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Old 01-29-2009, 10:52 PM #1
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Best tires for pavement/highway driving???

What tires do you all recommend for highway/road driving? Looking for a quiet long lasting tire. I keep hearing alot about these REVOs. Are these my best bet? Thanks
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I really like the Michelin Cross terrains on my runner for the highway.......they seem to have a very good reputation as well. Super smooth and quiet on the road.

That being said, I wish they would wear out so I can get some nice AT's for mine! Problem is, everyone keeps telling me my Michelins are going to "last forever"...hmmmm
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The CrossTerrains are tough to beat for an on-road/dirt road/sand tire. They are ultra quiet, very resistant to hydroplaning and they ride nice. I expect my OEM CT's will go better than 50k.
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I have the BF Goodrich Radial Long Trail T/A, they are quite and smooth. It does not have the best ratings like the Michelins in Tire Rack but they have atleast 50% better traction than the Dunflops. It has the asymetric design for stability coz BFGs usually have wide shoulders.
And have the Raised Oultlined White Letters and looks aggressive for a highway tire.

If you like Micheliins and BFGs, I think Costco has the best deal. I got mine with $60 discount for a set...
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I have the BF Goodrich Radial Long Trail T/A, they are quite and smooth. It does not have the best ratings like the Michelins in Tire Rack but they have atleast 50% better traction than the Dunflops. It has the asymetric design for stability coz BFGs usually have wide shoulders.
And have the Raised Oultlined White Letters and looks aggressive for a highway tire.

If you like Micheliins and BFGs, I think Costco has the best deal. I got mine with $60 discount for a set...
Great timing on this thread! I came on here today to do some research on this exact topic, and have been looking at the BF Goodrich Radial Long Trail T/A to replace my oem Michelins. I have 70k miles on the 4runner, and the Michelins are starting to show thier age. When doing my brake job last weekend, I noticed the rear tires are probably 1mm from the wearbars. The fronts are probably 1.5-2mm from the bars "haven't rotated in 10k miles". I really don't want to spend the money, as we're preparing to move to Chicago in two weeks, and spending a lot of cash right now to get the house ready and so forth. BUT, I also don't really feel comfortable driving all that way on those Michelins either. The Michelins are actually starting to rot on the inside part of the tire, along the rim. The rubber is spidering. And so is the spare tire underneath. So, I guess I've got to bite the bullet on this one, damnit. The car is originally from Illinois too, and I think the winters and road salt are what caused the spidering rubber. Since I'm not going to be driving the 4runner nearly as much after we move, I'm hesitant to spend the extra money on the Michelins, if they're just going to spider again in that kind of environment.

Michelins are about $210 per tire, but the BF's are in the $130's range. That's about a $300 +/- difference. So, borgzman, you really like your BF's? How do they handle in the heavy rains? Snow? Are they close to the Michelin's in terms of the quiet and smooth ride? Soft sidewall to absorb a lot of the bumps?

Thanks borgzman for you help!
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For an on-road tire, do not get an all-terrain tire like the REVO. They are heavier, which means a hit on MPG. They are stiffer, which means harsher ride. Go with an all-season type tire. They will ride better, last longer and get you the best MPG. There are a ton available on tirerack (filter for highway all-seasons). I like the Michelin M/S, but they are $159/each. Not sure what your budget is.
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Check out the Bridgestone Dueler Alenza H/L too... I have used them on a few vehicles. As a purely on-road, no-snow tire, rain tire they're very good.


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Costco has great deals to. Especially the coupon thing that comes around every 6 months. I was a discount tire store person for many years till I tried Costco. Good service and much alike discount tire except that with discount tire you can kind of haggle as long as you can back it up and not go stupid overboard.
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Great timing on this thread! I came on here today to do some research on this exact topic, and have been looking at the BF Goodrich Radial Long Trail T/A to replace my oem Michelins. I have 70k miles on the 4runner, and the Michelins are starting to show thier age. When doing my brake job last weekend, I noticed the rear tires are probably 1mm from the wearbars. The fronts are probably 1.5-2mm from the bars "haven't rotated in 10k miles". I really don't want to spend the money, as we're preparing to move to Chicago in two weeks, and spending a lot of cash right now to get the house ready and so forth. BUT, I also don't really feel comfortable driving all that way on those Michelins either. The Michelins are actually starting to rot on the inside part of the tire, along the rim. The rubber is spidering. And so is the spare tire underneath. So, I guess I've got to bite the bullet on this one, damnit. The car is originally from Illinois too, and I think the winters and road salt are what caused the spidering rubber. Since I'm not going to be driving the 4runner nearly as much after we move, I'm hesitant to spend the extra money on the Michelins, if they're just going to spider again in that kind of environment.

Michelins are about $210 per tire, but the BF's are in the $130's range. That's about a $300 +/- difference. So, borgzman, you really like your BF's? How do they handle in the heavy rains? Snow? Are they close to the Michelin's in terms of the quiet and smooth ride? Soft sidewall to absorb a lot of the bumps?

Thanks borgzman for you help!
Handling in Heavy Rains:
nc211, again I didn't claim this tire(BFG Radial Long Trail) to be better than those Michelins as others have their good stories too. I have very limited experiences on tires here in the US, and they are the Dunlops, BFG Long Trail and BFG RADIAL Long Trail and can compare that on wet and slippery roads the Radial Long Trail is 50% better than the Dunlops and thats about hydroplaning resistance and traction
The Dunlops almost killed me and my family last year, it was my first time driving on slippery icy road(I think 8 months liscense US driver at that time) and weeks later I drove the same route with the BFG Radial Long Trail and my confidence is back! and gone 50-65 MPH on very slippery highway, leaving all others putting their chains on and I only have the 2WD. They are also good in light snow, like 3 inches..
Here's a video with BFG Radial Long Trail @ 50-65 MPH on slippery icy road..no hydroplaning unlike the skate dunflops
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeXklg6MVO8
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I use mine 4runner 95% on paved roads. My stock Bridgestone 840s lasted 40k and did fine - nothing fancy but did fine all around. I replaced with Cross Terrains and have put about 25k on those. They are quiet and comfortable, seem more resistant to hydroplaning than the stocks, and have what seems to be much more than half tread left (haven't technically measured in a while). They are a great tire, if a little boring. But boring is a good thing with a highway tire. The less I notice them the better I guess, at least for an all season.
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michelin cross terrains are one of the best if not the best. i remember plowing through over a foot of fresh snow on the highway going about 40-50 without any issues... of course there were no other cars on the road since it was the middle of a blizzard (jan 05). Another time I was driving on the highway in torrential downpour... where you can barely see anything in front of you. I was wondering why i was passing all these cars... but realized how great the 4wd and tires were on the 4runner. great tread wear rating too!
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merchants tire is having a great sale on the cross terrains. i'm having all 4 put on today, with lifetime protection and balance/rotations, for $850 out the door!
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I just was on the Tire Rack comparison web site...the Cross Terrain has the BF Goodrich hands down for slippery roads...and we get those in PA...looks like about $200 more for a set of 4 than the BFG's....
I have MS2's on my Taco now and they did great in PA last winter! They are an option 2 and rate out well on Tire Rack..

Anyone with MS2's on a 4Runner???
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I currently have a set of "Michelin Latitude" on my 2003 2WD V8. They are quiet and have a smooth ride. I think they are great highway (on pavement) tires.
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What tires do you all recommend for highway/road driving? Looking for a quiet long lasting tire. I keep hearing alot about these REVOs. Are these my best bet? Thanks
Hey Rhino. Good question. Alot of folks on here like the whole a/t type tires which we all know is a highway tire not an on road.. I would recommend a few things for you to consider when purchasing your tires. So far i have found Discount tire direct to have one of the best deals so far. Also more than likely you r running the factory 17 or so. I have ran toyo proxes, and also nitto nt 420s, and i am about to put on Bfg g force kdw. im an on road person any how. In your case i would play with the tire sizes to see if your price changes. As far as the profile and the width. Also call DTD and negotiate with them they will give you a good price maybe even a rebate. Check the treadwear numbers eg. 440 aa. the higher the number the most certain the longer the tire will last.
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