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4Runner Wheels & Tires

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I ran across a good deal for a set of wheels and tires that a shop ordered for a customer that didn’t work out. While I wasn’t quite ready to commit to tires, I really hadn’t planned on new wheels. I simply intended to use the stock Toyota alloy wheels and stick to a tire size that would be appropriate – something like a BFGoodrich 275/75R17 that I am running on the Grand Cherokee.

Admittedly, Dick Cepek wasn’t on my radar as a tire choice. My impression of them is that they are oriented toward more gnarly off road applications, and I was thinking more along the line of BFG (which I’ve used exclusively since the early ’80’s). If I thought of straying away from BFG then I was thinking Toyo or Cooper. We’ll see how they work out.

Given my plans for a 3″ lift, the LT285/70′ size would work for the 4Runner, even if the Cepek Fun Country’s were at the largest end of the scale. The fact that I got the whole package – mounted, balanced, and out the door for about the cost of 3 tires may have slightly influenced the decision.

As a contingency, my Silverado is currently running 285/70R17’s and is due for new tires, so if they don’t work out on the 4Runner they should be fine on the pickup.

Pros & Cons at this point:

Pros

  • Good price
  • Nice looking wheels
  • Hybrid AT/MT tread
  • Can be used on the pickup if this doesn’t work out

Cons

  • Weight – Each wheel & tire combination comes in at 90 lbs
  • Largest tire that can reasonably be used; the weight and size will impact mileage significantly more than a 32″ tire
  • My effective gear ratio goes to 3.57 – 4% over the stock 3.727 and double the difference over a 275/75 at 2%
  • I don’t like lifting these beasts. I can’t imaging lifting this onto a bumper mount tire carrier.

Yet to be determined:

  • Road noise
  • Handling
  • Practicality as daily drivers

 

WHEEL SPECIFICATIONS
Model Pro Comp Series 5143
Construction Aluminum
Wheel Size 17 x 9
Bolt Pattern 6 on 5.5
Max Load 2500 lbs
Back Spacing 4.5″
Offset -6
Center Bore 108
Weight 31 lbs
Finish Satin Black and Milled Finish
TIRE SPECIFICATIONS
Tire Brand, Model Dick Cepek Fun Country
Type Hybrid AT/MT
Size LT285/70R17
Load Rating E
Weight 59 lbs
Height 33″
Section Width 11.5″
Tread Width 9.3″

 

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