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Browsing tires- type and size for stock 2011?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by LR45, Mar 3, 2018.

  1. Mar 3, 2018 at 8:49 AM
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    LR45

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    Hey guys, I did a search, but you know how many random results can pop up! :eek:

    So I have a stock 2011 TRD Sport DCSB. Still have the original Firestone Destination LE2 (if I remember correctly) tires on it, and they still have a lot of life left. They're mounted on the OEM wheels. I have been shopping for a bit better of a tire.

    First, size. I found this thread on 265/65/17 vs 265/70/17, but the truck in question is a 2018 model. Am I still good-to-go with a 70 on my truck if I wanted to? (No lift/level kit on it)

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/265-65-17-vs-265-70-17.535093/#post-17228569

    Second, I'm looking for an All-Season that won't break the bank, if possible. I don't do off-road stuff, just occasional dirt roads and some minor muddy areas. We get occasional snow, usually light, and ice in our area so I would like something that would handle that well. I would love to have a cool, aggressive looking tire on my truck, but it sadly seems I would benefit more from an All-Season.

    These Kumho Crugens seem to get great reviews and only seem to lack in the off-road (for obvious reasons) area, which isn't a concern for me. Tread life seems good, too. Any reason to not go with something like this over, say, a Michelin Defender LTX, for example?

    https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tire...5TR7HT51&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes

    I realize everyone probably gets tired of the "Oh no, not another 'Which tire for me?'" thread, so I do appreciate the feedback!


    ETA: Guess I should clarify...of course EVERYone wants to save money, however, I certainly can go for a better tire! Safety is first priority.
     
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  2. Mar 3, 2018 at 9:05 AM
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    The Real Moondog

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    Hey Bro, good to see you are putting some deep yet realistic thought into the type tire you need. First, the same tires that fit the 3rd gens will also fit the second. I had a 2011 Sport and now have a 2017 OR. Here is a link to the maximum tire size that will fit each generation Tacoma without a lift. https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/largest-tacoma-tire-sizes-on-stock-suspension.67550/.

    I always prefer an AT tire, even if it is a very light AT tire because you just never know. But, if you really only want an all season tire, you have tons of options. I would say do your research, read some reviews, and choose the tire that fits your practical needs and budget. Tiresize.com is a great place to start for research. Discount Tire Direct has always treated me and many others well. Tires are so much better these days so it is hard to go wrong unless you go ultra cheap. I bought my daughter and her husband some Kumho tires for their Jetta and they performed very well. I also put a set on my son’s Mazda3 and they performed great as well. Kumho is kind of like a well kept tire secret. They are an above average tire for a below average price. But, I’d still shop around and read reviews and get what works for you. Falken also makes very good lower priced tires and you get far more than lower priced performance. Cooper is another tire that performs extremely well for lower prices. Another lower priced tire that my family used to run on their 18 wheelers was Sumitomo. Best of luck to you and keep us on the loop!
     
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  3. Mar 3, 2018 at 9:10 AM
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    TRM, hey, thanks for the reply! As you can tell, I don't spend a ton of time on this forum, and I certainly wasn't familiar with the tire size link- thanks for posting that!

    Also, it's good to have feedback from others as you get a lot of thoughts and ideas that may haven't been considered. The "you never know" idea actually makes a lot of sense! It would suck to have to wind up off the paved highway and have to get thru some crud to get home. I think I'll open my search to some of the AT tires. I don't drive my truck a lot, so they should last quite a while. It's a 2011 and has about 44k miles. I did buy it in 2016, however, but yep, don't put tons of miles on it.
     
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  4. Mar 3, 2018 at 9:13 AM
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    I mentioned the AT because I didn’t plan on wheeling my 11 Sport much when I got it but literally almost got stuck on a logging road that at first didn’t look bad. I went to a light AT tire and the difference was night and day. Check out some of the AT options and you will like what you see. Also, I think they also make the truck look better as an added bonus! Best of luck....
     
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  5. Mar 3, 2018 at 9:16 AM
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    No kidding... several guys at work have Tacos. One has a 2017/18, I forget, and has some nice looking tires. Walking out and looking at his, then looking at mine with weenie tires is, well...ugh. :D
     
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  6. Mar 4, 2018 at 7:56 AM
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    So I've been sitting in my hotel with nothing but time on my hands, and researching tires out the wazoo. You guys know way more than I do, so can you review/critique my choices? From my reading, I'm going with lighter tires as I don't go off-road and don't need heavy beasts.

    As I'm now looking at AT tires that offer good on-road performance, ride, noise level, etc., the two I'm looking at are:

    - General Grabber AT2 (265 /70 R17 115S SL OWL)
    - Hankook Dynapro ATM RF10 (P 265 /70 R17 113T SL OWL)

    Walmart actually has the Dynapros for $114 right now. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hankook-Dynapro-ATM-RF10-All-Terrain-Tire-265-70R17-113T/17792289

    Ride noise seems to favor the Dynapro. Warranty favors the Grabber. Grabber also gets the better tread grade of 640 vs 560, however, I'm guessing these may be the last tires I buy for the truck the way I drive it. Weight wise they're 40 and 42 lbs, so nearly identical.

    I also threw the Falken Wildpeaks in due to the great reviews from folks here, but they are pretty heavy @ 47lbs.

    FYI, I used Discount Tire for the comparison on specs.
     
  7. Mar 4, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    Nothing wrong with either tire you chose. I would add that the Grabber AT2 is being replaced this month by the ATx so I’d favor the newer tire. The Grabber is going to be much more aggressive than the Hankook, which is more road friendly.
     
  8. Mar 4, 2018 at 3:16 PM
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    Ok, thanks man! I've been reading thru the Grabber ATX thread. Will be interesting to see where it falls with its price point.
     
  9. Mar 5, 2018 at 7:13 AM
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    LR45,

    As mentioned there are many solid choices in All-Terrain tires these days. Which tire is best for you depends on your driving conditions where you live and what you are looking for in your next set of tires. We would be happy to help you with your selection if you need some assistance.
     
  10. Mar 5, 2018 at 7:15 AM
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    I would stick to the stock size and use a Michelin Defender or the Michelin AT2 if you want a all terrain tire
     
  11. Mar 5, 2018 at 4:03 PM
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    Welp, got some tires ordered (Discount Tire)! Through some reading, PMs, and videos, I actually ended up going with Falken Wildpeak A/T3W. Really excited to have a nice set of tires for my truck. In my whole life, never have I ever researched tires for my vehicles. I always call a few shops and ask for whatever's cheapest.

    Thanks to all who've helped answer questions and give advice. Much appreciated!
     
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    Timely thread here, was going to ask about tires myself. My question is about changing the size. Right now, my 2011 Dbl cab 4x4 has 245/75-16's on the factory alloy 16x7 wheels. Using a tire comparator, I can keep the same rolling diameter and go a bit wider with a 265/70-16, or I could go 1.2" larger in diameter with a 265/75-16. That only raises the truck a tad over half an inch, but it throws the speedo off 3.8% (60mph indicated is 62.3mph. Still, not much, and I like the slightly taller tire. Will 265's do okay on the stock wheels?
     
  13. Mar 5, 2018 at 6:52 PM
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    Yes, they will be fine.
     
  14. Mar 6, 2018 at 8:21 AM
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    Thank you for your support. It's nice to take your time and research what tire fits your needs best.

    Both of the tire sizes you mention will fit on a 6.5 to 9-inch wide wheel.
     
  15. Mar 11, 2018 at 6:49 AM
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    Very convenient and timely thread. My 2011 Taco still has the factory Dunlop Grand Trek AT20 P265/65R17. After 78K I'm in the market for replacements. I have Bridge stone Dueler AT P265/70R17 on a 2007 4Runner and I really like the look and performance. I may upgrade with them on my Taco, but looking at all the other options.
     
  16. Mar 11, 2018 at 5:16 PM
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    The A/Tx just arrived. will be installing tomorrow. But first impressions are good. It was about a $100 less per tire than the KO2's with a discount through my shop so for me it was a no brainer

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  17. Mar 22, 2018 at 10:37 AM
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    Might have to get these for my '16 Sport when it comes time for new tires. Surprising how there are only two SOLID white letter tire options out there.
     

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