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Re: 17" tyres for T31's.
Just purchased a set of 225/60/17s for my 2009 x trail.
Maxxis Bravo AT 771
They ride very smoothly, steering is very accurate and noise is no worse than highway tyres,
Even though the old tyres had no wobble at all, the new ones were originally a bit bumpy and wobbled a bit between 95 and 100 km/h until I replaced both front lower arm rubber bushes and realigned everything. Apparently the heavier rubber of an AT tyre with it'sbetter traction can show up faults in the suspension.
The car has only done 90,000 km and these rubber bushes were soft and perished.
17/Jun/2016, 11:12 pm
Fairly new here but just wanted to add my experience.
I bought my 2010 T31 about 2 years ago. It is an ST so came with Steel 16's, that was never going to last.
I fairly quickly bought some 17" steel wheels off a Mazda CX5, which come with 225/60 tyres. I mainly bought them for the wheels, but the tyres had 5000 km left so that was a bonus. They were good but the speedo still wasn't right, calculated that i needed 225/70's to get the job done.
I sought out a pair of 17" alloys which had tyres that were way too small. I found some 225/70's and fitted them to the alloys, took the tyres off the alloys and put them on the CX5 wheels and sold them, and i sold the original 16's with tyres. and at this point i was out of pocket about $80 ( second hand 225/70's had about 90% tread)
After a small amount of fiddling i removed any significant rubbing, and ran that set for about 40K km.
They were getting low, so i scouted out another set of ( even nicer) 17" alloys off sn import Skyline for $100
I bought another set of 225/70 Dunlop AT20's, ( this time out of pocket $80 for 5 tyres ( one brand new and 4 99% tread ) and fitted to the new rims and they are on the car now.
I have a camper trailer, so the two best old 225/70's are going on the trailer, one of the others will go in the wheel well ( practically flat to fit it in ), and the other on the front of the trailer as easy access for either car or trailer, here in lies the main reason for looking for another set of wheels.
As matter of course, i have a working compressor and a plug kit in the boot at all times, and 99% of the time this will be easier fix than changing to the spare, and avoids the speed limit issue, and i seriously would not have used the spare with such a big difference anyway.
My dad has been a mechanic for over 30 years, i have been helping him for more than 20 years ( although i stopped for a while there while i was being a mechanical engineer, I quit and now work for myself and have time to help again) , i have installed probably a hundred tyre plugs over the years, and dad probably many hundreds, and none have ever failed. A lot of tyre places wont fit them any more stating they are illegal, which is nonsense, and sell you a new tyre. I fitted the tyres myself as dad has a tyre changer, so all of the stuffing around would have cost a bit if you have to pay someone to do it. These tyres have a good solid bead and take quite a bit of pressure to seat, so i am confident to run them low.
For those who stockton beach, i have used these tyres from Anna bay to Tin City without airing down ( 40PSI ), but from there dropped to about 20 as the sand is way softer all the way to williamtown. Have run them at 16 without issues.
So in my experience the 225/70/17 Dunlop AT20s are great on my t31. They are nice and squishy on the beach, nice and grippy in the dry, better than others i have had on road in the wet, but not a performance tyre so get to know your limit! Speedo is 1% over with new tyres, and less than 1% under when fully worn
If you have 17's keep them and go for bigger tyres.
If you have 16's, go for 17's and get bigger tyres.
25/Jul/2016, 11:06 pm
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