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Damn you KO2s

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Dr. Emmett Brown, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:03 AM
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    Dr. Emmett Brown

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    Damn things are either out of balance again, out of round, or a weight fell off.

    Not sure when I started feeling the vibes throughout the truck, maybe a month or so ago, but it feels like an unbalanced tire.

    Is this common? I've seen thread about the KO2s being a bitch to balance but wtf. Everyone runs these things!

    I'm pretty sure it's the tires, by the way. Vibes don't go away in 4wd so not the bearing.
    I know what driveline vibes feel like and it ain't that.

    I bought the tires at sams club but didn't have them mount and balance because I wanted my other shop to do that, so samsclub voided my warranty. Lol.

    The shop that installed them told s to bring them back in and they'd be happy to take a look. At least the shop is awesome about everything. We had trouble with one of the tires initially so he said it's probably that same tire.


    Any suggestions? Should I buy a new tire to replace that one and run that as my spare? Spare is currently the stock tire
     
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  2. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:07 AM
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    windsor

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    Full size spare cant hurt. Get a matching wheel and do 5 tire rotations. Beyond that, I am of no use for suggestions.
     
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  3. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:09 AM
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    landphil

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    Might as well travel a few weeks into the future and then decide. Appearantly hindsight is 20/20. :D
     
  4. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:14 AM
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    sorgon82

    sorgon82 wanna go for a rip bud

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    Ive had to re balance mine and the vibes went away
     
  5. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:14 AM
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    have you checked for mud or large pieces of gravel? Mud tends to stick to the inside of the rims on these tacoma's, especially on the backside there is a lip there.
     
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  6. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:14 AM
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    Speedytech7

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    Mine never stayed balanced either. They're a cheapo tire with an expensive name, take that as you will. I'll never run them again for a lot of reasons.
     
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  7. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:24 AM
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    What is so cheap about them?

    IMO, I'm on my 6 set of them, have run coopers, goodyear, etc, and they are a pretty damn good tyre. Are there better options yes, but they do everything well, are tough as hell, and wear well.
     
  8. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:27 AM
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    Place the bad tire at the rear then just do a side to side rotation . This will only work safely if your tire is not directional .
     
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  9. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:33 AM
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    El Duderino

    El Duderino Yeah,well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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    Awww man that sucks
     
  10. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:42 AM
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    I want to say KO2s are directional but I'm not certain.
     
  11. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:43 AM
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    Nitto Grapplers in two years it is!
     
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    I didn't check thoroughly but I'm sure it would have come off by now. I'll check in the morning.
     
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    Pretty comfortable with the fact that I'll have to rebalance these once a year at least. Hopefully that's all it is.
     
  14. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:51 AM
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    El Duderino

    El Duderino Yeah,well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

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    Look at duratracs also. Haven’t had a problem with them at all
     
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    That was one of the several reasons I decided to go with Toyos. They balanced beautifully and look and ride awesome.
     
  16. Jan 11, 2019 at 1:05 AM
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    my 2015 Pro came wit KO2's they were a terrible tire, took them off and sold them after 4000 miles. worst tire ive ever had..
     
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    Did the tire shop use tape weights to balance your tire/wheel ????

    If the rim is dirty or has grease or oil these tape weights can or will fall off
     
  18. Jan 11, 2019 at 1:11 AM
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    Bent rims?
    That’s what my problem was.
    The KO2 is an awesome tire that I’m glad I didn’t listen to the naysayers opinions when researching them. Hell, when I found out that my stock rims were bent I made myself drop some dough on new rims and got my lovin feeling back.
     
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  19. Jan 11, 2019 at 1:12 AM
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    I had a weight fall off that caused some. Recently some heavy caked on mud and man the vibes and shakes are crazy. I may have knocked more weights off with last time out. Need a rebalance but been oaky aside from that.
     
  20. Jan 11, 2019 at 3:59 AM
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    I had an issue with a full size Chevy and they did what they called road force balancing and solved my issue but they were a different tire. For all I know that’s how everyone balances a tire nowadays?
     
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