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Old 09-17-2021, 05:23 PM   #1
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New Tires for Tundra

I'm in need of new tires for our Tundra, and not sure whether to get LT or P. My buddy recommends the P series Hankooks. Tire shop recommend the LT series Continental. Price is about the same (around $1,000 installed) for all 4 tires. My concern about the LT is the ride (especially when unhitched and just driving around town) and gas mileage (who am I kidding when towing? so it drops from 11 mpg to 10?). Any advice, opinions, thoughts? Thanks, Vance

P.S. Currently have P series tires on the Tundra and no issues with handling while towing.
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Old 09-18-2021, 12:12 AM   #2
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What year Tundra?
What does the tire placard sticker say on the driver's door post?

Will look similar to the attached.

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Old 09-18-2021, 07:02 AM   #3
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I tried a variety of tires over the years on my first Tundra (2007) and didn't like the E rated tires much.
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Old 09-18-2021, 07:24 AM   #4
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If your Tundra is approaching 7 years old or so, considering installing new TPMS valve stems or bands when replacing tires. The sensors have a battery life of about 7 years. Much less expensive to replace when new tires are installed. Should run around $300.00 for all 4 tires.

The E Rated tires will ride stiffer. My 2013 Ford E150 XLT van has requires E Rated tires (8600 GVWR). They do ride a bit stiff but very stable when towing 25' AS. I have added Sulastic Shackles (wonderful product) to make the ride much better and changed to a Monroe Gas Magnum LT shock absorber. Way better ride.

As suggested check the door sticker and go from there. You can get tires rated for XL (Extra Load) and have a Max Cold PSI rating of 50 or so pounds. You might check them out. They are not a P Rated tire but are marketed for larger SUV's and Light Trucks such as yours.
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I put E rated (Cooper Discoverer 20”) on my 2012 Tundra. The ride was not effected very much. I had already added Bilstein shocks, and a Roadmaster Active Suspension. I did find that the heavier tire knocked about 1 mpg off my gas mileage. No difference in mpg when pulling our 25FB. Still at 10 mpg. Nice firm ride with the AS in tow.
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Have you used the Toyota Tire Center site to see which ones are recommended by Toyota? I checked it a couple of days ago and there were quite a few for my Corolla (and my 4Runner a couple years ago). I called the dealership and they just had a sale started on Wednesday; buy 3, get a 4th for $1. It's cheaper than other tire stores near me.

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Take a look at Michelin Defenders,,,,I really like mine
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I have Continental Crosscontact LT tires on my Yukon, and the ride is fine. I feel much better towing with these than P tires . . .
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Take a look at Michelin Defenders,,,,I really like mine
Mine came with Bridgestones, but I'm not a Firestone fan so I changed to Michelin Defenders. They wear much longer, and all around are a better tire.
But I don't think the Defender is still available so the Agilis is the replacement?
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Its probably not going to make much difference in your ride quality - go with the best you can afford. I always used P on my Ram 1500 as recommend by the Manu.
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Old 09-18-2021, 09:44 AM   #11
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I'm in need of new tires for our Tundra, and not sure whether to get LT or P. My buddy recommends the P series Hankooks. Tire shop recommend the LT series Continental. Price is about the same (around $1,000 installed) for all 4 tires. My concern about the LT is the ride (especially when unhitched and just driving around town) and gas mileage (who am I kidding when towing? so it drops from 11 mpg to 10?). Any advice, opinions, thoughts? Thanks, Vance

P.S. Currently have P series tires on the Tundra and no issues with handling while towing.
If you are towing you need LT tires. Just remember the weight that is transferred to the steer axle. Passenger tires will not take the load that LT tires will. I bought Michelin LT tires for my Nissan Titan, love them.
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Old 09-18-2021, 10:21 AM   #12
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LT designates light truck, P designates passenger. Ride trade off for LT is negligible. Stability when towing is paramount. It really won't matter until it does.
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Old 09-18-2021, 04:09 PM   #13
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Thanks. Toyota does have some good deals, around $1,100 for a new set of Michelin LTX M/S2, equivalent though to what our local tire shops are offering.
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Old 09-18-2021, 04:27 PM   #14
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Here's the door placard. Based on the PSI and load limits on the tires themselves, I've been running them at about 40 psi.
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Toyota made it with the P Series tire. I would use that.

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Which size tires do you need? Depending on the trim level of your truck, you may have any one of several sizes. I have the 20” wheels on my 2020 as I did on the 2014 it replaced. My size (275/55R20) are not available in some popular manufacturer’s models. I stayed with Bridgestones (dueler h/l alenza plus) on the 2014. Will likely do the same with my current truck when I need to re-tire.
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I have used E rated LT Michelins on both our 2500 Burbs.
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Old 09-18-2021, 06:58 PM   #18
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My experience:

Land Cruisers are P.

Tundras are LT.

Michelin tires on all my Toyotas and my F350 have been LT.

Michelin tires on my Airstream 25 foot & 27 foot models have been Michelin 16" wheel LT. I have used 225 widths in the past, but may try 235 width some day if I find a bag of cash along the highway some day.

I like the 'lots of tire rubber tread' on the road, they are heavy duty and can handle all kinds of roads and wear well.
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Old 09-18-2021, 07:30 PM   #19
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Haven experienced a several tire failures on 3 different brands on my trailer, I ony use Michelins on all my vehicles and trailers. If you are a Airstream Club member, there is a Michelin discount program for members.
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Get Michelin Defenders LT. If you have a Costco near you a set is about $900 with free rotation. I put them on my 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 and I pull 9500lb AS. Reasonably good wear as they will hit 50,000 miles shortly and that will be about time to replace. This is the best tire for your needs. Quiet, smooth ride and durable on highways, many of which can be very rough. Be sure to get an alignment and rotate about every 5000 miles, they will wear well.
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