2003 Prado A/T tyres

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 16:06
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Does anyone have an update on any manufacturer who has produced a 265/65.R17 A/T tyre for the new Prado. I was about to buy a set of Cooper 265/70.R17's but realised the larger diameter would mean I can't fit the spare to the rear door and I don't particularly want to carry two spares on the roof rack.
I had a look at what is required to fit 16" wheels and don't want to go down that road.

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Reply By: Outnabout David (SA) - Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 21:35

Sunday, Jan 11, 2004 at 21:35

You can fit the tyres to the rear door or at least you can with the BFG's 265 70 17. I just needed a couple of spacers to give clearence to the body.We have so little time to enjoy our land
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Follow Up By: Joe - Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 14:08

Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 14:08
I fitted Mickey Thompson Baja MTX on my 2003 Prado. No problems with the door fit.
Travelled 18,000 Km,only a small amount of road noise increase on bitchmin,lots of dirt road travelling and many tracks. I am very pleased with them.
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Follow Up By: Joe - Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 17:54

Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 17:54
Just adding to my earlier post
They are 265/70 and I must admit, when new, I suspected I did hear them rub slightly on a hard right lock that was bumping and thumping
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Reply By: Graeme - Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 17:02

Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 17:02

I own a 2000 Prado. Fitting larger diameter tyres (265/75R16 v 265/70R16) meant, in my case, that the 'hard' spare cover no longer fitted? Is that your concern?

You may also want to check that the larger diameter tyres have adequate wheel arch clearance when you are on full lock; again not a problem with lifted Prados.

Good luck.
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Follow Up By: KIM - Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 18:44

Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 18:44
Thanks for the helpful advice guys. One of the things I didn't mention, is the Prado is the latest model.
The spare wheel is resessed into the door by quite a margin. However, I'll take the wheel off and have a look to see if spacers will solve the problem.
As far as full lock is concerned. I'll talk to the local tyre guy, or fit a tyre to see what happens.
The Prado will be going over a lot of hard ground in the next 3 years, so it's imperative the tyre problem is fixed. Otherwise you may come across bleached bones in the desert!

Once again, many thanks
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Follow Up By: Member - Russell S - Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 19:29

Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 19:29
Hmmm. All the things you find out once you've got the thing. Yet another (albeit small) limitation of the new Prado that wasn't there in the old one. 17 inch wheels, recessed spare, less clearance..... Often relatively easy to fix, but irritating.. Hope you solve it! Let us know how you go.Russell S
Prado RV6
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Reply By: KIM - Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 21:55

Monday, Jan 12, 2004 at 21:55
Hi Russell,
That was a very good description of the joys and tribulations of 4WDing. The new Prado is a fantastic vehicle. However, what I'm suffering from is the "future of 4WD design" I guess we will all have to start living with the fact that "design for for purpose" is quickly going out the door!
I'm a little bit grumpy at the moment with certain aspects of the design, but I'm sure I'll get over it with some thought and, help from you guys.
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Follow Up By: Joe - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 12:22

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 12:22
I had a lady back into my 120 series Prado rear plastic bumper, spliting and bending it. A cool $1,000 to replace it. It is the most usless piece of cosmetic plastic. This one was on her insurance company. It does look rather suseptable to damage if hooked while 4wd driving as it would just tear off, so if you come accross any protection alternatives without to much compromise to the departure angle please let me know. I think I might put out a new post for feed back while I'm at it.

I agree overall it is a smooth, slick, quiet car that is extremely comfortable whatever the terrain. I have just ordered ARB air locker for the rear which I feel will ensure that it's off road ability is right at the pointy end of anything available.
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Reply By: KIM - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 18:35

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 18:35
Hi Joe,
What are the diff locks worth without the compressor(fitted)?

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Follow Up By: Joe - Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 23:47

Tuesday, Jan 13, 2004 at 23:47
Hi Kim,

Rear ARB air locker with compressor are $2041, plus $48 for pump kit for inflating tyres. The diff lock on it's own $1940,

No front diff locker available yet but even if it was I not sure I would have it as it effects the steering so much and according to experts you are "on" and "off"constantly to steer.

I spend a lot of time out photographing mostly traveling alone or with my wife,usually mid week and lots of little trips 3-5 days. Got 9 trips in during 2003!,travelling mostly mid week, I often go hours and sometimes all day without seeing another car so I have set up to be as independant as possible. I have set up the car so that I can stand on the roof rack to take pictures, so stopping and getting into position often gets me into trouble with ditches,bog holes.
The diff lock gives me a lot more independence, along with a shovel,exhaust Jack, hand winch, snatch strap
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Reply By: farmer - Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 16:16

Wednesday, Jan 14, 2004 at 16:16
In a earlier article it was mentioned that if you ran your hand around the inside of the front tyre you struck the independant suspension arm ( I think that is what it is ). You can hardly get your finger between the tyre and the intrusion. I could see this causing great problems with any tyre even slightyly bigger. How have people found this problem ??
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