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Maxing Out Off-Road Ability on 19" Wheels (yep, tires again)

Discussion in 'LR4' started by Brizzity, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. ezod98

    ezod98 New Member

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    It’s XL on the 19”, but LT on the 18”. Strange but that’s what it is for the Toyos
     
  2. DaytonaRS7

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    good point. kind of late now since they are ordered, ill hope for the best. i overlooked the XL rating and saw the load range of 109 exceeded the GVWR, so figured i was good to go.
    its a shame as I see the 255/55/19 meets the LR4 requirements, but the 255/60/19 doesnt. i simply went with the latter since it gained me more sidewall. in hindsight, i should have went with the 255/55/19 as i wouldn't need more sidewall since it is stronger.

    this truck will be taken on roads/snow 95% of the time and dirt roads/flat trails/beaches the other 5%. assuming im not pinching sidewalls with rocks, maybe the reinforced sidewall strength wont make a difference.
     
  3. PaulLR3

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    I'm running the Falken Wildpeak AT Trail on my LR4 and love them after 10K miles. They replaced a set of Cooper Zeons that got louder and louder as they wore.

    They are quiet on the road and work great in sand. From my experience, a more aggressive tread tire tends to dig in sand rather than float while a pure street tire lacks traction in sand. These are a perfect compromise.

    I run Nokian winter tires so I have not tried them in snow or on ice. Looks like quite a few sipes in the tread, so I bet they are good in winter. Traction isn't a problem with an LR4, it's all about turning and stopping all that weight in slippery conditions.

    I thought these tires were great in rain and my wife recently remarked they are amazing in rain. Last month she was driving her mom to surgery in NYC in my LR4 through the remnants of a tropical storm. It was raining so hard that many cars were pulling over to the shoulder but she kept going through the badly flooded LIE. She said water was constantly splashing up over the front of the hood and windshield but to her surprise no hydroplaning.

    She has 20" Michelin Defender tires on her LR4 and thinks my Falkens are better in rain
     
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    It’s a bit of a misconception that a higher load rating is “stronger”. Yes, it carries more weight, but it’s not necessarily more cut or pinch proof. I live nestled in between the Wasatch and Uinta mountains of Utah and deal with a lot of sharp, pointy rocks. In my research the Wildpeak has a good off roadable sidewall, where as (in my experience) the E load rated Duratrac cuts like paper. My only reason for not running the Wildpeak myself is I wanted a more aggressive tire, though the winter rating is so appealing. Short story long, I think you’ll be just fine with what you ordered.
     
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