2002 Rodeo 245 70R 16 Quiet on hwy + good off-road?

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2002 Rodeo 245 70R 16 Quiet on hwy + good off-road?

Postby Ed92Rodeo » Wed May 11, 2016 8:01 pm

Title about says it all. Bought this '02 Rodeo 3.2 4wd at late March. Michelin X Radial LT P245 70R 16 is what's mounted now. The tires were getting worn, especially the fronts on the outside tread, while the rears could go another year or two if I wanted to be thrifty and only replace the fronts with the same tire.

But the highway noise can be unbearable on certain sections, so this makes me think I need different rubber all the way around. We have some stretches of concrete pavement with "rain grooves" or some sort of resurfacing action that has been done by the repair crews. On these sections of road, I can't have the window open much at all due to the ear-piercing wail from the tires. Tarred seams and other minor road imperfections are also transmitted as a harsh, bumpy and noisy ride. How much of this is due to worn tires/suspension or this particular Michelin tire is unknown by me. But if there are tire choices based on my preferences that would help me narrow the field, I'd love to hear about 'em!

We also off-road a fair amount. Just negotiating our driveway can be a challenge in heavy rain or deep snows and we need year-round highway use for our business. A couple long road trips are likely too. Picking off a website gives me choices based on cool-looking tread patterns, but not much else.

Any Rodeo-friendly quiet on pavement, smooth riding but grippy all-season tires to choose from? Probably quiet and smooth on pavement is better than strong offroad ability, but I'll take both if I can get 'em. I'll include an alignment and rotor resurface as part of the job, new shocks are probably needed also. Perpetual Thanks for any opinions!
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Re: 2002 Rodeo 245 70R 16 Quiet on hwy + good off-road?

Postby walsnart » Thu May 12, 2016 6:38 pm

Do you want a P or LT rated tire?

The cooper AT3 comes in 245/75 and C (LT) rating. It will be a bit larger and tougher than a P rated tire. The AT3's are loved by just about everyone who tries them, good off-road, and aren't noticeable on the highway.

Seems like most 245/70R16 tires are P rated (there is a few LT offerings, like the BFG AT), if you're going P rated my vote goes to the Yokohama Geolandar AT or the Bridgestone Revo 2. My mother has the Geolandars on her Escape, it has handled snow and greasy ranch roads with ease, and is quiet on road (a scosh louder than the stock michelins, but massively better in all other categories).
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Re: 2002 Rodeo 245 70R 16 Quiet on hwy + good off-road?

Postby nasty610 » Thu May 12, 2016 8:52 pm

I ran the Bridgestone Revo's on a Cherokee and really liked them. It was a 2wd so I can't attest to how they are off road. I have the Cooper AT3's on my 96 Trooper and love them. Wished I'd waited a month for them to go on sale instead of buying my Firestone LE2's for my 91 Trooper. Nothing wrong with the Firestones they are just more of a road tire than I wanted. Really wish I'd gone with a LT tire on the 96 but the P tire does fine.
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Re: 2002 Rodeo 245 70R 16 Quiet on hwy + good off-road?

Postby Ed92Rodeo » Thu May 12, 2016 11:19 pm

Thanks! I'd already checked out the Revo and Geolander on a local tire dealer's website, so it was interesting to see them recommended in the replies so far. The Cooper's looked good too and might be a bit cheaper, which helps!

Hopefully I'll have time to check them out in the store while I'm in town tomorrow. Got a long list of stops, since the wife's decided she's not coming along and gave me her list to fill besides the things I wanted to shop for.
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Re: 2002 Rodeo 245 70R 16 Quiet on hwy + good off-road?

Postby egagnon086 » Fri May 13, 2016 11:05 am

X2 on the AT3s they are great on road and off.
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Re: 2002 Rodeo 245 70R 16 Quiet on hwy + good off-road?

Postby MTpassport » Thu May 26, 2016 2:33 am

I ran the cooper's on my 06 pathfinder a year before I sold it. Decent Tire, but better are out there. My next tires are going to be the BFG KO2, and I am pumped. A huge improvement over the last generation, great on the road, but also great in just about everything. Do the research.
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Re: 2002 Rodeo 245 70R 16 Quiet on hwy + good off-road?

Postby Ed Mc. » Thu May 26, 2016 3:06 am

My Mom had 16" Toyo H/T's on her 2002 4Runner and recently she had a set of new Yokohamas installed at the Toyota dlr. I was amazed at the noise difference, a very quiet and smooth-running tire on the hiway.

Have driven her rig quite a bit and the tires did great in severe rain conditions. Not a hint of hydroplaning and it was some of the worst rain I've driven thru since traveling thru the Rain Forest on the Hood Canal Hiway 101 loop.

Am not by any means a tire expert, but I reckon the noticeable difference means something!
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Re: 2002 Rodeo 245 70R 16 Quiet on hwy + good off-road?

Postby rodeo9two » Tue May 02, 2017 6:56 pm

I'm not sure the price difference between the AT3 and the Hankook Dynapro ATM. But I have a set of ATM on an Axiom. Got the vehicle with 58,000 miles with the tires and the tires were just about new. We have just over 100,000 miles now and the tires are still performing great. When the tires were new this was the most sure footed snow vehicle I've ever driven. It did alright last winter but it's quite a bit easier to get it squirrelly. I don't offroad it much but it has always pulled the boat out of the mud hole without a bit of hesitation. I would do them again except I'm cheap and will just run treadwright wardens next.
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