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NEED INPUT: I am VERY close to buying these S/T Maxx tires for my Stock wheels. I do NOT go off road, just going for the looks without getting a True Mud tire.
I am only driving Highway and City, ---> HOW IS THE ROAD NOISE AND DRIVING FEEL OF THESE COOPER S/T maxx Tires??? I am coming from the factory Dueler HWY Tire and NEED a more aggressive look but do not want to hamper the ride too much, Wifes car and she likes her CURRENT boring Tires. ANY HELP from you guys will assist.
Thanks (See Photo - Her FJ needs some SWEET TIRES)
Others should definitely weigh in on this but the ST MAXX will be considerably heavier than the OE tires in your picture, and will adversely affect your MPG. Conventional wisdom says that 10lbs of unsprung weight has the same effect on mileage, braking, and handling as 100lbs of onboard weight. And as we all know, carrying extra weight in your truck will sap some mileage on the daily drive. Since you just stated that you do NOT go off road I personally would recommend one of the standard load P-Metric 'Hybrid' tires that have the rugged look you're after but aren't much heavier than the OE tires, will ride and handle better, have 50k mileage warranties, and are probably less $$ than an E-Load tire like the ST MAXX.
My short list for you would include (in alpha-order) the BFGoodrich Rugged Terrain, the Cooper Discoverer AT3, and the Falken Wildpeak AT (aka the Rocky Mountain ATS at Discount Tire).
Pictures of those three tires in this thread - Hybrid Tires?
FYI, here's a comparison of the weights (per tire) for some different P-Metric and Light Truck (LT) tires in the 265/70-17 stock size
as a reference.
39lbs - Stock Bridgestone Dueler HT D684 II (P-Metric, Standard Load)
39.4lbs - BFG Rugged Terrain (P-Metric, Standard Load)
41lbs - Cooper Discoverer AT3 (P-Metric, Standard Load)
43lbs - Falken Wildpeak AT (P-Metric, Standard Load)
44lbs - Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac (LT, C-Load)
45.8lbs - BFG All Terrain KO (LT, C-Load)
50lbs - Cooper Discoverer AT3 (LT, C-Load)
54lbs - Falken Wildpeak AT (LT, E-Load)
55lbs - Cooper Discoverer ST MAXX (LT, E-Load)