Tire Choice

Tire Choice

Postby hugotaxi [OP] » July 31st 2014, 8:41pm

Boz from Hogo Taxi here, I bought a my van 2005 Safari with all terrain tires on it and they create a fairly loud noise when driving on the freeway. I want to replace them with a quieter tire and am looking for my best option. Here in Honolulu we don't have anything but a little rain every once and a while to deal with so my biggest concern is comfort and low noise. I do load it up with some pretty heavy loads coming out of the military bases so I was thinking about going to a 225/70/16 or even 225/75/16 so if anybody can give me some advice I would appreciate it, gas milage is a big concern too! Thank You, Thank You Very Much
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Re: Tire Choice

Postby Harleybowtie » July 31st 2014, 9:49pm

I put a set of 225/70/R16's on my 2000 Cargo van. I like them alot.

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Re: Tire Choice

Postby hugotaxi [OP] » July 31st 2014, 10:58pm

T hanks thats the direction that I am leaning, did you give up any noticeable gas milage?
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Re: Tire Choice

Postby Harleybowtie » August 1st 2014, 1:14pm

No change at all. Rides better, handles better.
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Re: Tire Choice

Postby Big_kid » August 1st 2014, 2:00pm

LT tires have a stiffer sidewall, giving less body roll in turns and corners. I have Grabber AT2's on my van. The tread is aggressive, but the noise is a lot less than I expected it to be. I don't hear it unless I'm listening for it.
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Re: Tire Choice

Postby Corsemoto » August 1st 2014, 7:53pm

I replaced the stock size 215/70-16 Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S tires (Load index 100S / SL, max load 1764 lbs, 50 psi, 30 lbs) with 235/70-16 Geolandar A/T-S (load index 107S / XL, max load 2149 lbs, 51 psi, 34 lbs) due to the higher load rating compared to other same sized passenger or LT rated tires.

Other 235/70-16:

BFG TA KO: Load index 104/101S / C, max load 1984 lbs, 50 psi, 38 lbs

BFG Rugged Terrain: Load index 104T / SL, max load 1804 lbs, 44 psi, 33 lbs

Firestone Destination A/T: Load index 104S / SL, max load 1984 lbs, 44 psi, 33 lbs

General Grabber AT2: Load index 106T / SL, max load 2094 lbs, 44 psi, 32 lbs

I was already happy with the characteristics of the first set of Geolandars and with the higher XL rated tires the improved all-around handling, empty or loaded. So looking at the specs is something to consider for the sizes you are interested in.
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Re: Tire Choice

Postby JohnCalvin » September 20th 2014, 3:40am

I did a lot of research on tires-- 215/75/R15. Michelin no longer makes this size. If you look at the reviews at tirerack.com, the #2 best tire was the Firestone Destination LE2. I just purchased 4, so I can't comment on them as far as long-term performance, etc. But, from the reviews they are good in wet conditions, are quiet, and even good in light snow.
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