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Vibration related to LT tires?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Fightnfire, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Feb 12, 2012 at 8:29 AM
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    Fightnfire

    Fightnfire [OP] Recklessly tired

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    In my search for tires over the last couple of weeks I visited three major shops. Les Schwab, Cooper tires and Discount Tire. I was having trouble deciding on MT's or AT's.

    When I asked each guy what he thought about LT mud tires on my truck, (grouping the Duratrac in here, I know it's not a true MT) they all said exactly the same thing. I was looking at LT Toyo MT, LT Duratrac and the Cooper ST MAXX LT. All of these only offered LT in 265/70/17.

    "Tacoma's are great trucks but they are really finicky when it comes to vibration issues. We find a lot of people unhappy with LT tires on the Tacoma because they experience some sort of vibration issue. We don't see this issue with P rated tires at all." They went on to say it wasn't a balancing issue but more of a drive line vibe. I believed them because all of them were talking me out of spending more money, significantly. In Schwabs case the difference in price from their Toyo MT to the AT was well over $100 per tire.

    I don't experience any vibes at all at any speed. My setup is Billies @ 1.75, TSB Rear, 17" wheels and P rated Dynapros at the above size.

    Curious to see how many of you experienced vibe issues after buying new LT tires or buying a truck that has LT tires and vibe issues.
     
  2. Feb 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM
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    I have a slight vibe at 40mph , but I had it since new on my stock P rated Dunlops , got more pronounced with Hankook LT MT's , and is back to where it was stock with Hankook LT ATm's
     
  3. Feb 12, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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    One of the issues with them is they are hard to balance on Toyota rims. Toyota rims in general are produced in a way that makes them very balanced alone, so an untrue tire is hard to balance accurately on them.
     
  4. Feb 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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    I run 235/85-16LTs, load range E, on my truck with no problems what so ever. They are Dean SXT, mud terrains (made by Cooper and similar to the STT) and sold at Les Schwab. Great tire IMO. It depends on what you use your truck for, but I will always run LTs

    Tacomas have a lot of vibration issues from many sources. Most, but not all are related to lifts. If you already have a problem, the tires might make it worse. I don't believe they cause any problems by themselves.
     
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