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How Good are TRD Tires for Offroad Trips

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by urchim, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. Jul 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM
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    urchim

    urchim [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am planning to go long trip with alot of road driving nothing past level 3 or no rock crawling stuff, how good default tires that came with my trd will be P265/70R16 Goodyear All-Terrain Adventure tires with Kevlar-reinforced sidewalls or should i replacement with BFG KO2?

    just curious how many kept them or used them.
     
  2. Jul 30, 2016 at 6:39 PM
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    HalfWayThere

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    They've worked fine for me for a few hundred miles of mild to moderate off-road. However, they are not generally regarded as robust tires, and several people have sliced them up off-road. I'm going to run my down to the wear bars and then probably replace them with something more rugged.

    The KO2's are well regarded but plan on loosing at least 1 mpg depending on the size and load rating you buy. Also, the stock Goodyear AT's are great on-road, so plan on trading down in that regard if you "upgrade" to a better off-road tire.

    There's a thread somewhere extoling the virtues of the stock tires. You might want to check that out for more opinions.
     
  3. Jul 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM
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    thats what i am afraid of is to slice a tire in middle of nowhere on some simple rock, i dont know how kevlar protection is setup in these tires have a feeling its just stamp and useless tire.

    in regards of size i was thinking getting same size no larger or smaller 265/70/16
     
  4. Jul 30, 2016 at 6:47 PM
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    I think TRD stock tires are Wranglers. Not bad, IMO. They'll do what you're describing. I like BFG's...but Half is right, they kill your mileage if you're a "hyper-miler." Stock tires were horrible a few years ago. My 2014 TRD Sport came with bicycle tires.
     
  5. Jul 30, 2016 at 7:06 PM
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    I would say it depends. I was pretty impressed with the stock tires in terms of grip and capability. They handled everything I did no problem. However what pushed me to KO2s was the rocky nature of the Colorado trails where I'm at. The Kevlars started showing signs of some tearing on the tread. So I pulled the trigger on the BFGs. I didn't want to get stranded in the wilderness.

    However, I went to 17s so I could get C rated K02s (E rated seemed overkill). MPG's changed 1 mpg or less (I have a M/T, get about 18-20 city, 22-24 Hwy). I did 6 4 Wheeling trails a couple weekends ago and am doing several more in August. I felt completely at ease with these KO2s. Fully confident of their durability.

    But really, the trails you're going to do are only ~3 level (Trail damage rating?), your Kevlar A/T will do great.
     
  6. Jul 30, 2016 at 7:19 PM
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    C rated seem hard to come across.
    Where did you find yours at?
     
  7. Jul 30, 2016 at 7:31 PM
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    The C rated KO2s don't come in 16s so I bumped up to the 17s (Got the TRD Wheels). All the Discount Tires in Colorado Springs had multiple sets of C Rated BFGs. As far as I can tell, the only C rated A/T tire in 16s were the Wranglers.
     
  8. Jul 30, 2016 at 7:48 PM
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    how much do trd wheels run? 17? and do u have to do a lift to get them or no, sorry for noob question, but i am thinking that i want 17 could of swore i seen tacoma limited with 17 so think i might do similar thing trd tires and all
     
  9. Jul 30, 2016 at 8:06 PM
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    Ain't no thing, I was in your position not too long ago. No lift required as long as you stay within stock tire size. Stock suspension-wise, I think 265/70-17 is the absolute largest you can go. I had to take off the OEM front mudguards for 4 wheeling. The tires would minorly rub them going over major bumps and when turning at the right angle. It only happened a couple times, but some of the trails I was doing was tearing up the mudguards anyways.

    Picked up wheels here (Looks like they're having a sale right now):
    http://parts.olathetoyota.com/oe-toyota/ptr2035110bk

    Stock lugs will work, although I went for black ones to match:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/262259179109

    Happy 4 wheeling! Where are you taking your trips?
     
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    Awesome, thanks for info, almost forgot about the lugs :) hehe another thing to add :) i assume they run in sets :)
     
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    Pick up some 4runner take off's from CL. They are great looking wheels and you can get them cheap. Then you can run 265-70-17 load range C KO2's.

    I would never ever run load range E on a Tacoma.
     
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  13. Jul 31, 2016 at 10:43 AM
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    I do a fair amount of fast gravel just in my day to day and racked up nearly 400 miles off pavement across Death Valley and Mojave this spring. I'd estimate a little over 1000 miles of the 20,000 I've put on the truck so far have been off pavement. The stock tires are still holding up just fine. I run between 17 and 20 psi if I know I'm going to be off road for a while, that alone makes a huge difference in both comfort and puncture resistance.
     
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    I bought a set of STMaxx 265/70/17's and mounted them on 17" TRD wheels. They are 'E' rated and are my dedicated hunting season/offroad/winter crap tires. I've run Coopers in my past truck (E rated) and they are tough tires off road and take a lot of abuse. I had M/S Coopers and where my friends needed chains to get up a snow/mud trail those Coopers just chewed it up. I don't care that E range tires run rough. I'm used to a truck handling like a truck, so a cushy ride (like with the stock tires) is not as important.

    I've only owned one set of BFG's and suffice to say for what I do and where I go they were not the right tire/tread design. Might be fine for dry trail stuff, and I think you can get them in a load range 'C' if you are concerned about ride quality.

    I'll keep the stock wheels for dry summer trail rides and long road trips, and simply swap them out when I need a tougher tire.
     
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    smitty99 I also bought a 4Runner

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    My review here: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/oem-tires-good-year-kevlar.431366/
    In Summary they have been great for me!
     
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