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Old 09-15-2008, 12:20 AM   #1
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Toyo Tire Upgrade-4:10 gears OK?

So after being at yesterdays meet&greet in SoCal and seeing all the nice rigs, I have decided to go with larger tires.

Before I do so, I would like some advice.

Here is what I have:
  • 1. Currently running BFG AT 285-75-16.
    2. I have 4.10 gears.
    3. Standard brakes I suppose
    4. I have the V10 with the SMB 4x4 package
    5. A lot of road driving and offroad trips on fire roads, rocks, dirt

I am strongly considering Toyo M/T 315-75-16 E Rated.

Several of you have convinced me that the Toyo's are better than the BFG's (though I have always liked my BFG M/Ts on my Jeeps).

So what I would like to know is the following:
  • 1. How do they handle on the road? A couple of you said they pull at freeway speeds?
    2. How are they as far as noise? (especially compared to BFG A/Ts)
    3. What do you think of running this size with 4.10 gears especially on the low end?
    4. Since I have the 16" rims, I assume I have the standard brakes. Anyone running this size tire without upgrading their brakes? If so any noticable difference?
    5. Any negatives with this tire?

Thanks very much.

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Old 09-15-2008, 09:58 PM   #2
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I will probably go with larger tires in the future. I was thinking 17 in rims for more stability for the weight of the van.
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:00 PM   #3
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Steve,

I switched out my 285/75/16 Cooper Discover S/T that SMB had installed for PO

I decided to go with the Toyo MT 35/12.5/17 and switch out the wheels for a future brake upgrade if needed

It does not have as much rubber as the 315/75/16 because of the larger wheels but the ride still improved with the larger tires

I was expecting a much noisier highway ride from the MT's but was pleasantly surprised -- nothing like the BFG MT's that I had on a F250

I also have 4:10's with the 6.0 and pulled a 9000lb trailer this summer 1200 miles and never felt under powered -- 50mph up the grapevine
It runs 2000 RPM @ 65mph -- I was considering a gear change but am happy with this combo after this trip

I did not do the brake upgrade and never have felt I really needed it. -- My transformer is not as heavy as most of the RB50's out there though-- I would guess I weigh around 9000lbs.

All in all I am very happy with this tire -- IMHO You get the look of a MT with the ride of an AT

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How is the mpg drop? Noticeable? Any v10 users?
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Dave,

I didn't have a scan gauge when I had the 285's but I now average 12-13 city, 15-16 hwy - I would assume it is better at the speeds I drive -- If 2000RPM is the sweet spot that now puts me at 65MPH -- I usually drive 70MPH Hwy

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Old 09-16-2008, 08:15 AM   #6
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I'm running Toyo MT 285/75 16's on my V10 and it previously had the BFG AT's - didnt really notice a drop or change in mpg or noise
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:31 AM   #7
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Thanks for the replys so far.

Anyone else have experience you can share?

Also is there any rubbing with this size tire especially on extreme turns or offroad?

thanks.

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I remember while we were out in Death Valley that Jaysens 35 Toyo would rub at least up front.
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Steve,

My 35's rub but only when fully cranked to the right on bumps -- It hits on the rear on the wheel well on the bushwacker plastic -- never any damage -- sounds much worse. It has only happened a few times

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I just noticed BFG doesnt make a "E" rated 315 for a 16" wheel.

Size Weight Rating/PSI
LT285/75R16/E 3750@80
LT285/75R16/D 3305@65
LT295/75R16/D 3415@65
LT305/70R16/D 2910@50
LT315/75R16/D 3195@50

So thats why you guys are going Toyo? or stepping up to 17's?
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