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stock dunlap tires suck

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by harpolith, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Feb 9, 2012 at 8:48 PM
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    well, i recevied a customer satisfaction survey via email that i've filled out regarding my 2012 tacoma purchase. we'll see if anyone listens. here is my report:

    the dunlap tires that came stock on the vehicle were terrible on snow/ice/slush here in south dakota. i just had the michelin M/S2's installed at 5000 miles on truck after the first week of winter weather. UNBELIEVEABLE improvement over the stock dunlaps on snowpacked city streets and wet/slushy/icy pavement. my anti-lock breaks were kicking in constantly with the dunlaps- i was afraid i was going to slide into the rear end of another vehicle if i wasn't VERY careful. i was so disappointed with the winter driving performance that i was regretting buying the tacoma. after installing the michelins i realized that it was the tires that were the problem, not the truck itself. it was a night and day difference. in my opinion, they shouldn't even be selling the tacomas with the stock dunlap tires in regions that have winter driving conditions.
     
  2. Feb 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM
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    Uh...it's dunlop, not dunlap.
     
  3. Feb 9, 2012 at 8:57 PM
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    :facepalm:
     
  4. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:03 PM
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    well OP what else would you expect with stock tires?
     
  5. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:10 PM
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    i expect a $32,000 toyota tacoma 4x4 to perform acceptably upon purchase. dunlop, thank you.
     
  6. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:11 PM
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    No Shit OP
     
  7. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:13 PM
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    they are not going to put some better(more expensive) tires on there.
     
  8. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM
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    they might put better tires on if they hear 4,000 people tell them how much the stock tires suck. i suppose i should have just kept quiet- would that have been better idea?
     
  9. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM
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    meh. im sure there are some people that are really happy with those tires. other wise they wouldnt sell them. they just arent the tires for you. but i certainly would not not buy a truck because of the tires
     
  10. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM
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    The Dunlops are total garbage in snow , shitty 3/8" deep tread packs with snow and won't clear , might as well be on slicks
     
  11. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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    yeah, i was fine with the dunlops for the first two months i had them on the truck... did mostly highway driving on dry pavement. then we got our first dose of winter weather and my opinion of them went downhill really quick.
     
  12. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:32 PM
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    I got stuck on my mother-in-law's driveway , they were off the truck the next week .
     
  13. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:38 PM
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    My truck came with Rugged Fails and guess what? They sucked! Toyota should consider using the Rugged Terrains instead... My Trials were shot at 30k :( Like you said I spent a good amount of money on a truck and all I get is shit tires?
     
  14. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:48 PM
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    i had a '98 and 2010 tacoma previously... had i gone in this last fall to test drive on a day that there was snow on the road (and i easily could have)... i seriously woulda thought "this truck sucks" and woulda gone across the street to test drive an x-terra and might have been done with tacomas for good. when you're talking $$$ that the tacomas sell for and their reputation, toyota really should do better than the dunlops. if not for me (and my safety/opinion of their product), do it for their own reputation. i was, quite frankly, blown away by how bad the dunlops were.
     
  15. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM
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    the majority of tacoma owners use their trucks as a DD so toyota isn't gonna put nitto mud grapplers on all their trucks...the dunlop AT20 is a decent street tire
     
  16. Feb 9, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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    exactly what i was thinking
     
  17. Feb 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM
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    No one is asking for Mud Grapplers, just something that has modestly acceptable performance in rain and snow. The Dunlops are useless and borderline dangerous on anything other than dry pavement. I pushed mine to 60k (km) to save a buck and shouldn't have.
     
  18. Feb 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM
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    well said.
     
  19. Feb 9, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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    the dunlop is not decent on slushy/icy/snowy streets. they are a safety hazzard and require constant attention in winter driving conditions, even at slow speed.
     
  20. Feb 9, 2012 at 10:22 PM
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    the mud grapplers reference was sarcasm, dunlops aren't terrible, i'll admit they're not the best, but they're far from "borderline dangerous"
     
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