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      Quote Originally Posted by ex670c View Post
      255/85/16 is 33".
      this should still be ok.

      Quote Originally Posted by ex670c View Post
      buy another set of steel rims and fit the MT Tyres for OTRs.
      let me find out how much are the stock rims are for the endeavour.

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      The MT's make any vehicle look butch, and you may find it tough to take them off!!!
      ROTFL yes they do.

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      Hey goddy, go to see you doing some upgrade.

      Coming to all terrain tires , here is my experience in my own vehicle.

      2010 JEEP THRILLS CHALLENGE HYD,

      Vehicle used was the prado shod with Dunlop grand trek all terrain tires, size 275/70r17 with 22psi of air filled.

      On hard gravel with obstacles , just spins away to glory.

      On grass + stones spins away to glory

      On slush they are as good as bald tires.

      They may work in gypsys and might be in JEEPS but for a suv with so much torque , even MT is not enough. IT will just keep spinning.

      Bighorns last easily upto 70k kms , no problem with grip on road .

      Buy a set of proper offroad tires , keep your original OE tires for regular use and family trips, after all your driver will change the tires for you

      You can see the front right tyre of the TLC in the 2nd pic spinning like its on butter , had to take it to 6000rpm in low range to get it out of that mess, but cant get away with speed all time when you have rocks etc
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      ex670c - Is it safe to do speeds in excess of 130kmph on M/T tyres?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Frankenstein View Post
      prado shod with Dunlop grand trek all terrain tires, size 275/70r17
      These are stock tires that come with the Prado. we have the same vehicle.

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      Bighorns last easily upto 70k kms
      let me see the options of getting another set of rims for offroad.

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      Goddy: Wonderful thread; a necessity!

      Arka: Great to see you here!

      Before we proceed any further, better clarity need on the intended vehicle for this threads discussion.

      I believe it is soft roaders (Safari's, Endy's, GV's and Scorpio's). In such a scenario, there is huge focus on daily street and highway driving capability and the 20% (higher estimate) of the time it might end up doing dirt. In such cases an AT will be more suited. Having an AT on a 4x2 SUV is good (better grip is never enough) and makes a whole lot more sense if you have a 4x4. Case point on my very first OTR at Sarjapur pits where another Safari with HT tires did skid dance when it met wet mud on track and had to be pushed out whereas my AT tires were able to drive thru.

      Arka's note (I believe) are on blows due to side wall strength are on extreme off-roading environments. In such scenario a MT (mud terrain or is it mountain terrain???) would do good, at the expense of having a shorter life span for the tire itself (~30k kms as note above).

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      Franky: Did you (or was it a friend of yours) who did the Avalakonda trail this year in a Prado? What tires was it running on? Feedback?

      EDIT again:

      And, welcome back Franky!
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      Arka, Can you please share statistics of tyre damage across brands and AT/MT? It would provide an interesting insight
      Feb 1997 Bajaj KB125 RTZ 49K km
      Mar 2003 Tata Indica V2 LSi 130K km
      Jan 2007 Tata Safari 3.0 DiCOR EX 4x4 148K km

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      These are not the stock tires , stock tires are some bridgestone H/T tires . These are after market proper A/T tires , what is there on the fortuner is the grand trek A/T 2 which has a milder thread and is smaller.

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      My Geolandars are going strong after 67000km. M/T tyres are a big no-no for regular use. Grip in the wet may be OK for slow vehicles - you will have your balls in your mouth on a vehicle that can do significant speeds.
      Feb 1997 Bajaj KB125 RTZ 49K km
      Mar 2003 Tata Indica V2 LSi 130K km
      Jan 2007 Tata Safari 3.0 DiCOR EX 4x4 148K km

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      Speed Rating

      Quote Originally Posted by mclaren1885 View Post
      ex670c - Is it safe to do speeds in excess of 130kmph on M/T tyres?
      Hi Rahul,

      Why Not, If the tyre is rated M, you can definitely do 130KMPH and more.

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      Tyre Damage

      Quote Originally Posted by hrag View Post
      Arka, Can you please share statistics of tyre damage across brands and AT/MT? It would provide an interesting insight
      Hi Hrishi,

      I don't have statistics, but will recollect from my memory as to how many tyre failures (Sidewall damage) I have seen in 4 Years. Will keep adding as I jog my memory

      5 Yokos, 3 A/T

      1 Wrangler, A/T

      1 Michelin LTX-AT

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