I didn’t upsize as I did not want to change the riding dynamics of the vehicle.
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Tire Change & a Few Other Things
Day 2 of Hilux ownership. I drove down from the hills specifically to get some good rubber for the ute.
Went to Palika Bhawan, New Delhi to a known tyre dealer and was flooded with choices. The main contenders were Michelin LTX Trail, Yokohama Geolander and the BF Goodrich KO2. Saw Pirelli and Maxis too.
In the end, the BFG won. Its looks could kill. All the research I had done pointed to this one tyre. Best of all, it has a 5-year manufacturer warranty and is ISI marked. Also, where I live, it snows and having a snow rating makes a difference.
I didn’t upsize as I didn’t want to change the riding dynamics. All 5 tyres were eventually changed to BFG.
I was surprised to see that the spare tyre rim is not alloy but steel. However, this is OK as the tyre is at least full size.
Thereafter, I replaced the interior lights with some decent LEDs which have made a huge difference in the ambience as well as the number of lumens inside.
Got 4 door protector strips. Went for the basic rubber tube as these don’t need to be stuck on and are removable.
Handling & Ride Quality with the BFGs
The tyres are amazing. Though slow-speed steering effort has marginally increased, the lumpy/mushy feel with the OEM tyres has vanished. The grip is excellent – probably due to the bigger contact patch. I didn’t feel any increase in road noise. The ute feels taut and more agile. The ride is a few percentage points harsher as the sidewalls are tougher and don’t flex as much as HT tyres but this is a marginal effect. I feel an immediate improvement in turning and steering crispness.
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