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what kind of tires should i be looking for?

OEM size: 265/60r18
Car: 08 4runner

I drive everywhere for everything. In just over 3 years I put 80k on my truck - about 30k hauling and most of the other miles are highway. I tow a pretty heavy (for my truck) enclosed and usually go on a few 7-15 hr-per-way trips with it a year. Is there something that might be better for towing but that won't rob me of gas mileage or ruin the ride for all the other highway driving I'll be doing? Or even just around town?

The OEM Michelins seemed to do the trick but if there's something that'll suit me better I'm game.

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oops i guess there's a few of these in the trailer section... i was lookin in the wrong place. my bad. suck it.

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are you looking for an A/T tire or something better suited for just road use?

This is why I ask, Im still stumped as to what to do. Pretty close to your size

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i dunno, i guess i was asking about which type of tire i should look at and THEN choose which brand/model.

is there something better for towing? and if so, how does it affect driving without the trailer... handling, noise, etc.

i'm sure i can go with a 65 sidewall - so is that something i should look at too? why?

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If you go with a 65, then make sure to get it in 255/65. Should be close to the same diameter. But I would just stick with the OEM size since some places wont put tire sizes not listed on the door on (walmarts is one. THey refused to mount 255/60's on my truck even though its an option from the factory and its a direct replacement for 225/75 in diameter and correct load rating).

If you can find LT versions of the tires instead of the standard "P" ones then your towing will be more "comfortable".

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I loved the http://www.nittotire.com/Tire/terragrappler that I have on my Tahoe.

I hate tire noise and these have none, wear like iron in the two years had on the truck and still look like new (35K miles).

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If you can find LT versions of the tires instead of the standard "P" ones then your towing will be more "comfortable".
what would i be giving up in terms of comfort when i'm not towing?

anyone put pirelli scorpion ATRs or nitto crossteks on their truck? i have a coupon for 4 for 2 from NTB.

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what would i be giving up in terms of comfort when i'm not towing?

anyone put pirelli scorpion ATRs or nitto crossteks on their truck? i have a coupon for 4 for 2 from NTB.
Just a slightly harsher ride. When I switched my Sonoma 4x4 over it was very neglible.

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what would i be giving up in terms of comfort when i'm not towing?

anyone put pirelli scorpion ATRs or nitto crossteks on their truck? i have a coupon for 4 for 2 from NTB.


Careful with that NTB sale. I used to work at that dump and it's not really 4 for 2. You have to buy a "premium" mounting package, and an alignment. It comes out to be about the same cost. In that size you're not going to gain, or lose any capability as far as towing goes. Stick with the michelins you orginally had. Can't neat em.
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Jordan -- I've seen your 4runner and I've seen your trailer (unless you got a new one). You will be fine running a P rated tire and I'd recommend the michelin LTX M/S2. A little pricey, but awesome tire and it has a 70,000mile warranty. I bought a set for my mom's Sequoia when I was in town for Christmas at Discount Tire -- at the time they had a $70 mail in rebate and with discount tire you get lifetime rotations/checkups and great service.

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