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Toyota Tacoma Tires and Wheels

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  • sugarman1sugarman1 Posts: 92
    From what I hear Firestone LE is a great tire for the needs you state and a fantastic bargin for the price they are,I posted for the Destination ATs and am still running stockers BFs no rush, for me my deal is I want an AT tire that looks chunky with very little or no loss of MPGs anybody running Destination ATs on V6 Taco please post results and mpgs much appreciated,Check out Tirerack.com for customer reviews.Hands down out of those three I would definetly pick LEs no doubt.
  • msatcmsatc Posts: 4
    Ended up going with the Bridgestone Dueler H/T Alenza's. I was able to get a great deal (buy 3, get 1 free). The decision was a tough one b/w the Firestone Destination LE's and the Bridgestone. I read several consumer reviews through Tirerack.com as well as other sites and there were complaints about poor treadwear and that scared me off a bit from the Destination. Further research supported the Dueler Alenza's as a superior tire, so I spent the $100 more for peace of mind. I drive about 30,000 miles a year and need tires I can count on as well as perform well and look good. So far, I am impressed, but will post a review when I've really had a chance to evaluate them. Thanks for your opinion sugarman1.
  • sugarman1sugarman1 Posts: 92
    Good luck with the tires,I think Bridestone and Firestone have joined forces or maybe merged in some respect because Destination AT and Bridgestone REVOS use the same technology called Uni-T treads so the may offer the same rubber compounds in some respect.
  • rupert2rupert2 Posts: 3
    Looking forward to your initial post on the Dueler Alenza's! I just bought a cream puff '04 Prerunner Double Cab this past weekend with only 15K miles, and two of the stocker BF Rugged Trails are already in bad shape. They apparently were not rotated properly, and went down too many hot dusty gravel roads in South Texas. There is already evidence of dry rot cracking in the tread groves, and the outside tread beads are rounded off significantly. I will go with the Dueler Alenza, Dueler HT, or Michelin LTX M/S, and try to add only 2 new tires on the front for the first 6-8K mi, then reavaluate the condition of the remaining stockers. Congrats on the 90K miles on your Michelins. I would have thought you would have stuck with the LTX after such good service, but a 3 for 1 deal sounds too good to pass up ! Bridgestone also seems to have a pretty decent technology edge going right now (or at least their marketing information is better, giving the appearance of an edge)!
  • msatcmsatc Posts: 4
    Already have about 800 miles on the Bridgestone Dueler Alenza's in the past week and absolutely LOVE them so far! The difference was immediately noticeable.....smoother, quieter ride with excellent handling on dry pavement (no rain yet to test them out on). Granted, the Michelin LTX M/S' were a very good tire, but after 94,000 miles they were definitely past their prime. After much research, I opted for the Alenza's because of the technology, quality for the price (cheaper than Michelins) and the look with the OWL is a nice compliment to the '02 Pre-Runner body style....it's a tough looking tire with the ride of a mid-size sedan (in my opinion). I will post my initial review after I get at least 3000 miles on the tires so I can give it a more credible rating. BTW, Firestone / Bridgestone is having a buy 3, get 1 free deal sale at the moment....might want to check that out to see if that is a national sale - that was a clincher for me.
  • sfrye718sfrye718 Posts: 3
    I purchased a 2006 Prerunner with standard factory steel wheels. I bought a slightly used set of 2005 OEM alloy wheels, and was told by the installer that the pressure sensor on the factory wheels would not fit the 2005 rims, and by not installing them would mess up the truck's computer? Anyone ran into this while installing replacement wheels for the 2006's? I can't find anything on this topic on the web.
  • pb2themaxpb2themax Posts: 471
    Not true. The sensor on each wheel is built into a special valve stem. Take a look at your valve stems and you will see that they are kind of big compared to regular valve stems. They have some sensor inside. You just take the valve stem off of your 06 wheels and put them on the 05 wheels. They just screw in.

    If you don't want to use the sensors at all, there is also a way to de-activate the whole tire pressure montitoring system. Some people find it annoying to use. E-mail me if you want info on how to disable the TPMS. It won't mess with the computer, BTW.
  • wooddorkerwooddorker Posts: 300
    "If you don't want to use the sensors at all, there is also a way to de-activate the whole tire pressure montitoring system. Some people find it annoying to use."

    Got a link?

    I don't have the system, but know someone who does. We drive the Cape Cod National Seashore in the summer and run 9-10 PSI. I'm sure his TPMS isn't going to like it. :D

    Thanks!
  • sfrye718sfrye718 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the tip. The installer also said that the issue was the angle of the '05 rims. He said that the sensors were made specifically for the steel wheels, so that that sensor would fit flush against the curvature of the the wheel. However, I have read nothing on websites for aftermarket wheels for the Tacoma that mentions this being a problem, and I doubt seriously that all aftermarket wheels have the same "curvature" as the '06 steel rims.
  • eswartzeswartz Posts: 2
    I own a 2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner 4DR V6 2wd and have noticed that at certain speeds, the tires start to shake some (thus the truck). It drives me crazy. These aren't the factory tires, in fact there the ones that came with it when I bought it used. I have owned a 1988 Toyota 4wd some time ago and at certain speeds it did the same thing. On that truck it was BF Goodrich's and on this truck someone put "China" Runway Enduro HT P265x70xR16's on there. I wonder if they just need rebalancing, or am I right and they are just junk and all Toyota P/u's shake somewhere in MPH land. Any opions, suggestions, or is everyone else Taco just as smooth as can be (for a truck at least)?

    I was looking at some threads talking about tires and tireshack.com. Pretty good prices if I have to buy new ones.

    P.S.: Does anyone know what was OEM for a 2004 Taco Prerunner V6 SR5?

    :cry:
  • msatcmsatc Posts: 4
    Sorry to hear of your trouble. I have an '01 (same make / model), but have not experienced the vibration you speak of at certain speeds. However, I do get this with braking at speeds in excess of 30 mph. I believe it is the rotors more than anything else. They warp so much more easily now than other vehicles I have owned....even earlier model Toyo truck -- just one puddle while driving in stop and go traffic (city driving) and it could happen to I have been told. Never heard of the tires you have, but do highly recommend the Bridgestone Dueler Alenza's. Expensive, but worth it.
  • rupert2rupert2 Posts: 3
    I bought a used 2004 Tacoma SR5 PreRunner 4DR L4 2wd, and I also found the truck had an annoying 'shake' at 72-76 mph, on the original OEM tires (BF Goodrich Rugged Trail T/A P265-70R16 111T), with only 14,700 miles on the tires!I have since replaced 2 of the OEM tires with Michelin LTX M/S (on the front), and the difference in the ride comfort and noise level was like night and day. I couldn't be happier with the new tires, but, the 'shake' still exists at 72-76 mph on smooth Interstate pavement. I am stumped by this situation, and I plan to put the remaining OEM tires through some balancing experiments to see if the problem goes away; otherwise, I will throw them in the trash heap with the other two, and replace with all Michelins. As a loyal Toyota follower for over 20 years, I just can't accept that there is a deeper issue here than bad tires.

    As a note, I test drove several other '04 trucks in the 22-32,000 mile range before buying this one, and the ride and handling from the OEM BF Goodrich tire was unacceptable in each test drive ! I don't recommend the OEM tire to anyone. I think many 2004 PreRunners are being traded off right now because of tire handling issues alone ... and, of course, the allure of the 'new' mammoth 05/06 body style. I will report my results on this problem in the coming weeks.
  • pb2themaxpb2themax Posts: 471
    Get the new Wrangler Silent Armors. They're Awesome! Check google for reviews.
  • mikey21mikey21 Posts: 1
    Hi Toyota Guys , I recently purchased a 2005 4runner Sport edition with 12,000 miles on it , the truck was mint except that I thought the tires looked like they had more miles than what the odometer was showing.
    After owning the 4runner for a few weeks , while we were driving it home from a Sunday outing I noticed a warning lite flashing on the dashboard , it turned out to be the tire pressure warning lite !
    After getting the truck home I check the tire pressure in all the tires including the spare tire , only to find the spare was flat. I took the spare down and found it had five punctures in it ! I plugged all five holes and fill all the tires to the proper pressures only to find the warning lite was still on. We took the 4runner to Toyota and were informed ALL our pressure sensors were missing and they wanted $800 to reinstall them !
    I told the service manager that thats the way they sold the truck to me and that they owed me the sensors since they must have swapped away the tires that came with our truck from the factory before we purchased it, the service manager told me that that was impossible because the warning lite would have been flashing from the minute we took the truck.
    Can anyone tell me if the dealer could have disabled the tire pressure warning lite for a temporary amount of time so I wouldn't know the tires with the sensors were swapped away to someone else ??
    Also as I look further into this problem I notice my rims were not the same as other 2005 4runner sport models or any other Toyota model with the tire pressure warning system , in that the rim with the sensors has a much larger cut out on the rim to mount the pressure sensor to, and the rims on my truck have a small hole with a rubber stem coming out of them , which looks much to small to fit the tire pressure sensor to.
    Can anyone tell me how to shut the warning lite from flashing until I can get this matter settled in small claims court !
  • I tried everything to get the light to go off on my 06. I had a 05 Tacoma with alloy rims and made the dealer put them on my new truck. I tore the whole dash apart to take the bulb out..there isn't 1 it's like a computer component in there. I just live with the light for now, I've had my truck since February and it's only got 3,000 miles on it. I drive my work van for the most part nowwa days.
  • jim101jim101 Posts: 252
    Here it is, plain and simple.

    Truck delivered with Bridgestone Duelers, replaced due to recall we all know about. Absolutely great when new, no argument.
    These tires had air pressure checked every week, were rotated every three weeks, four wheel alignments every six months. Never driven off road, hard or abused. Tires wore to wear bars at 1/2 tire life.

    Replaced tires at pro-rate price or 2/3's of new cost plus mounting, warranty, disposal, etc.

    These tires lasted 1/2 of the tire life under the same conditions as the previous set.

    I'll never buy these tires again because.

    1. You buy new tire, lets say at $100.00 ea. with warranty for 'X' miles.
    2. You maintain tires above requirements.
    3. Tires wear to wear bar at 1/2 of 'X' miles.
    4. You replace at 2/3's or $75.00 ea. plus other dealer cost.

    Net: You paid $175.00 ea. plus dealer cost twice to go the original miles you paid for at day one.

    Not a bad marketing plan, warranty a tire that will go 1/2 the distance, have the customer pay 2/3's to replace providing they can prove they maintained the tire to warranty requirements.

    Now doesn't this make you feel good about Bridgestone???
  • nytaco05nytaco05 Posts: 13
    I am looking into putting some 22s on my 05 TACO. I thought of putting some 22x9.5 for the rear and 22x9 for the front. Would this set up affect my daily driving? If so, Would 22x9.5 be too big for the front wheel well?

    I need some Feed Back please. Thanks.
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