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Tire Choice for DD and off-road

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Valkiera, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. Apr 25, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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    Valkiera

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    So I thought I had tires all settled, I’d get Destination A/T’s for my 2011 AC TRD OR. Then they (Firestone) go and throw a wrench into things, the Revo2's are on sale and of course this is what the shop recommends. Would cost me $120 to upgrade, and I get a $100 rebate. They don't appear as off road capable, but I can get them in an E rated tire (not sure if that is really a need), even with the truck loaded up, that may be more tire than I need and will give a stiffer ride. What rated tire do most of you use?

    The rig will be run about 70% on road and 30% off, mostly for exploring, fishing, photography, and camping. But in that off road time it could be FS road, desert, sand, snow, or trail. Not planning on any rock crawling or deep mud, but this is the NW, we get rain, and things get muddy. I don’t have the suspension upgraded yet, that will happen this fall, OME all around. Not sure about bumpers, but she will have slides and skids by this time next year.

    Thoughts, comments, recommendations I'm just in need of a reliable tire for on and off road. Still want some on road comfort, but I son't want to be stuck in a 4" deep creek or 6" of snow.


    Thanks all,
    Cindy
     
  2. Apr 25, 2011 at 3:57 PM
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  3. Apr 25, 2011 at 4:02 PM
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  4. Apr 25, 2011 at 4:04 PM
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    Im running 285 Nitto terra grappler. Very good on road. I dont wheel much anymore but held up good on mud and sand. Never let me down yet. Perfect for light 4x4ing imo if your not into rock crawling.
     
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    jeepmor

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    Duratracs. Guy at work has them on his jeep wrangler and reported an exceptionally quiet ride considering how aggressive the tread is. The heavy siping helps a lot with both traction and tire life.
     
  7. May 7, 2011 at 10:56 AM
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    ontarioyota

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    BFG AT....stronger sidewall then the duratrac(unless you get kevlar)...nice and quiet as well

    Firestone Dest At ..have great ratings and super wet traction
     
  8. May 7, 2011 at 11:12 AM
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    one more vote for the duratacs hear, i had them on my ranger fx4 quiet on road, awesome in the now, and excellent treadlife (on lighter trucks) Tacoma included. load class "c'' approx 6 ply sounds like it would suit your needs. as for bfg all-terrains they have there following imo they balance poorly, ride rough, and dont have anywhere near the offroad traction to compensate for mediocre road manners.....
     
  9. May 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM
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    Sure liking these... so far about 4,000 miles on them, including Baja last weekend... quiet, inexpensive, excellent in mud, snow and desert.

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    I have the Destination At's and I really like them. The wear is excellent, and the tires are good off-road and on. If I had to do it all over again I would spend the extra and get the Michelin AT2's. The reason is the Destination At's are killing my gas mileage, I have to have them re-balanced about every 5,000 to 10,000 miles because I start to get the wheel shake. I am happy with my purchase, but since I also spend the bulk of my time on the road I think the Michelin's would be the best.
     
  11. May 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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    Love these tires...I'll get them again. just in a 285 next time
     
  12. May 7, 2011 at 3:22 PM
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    GY Duratracks
     
  13. May 7, 2011 at 3:31 PM
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    For your described use and mix, MT/R kevlars are worth considering.

    Also, an "E" load rating tire is too heavy for a Tacoma, IMO.
     
  14. May 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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    Duratrac, I kinda wish I had gotten them. If you are looking for a little less agressive the Goodyear wrangler silent armour are what i ended up with and they do a good job.

    Mine got me out of this just an hour ago.

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  15. May 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM
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    Check out Yokohama Geolander AT/S. Had them on my last truck. I also live up in Washington State. They were excellent in daily wet, black ice conditions. Handled the dry fine. Good, quiet road tire that can do the weekend duty on the trails. They are not a super hard compound so they likely won't last as long as say BFG A/T's but they did provide a more comfortable daily ride. They fairly reasonably priced too. Bought mine through Discount Tire. Got them to match the Tire Racks pricing. As to longevity my F150 supercrew had them for about 40,000 miles and still had another 15,000 of life.
    I neglected to say they are fairly light in comparison to a lot of the tires mentioned. This also, helps with gas mileage if that's any issue.
    Good luck, whatever you decide. K
     
  16. May 7, 2011 at 3:42 PM
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    duratracs, load range c is plenty, quiet and aggressive with good on and offroad manors.
     
  17. May 7, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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  18. May 7, 2011 at 5:18 PM
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    If you are really doing 30% off-road you should be looking at M/T's. Spending a third of your time off road is a MASSIVE amount. Whether you calc that by time or miles, this means generally almost a third of your time off pavement. If you drove to work everyday you'd essentially be spending all weekend after offroading.

    BFG KM2's are far and away the best rated tire on tirerack, http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/surveydisplay.jsp?type=ORMT

    Best hydroplaning resistance, second best wet traction, best cornering stability, second best dry traction, second best steering response, best light snow traction, best deep snow traction, best ice traction, best ride comfort, best noise comfort, and best treadwear.

    I use the 255/85R16's KM2's and they are very quiet (similar level to my general grabbers/bfg AT) great offroad traction, E load rating (this depends on size, though I think my current size is the best way to go for quite a few reasons), good road manners, great overall tire.
     
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    x2 on the Hankook ATM's. I've got a set on my F-250 with almost 50,000 miles on them and they still have quite a bit of tread left. Good traction,quiet on road.
     
  20. May 7, 2011 at 8:27 PM
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    I have Firestone Destination A/T's. Have almost 50k on them and they've worn well. They are great in the snow and dry but I've seen better in the rain. Never any balancing issues.

    HOWEVER, my next tires will be Duratracs. With a BIL who is a Goodyear store manager, how can I NOT buy them?
     
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