New TAV tires: I achieved something close to samadhi today when I got to go tire shopping. The 03 Tacoma we built into a “TAV” came with stock tires about as thick as a piece of mountain money (otherwise known as toilet paper). To save real money we tried to wear our tissue tires out before upgrading, but nearly every time we drove a high Colorado jeep trail we’d get a flat from a rock cut.
After changing a tire in the rain a few weeks ago we’d had enough. Permission was granted for husband to upgrade tires to something worthy of the male side of the species, if not cromagnon. After looking at 10-ply meats worthy of monster trucks, reason broke through shopping bliss and I went with a set of relatively affordable Toyo 6-ply Open Country all terrain tires, LT rated. They’re slightly taller than stock for a tad more ground clearance, and have a nice blocky tread.
We’ll give the Toyos a good on-road off-road test in the coming months and report back. I expect them to be much better. Interestingly, I didn’t notice the Toyos being any more noisy or shaky during highway travel than the stock treads. But perhaps pride of ownership is blinding my senses — or is it the shopping samadhi?