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Old 06-07-2011, 08:25 AM   #11
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Question based on this topic. I have a Tundra crewmax with p-rated tires. Though the tires are 2800# rated I can feel some "slop" at certain points when towing. It is not really sway, more of a jiggle, actually feels more like the trailer is rocking side to side. Of coarse the TRD offroad pkg Blistien shocks are probably not helping either. The truck is 9 months old, 8k miles

So my question is what is I just replaced the rear tires now and wait til my fronts wear a little more? I am really having a tough time dropping $1k on 4 new tires when the tires I have are pretty much new. Anyone done this method?
If your Tundra is a real 4x4 and not awd don't do it as the front and rear diffs are running at the same speed all the time when in 4wd. Having tires that are off in size even a bit will put all kinds of strain on the front diff and transfer case to the point one or both could break and cause you far more in repairs than the tires would have cost. I tried that when I had my 04 Ram 1500 4x4 and every time I took it out of 4wd it would bang and the truck would shudder. When I went to the dealer he looked at the tires and then informed me of the above and also said if it breaks when you have different tire brands do not expect any warranty coverage and then showed me the front diff out of a Dakota that broke because of this. SO I went and got the same tires for the other axle and the banging and jumping was gone. And yes the tires were exactly the same size and rating just different manufacturers sizes vary somewhat.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:38 AM   #12
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"P" tires came from the factory on my 1/2 ton and they tow well, but when they wear out i will go to LT's just for GP.
My plans, also.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:41 AM   #13
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If your Tundra is a real 4x4 and not awd don't do it as the front and rear diffs are running at the same speed all the time when in 4wd. Having tires that are off in size even a bit will put all kinds of strain on the front diff and transfer case to the point one or both could break and cause you far more in repairs than the tires would have cost. I tried that when.
Even with an all wheel drive, the different ratios between front and back may cause the awd to "kick in".
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Those Bilstein shocks should not be any problem. I put them on my Ram, and it really helped the ride tremendously. Your rear springs however are a different story. That is what carries all of the tongue weight from the camper. I added Hellwig spring helpers to my springs for some added "beef" under there. Also, I ran 265 70 17 P's on the front, and AS A TEST put the same size used LT's on the back, and ran them for over a year,with no ill effects. My truck is 2wd. I found a great towing improvement, so now I have new Mastercraft LTR 265 70 17's all around. But I agree if it is a 4x4, replace them all at the same time, or you'll probably cause damage to the drivetrain. Randy
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The noise is not related to the LT or E rating, rather the type of the tread, street tread is quiet, AT create a bit more noise, Mud and Snow even louder. P tires are for just what they are - Passenger tires, whenever putting any load whether towing or directly on the axle they are too soft
Yes you are quite right and maybe I should have been more specific as I was speaking about this particular brand/model of tire. When I was researching them, some people stated they were very loud and extremely rough riding. I was simply stating my own thoughts on these particular tires, they do have a fairly agressive tread and I was surprised at how little noise they generated. With them stiff sidewalls, they are not too bad for the ride they give, but some of that could also be attributed to the suspension of our vehicle. Just hoping that others who are facing this same question will benefit from this.
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P goes on my cars and mini vans and LT goes on the trucks and suv's (unless there is no hitch then you can get away with P)

just about as bad as people putting P rated tires on their TT's... but that is a whole other can of worms..
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My truck is 2wd, just has the softer off road suspension so it bounces easily. Guess I will wait, darn tires have a 5 yr unlimited mileage warranty, my luck thy will last the span.
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I find it odd that the Tundra came with P tires. Mine came with some BF Goodrich TAs from the factory. I replaced them with Michelin LTX2s and have been very happy. Yes it is expensive, but good tires cost. I would suggest changing all 4 at once, especially since it is 4 WD like others mentioned.
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Question based on this topic. I have a Tundra crewmax with p-rated tires. Though the tires are 2800# rated I can feel some "slop" at certain points when towing. It is not really sway, more of a jiggle, actually feels more like the trailer is rocking side to side. Of coarse the TRD offroad pkg Blistien shocks are probably not helping either. The truck is 9 months old, 8k miles

So my question is what is I just replaced the rear tires now and wait til my fronts wear a little more? I am really having a tough time dropping $1k on 4 new tires when the tires I have are pretty much new. Anyone done this method?
I changed all 4 tires to Michelin 275/65R18'a 10 ply.
It was expensive. $1,100.
Made a huge difference in how the truck handles.
When unloaded it is bumpy but ......It's a truck. Bumpy is ok.

I have always heard that you don't mix tires.
Not saying that it is bad but just something I have heard mentioned before.

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fivecody, are those the same as the LTX2s? I just replaced my tires to the LTX2....I had their ATX2s, got nearly 60K out of them and I switched to the LTX2s because they are supposed to last longer than their ATX versions. My tires are the exact same size as yours...funny I paid the exact same price!!!
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