Old and new tyres on Prado

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:07
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Advice wanted please. I have a 2005 Prado with tyres nearly on the way out and 3 new ones in the shed to replace them. The new ones are different brand but same size. The question is: can I put two new ones on and leave two there? Will the difference in diameter ( not much but a bit) affect the all wheel drive system?
Would this not be the case anyway if I got a flat and put on the nearly new spare? I have inquired at two different tyre dealers who both suggested it would be OK. If I can get away without buying the 4th tyre it would be good.
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Reply By: Cruiser 2091 - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:36

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:36
Why not buy one more of the same brand as the new ones in shed, then you would have four new tyres and no worry about size differences
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:35

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:35
No reason why not thats what diffs are for. There is always a difference due to wear patterns etc,
I have two Yokohama H/Ts on the rear and two Dunlop Grandtreks on the front. Nothing has gone wrong in 10,000k
Am shortly changng to two brand new and two s/hand BFG A/T's with about 3mm off them Dont see any probs.
My spares will be the two best of what I take off.
In saying that I would buy a matching one and have 4 the same.
Less steering issues etc with that.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 23:23

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 23:23
Mal, Should be fine, given your vehicle is full-time 4wd with open centre diff. I'd put the new tyres on the front.
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Follow Up By: cookymonster - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 14:12

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 14:12
2005 Prado is a nice vehicle still. I have the 2004 model. I would not skimp on something as cheap as tyres. Even if only aesthetic reasons. 4x4 have the luxury of cheap tyres ($250 - $500 each) that last a damn long time.
On my Hilux I replace Cooper STTs every 30,000 to 40,000 kms. But the BFG ATs on my Prado are a year and half old and have done min 50,000kms and still going very strong.
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