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Need Tires that won't break the bank

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by summerboy1958, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. Nov 14, 2010 at 2:47 PM
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    summerboy1958

    summerboy1958 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    The BFG's on my truck are about done. i think these are the 2nd set. I would like to get tires that better suit my needs. 95% + of the time, I am highway driving to and from work (60 miles round trip). The rest is spent towing a utility trailer, hauling firewood, and good gravel roads. I can't spend a zillion dollars, but I would like a reasonably well behaved tire. If it helped my gas mileage, so much the better.

    The Tire Rack suggests a Michelin LTX M/S2 as a best seller. The customer reviews are good, but they cost $178 ea (w/o all of the other tire stuff - valves, mount, balance, etc). Ditto for BFG all Terrain T/A KO (@ $193). YIKES!!

    I have searched the site and seems like everyone has an opinion. Any favorites out there with data to support?
     
  2. Nov 14, 2010 at 2:55 PM
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    YellowDog01

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    Yokohama Geolander ATs or General Grabber AT2s so reasonably priced tires, but you aren't going to get a better road tire than Michelin LTX M/S IMO
     
  3. Nov 14, 2010 at 3:01 PM
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    look at a kelly tire too. They are the same thing as a goodyear, well they are actually made by goodyear. http://www.kellytires.com
     
  4. Nov 14, 2010 at 3:06 PM
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    Just put some firestone destination at's on today - tirerack rates them high and the price was kindof reasonable. I didn't want to kill my mileage either, so I looked at the tire weight - the General's were about 46 lbs while others were about 36 lbs, so that took the generals off my list.
     
  5. Nov 14, 2010 at 3:10 PM
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    kingston73

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    If you need a road tire and don't want to spend the money on the ms2's I'd look at the general grabber HTS. They get pretty good reviews, last a fair time and are cheaper than the michelins.

    Another thing to consider though is how long you'll have them. The ms2's have a 70,000 mile tread warranty and a treadwear rating of 720. I think they're the highest treadwear rating of any tire for our trucks. The grabbers are good but only a 600 rating, so is the extra money you save worth it?

    I only have about a month of driving on them, but I can say the MS2's gave me an immediately better ride and handling than my old tires. I haven't gotten enough mileage data to say anything yet, but they seem like they've been giving me about 2 mpg's better overall than my A/T's did. I got mine for $710 total price from Sears, the General's would save you maybe about $200.
     
  6. Nov 14, 2010 at 3:24 PM
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    Hankook Dynapro ATM RF10 = affordable AT tire

    General Brabber HTS = affordable truck tire.

    Both are a 60,000 mile tire.
     
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