Tyre & wheel questions

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 31, 2003 at 19:52
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i have just purchased a hilux 3.0 Lt turbo diesel. it came with road tyres on alloy rims. i am planning to do a fair bit of off road in the future and was after info on wether it would be a good idea to purchase a new set of rims with a more durable tyre for off road and interchange them for highway work. i need to know if this would be practical. i like the tyres that are on them at the moment as they are great on the road ( bridgestones 255/70r15 112L LT) and i do alot of road driving for work. Should i get bigger rims and tyres for off road? i have sort of settled on ta set of coopers (advice from a couple of friends) tyres that are 80% off 20% on but i dont want these on while travelling long distance on highways any help on this topic would be much appreciated.. CHEERS!!!
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Reply By: AndrewW - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 08:53

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 08:53

I have a 2002 V6 SR5 Hilux, with the same size wheels. The problems that you face are matching the 112 load rating. There are very few AT tyres that will match the 112 rating, and to date I haven't been able to find a legal way around it!!

I am currently running the standard highway tyres, I believe the Coopers that you are talking about, are the ST. These don't come in the correct load rating, they are only 109. The options you have are, Cooper AT 265/70R15 112, plus the Toyo OPAT, and the Goodyear ATR. These are All Terrain tyres. I don't believe that there are any mud tyres available.

The plus is that with the All Terrain tyres you shouldn't need to swap rims around, and I am lead to believe that the Cooper ATs will provide much better highway handling than the standard road tyres anyway.

Another option, is to go for a bigger rim, and I believe that a 265/75R16 tyre will fit under the front ok, but in Victoria at least, you can't legally add more than 15mm to the diameter without a engineers certificate. Others may correct me, but I believe that this is the current law.

Good luck
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Follow Up By: bulldog - Sunday, Aug 03, 2003 at 21:07

Sunday, Aug 03, 2003 at 21:07
Thanks for your response andrew you have given some great info that wiil help me in the right direction :)
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 17:26

Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 17:26
Bulldog, try a search of the archives on "tyres". You'll find heaps of threads that may help with your decision.Smile, you're on ExplorOz
Rohan (Sydney - on the QLD side of the Harbour Bridge)
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Follow Up By: bulldog - Sunday, Aug 03, 2003 at 21:08

Sunday, Aug 03, 2003 at 21:08
Thanks rohan
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Reply By: Glenno - Saturday, Aug 02, 2003 at 15:01

Saturday, Aug 02, 2003 at 15:01

I just took delivery of a new Hilux 3.0TD and was faced with the same problem. However if you find a tyre dealer with a clue he will actually read the words on the tyre placard not just the numbers. The new placard's (not sure when they changed) now says the tyres have to meet 112S load rating, *OR* be able to handle a front axel load of X and a rear axle load of Y.
This allows you to run a stack of different tyres. I chose the Cooper ST 30*9.5 as these are almost the same size (if not identical) to the 255*70 that come with the car.

Thanks to discount tyres at moorooka.

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Reply By: bulldog - Sunday, Aug 03, 2003 at 21:10

Sunday, Aug 03, 2003 at 21:10
Thanks mate will look into the coopers you mentioned.
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