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Tire Size Question

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by phatfrady, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. Dec 7, 2010 at 8:36 AM
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    phatfrady

    phatfrady [OP] Member

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    Hey all,

    New member here. I've got a 2006 access cab and I need new tires.

    The truck sticker on the door says to use P265/70/R16. However, I currently have Michelin Latitude P245/75/R16. I know the 265 is a bit wider but not as tall, but what difference does one size make over the other? Is there a performance change? What about gas mileage and handling?

    I do almost exclusively highway/interstate driving, which is mixed between city and highway.

    As I mentioned, I currently have Latitudes on. I was considering going with the LTX this time around. I am unsure between the M/S 2 or the A/T 2, but it appears that the M/S is better fitted for where I drive. Living in Charlotte and spending a lot of time in Georgia, I don't see a lot of bad winter weather.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Dec 7, 2010 at 9:02 AM
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    Pugga

    Pugga Pasti-Dip Free 1983 - 2015... It was a good run

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    The 245's are only .14" shorter than the 265's. No issues with running either tire. the TRD's come with the 265/70, the SR5's with 16" wheels come with 245/75. You might get a little better fuel economy with the skinnier tire, not much but maybe something.

    FYI http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/tirecalc.php

    Never had Michelins so I'll let someone else help out with that. Sounds like you don't need an M/S (mud/snow) or an A/T (All-Terrain) tire for what you do. If you're on paved roads and never see snow or mud, you'd be better off with an H/T tire unless you're going for looks.
     
  3. Dec 7, 2010 at 11:59 AM
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    phatfrady

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    Thanks for the advice. Would definitely love anyone else's input. I was curious what the difference in the A/T and the M/S were. Makes sense that my research (not sure how good my information is) would say the A/T would be good for fuel milage. I know I saw one piece of information (maybe on this message before) that said the A/T 2 was good for snow.

    I'm in Charlotte now and this will be my first winter here. I've been told we don't get a ton of snow. And I'm originally from the mountains in North Georgia. We get some snow there, but not tons. Usually more ice than anything.

    I don't take the truck off road unless I'm going off the highway for a reason. I commute from the suburbs into the city for work, and spend a lot of time on the interstate.

    From looking around at tire prices and locations, the LTX seems to be more popular than the Latitude, which I currently have. Is there any difference between the LTX and the Latitude?

    Keep the help coming! Thanks!
     
  4. Dec 7, 2010 at 6:48 PM
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    bjmoose

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    That Michelin LTX M/S is a fine, quiet, long wearing tire. I used them on a pickup truck that didn't see a lot of use, and I had to throw the tires away from old age long before the tread wore out, even though they had over 45K miles on them. (They were like 8 years old IIRC, and the sidewalls were cracking)

    I did a fair amount of camping and forest-service roads on them. Plenty tough and durable.
     
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