to the dealer
     
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    my BFG's never did that even when i had one bald one...
     
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    I love my Michelin AT2s but i don' t see how your response helps the OP :confused:
     
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    i think hes suggesting better quality? :notsure:
     
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    Play with your tire pressures. I can vouch for the fact that AT tires have done this on my other trucks. It's not you imagining things, its the tires.
     
  15. Nov 2, 2013 at 5:33 PM
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    The michelin at 2s chunk in rocks in stuff so I don't see how it's rated high as an "AT" tire.
    But do you expect an AT tire to be amazing on road
    I jus recently put the BFGs on mine two days ago and they're fine just a little vibe in the steering wheel cause of the tire itself
     
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    What if the dealership converted to nitrogen?
     
  17. Dec 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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    1) Michelin makes BFG.

    2) nitrogen has nothing to do with this issue.

    3) OP, what psi are your tires set at ?
     
  18. Dec 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM
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    I checked them all and all are running at around 32psi. This is with a bit of colder weather here too...but remember they are nitrogen filled.

    I am getting quite pissed at this issue.
     
  19. Dec 26, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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    I would recommend bumping them up to 35-40psi if they are LT tires. Aside from that I would get your alignment checked.
     
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    I had the alignment done about a week after I got the BFG's put on (both done at the dealership). They did say alignment was out of whack....but if that were the case this should have fixed it.

    I will bump up the PSI and report back. These are the All-Terrain T/A KO. Still bump them up?
     

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