tyre selection 4 new rims also snorkel uni filter question

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just brought some new black sunraysia 15x7 rims 4 my 97 hilux its my daily driver and get to go 4wd 1-3 x per year , im guessing i can put on a good cheap AT tyre ? and this will do the trick ? as it is mainly on the road ? at the moment i only have the standard skinnies on it with split rims (brought like this ) but they have to go !!!

seem as tho i dont do a great deal of 4wd is a snorkel worth the investment to help fuel economy mayb get an extra couple km/h out of her too ? or just go with 1 of those green sporty uni filters ?? whilst in cobar the other month filter got a fair bit of dust big difference once i cleaned it so im of the understanding clean freash air is important .

thx guys

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Reply By: Batt's - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 12:08

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 12:08
G'day I put Kumho KL78 on my patrol twin cab ute they are quiet have lot's of grip in the wet and on gravel roads 285x75x16 $219 each at Kmart the other dealers wanted $20 more per tyre I had Mickey Thompson ATZ on the patrol their shocking in the wet and not much better on the gravel Kumho's are good value for money if you want to spend more BFG A/T's are good to I only comment on tyres that I have actually tried.Good idea doing a snorkel and filter also I will be doing mine soon and a Hi-clone which doe's work have used them before. If you want to go to Kumho tyres Australia they have all the info you need good luck
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Follow Up By: luxyboy - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 17:51

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 17:51
thanx 4 reply appreciate the info ... yeah will prob just start with k&n filter /uni filter then as i get more serious get a snorkel will sus out the tyres too.....cheers

any 1 else have suggestestionsre filter and or snorkel
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Reply By: Ianw - Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 20:40

Saturday, Jul 31, 2010 at 20:40
Boss bought a truck (Rodeo) that had hade a Uni filter fitted previously. Engine was/is so badly "dusted" that even 80kph is a dream. Can flatten pedal for 3-4 seconds b4 engine will even rev up. OK for putting around the paddocks. Have heard similar stories from others with Unifilters. I would definately NOT consider fitting one !!

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Aug 01, 2010 at 06:49

Sunday, Aug 01, 2010 at 06:49
I have used a Unifilter in the OKA for 5 years and 150,000km of bush.
I won't be changing to anything else.

OKA196 Motorhome
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Reply By: Member - Scooby (WA) - Sunday, Aug 01, 2010 at 09:26

Sunday, Aug 01, 2010 at 09:26
Hi Luxyboy,
Snorkel is worth the investment if you are going anywhere near deep water, may help a bit in dusty conditions as well. I did not notice any power or fuel consumption changes with the snorkel in my 99 Hilux. The Uni filter works well as long as it is serviced regularly. I have noticed dust passing a Toyota paper element but not my Unifilter. Go for a cheaper A/T tyre in LT construction. I increased tyre size to 31 inch diameter and notice a substantial loss of power and the brakes are not as good. The price you pay for a bit more clearance under the diffs!!
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Follow Up By: luxyboy - Sunday, Aug 01, 2010 at 12:37

Sunday, Aug 01, 2010 at 12:37
thx scooby might just go with a uni filter 4 now as dont go near deep water atm, more beach driving bit of mud etc plus dont wanna spend alot of money as i have tyres to follow (bloody expensive!!) will go the A/T tyre whats the LT stand for ? (light truck ?) my rims i just brought are only 7 inch wide can i get big tyres 4 these or is it still on the skinny side of things ? might try and sell if thats the case and get a bigger set ?

nice set up u got there too

thx 4 the help :)
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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, Aug 01, 2010 at 11:48

Sunday, Aug 01, 2010 at 11:48
Just to set you straight Luxy you will find neither a snorkel or a " green sporty Uni filter" will noticeably improve either power or fuel consumption, in fact by moving to a set of wider tyres you will most likely see an increase.
What the Uni Filter will do is lower your servicing costs compared to using paper filters. Many I know that have tried oil soaked filters have gone back to original paper as they found they let less dust through.
As for tyres if price is the key factor then something like Batt was recomending (Kumo KL78 AT) in a 31x10.5 would probably suit your needs. The 285's as suggested would not suit the Lux nor are the rims wide enough.
Cheers Craig............
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Follow Up By: luxyboy - Sunday, Aug 01, 2010 at 12:53

Sunday, Aug 01, 2010 at 12:53
yeah crackles im assuming u meant decrease there instead of increase ?? from what ive read and understood as long as u clean out unifilter in special solution every 10 thou kms or so let completely dry and re oil they are ok to use.. yeah price is the main facor with tyres, rims i have are 15x7 sunnys whats widest biggest tyre i could put on these ?? youve put 31 x 10.5 here is the 10.5 gonna fit my 7 ?

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Reply By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 14:32

Tuesday, Aug 03, 2010 at 14:32
I have used a unifilter for 2 years & had no problems.
Just completed a 9000k trip to Darwin & return & all the filter needs is a clean up & reoiling.
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