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Best highway tires for second gen (oem size)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by supralight, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Oct 29, 2011 at 9:43 AM
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    supralight

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    What do you think is the best highway tire for these requirements:

    - fuel economy
    - durability
    - price vs quality
     
  2. Oct 29, 2011 at 10:05 AM
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    I went with Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza. Pretty quiet, nice ride, long mileage life.
     
  3. Oct 29, 2011 at 11:21 AM
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    Have you noticed any fuel economy increase with those?
     
  4. Oct 29, 2011 at 1:06 PM
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    I really did not pay attention to that, sorry.
     
  5. Oct 29, 2011 at 4:43 PM
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    My father has a set of Michelin LTX MS2 on his Ranger, and he likes them so much, he got a set of them installed on my Mom's Highlander. Quiet, 80K treadwear, and because of all the sipes, they're even decent in snow.
     
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    Thats what i got, bought 4 of them from tirerack a month or so ago because they had 100 dollar rebate deal on em.
     
  7. Oct 29, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    I've heard nothing but rave reviews about the MS2s. If I were running highway tires, they would be my only consideration.
     
  8. Oct 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM
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    I ran Michelin LTX M/S on my 98 Tacoma for 110,000 miles. I now own a 2011 Tacoma, I Recently replaced the OEM Dunlop Grand Trek tires at 1300 miles because they were so bad, with Michelin LTX M/S2. They made it into a whole new truck. I truly do not think there is a better highway tire for a truck. They have excellent handling, great durability and probably a little extra fuel mileage. I live on a backroad hill with a fair amount of snow in winter. I feel confident of getting through with the Michelins. If confidence has a price tag, then the Michelins are worth every penny.

    I did jump from the 245X75-16 OEM to 265X70-16. This is almost exact hieght as OEM, but I think it corners better because of it.
     
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    I recommend the Michelin LTX MS2s.

    And price vs. quality--you usually get what you pay for...
     
  10. Oct 29, 2011 at 5:12 PM
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    I used to work for Firestone back in the day. Our number one selling tires were the Firestone Destination LE's. Great highway tread pattern, very stable in cornering and very comfortable noise levels. It also shares the same technology with the Bridgestone Dueler's (UNIT-T Technology), which translates to a better "rounder" design and overall better wet-weather performance. They are especially good in the rain and you can even take them up in the snow (all-season). They come with a 60,000 limited tread life warranty and you can usually have the option of black or white letters. I've had customers that went over 100k on them EASY.

    Furthermore, they have the best "price for what you get" in the market. Great handling, stability, wet-weather capabilities and comfort for a reasonable price. You can probably pick up a set for around $500-700. Shop around.
     
  11. Oct 29, 2011 at 6:24 PM
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    I agree with you on the Michelins except I have always got close to two more mpgs with 245x75x16s over the 265x70x16s.The extra width creates a little more drag.Ever notice how much less effort it takes to petal a bycycle with narrow tires compared to wider balloon tires? Go to thetirerack.com and look for LRR {low rolling resistance}tires.
     
  12. Oct 29, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    I have MS2's with 40k miles and they have been great.
     
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    265/70-16. I would have gone to 265/75-16 if they were in stock.
     
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    On my previous 07 Taco I had Michelin LTX M/S2...Great tires. But on my new 08 Taco I put on Michelin LTX A/T2. The A/T2 has a bit beefier tread but it has a stiffer sidewall. I do almost all hwy driving and get better fuel economy with A/T2, with the added bonus of a better all-terrain tread option.
     
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    WV150, I chose to loose a little gas mileage in order to gain in cornering and overall stability. Almost every aspect of tire choice is a tradeoff. I feel I chose correctly for myself only.

    Doc SS. I went with the 265x70-16 to keep speedometer accuaracy and to lessen the wander and overall poor handling I was experiencing with the Dunlops. My budget did not allow for experimentaion.

    The choice of the Michelins and the size I chose have made my Regular cab 4X4 handle like a go cart. I smile going through every curve.
     
  16. Oct 30, 2011 at 7:51 AM
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    I agree with you wolftree that the 265x70x16 handles better,looks better and rides better and the diameter is the same but if one is looking for a mpg gain the 245x75-16 would be the best choice.I have a reg cab also and may get the 265x70x16s when I have to replace them because I do not put a lot of miles on my truck.Two mpg makes little difference in a year when you only drive it 8,000 or 10,000 miles a year.If I was driving 45,000 a year like I did while I was working I would go for the 245x75x16.
     
  17. Oct 30, 2011 at 8:25 AM
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    'I Recently replaced the OEM Dunlop Grand Trek tires at 1300 miles because they were so bad, with Michelin LTX M/S2.'

    my oem dunlop took me up to 90k + with no problemo :rolleyes:
     
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    I love my AT2s. And Michelins last forever, offsetting the inital cost. You may be able to find the $70 of deal they do pretty often, especially in fall.
     
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