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Downsizing Tires. Recommendations?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by cdn_bacon, May 29, 2012.

  1. May 29, 2012 at 5:20 AM
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    cdn_bacon

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    I currently have a 3" OME lift kit w/ KMC XD122 Enduro wheels wrapped in 285/70/17 E ply Nitto Terra Grapplers. I've got maybe 20,000 miles on them and after alot of recent interstate trips for motorcycle racing and such I've just come to realize I don't like the "comfort" of the ride. I love the look and around town the truck is great but I need to change something to make it more practical for longer road trips. So, what can I do? I was thinking of some new smaller tires etc.
     
  2. May 29, 2012 at 5:37 AM
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    you could easily step down to a 265/70r17 and get a C rated tire. that would be a softer tire than the heavy E rated as well as a slightly smaller tire so that you may gain back a couple mpg's all while keeping it looking good. in essence you would drop from a 33" tire to a 32" and take about an inch off the width of the tire as well as open up the oppurtunity to get out of the heavy E rated only tires.
     
  3. May 29, 2012 at 5:48 AM
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    x2. 265/70R17 is a good sized tire for the Tacoma in my opinion.
     
  4. May 29, 2012 at 6:56 AM
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    Do you think the tire would look too small with the 3" lift? Tire recommendations... pictures are plus :D
     
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    Personally, I don't think they look bad. If you wanted to keep the same height, maybe look into 255/75R17 or 265/75R17 (You might have trouble even finding a 265/75R17, not sure if that size even exists).
     
  7. May 29, 2012 at 9:13 AM
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    IMHO, a 265/70R17 (265/75R16) and a 2"-3" lift provides the perfect balance of tire and wheel well.
     
  8. May 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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    Here is some pics of mine i have a toytech 3" 5100/Eibachs and top plate. Some pics are 265/70/17 BFG AT's on stock Sport Wheels the others are 265/70/17 Goodyear Authorities on Ultra Rogues. I like the look personally i dont think they look small but thats just me.

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  9. May 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM
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    i agree. a 265/70/17 will look right at home on a 2-3" lift. if you get a tire like BFG AT, it will have a more squared sidewall which makes it look bigger compared to other brands/models.
     
  10. May 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM
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    I have 265/75/R16 Continental CrossContacts on my TRD Offroad wheels (same overall size as a 265/70/R17 on the TRD Sport wheels). I have a 2.25" lift in the front and the TSB w/ ToyTec 1.5" AAL in the rear. I'm happy with the setup.

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  11. May 31, 2012 at 7:54 AM
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    They don't look bad at all, but I know they're. It going to look as good as my 285's :( How come I never see people running 270 or 275? Just not a common size?

    How are this BFg at's? Quiet on the road? Trying to compare to my terra grapplers, I can feel everything in the road with them and they Are a bit noisy on the highwAy, although it could be due to the E ply and being so stiff.
     
  12. May 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM
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    Some sizes are just odd balls that manufacturers stay away from. They will create whatever there is a demand for.

    BFG ATs are great tires. I've been running a set of Maxxis Buckshot Mudders for almost a year now, which I feel is a great tire as well for being MTs, but the BFGs are so much quieter, smoother, lighter, and overall better daily driver tire. I wouldn't trade my Buckshots for them, but I will definitely recommend them to anyone. It's a proven tire throughout all these years.
     
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