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Help picking tires

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by rangertacoma, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. Apr 15, 2021 at 12:44 PM
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    rangertacoma

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    Hello All,
    I am having trouble deciding on new tires for my 2020 TRD Sport. I am a Park Ranger in Arizona and I find myself doing about 75%/25% highway/off road. Of that 25% about 20% is just dirt and fire roads but that last 5% can be some no bullshit rocky terrain. I plan on sticking with the stock 265/65/R17 but to my understanding I can snag a tiny bit of extra height with an 265/70/R17 which I'm not opposed to. I am really just looking for reliability and to not absolutely crush my fuel economy.

    My top picks (feel free to throw in other suggestions)

    OPEN COUNTRY A/T III: WILDPEAK A/T3W: DISCOVERER AT3 4S: TERRA GRAPPLER G2: ALL TERRAIN T/A KO2 (in C1): Photo of my last campsite for attentionthumbnail_IMG-6388.jpg
     
  2. Apr 15, 2021 at 12:48 PM
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    An!mal!a

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    I’m biased but my vote goes to Toyo Open Country A/T III. 265/70/17 SL
     
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  3. Apr 15, 2021 at 12:49 PM
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    Myriad

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    Just put on 265/70/17 Michelin LTX M/S on my 21 Sport. Much better than the stock TOYO tires. I do pretty much zero off-road. I heard the Michelin LTX AT2 is great too if you do a lot of highway driving with some off-road.
     
  4. Apr 15, 2021 at 12:50 PM
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    Tectonic

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    Get the KO2's E-rated. I live in southern AZ and was so tired of getting flats with P-rated tires. Got some KO2s and will never look back.
     
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  5. Apr 15, 2021 at 12:51 PM
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    ahkouchi

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    Front Elka 2.5 non resi with 650lb spring Rear Serviceable 5160's with AAL 265/75/r16 BFG KO2
    I love my kbro2s. Had the wildpeaks too. Great tire.

    The kbros from costco when on sale are a steal at 750ish, mounted balanced, and with 50k mile warranty. I have put them through hell and back and never worried about them. 100% recommend.
     
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  6. Apr 15, 2021 at 12:59 PM
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    I have the wildpeaks for me at a C load range. Have outshined on every no-bullshit rocky terrain I have come across.

    No real noticeable loss in mpg, still can get in the upper 19's if I drive like a granny.
     
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    I have the wild peaks. Mine suck in the rain and there new. 5k miles on them. Don’t do good in any tiny bit of standing water on the highway
     
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    A/T DURATRACS 265/75/16 (C Load) 2/1" 5100 Bilsteins
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    Best rain rating & the 3 peak snow designation.
     
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    See, this is AZ... wtf is rain?
     
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    I have the wildpeaks A/T3W.
    Just took em for a ride last month up to 4 peaks on that 20 mile bumpy ass road. I thought they handled great.
    I'm sure they'll handle just about any forest/service roads out here without issue.
    KO2's are also really good.
     
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    Haha I live in northern AZ so the snow rating might be helpful!
     
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    Yeah the (1) time I have ever driven in snow up in flag, in february I think, the wildpeaks definitely felt good. Only (1) instance of me breaking traction going down hill on the 17 before the plow thinking I could accelerate from 24 mph to a nice rounded 25mph.
    But was able to pull my friends f150 off the side of the road with no chains, so the get the A in my book.
     
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    PROCOMP 4" LIFT, AMP RESEARCH POWERSTEPS, 285/70-R17’s, MAGNAFLOW, AFE COLD AIR INTAKE, DIPPED BADGES/GRILL
    Of those choices, I’ve had 3 sets of Terra Grapplers. 1 set BFG KO2.

    Also had 2 sets of Hankook Dynapro ATMs.

    They’re all about the same in my opinion for my uses. It’s really whatever flavor you think tastes the best.

    For me I can usually get the Nittos for the cheapest price, that’s why I’ve gotten them more.
     
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    ryanvar42 That is your opinion. It is wrong.

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    They will all be fine. Just gotta decide on your load rating too. SL, C or E and E isn't necessary for what you're doing from your description
     
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    Nokian Rotiiva AT Plus is available in the 265/70 but only an E-load in that size. Great tire for your described duty if your don't mind the E-load harshness and it's mountain/snowflake rated for winter use. It's available in a C-load in 275/70 but you would need a different wheel to fit those without other modifications.
     
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    I have Wildpeaks in 265 70 17 SL that I picked up on sale for $150 each from Amazon. They've been great tires so far and performed very well in the snow over winter!
     
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    My 2019 came with stock Toyos........... great tire.
     
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    OP,

    Really not a bad tire in the bunch. You really can't go wrong. I am partial to the Nittos because I am on my second set. But I have never driven all of the other tires so any opinion I give you will not be objective.

    One suggestion for you ... which might sound crazy ... but is something I would do. I think the folks that product the Overland Journal are in northern Arizona. And I think there is a really good shop there as well. Maybe connect with those guys and talk tires. The only reason I suggest that is they may have a solid sense of what will work best in the terrain you are driving on.

    I know these guys don't sell tires (at least I think they don't sell tires) but they probably know a lot. Worth connecting with them on tires and perhaps other things as well:

    https://atoverland.com/pages/about
     
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  20. Apr 15, 2021 at 3:54 PM
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    Squeaky Penguin Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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    They're all probably just fine choices.

    I just sprung for the Kenda AT2s myself, mostly due to price, but they're also mountain snowflake rated. Also looked at the new Maxxis Razr AT.
     

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