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Upgrading to All-Terrain tires in factory (or close to it) sizes

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I'm loving my 19 Adventure so far, but the one thing I feel it's lacking is better/more aggressive tires to go with the "light Off Road" feel the rest of the car gives off. In an ideal world I'd down size to 17" wheels and BFG K02's for a larger, more comfortable side wall. But seeing as that's at least $2000 worth of wheels and tires, it's not exactly in the budget right now. So, I've been playing with the idea of just replacing the tires and not the wheels. Don't get me wrong, I love the look of the factory wheels, but being 19" drastically reduces the tire options.

So I spent some time on Tire Rack looking at options. It appears the most aggressive A/T option they offer in the factory size of 235/55-19, is the Yokohama Geolander A/T G015. It doesn't look like an awful tire, but not quite as aggressive as I'd like. And according to the Yokohama website, it only has a tread width of 7.5". Ideally I'd want something with a tread width of 8" or higher.

I noticed the Geolander also comes in a 255/55-19 with a 8.1" width and almost a full inch taller at 30" (vs 29.1" on the factory size tire). Maybe this is a more common size? Let's find out!

Back to Tire Rack and I search 255/55-19 and I come up with a new option, the Continental TerrainContact A/T. It also carries a 30" height, 8" width, and has a more aggressive tread pattern. It also seems as though the Continental gets better ratings on Tire Rack, if you believe they carry any weight.

So that's where I'm at. I wanted to get the opinion of the community. I'm thinking, for me, the Continental may be my best option, IF the 30" will fit with out rubbing on my factory height Adventure.
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I would stick with a tire that is 29.1", if you need to go with a smaller rim size I would just do that. save up some more money.
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I wish you luck in your search. I went with the XLE model (17" wheels) which offers more options. For me, the BFG is more aggressive than I want. My 1st choice would be the Nitto Terra Grapplers in 245/65-17. But I'd prefer something closer to stock size and the Geolander looks much closer to what I would want and is available in stock size.


If you switch wheels you might want to take a look at the Nitto tires. I just installed the 3rd set on my FJ Cruiser. It's a 40,000 mile tire with great traction on all surfaces and not loud either.

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If you shop around, you should be able to get a set of 16" wheels with good tires like Falken Wildpeak A3TWs (great quality without the BFG pricetag) for perhaps $1200 installed. I really shopped around and will have about $900 or so into my set of 4 wheels amd tires, with slightly oversized 30.1" tires. I expect to get $700-900 out of my stock 19s, so the whole swap will cost me a couple hundred bux, at most.

I, too, wanted a more aggressive tread, a taller sidewall for comfort (both on and off road), and the ability to air down a bit for more traction. Below is a representation of the new wheels and tires, compared to the stock 19s.

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I'm quite happy with the stock 17" wheels and have an FJ for severe off-roading. Are you familiar with the Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires? They start at a 17" but the 65 looks to have plenty of sidewall. My FJ has factory size tires which are 70 series. I thought it needed more sidewall at first, but they work great.

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If going aftermarket, and one stated desire is increased sidewall height, there are no objective downsides to getting 16s instead of 17s. For a given type, 16" wheels and tires are cheaper, lighter, and will allow for greater ride comfort.

FWIW, handling will not inherently be affected by the smaller rim (a tire's effect on handling crispness is mostly dependent on tire pressure)--even Formula 1 tires have more sidewall than any stock Rav4!
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I'm running Pirelli Scorpion All Terrain Plus Tires in 235/70R16 on KMC Bully 708 Wheels that have +30 offset. No rubbing whatsoever. I paid 1550 CAD for the whole setup, so you could probably find it for 1200 USD.
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I'm getting 17" wheels with BFG All-Terrain 245/65/17 ... A local dealership had those on, and there's a huge difference.. I just hope it doesn't rub..
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I'm getting 17" wheels with BFG All-Terrain 245/65/17 ... A local dealership had those on, and there's a huge difference.. I just hope it doesn't rub..
That seems to be the safe size combo that everyone is recommending. I just don't have that kind of cash to drop right now.
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That seems to be the safe size combo that everyone is recommending. I just don't have that kind of cash to drop right now.

2 local shops quoted me $1,650 for parts and labor... Doesn't sound too bad to me, but I don't know where I'm gonna store my factory ones..
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