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Tire Recommendations

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by LITacoQ, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Aug 18, 2017 at 6:17 PM
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    LITacoQ

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    Hello all, just looking for some rec's on my first Taco tire replacement. Just finished painting my 5 star 4Runner rims and they need some new shoes. I'm going up to the 265/75/16 and have been looking at the Yoko Geolandar AT GO15, Cooper Discoverer AT3, Falken AT3W and the Hankook Dynapro ATM. I don't do much off road, trail riding (yet). The beach and northeast winters are my biggest challenges. I have 265/70/16 Michelin LTX AT2s right now as they came with the truck and they have been fine, especially on the highway. Want something beefy and more aggressive looking but no mudders. Also, 4 ply, 6 ply, 10 ply? Is 6 ply good for my needs? Thanks in advance for any input
     
  2. Aug 18, 2017 at 6:24 PM
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    The only correct answer is BFG AT
     
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  3. Aug 18, 2017 at 6:33 PM
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    Forgot to mention I have a budget. Around $500
     
  4. Aug 18, 2017 at 6:34 PM
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    You can afford two tires
     
  5. Aug 18, 2017 at 7:23 PM
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    Your not gonna get 4 new truck tires of any brand for $500, but if you come up with the rest of the money needed. I second the bfg at's, best tire in the snow I've ever used.
     
  6. Aug 18, 2017 at 7:26 PM
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    Falken wildpeak AT3 hands down. I've had my fair share of tires and these are good off-road and great on road.

    They really are a great medium. I do about 70/30 and on road to off and they are awesome. Have about 10,000 miles on them and they're wearing great too.
     
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  7. Aug 18, 2017 at 7:39 PM
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    I've run general AT2 with great success. Great traction and they take a lot of miles. Wait for general to have a rebate, combine that with a tire rack sale and you get the best bang for your buck.
     
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  8. Aug 18, 2017 at 7:43 PM
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    I am running BFG KO2's now with around 20K on them and they are awesome! I had km2's and KO's before these and the KO2's are much much better than the KO's they replaced. I should get over 50k out of these. If I had to go with the ones you mentioned I would take the AT3's....

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  9. Aug 18, 2017 at 7:51 PM
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    Just out of curiousity... why not the AT3's?

    I had plenty of sets and the AT3s are hands down the best. (One of the sets including KO2s and they were shit in my opinion. Traction sucked, wore like shit even with regular 5k rotations, and got noisy about 20k into them...)

    Let's be honest tho, they don't keep up with mud terrains, but I don't think that's OP's goal here. Otherwise the general grabber red labels are my favorite MT tire. (Beast off-road but terrible on road.)
     
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  11. Aug 18, 2017 at 8:16 PM
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    Guess I'll have to add Generals to the list. Really like the Falkens too, but also have read alot of good things about the Yokos. Great info so far. Thanks guys
     
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    My phone auto corrected to wouldn't.... I would Definitely take the AT3's. They will more than likely be my next tire. For price and the looks alone I feel they are a killer choice!
     
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  13. Aug 19, 2017 at 6:55 PM
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  14. Aug 19, 2017 at 7:22 PM
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    I had the Cooper At3s in that size on my '96 4runner. Remembered reading some rave reviews in Four Wheeler and Expedition Portal at the time, and based on my experience running the tires from new until I sold the truck (they had about 65k on them and still had tread - not down to the wear bands but less than I'd feel comfortable with in snow), I'd have to say the reviews were spot on. I never did much hardcore wheeling beyond logging trails, but they handled everything I threw at them with ease, including deep snow, mud and ice. They also feel very civilized on the highway. I'd recommend them in a heartbeat. Right now my truck is running some Achilles Desert Hawks which were not on my radar, but they were practically new when I bought the Taco. They're way better than I expected them to be... but, when they die, I'll probably get the Coopers for my truck, if I can still find them in 235/85r16. I'd also recommend that size in a heartbeat, but that's a whole new can of worms.

    Here's some stuff I found helpful:
    https://expeditionportal.com/where-the-rubber-meets-the-road/
     
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    Thanks for the insight. Does it matter how many plys I should have? 4,6,10? I dont do much off-roading, but want a strong tire.

    Are these what you were looking for?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-NEW-Coope...ash=item33b8ef2e00:g:yk0AAOSw5cNYYvRR&vxp=mtr

    Why do you like the pizza cutters so much?
     
  16. Aug 19, 2017 at 7:42 PM
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    That's what I had, yeah. I like the stance. I know, you either love or hate the pizza cutter look, but it did lift the truck at least an inch over the stock tire size. It seems like 235/85r16 is a more standard size in the global markets, and it definitely has a cool old-school military look to it. Felt like the steering was a little more direct, and the truck tracked a little straighter and didn't "snowboard" into divots and ruts as much. It also rocked in the snow. Seemed like you could just cut through anything without even bothering to shift into 4X4. Only downside is that the 10-plys do ride hard, they definitely made my 4runner feel more agricultural for lack of a better word.
     
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    I did consider the 235/85/16, but they are all 10ply heavy tires. Not sure my 4 banger will like that
     
  18. Aug 20, 2017 at 5:19 AM
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  19. Aug 20, 2017 at 5:36 AM
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    BFG KO2 I run them on my 4Runner and Tacoma. Before that on Tacoma I had Michelin all the life and switching to KO2 was not a downgrade in the ride comfort (highway) - same noise, same soft ride. But I feel much more comfortable off the pavement now.
    Switch from factory duelers on 4Runner was like night and day.
    I would put KO2 on my wife's Nissan Versa Note but BFG doesn't make that size.
     
  20. Aug 20, 2017 at 7:33 PM
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    I bought these from Sears a few months ago:
    Discoverer A/T3 - 265/75R16 116T OWL - All Season Tire
    They ended up being about $100 each using a coupon. I had them installed at a small shop for $10 each. So, 4 new tires installed for well under 500.

    They are solid tires. They handle well both on and off-road; I've taken them on some tough desert terrain and also deep sand. They definitely don't look nearly as "beefy" as other comparables (eg BFG ATs), but for the OPs budget of 500, they are hard to beat.
     

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