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What is the BEST wheel size/tire dimensions combination for All-Terrain use in the 2006 LR3?

Discussion in 'LR3' started by djatkinson, Jan 10, 2021.

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  1. Houm_WA

    Houm_WA Full Access Member

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    Definitely cool....also keep in mind that not all sizes are the same diameter. For example, my Cooper Discoverer STT Pros are 275/65R18 and Cooper's website lists the OD at 32.6".
     
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    BEST is pretty relative. My best is probably not your best. I personally went with as tall as I could and not get stuck if I get a fault that puts me in the bumps stops. I currently run 265/70/18 Cooper S/T Maxx and I can’t speak enough good things about them. They currently have 44k miles on them and they’re are far from being worn out. I didn’t care that they don’t fit in the spare tire location, but that definitely needs to be considered when deciding size.

    From personal experience I would never run Goodyear again, their sidewalls are junk. I would not run BFG based on the research I’ve done. They’ve got the big name that comes with big prices and there are enough negative reviews out there that I won’t bother. Many people love them, but some I often wonder what they have used to compare them to. Conversely, the previously mentioned Falken Wildpeak A/T3W seem to have nearly universally positive reviews and are snow rated. If these were a little more aggressive looking I’d probably be running them now.
     
  3. Houm_WA

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    It's funny how different experiences can shape our views.

    I ran Goodyear Wrangler MT/Rs for 9 years on my LR3 through all kinds of conditions and LOVED those tires. I definitely tested the durability of those sidewalls, too....tough as nails. On the contrary, as most us know, the Goodyear Wrangler HP is terrible on the LR3. The Jeep Liberty ran the HPs without any real issue, though.

    Even though most people love the BFG KOs, I know at least one LR3 owner that didn't get very good service out of them.

    I suppose my point here is that one can't judge just by the brand of tire.
     
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    KM3s 285/65/18 on used 18 wheels, down from 19s on my HSE. Occasional rub in the wheel well plastics and pass rear ac line bracket and rear drivers side pinch weld. Easy to grind down a little or reshape with a hammer.
     
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    Are the MT/R’s still made? I thought they were discontinued.

    I’ve run two different types of Wranglers (not MT/R) and ripped 3 sidewalls in about 2 months. Many people recommend DuraTracs and I’ve had trouble on my 3 and also trucks at work.
     
  6. Houm_WA

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    The MT/Rs have a different tread pattern now and have Kevlar in the sidewall...really sweet tires, but in the size I like to run they are Load Rating C, instead of E...which is why I now run Cooper Discoverer STT PROs.
     
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    Ah, you are one of those that insists on E rated tires. I’ll have to look into those if they’re C rated and mine ever wear out. At this point they don’t look like they’re going to.
     
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    I do....for off-roading applications at least, because I may be balancing the weight on two wheels. For road tires I don't care so much.

    So maybe your Indictment on Goodyear as a whole should be reconsidered, if the tire specs didn't match the vehicle application.
     
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    LOL, my specs don’t align with yours, that’s the issue.

    No, my experience with Goodyear is proof that load range has no bearing on sidewall strength. Zip, zero, nada. I was running load range E Goodyears.

    It’s fine if your more comfortable with an E rated tire. It’s just not necessary and isn’t a guarantee of a more off-roadable sidewall.
     
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    It isn't a guarantee at all...never said as much. It's a quantifiable data point though. Saying that load range has no bearing on sidewall strength is nonsense. Like I said, some tires just don't do well on certain vehicles, I guess. I loved my MT/Rs and can't imagine a better off-roading tire for the LR3. That's all I can say...
     

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