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Help a girl pick tires

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by klaidlaw, Aug 13, 2019 at 8:22 AM.

  1. Aug 13, 2019 at 3:15 PM
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    Notoneiota

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  2. Aug 13, 2019 at 3:20 PM
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    Duratracs for sure. I live in the NW too. These are the best tires I’ve ever owned.
     
  3. Aug 13, 2019 at 3:42 PM
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    I have mixed experience with Goodyear tires.

    On my Tacoma, 5 years ago when I first got the Duratracs in LT-C, I had to through several sets until I found acceptable ones that could be balanced. Last year they became cupped which caused serious vibrations. Goodyear warrantied them though America's Tire but they installed LT-E by mistake. However they balanced perfectly so I kept them instead of risk getting bad tires.

    On my 2018 4Runner, Goodyear warrantied the stock Dunlop AT20s through America's Tire because they had balancing problems. I picked Goodyear Ultra Terrains in P-Metric and the balance was the worst of any tire I ever had. I went through multiple balances and sets. America's Tire then let me replace them with BFG K02s in LT-C which balanced perfectly on the first try.

    I'm kinda of surprised to see everyone recommending Duratracs now because for the last few years people did not recommend them.

    And don't get those Dunlops from your Toyota dealer, those are horrible tires.
     
  5. Aug 13, 2019 at 4:01 PM
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    LOL, well when you are single mom making this kind of decision you go where the advice is good. I hope you all feel flattered! I have been making my way through all the recommendations in the thread. signed "the girl"
     
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    I can vouch for these.
    Been running them since Dec and they are fking amazing in rain.
    My only complaint is they like to throw stones so I'd run some mudflaps with them just incase.
    Almost forgot to mention I got them in 265/75/16 so that put the speedo about 3 miles fast so at 65mph I'm actually doing 62 which works out perfect for me since my road home everyday is 55mph.

    Got them for $630 out the door (65k tread warranty) with lifetime balance and rotation and $100 rebate card .
    Went next door to Tire Discounters and got 5 year alignment for $180.
     
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    Drainbung

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    The Geolanders would be my pick out of those options.

    You'd have much better options if you went to a tire shop with better selection.
    GoodYear Duratracs would be my top choice if you want a serious winter tire. I had a set on my 99 a while back and they were damn near invincible in the winter here in MT. They wore down pretty fast so unless you can do a dedicated winter set and have something else for summer they not be the best choice.
    If you have a Big O Tire in your area I am a huge fan of their Big O AT's - basically a rebranded Cooper Tire. I've had them on both my 99 Taco and my 12 Runner (three sets total) and they are awesome. Got a little over 50k on the last set and they always kept me planted on the road during the winter and in just about every other condition I came across while exploring the mountains in the summer.
     
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  9. Aug 13, 2019 at 4:25 PM
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    Michelin LTX may be a little more expensive than some other brands, but they last forever. On a previous vehicle, I put nearly 80,000 miles on a set. They still had a decent amount of tread but I changed them out because they were 8 years old.
     
  10. Aug 13, 2019 at 5:01 PM
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    A set in the size she wants is less than $500 installed before tax from Amazon. Its pretty hard to argue with that price.
     
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    This. I've had mine for the past 3 years without issues with 6-8 month winters.
     
  12. Aug 14, 2019 at 3:16 AM
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    i agree. they are the best longest lasting tires out there. you cant go wrong with michelin tires....
     
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    Mastercraft Courser STR in P245/75/16 is all you need
     
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    OP ~ I’m sure you now realize that tire threads are like oil threads, you’ll get 100 or more different opinions...good luck in choosing.
     
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    Someone recommended Toyo Open Country A/T's- I would not recommend them if snow and ice traction are high on your list. I've had them for a couple years now. They do not have much siping. I had good luck with Hankook Dynapro ATM's on my last Taco. They do have a lot of siping, but not so much as the winter tires people are recommending. If I was in your shoes I'd look at the Michelin LTX winter version.
     
  17. Aug 14, 2019 at 4:19 AM
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    If you’re looking for something that will perform well in the winter without going to a true winter tire, I would also recommend duratracs.
     
  18. Aug 14, 2019 at 4:23 AM
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    I had the Yokohama AT on my last 4runner and they were awesome in the snow. Very good all around tires. They became noisy as they wore, but I never rotated them so that was probably my fault.

    The Grand Treks came on my 4runner and they were awful in snow. They were good for everything else I used them for over 1300 miles.

    I have no experience with the other tires.

    Like others have mentioned, you might want to shop around. Even if you choose the Geolanders, you might find a much better price at a tire dealer.

    Also, look at load rating and the weight of the tires you're considering. You definitely don't need "D" or "E" rated tires, especially if you don't off-road.
     
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  19. Aug 14, 2019 at 6:21 AM
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    General Grabber ATX (was AT3) or Cooper ATW. have had luck with both. stay away from the dealer. I use LT just for better wear and durability. I know it's overkill
     
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    Yes that is what I did and I live in Northeast Vermont. Just installed love them. I ran Cooper AT3 before these. I'd buy either of those 2 tires. I don't plan on using Winter tires this year. I paid $400ish for the Falkens From DT using their Fall Winter eBay sale shipped to my house. Finally wore out my Winters...

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