Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Anchorage, AK USA
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Tires: Ponderings & Ruminations
So, I’m stressing over an upcoming (within the next year) tire purchase for my FJ and my wife’s FJ. I’m hoping the collective hive mind will lead me to the correct decision on these tires.
We each have 2014 FJ Cruisers with original equipment in original condition. Our FJs are “standard”. No lifts. No BMCs. Just regular FJs that we love. They are 4WD with automatic transmissions and original Toyota rims. We live in Anchorage, AK and run Blizzak tires in the Winter - usually from late October to early April. Occasionally, we get snow earlier or later than listed, but this occurs infrequently. They are our “daily drivers” - my wife drives about 15 miles per day and I drive about 6 miles per day - on average.
My preferred size: 255/80R17
I’m pretty sure I want to run “pizza cutters” on my FJ. My concern is that most folks on this forum don’t recommend LT tires for an FJ. I can’t seem to find a tire in my preferred size that is not an LT tire. My first tire choice is the Cooper S/T Maxx with the Goodrich M/T KM2 tires being a distant second choice.
Would this tire (LT255/80R17) fit on an unmodified FJ?
Would the added weight be an issue? This tire weighs 58#, the KM2 tires weigh 57#, and my Bridgestone Duelers weigh 40#.
Would the spare fit on my back door?
Would the original FJ tire cover fit?
Do I need to do anything about my TPMS sensors?
Do I need to do anything about my speedometer?
Should I buy 5 tires - a spare in the same size, or would my original Dueler spare work in 265/70R17 fit?
2nd choice: 255/75R17
My second choice would be a P255/75R17 tire. From what I’ve read on here, this tire should fit my FJ with no issues. In this size I’m thinking of the Goodyear Duratrac tires (43#). My second tire choice in this size would be the Cooper S/T Maxx (54#) and my third choice is the Goodrich M/T KM2 (50#) tires. The reason the S/T Maxx is not my preferred choice is due to the extreme weight compared to the non LT Duratrac.
3rd choice: 265/70R17
Finally, my last choice would be the P265/70R17 size and again I’m thinking of Duratrac tires (45#) with the S/T Maxx tires (55#) in second place.
We want something that will hold up well to mainly paved road driving, rarely perform in the winter, and be “tougher looking” than our original FJ tires. What do you all think would be a good tire considering what I’ve listed above?
Sorry for the NOOB questions and beating a dead horse.
2014 Quicksand FJ