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iero



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:45 am    Post subject: All terrain tires on 2017 Pathfinder Reply with quote

Dear all

I would like to mount AT tires on my Nissan Pathfinder 2017 in order to go in Californian "desert" rock tracks (Death valley, Mojave)..

On another car I changed the original tires for bigger BFGoodrich and I was pretty satisfied. I would like to put something like that (BFGoodrich ko2 for example).

But on the PathFinder, I have 235/65R18 (original size) and I don't know which size I can go for. Maybe 255/70R18, but I'm not sure it will fit.

What do you think ? any idea ?

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends how hard core u want to go.

I personally love the Hankook Dynapro ATM RF10s.
They are smooth and eminently streetable but are AT (and mountain snowflake) rated.
had them on 2 vehicles now.

And they are fairly affordable too.

BUT it sounds like you may want something a little bit more aggressive (but not QUITE a tire you put on only for offroading so still must be streetable)

Even though I have no personal experience with them two newer designs I might consider if I had to replace tires right now would be:

Falken Wildpeak AT3W

They are getting great reviews on the Toyota and Xterra forums

Another tire to consider hard is the

http://us.coopertire.com/tires/discoverer-at3-4s.aspx

Also getting good reviews on the Xterra and Toyota forums.

The KO2 are a well established and respected stalwart choice they are a bit more expensive but are a known and respected quantity though they might be a bit louder on the road than say the Dynapros.

The new tire size you mentioned would give u a 2 inch taller tire.. which should be still ok but cannot be said for sure.. also u will start seeing some speedo and milage counter discrepancies.

My recommendation would be to keep the extra diameter down to 1 inch .. this will give you a useful increase in ground clearance of 1 inch... while still closely maintaining the stock feel of the vehicle on the hiway.

Play around with this handy tire size calculator to get a better sense of how things might look and affect your speedo:

https://tiresize.com/calculator/
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS: Welcome to the Nissanpath!!!!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot @palmerwmd for your answer and the welcome message !

You are right, the Hankook, Falken and Cooper seems very good too, I will look for them too

As I don't find any "all terrain" tires that fits my original size, I was looking for other "compatible" sizes, but it's hard to know what could fit in my car. I will try to play with the calculator to find a 1 inch sizes ! Thanks a lot for this recommandation, it's very helpful !

If I understand well the calculator, my tires are 235/65R18, which means that they are 30" diameter. So I in order to keep my car rims, I could go with 265/60R18 or even 275/60R18. How do I ensure that it will not touch the car when I turn the front wheels ? Is there any way to know that ?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

iero wrote:

If I understand well the calculator, my tires are 235/65R18, which means that they are 30" diameter. So I in order to keep my car rims, I could go with 265/60R18 or even 275/60R18. How do I ensure that it will not touch the car when I turn the front wheels ? Is there any way to know that ?


With nearly all vehicles you are safe if you only go an extra inch.
Nissan has a tradition where a Offroad trim of a given truck/SUV has an inch taller tires .
Even though this trim does not currently exist for the R52 Pathy I would expect a 1 inch taller tire to fit w/o issues and if it was my Pathy would feel comfortable in ordering it.
No guarantee of course.. but I think it will give u what u are looking for.

2 inch may work also but may influence the suspension geometry too and then w/o experience with your gen Pathy one would be guessing really guessing if it will still work.
So I am not recommending it (though u may eventually find someone who has done it)
But if I owned a R52 I would not hesitate to go an inch taller.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you seen this thread?

http://www.thenissanpath.com/viewtopic.php?t=16324
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the note that Jay Arras is hinting at,, desert Rock trails may be beyind the ability of a R52 , or even a stock R51 for that matter.

I do believe that a R52 with aggressive tires can accomplish quite bit but rock crawling I would not recommend.
I do not even take my stock XTerra PRO4X there.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks @palmerwmd & @JayArras !

Yes, desert rocks could be hard, but with proper tires you can get on most of death valley or mojave tracks.

Last week in the middle of death valley :

[img]https://imgur.com/Jdvaafy[/img]
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's quite a panoramic shot! Almost looks like a Nissan Pathfinder ad.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a beautiful pic!

Please send more of those our way.
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