Re: Nissan Pathfinder SE tire recommendation?

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Posted by mark on November 18, 1998 at 11:21:30:

In Reply to: Nissan Pathfinder SE tire recommendation? posted by Vernon Miller on September 25, 1998 at 11:35:59:

i drive an 87 pathfinder SE. my tire of choice is the B.F. Goodrich Radial All Terrain. I am on my second set will no complaints. They are a long wearing tire, 45k on first set. They are not very noisy or harsh. they are moderately priced, but shop around--varies widely. you should pay about 100 to 120 each installed tax, all fees also with warranty. They are also very good in the snow and offroad in leaves, mud and rivers. with the C load rating, (which is an absolute must!!!), handling is optimum due to the stiff sidewall (the C load rate.) Purchase no tires without the C load rate or better (D, E, F, etc.) otherwise, they are a passenger tire and will negate all i have said above! a P235/75R15 is a passenger tire (P), the same looking/size tire of LT235/75R15 is a light truck, C load rated tire(LT.) P metric radials or anything with the P in the size is a passenger car tire!!! IT IS NOT/WAS NOT DESIGNED FOR AN SUV OR A TRUCK!!! they do not have the sidewall stiffness for load or offroad bruise/impact resistance. anyone telling you otherwise either does not know or is trying to sell you something. i am advising a friend with a Isuzu Trooper II to go with the Dunlop Rover All Terrain. rated at 60k with an advised 45k realistic expectation. my SE came with the 31x10.5x15 tires. they are a truck tire. they are 1 inch taller than a 235/75r15 and slightly wider. one is sized in metric and the other in inches. BF goodrich makes the AT in the 31x10,5x15 tire and a 33x9.5x15. this i believe will fit, is 2 inches taller and slightly narrower. if you go offroad, you will have better clearance and with the narrower and taller, less takeoff power, but better gas milage on the road. the power issue is not an issue with the SE in low 4 offroad as it has a very low low gear set. i am biased towards the Goodrich AT but if you do most/all of your driving on road, look into the BF Goodrich Trail TA. This is a good all season tire. better life and quieter, but still ok in snow and offroad. good luck!

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