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Best Tires for decent mileage

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dmarucci, Mar 14, 2019 at 9:53 AM.

  1. Mar 14, 2019 at 9:53 AM
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    dmarucci

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    Hey guys, been lurking around for a while. I have a 2010 4WD Tacoma Long bed (the SR5, but not the TRD). It's got about 180,000 on it. It's getting to be time for the 3rd set of tires. The factory set took me to 66,000. The 2nd set, BFG T/A KOs took me to where I am now (yes, my tires are 6 years old and have just about 115,000 miles on them). I don't ever hope to achieve 115,000 miles out of another set of tires. They'll still be legal for another 5k at least.

    Can anybody suggest a set of tires that are available now that will give good off road traction (shallow sand and snow, some light mud, nothing real aggressive), and still give a decent tread life? I've heard the KO2s don't wear nearly as long as the KOs did. I'm leaning towards the Wrangler Duratrac LT245/75 R16.

    As a side note, how many times have you adjusted your valves if you're near 200K. Mine are still clicking (they have since day 1) so I'm guessing the gaps are still sufficient.

    Dan___
     
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    Highway rated allseasons would do you well, dedicated winters for the winter. I ran all seasons for a while and they get really good mpg
     
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    Welcome to the site. I currently have Duratracs and have about 45K on them and looks like they can go another 10K. For an AT tire, they sound like mud tires so if you like quiet, I'd stay away from them. Aside from that, they have been great all around. I've read Firestone Destinations AT's are great as well as Cooper AT3's which I've had but not for too long as I sold the wheels along with the tires. For the 15K miles I had it, they were very good on road and decent off road.

    Also have K02's on the 4Runner and they are quieter than the Duratracs. Have about 60K miles and I'm sure can go another 10K as well.
     
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    OK... fine. Ill say it.

    Michelin Defender LTX M/S. They will do everything OP wants and are easily the best on-road truck tire available. They have low rolling resistance and are lightweight. 70k treadwear warranty and many examples of 80-90k sets out there.

    There is a reason that people who aren't stuck on having tires with decorative sidewalls recommend Michelin's.
     
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    I have high hopes for the Continental Terrain Contact A/T set I had put on yesterday. (265-75-16) I’m going to Craig, Colorado then on to Moab on 4/1. I’ll post a trip report when I get back.
     
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    Stick w the ones that got you over 100k. Mine never seem to get past 45-50k.
     
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    Michelin LTX A/T will last for long definitely. On "small" trucks like Tacoma's you should get 100k with these tires. I have mine on the truck for past 43k miles and they are probably still have like 65-70% of tread. Since I drive less then 10k miles per year I will be probably replacing these tires more due the life span then tread wear.
     
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    I'll second this. I am running BFG KO2's now, but I had a set of these before. They are great if you want good MPG's and wear.
     
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    this.

    good luck finding a 265/75R16 in a non LT though... thats my problem right now.
     
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    Yes. I have Michelin LTX AT2s on my truck. With over 30,000 miles on them, theres still a lot of tread left. I bet I'll get well over 70,000 mi at this rate.--I only drive about 10k a year like you--so I'll be replacing due to time rather than wear it appears.

    It's a long story, but I ended up with D rated LT tires--I didn't see a change in mpg from the original crappy Dunlops for some reason. They are heavier but maybe better rolling resistance.? I also believe they have a deeper tread than the P rated ones. I'm very happy with tires after having them for over three years.
     

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