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Pls. help me decide on TIRES

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by ULtRaMan, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Sep 7, 2012 at 8:50 AM
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    Yamaha Dave

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    I know exactly what you mean, but even then it's far from set in stone. In the last 6 months, I purchased Goodyear Duratracs, which were great tires, but killed my gas mileage, but I was able to resell them back on here to recoup the majority of the loss. So I then decided to buy a much more conservative highway tire, the Michelin LTX M/S2s, had them for about 2 weeks and returned the them back from Discount Tire and had them swapped into the Michelin LT A/T2s which are more conservative than Duratracs, but more aggressive than an all out highway tire. It was a nice compromise between a light duty all terrain tire, great gas mileage, and long tread life. So case in point, even after you make your decision, it's not final.
     
  2. Sep 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM
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    My current truck is new and I am a way off from new tires, but I see myself doing the same as Yamaha Dave.

    My last Tacoma was 2WD and didn't need offroad capability. I got rid of the suck-ass Dunflops and exchanged them for some cheap used Coopers with wheels, and I have to say those suckers were LOUD. They worked well, just loud.

    I ditched the Coopers for the Michelin LTX M/S2's since I didn't offroad that truck. Those were the best tires I have owned on any vehicle. Smooth, quiet, and good grip on wet or dry pavement. It was like driving a completely different truck.

    Then I decided I needed a 4WD and traded it in on a TRD OR. The BFG Rugged Trails it came with did fine up in Colorado doing light wheeling, although a little slippery in the mud. They are way better than Dunflops but not as quiet as the Michelins, so I would assume that the All Terrains are even a little louder.

    So, when it comes time for new tires, I will probably go either the Michelin A/T2 route or try the Firestone Destination AT for a good compromise. My wife's 4Runner has the Destination LE's, and they seem to be a good tire. The Taco owner down the street just put some AT's on, so I will ask him once he gets more miles.
     
  3. Sep 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM
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    if you have a friend at discount, you'll be able to pick up the cooper ATP's at an extremely good price. I would shy away from the ATs because they're heavy, mostly offroad tires. Ran them on my jeep and would buy again but my jeep was 90% offroad.
     
  4. Sep 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM
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    I'll quote myself to save time:
    For the longest time the BFG A/T was the only real choice in an all-terrain. Now, there are much better examples from Hankook (Dynapro ATM), Cooper (Discoverer ATP), Goodyear (Wrangler Duratrac), Firestone (Destination A/T), and Bridgestone (Dueler RevoII).
     
  5. Sep 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM
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    I notice my 1 ATP tire is significantly louder than my other 3 Hankook ATMs.
     
  6. Sep 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM
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    go with treadwrights, 100 bucks ea for a great tire, and warranty
     
  7. Sep 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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    Just had 4 of these put on my truck about an hour ago. So far im pretty impressed, look good for a fairly cheap AT. I paid 618.33 out the door for them.

    I had 60,000 on the stock dunlops (eeek) and bow hunting season starts next week, so in the interest of not having to get pulled out of the woods, i sprang for new tires.

    So far, hwy driving is much quieter, and the tire seems a lot stiffer on the road compared to my originals, which I really like.

    I'm sure im going to take a hit in my gas mileage, considering I did upsize to 265/75/16, but I searched long and hard for a AT tire this size that was not E-rated and therefor not as heavy. These were the best compromise of everything that I could find
     
  8. Sep 11, 2012 at 5:13 AM
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    Alright - since I was interested in the 'dual compound in the tread' statement about the BFG's, I emailed BFG to ask if that was true. Here is their response:

    "[FONT=&quot]The BF Goodrich All Terrain only has a single tread compound throughout the life of the tread."


    [/FONT]
     
  9. Sep 11, 2012 at 5:25 AM
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    Firestone Destination A/Ts - have over 20,000 on mine and they still look great. Awesome tire. It is no wonder they receive top marks on tirerack...
     
  10. Sep 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
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    Ok all, with all the research and all the suggestions. I went with the Cooper Discoverer ATPs. The price was right and it had the beefy look I wanted. So far I am very pleased with my decision. My ride is actually smoother and grabs the pavement much better than my stock dulers. Also my concern was if they were loud. They were compared to the stocks. Not much different. I would recommend these tires to anyone. Finally I got my FJ SE Wheels put on and went with 265/75r16s. Super Happy! thank you all for the input!!!!!!

    Here's a couple of pictures.

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  11. Sep 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM
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    Good choice and nice wheels!
     
  12. Sep 17, 2012 at 4:51 AM
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    Very nice wheels!

    Good job on the tires also,
     
  13. Sep 17, 2012 at 11:03 PM
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    thanks all. They look great on the truck, but now I have a little bit of steering wheel shake between 60-65 mph. It's not bad but I definitely notice it. Am I being anal or is this NORMAL? At first I thought it was the road and if it was the road, wouldnt it do it at any speed. This is the second time getting the tires ballanced. What should I do?
     
  14. Sep 18, 2012 at 3:52 AM
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    Some people can live with it (not me, though), and if it is bugging you, keep taking it back until they get it right. Some tires just don't balance well.

    They may need to check the mounting of the tire on the rim. From what I have read, neither tires nor rims are perfectly round. Each tire has its high spot marked, and each rim its low spot. Those marks are intended to be lined up to make it as round as possible. Run-out could be the cause of the shake rather than balance.
     
  15. Sep 18, 2012 at 4:55 AM
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    What air pressure are you running in them?
     
  16. Sep 18, 2012 at 5:41 AM
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    havent checked on the pressure, since last balance. I would assume 35psi. Have to check, what pressure do you recommend?
     
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    balance again... and technically, with new tires you should also have the truck aligned... (goes for any car really)
    when i installed my 265/75R16 LTX MS2s, there is absolutely no vibrations or movement at any speed. suspension and steering is totally smooth through all speed ranges. i would continue taking it back until they get it right. this will only manifest itself into a larger problem.

    also, they had my tires inflated (dealer) to 42psi when they put the LTXs on... the ride was hard, i lowered the pressure to 32 pounds and it feels much better.
     
  19. Sep 18, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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    Should of gone with Michelins
     
  20. Sep 18, 2012 at 4:13 PM
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    i've had my tahoe up beyond 80 and there is zero shake. The only issue I have is an issue everyone has with wide tires (i have 285s) is that it wants to follow the road cracks a tiny bit, my tacoma does it worse with 225s lol I'm actually extremely anal about tire shake, balance, vibrations and stuff.
     

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