I had originally wanted to get either BFG KO2s, Toyo Open Country A/T, or Nitto Terra Grapplers in 255/55/18, but without some work that I wasn't willing to do, they wouldn't fit.
The next option for an A/T tire in something that will fit was typically 17" rim based. I actually like the OEM 18's, and didn't want to spend the extra money for wheels (although I might have been able to sell the OEM's to recover that expense).
Looking at what others on this forum have done, there are the old Geolandar A/Ts in the OEM size, but I wanted a 29" tire and they are being discontinued.
Then I find the new Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015
's, which is a replacement for the old Geo A/Ts. Looking through the sizes, they make this in 235/60/18 which should fit the FXT.
These are A/T tires, and also rated for severe snow, which is important here in Colorado.
Here are the specs on the tire:
Originally Posted by yokohama.com
LOAD I.D.: XL
UTQG RATING: 600/A/B
UNIT WEIGHT (LBS): 33.0
RIM WIDTH (MEAS): 7.0
RIM WIDTH (APPR): 6.5 - 8.5
OVERALL WIDTH (INCHES): 9.3
OVERALL DIAMETER (INCHES): 29.1
TREAD WIDTH (INCHES): 7.1
TREAD DEPTH: 12
STATIC RADIUS (INCHES): 13.3
MAX LOAD AT COLD INFLATION PRESSURE (LBS. @PSI) SINGLE: [email protected]
As a note, the 235/65/17 Geo G015 are the same dimensions and would fit exactly the same as these.
These tires are 8lbs heavier than the OEM Bridgeston Dueler H/L 400's (but the same weight as the 235/55/18 Dueler H/L Alenza Plus that I had on before these).
With some help from rimsntires.com:
Originally Posted by rimsntires.com
Package 2 is 5 mm (0.2'') closer to suspension/brakes components. Acceptable for most cars.
Package 2 will stick out 5 mm (0.2'') farther. Acceptable for most cars.
Will fill out the wheelwell by extra 17 mm. Make sure that you have enough room under the fender. If not, consider lower profiles or smaller rims.
When speedometer reads 60mph (96.6km/h) actual speed will be 62.9mph (101.3km/h): 4.8% faster.
So, everything looks good there.
After waiting for the backorder to arrive, I got them installed:
And what about clearance?
Here's the strut clearance:
That's close, but enough gap to allow for tire expansion at speed, tire flex over a bump, etc.
There is a small amount of rub on the front part of the fender liner at full lock:
This is why the wider 255/55/18 tires would not fit, the outside face of the tire is an extra 10mm further out, and would hit the fender liner, and probably the mud guard. (And may hit the strut on the inside without spacers, but spacers move the outside of the tire even further out.)
Here's a shot of the tread pattern for this size since any other picture I've seen is just an "example" tread:
So, overall first impression is good. Tires are quiet on the road, and seem to be good with dry traction. I don't notice the extra weight of the tires since the Alenzas that were on before were this weight.
I've only got 50 miles on them so far, but I will add a review after going softroading next month, as well as when I put more miles on them, and again when it snows here or if we get a heavy rain.
If you have a set of these on your 14+, post up your experience with them.