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ISO a more aggressive tire, with similar ride quality / MPG to stock

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by 18TRD_OR, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Apr 14, 2018 at 12:22 AM
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    18TRD_OR

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    [Current] Black-Out Emblems, WeatherTech, removed pin stripe, MORE TO COME. [Old] 265/75/16 BFG K02, Predator rails, 2" RC Level, TRD Pro Grill, Painted rear bumpers black (replaced chrome), tonneau cover, WeatherTech mats, air dam removal, full stereo upgrade (minus HU), Black out emblems, removed pin stripe. Traded for 4X4.
    On my 17 SR5 I switched to a 265/75 (or 70)/16 BFG K02 E load range. The ride was miserable, noise was fine, MPG also dropped to around 17 average for winter.

    I just upgraded to an 18 TRD OR with the wrangler goodyears, and the ride is way better, and I'm not sure how much the suspension has to do with this. But I'm also averaging around 21-22 MPG again, but I want a better looking, more aggressive tire. I really want to keep the ride quality if possible, keep my MPG, but have a slightly more aggressive and capable tire. It doesn't need to be on the same level as the K02's.

    I saw someone recommend the duratrac in a C load, but I couldn't find any clarification on ride quality and MPG.

    Opinions please!
     
  2. Apr 14, 2018 at 3:21 AM
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    TheyCallMeBruce84

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    I'm sure others will chime in but I've done a bit of tire research lately.

    Regarding your BFG K02s, the difference between C load rated (6-ply and 32lb weight) vs. E load (10-ply at 50lbs each) that difference in rotating weight, no doubt, contributed to your 17mpg on the SR5.

    A "better looking/more aggressive" tire is out there, I'm sure, but you'll no doubt pay for it at the pump...the gift that keeps on giving. It all boils down to your truck usage/application and budget.

    Since I'm driving a TRD Sport any specific brands/models that i'm looking at wouldn't be ideal for your TRD OR, so I'll run silent and let the 4x4 crowd take it from here.
     
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  4. Apr 14, 2018 at 5:18 AM
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    Falken Wildpeak A/T3W in SL load. Size will have a huge impact on fuel economy, so stick with the stock size if that's a concern.
     
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  5. Apr 14, 2018 at 5:37 AM
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    Check out Hankook Dynapro ATM. I have had P265/70R17’s for 16k miles and they have treated me well so far.
     
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  6. Apr 14, 2018 at 5:48 AM
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    MICHELIN DEFENDER or AT2 , the search is over
     
  7. Apr 14, 2018 at 6:25 AM
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    hiPSI

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    Exactly right.
    I got Cooper AT3.
    Truth: If you want to keep the mpg, you cannot go even mildly aggressive tread like Duratrac. You can't go much wider or bigger or heavier either. Also needs to be a P or SL rated. Or you can lose efficiency and get what makes you feel good.

    If you read where someone went bigger and heavier and more aggressive and kept the same mpg, that person does not know how to calculate mpg.
     
  8. Apr 14, 2018 at 6:40 AM
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    I have the Duratracs in 265/75/16 (C load rating) on my 17 offroad. I have not noticed much difference in ride quality over the stock goodyears. I have adjusted the air pressure to maximize tread life and ride quality. My mileage has dropped about 2 mpg. I can still get 22mpg if I keep it below 70mph. I commute about 60 miles a day.

    This is my 4th set of Duratracs which have been on multiple vehicles. They are perfect for what I do.

    Eta. This is all hand calculated. It is important to note that a large percentage of my miles are on the freeway.
     
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    Ive got 30k on my Nitto Terra Grapplers G2s and have been pleased with the tires so far. I average a 40 mile round trip daily commute, size is 265/70/17 C load and I average 20-22 mpgs if I keep it below 70 mph.

    It's not crazy aggressive but good enough for my tastes.

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    Recently replaced the stockers with Duratracs in 265/75 16 "C". So far, I love them. Running them at 40 psi, they ride great and are returning slightly better mileage than the stock wrangler adventures which I ran at 35 psi. Couldn't be happier! My winter mileage in the city is a consistent 19 and 21 highway.

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    Lots of great ideas. The looks are good, and some good news about the mpg and ride. But the big thing is capability. Some of the tires look like they have a similar tread pattern / size to the stock. I’ve read and watched videos that these type of tires are the biggest drawback to the stock truck. So the falken at3w, the g2s, and duratrac are catching my eye. Thanks.
     
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    Really can't go wrong with either of those tires. Like others have said stay in SL or C load rating to keep weight down.
     
  14. Apr 14, 2018 at 9:11 AM
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    The stock offroad tires really are not a bad tire.

    I did replace mine with c rated duratracs and no difference in ride quality that I can tell. Only difference was mpg loss.
     
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    So a unicorn? When you find it let me know.

    I had the duratrac in a c rated 265 70 17 it didn't hurt to much but still lost some mpg. Ride was smooth but a little noisy no louder than a ko2 with some wear on it.
     
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    Get some Goodyear Kevlar Mt and never look back. Aggresive, quiet, and light which will keep your mpgs up.
     
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    I've never had a worse tire than the Duratracs I had on my 2nd gen. I had C rated. They couldn't ever get balanced. Traction started off good but quickly wore off. They looked like they had a ton if tread, but spun easily when wet and winter traction was awful after about 8k miles. The longer they're on the louder they get. Would never get again.
     
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    Toyo at or nitto terra grappler in same rating as factory is what I want to go with. I feel they are more “all terrain” balanced. Duratracs are an aggressive all terrain. The stock wranglers are a very mild all terrain
     
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    Hankook Dynapro ATM, P265/75R16.
     
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    Look at the Yokohama G015 as well.
     
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