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What Tread Depth Do you Usually Replace Tires

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by bsponge, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Nov 29, 2011 at 7:36 PM
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    bsponge

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    Looking for your opinions on when you would bite the bullet and replace your tires.
    I've got an 2007 Tacoma DC TRD Sport with 44000 miles. The original tires that came with the vehicle are the Bridgestone Dueller H/T 684 II's I believe.

    I haven't found them to be great and wouldn't buy them again.
    Anyways I've got 6/32 remaining on the front set and 4/32 remaining on the back set.

    Winter is coming and money is kind of tight. I'm wondering what the forum thinks regarding if I should replace them now before the snows hit or is there a possibility I'll be able to safely make it through the winter and replace them next summer?

    I usually put on 300 miles a week. Majority of the miles are on highway pavement. If I were to replace them I'm looking at $1060 cdn installed
    for 4 Michelin LTX m/S2 265/65/17.

    Your opinions are welcome and again I'm asking when would you replace these tires if they were on your truck and money was tight?
     
  2. Nov 29, 2011 at 7:42 PM
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  3. Nov 29, 2011 at 7:47 PM
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    I would never run tires at 4/32 during the winter, but that is me. In the summer, I would but if you live in Edmonton, I would say not to risk it.
     
  4. Nov 29, 2011 at 7:52 PM
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    44k on stockers? I would change them, don't seem safe to me
     
  5. Nov 29, 2011 at 8:06 PM
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    Im at 44k on stock tires right now. Just ordered some new ones last weekend.
     
  6. Nov 29, 2011 at 8:08 PM
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    bsponge,

    Certainly I would question the two 4/32 tires for winter driving. Were it summer, I would say wait a bit. Winter says to replace at least those two. I would keep the 6/32s on front and replace the rears at least.

    Has your spare been on the ground? I know you were not that enthused about the Bridgestones, but if the spare has never been on the ground, I would consider getting one new matching Bridgestone for the rears and use the 6/32 on front. Then replace with the Michelins when you can better afford it, two at a time.

    I agree with your Choice of Michelin LTX M/S2. I have them and love them.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2011 at 8:15 PM
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    i change them out when i hit the indicators. not worth it for me to run them down..rains to much here. i like the safe feel of new rubbers..i carry important people.
     
  8. Nov 30, 2011 at 2:01 AM
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    I usually don't even let them get down to the indicators, I like the feel (and look) of new tires so when they start to look worn I replace them and sell the old ones on Craigslist
     
  9. Nov 30, 2011 at 11:28 AM
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    The shorter the tread gets, the more I hydroplane. I don't wait till they get down to the indicators.
     
  10. Dec 2, 2011 at 10:10 AM
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    I had the same problem a month ago. '07 DC Tacoma with 5/32 and 4/32 Dueller H/T 684 II's. I was not comfortable with running those in Alberta winter anymore. Ended up buying Blizzaks @ Costco as it was the cheapest price for tires and cheapest mounting and balancing by far. $880 OTD. Ended up keeping those Duellers for one more summer season.

    Last winter I got a flat (in -28C) and the tire was not repairable. I just called a few local tire shops and managed to find a single replacement tire with 7/32 left for cheap. (BestTire in Edmonton) It also matched the thread of the other ones at that time so it worked out great. Maybe try that and get the remaining 2 Revo's that way? Or try kijiji?
     
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  12. Dec 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM
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    I usually replace them just before they're at the wear bars. With the amount of snow you guys get up there, I'd be looking to replace all 4 in the next couple months. Maybe do 2 now, 2 in a couple months? Also, if money were tight, I wouldn't be looking at Michelins... They're great tires but they are far from cheap!
     
  13. Dec 2, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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    Right around when I get to the indicators. Whatever depth that may be.
     
  14. Dec 2, 2011 at 11:07 AM
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    Without knowing what they look like real world, they could be fine. Original tread depth on those is 12/32, which means you're at 50% and 33%. Bridgestone indicates that the tread depth indicator is set at 2/32, which is about 17%.

    Bottom line is your tires should be fine for normal road conditions, but if you get a lot of snow I wouldn't run those through the winter. If you do decide to keep driving on them, you need to swap the fronts for the rears at the very least. You should always have the better tires on the rear, and that goes for RWD and FWD cars.

    Like Pugga said, if money is an issue at all, I wouldn't be looking at Michelin's. They're the longest lasting tire made but they're also the most expensive.
     
  15. Dec 2, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    FYI people you need to change all 4 at the same time if they are worn to 4/32.
    If you don't you will get issues with the 4wd. 2/32 between is ok but going with 2 new ones and 2 old ones will cause problems. You think you have issues now trying to engage and disengage 4wd. It will only add to this issue as well as binding while going straight. Never mix and match tires.
    I see this a lot after the first snow storm. Trucks won't go in 4wd or won't come out. Put them on the lift and no problem. Put all new tires on it and hey no more problems.

    Just a heads up.
     
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