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Tires P-rated vs LT vs P-XL?

Been looking at a new set of Toyo open country AT 2 to go on my stock 20Ē wheels.

The size Iím looking for 275/55r20 is only available in a P rating.

However they also make it in an XL version in that size. However it does not come with the mountain snowflake rating that the non XL version does.

Anyone know what the XL rating means for the construction of the tire? Any improvements to the sidewall or tread puncture resistance? Toyo refers to it as extra load but not sure what that means and thereís not a lot of info on their website.

They also make it in an LT 265/60r20 which is slightly narrower and a bit bigger in diameter. Might rub a bit as the smaller size rubbed slightly but probably livable.

Having trouble deciding which to go with so if anyone with experience with these tires has any input Iíd appreciate it. I do off road. Nothing too aggressive but more than just fsr. However itís few and far between four serious off roading these days. I like the idea of better fuel economy from a p rated but worry about blowing a tire as I never have with an LT.
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All trd pros come with P rated all terrain tires(Nitto Terra grappler) and it seems to do well in this video.
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All trd pros come with P rated all terrain tires(Nitto Terra grappler) and it seems to do well in this video.
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Good to know. Do the trd pro guys have any issues with sidewall strength?
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I just bought some E load tires falken wildpeaks 265 70 17 (stock size) also got an alignment after. I guess I got lucky on the people who balanced them because no shimmy or shake at all at any speed. I have 42 psi in fronts and 40 psi in rear the ride is perfectly fine not harsh at all. I don't have KDSS.
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You may find this thread of owners offroading their 5th gens on P-metric tires valuable. I did. If You Off-road Your 5th Gen with P-metric Tires Please Vote

I have decided for my medium duty offroading that I am not afraid of P-metric tires, and am buying P265/70R17 Wildpeaks next month.

If you're extremely concerned about your sidewalls offroading, you could consider getting rid of your 20" wheels to start, those shorter sidewalls aren't helping in the durability department.
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Been looking at a new set of Toyo open country AT 2 to go on my stock 20” wheels.

The size I’m looking for 275/55r20 is only available in a P rating.

However they also make it in an XL version in that size. However it does not come with the mountain snowflake rating that the non XL version does.

Anyone know what the XL rating means for the construction of the tire? Any improvements to the sidewall or tread puncture resistance? Toyo refers to it as extra load but not sure what that means and there’s not a lot of info on their website.

They also make it in an LT 265/60r20 which is slightly narrower and a bit bigger in diameter. Might rub a bit as the smaller size rubbed slightly but probably livable.

Having trouble deciding which to go with so if anyone with experience with these tires has any input I’d appreciate it. I do off road. Nothing too aggressive but more than just fsr. However it’s few and far between four serious off roading these days. I like the idea of better fuel economy from a p rated but worry about blowing a tire as I never have with an LT.
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P rated, it is a passenger vehicle after all. LT only if you want more unsprang weight and pay more money.
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Thatís missing some context ^

If youíre sticking to highways and well maintained dirt/gravel roads, P-Metric tires will be just fine.

If youíre venturing off-road or desire stronger sidewalls for added puncture protection, then look at LTís.

I chose BFG K02ís on several truck based vehicles, like the 4Runner, Jeep JK, etc.

Iíve had great luck with Yokohama Geolander G015 and Falken Wildpeak tires on Subarus and other car based SUVís.
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If you’re sticking to highways and well maintained dirt/gravel roads, P-Metric tires will be just fine.

If you’re venturing off-road or desire stronger sidewalls for added puncture protection, then look at LT’s.
Your post is just as lacking in context.

Again, I've posted a link to that long running thread here of owners offroading, often very heavily, on P-metric tires (usually A/Ts and M/Ts).

10% of respondents in that thread that have offroaded their 4Runners on P-metrics had tire failures at some point. 90% did not.

Whether to go with LT's offroading in one's relatively lightweight 4Runner is a personal call. It is by no means required, and it is far from a guarantee that you will just pop a good P-metric A/T or M/T offroading. A guy on that thread had done 5,000 heavy offroading miles on his P-metrics, nothing but smiles. Perhaps the most important question discussed in that thread was how many situations really exist offroad where a P-metric would pop.... where the same tire in an LT would not. Like others, I would estimate those situations do exist, but are few and far between.

Companies like Falken have explicitly stated that the puncture protection of their P-metric Wildpeak is EQUAL to that of the LT Wildpeak--the LTs are for heavy high load vehicles, not for extra pointy rock protection. Good enough for me, I'm willing to believe what the manufacturer says.
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Your post is just as lacking in context.

Again, I've posted a link to that long running thread here of owners offroading, often very heavily, on P-metric tires (usually A/Ts and M/Ts).

10% of respondents in that thread that have offroaded their 4Runners on P-metrics had tire failures at some point. 90% did not.

Whether to go with LT's offroading in one's relatively lightweight 4Runner is a personal call. It is by no means required, and it is far from a guarantee that you will just pop a good P-metric A/T or M/T offroading. A guy on that thread had done 5,000 heavy offroading miles on his P-metrics, nothing but smiles. Perhaps the most important question discussed in that thread was how many situations really exist offroad where a P-metric would pop.... where the same tire in an LT would not. Like others, I would estimate those situations do exist, but are few and far between.

Companies like Falken have explicitly stated that the puncture protection of their P-metric Wildpeak is EQUAL to that of the LT Wildpeak--the LTs are for heavy high load vehicles, not for extra pointy rock protection. Good enough for me, I'm willing to believe what the manufacturer says.

Good for you. The internet is full of experts!
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Ive never had a problem with p rated tires. Having said that more ply obviously better. But a long nail or long narrow sharp rock is gonna go through 4ply or 10 ply if hit right anyway.
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Hate to open up this can if worms, but the 245s give pretty good rim protection on the 7Ē 20s. Why not go 245 or 255? I would worry more about peeling the tire off the rim with a super pinched 275 than I would popping a sidewall. Just imho.

Also weight is your enemy. Check out the specs. The 20s are already heavy. The factory 245s are much lighter than the factory 17Ē tires so it almost evens out. But xl rating and especially LT in 275 is going to turn them into boat anchors.


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To update this thread. I went with the P rated Toyo Open country AT2 in a 275. I ran them for several years. One of the longest wearing A/T tires I've ran in terms of mileage. No sidewall or puncture issues. I just recently replaced with with the new Open Country A/T3 which I find slightly better all around and I just hope they last as long as the AT2.
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To update this thread. I went with the P rated Toyo Open country AT2 in a 275. I ran them for several years. One of the longest wearing A/T tires I've ran in terms of mileage. No sidewall or puncture issues. I just recently replaced with with the new Open Country A/T3 which I find slightly better all around and I just hope they last as long as the AT2.
I presume the implication is that your new A/T3's are also P-metric?

I got my P265/70R17 Wildpeaks on a month ago. Took them on a few miles of realllly pointy rocky trails this past weekend, no issues. Not expecting drama in the 50-100 miles of Colorado offroading I'm doing next month.
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