Shopping for ATs is confusing. I love my DC FC-II 285s load range D on my TJ. They work perfect for highway and Big Bear wheeling, and Im hoping for anything else I tackle in SoCa.
I needed a "commuter" for 2 hour trips to work and grad school. My skidded and bumpered out TJ was $150 week in gas, and my 87 GMC shortbed was worse, so I had to part with my pickup. I got a 98 4runner (first non USA vehicle ever), 2.5" lift, 17" tundra rims, 265/7-17 BFG ATs load range C. I have a 5 speed, rear electric locker, and 4:30 gearing. I guess I will stick with 265/70-17 unless there is a little wider version, or I could squeeze 285s but will need wheel spacers. Well, this 265/70-17 tire size for ATs seems like most are P rated, or E rated! I do not need a 10 ply E rated tire for a small SUV, but P rated do not have strong sidewalls and I do not want to air down, rock climb, and puncture tires.
I like the new BFG Rugged Terrains look like a "neat" decent highway tire with enough tread for mild wheeling, but they are P rated....I could get BFG ATs again, but wanted to try something different for heck of it. I have plenty of tread on the BFG ATs but I can see dry rot, so not sure how old they are despite lots of good tread. I do not want to rock climb with them based on some threads of off road sites of it not being wise to wheel older tires if they show any dry cracks.
I have looked at Cooper S/T (comes in C I think but never saw anyone using them) and ST MAX (only in E I think), Hankook ATMs, Falken Wildpeaks, DC FC-IIs, General Grabber AT, BFG AT and Rugged Terrains, and really am open to anything but not looking to go the more expensive routes if I can avoid it.
Anyone running 265/70-17s with feedback on an AT, and one that is either a C or D range tire so its not heavy as a brick, nor P rated which I read stories yea if you wheel mildly go for it, but other stories of guys being stranded on trails with one or two even torn up P rated tires on rocks.
One of the magazines showed the DC Fun Country "hybrid" but I guess they are not in production yet, and a Mickey Thompson ATZ3 that was slightly more aggressive supposed to be a cross between a mud and a all terrain....but again prototypes.
I thought the P prior to size means "passenger", and most of the P ones are only speed rated, not listing C, D, or E load range..and some forums on tires talk about sidewall strength of a "P" tire vs a LT (light truck) C,D, and E tire.
yea I have DC FC II D range on my TJ, they are stiff enough. Im thinking C range is plenty for my driving of my 4runner or the TJ, but most of the bigger tire sizes are E range.
For instance check out Rugged Terrains in 265/70-17....they are a passenger tire, not an LT and not load range rated, just a speed rating...but look at a BFG All Terrain in same size, you can get it in C range or E range
thanks....Yea I think I am set on C range, D at most. And trying to see if I can get a decent priced 275/70-17. Cooper S/T, looks like Falken Wildpeak might come in that, not sure about Hankook ATM. BFG AT comes in that size and range as well.