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:
- Good price
- Nice looking wheels
- Hybrid AT/MT tread
- Can be used on the pickup if this doesn’t work out
- 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
- Practicality as daily drivers
|Model||Pro Comp Series 5143|
|Wheel Size||17 x 9|
|Bolt Pattern||6 on 5.5|
|Max Load||2500 lbs|
|Finish||Satin Black and Milled Finish|
|Tire Brand, Model||Dick Cepek Fun Country|