92dxman New Reader
7/14/08 11:10 p.m.

Long story short, a friend of mine needs new tires for her 07 Lexus lx470 (the 4 Runner twin). Stock size is 275/65/18 which means big bucks. She got a quote of around $800 from the dealer for new tires. Would the Kumho Solus KR21 in a 235/65/18 be too skinny to put on this? No off-roading done in this suv either and probably will be traded in soon anyway..

2.0dohc New Reader
7/15/08 2:18 a.m.

thats a big change in size, check here, but it might work pretty close in overall size how wide is the rim? it might be to wide for that new size

skruffy Dork
7/15/08 7:27 a.m.

She can afford a ~$60k truck but doesn't have $800 to spend on the proper size tire?

John Brown
John Brown GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
7/15/08 7:29 a.m.

The housing market wasn't the only game putting people into big items for little money down.

nderwater New Reader
7/15/08 8:58 a.m.

going from a 275 to a 235 will be a big reduction in the size of the contact patches under that truck - her cornering will be compromised and more importantly, her braking distances could grow considerably. I've not looked up the data on the truck or the tires, but the sidewalls for the smaller Kumho's could be underrated for that vehicle as well. That's a lot of safety tradeoff to save some cash. The dealer is Not the place to go for tires if you want to save a buck. Has she tried Costco/Sam's Club/Wal-Mart or even Craigslist?

skruffy Dork
7/15/08 9:07 a.m.

After re-reading your post, if she's going to trade it in why spend the money on new tires at all?

oldopelguy HalfDork
7/15/08 9:14 a.m.

Tire rack has BFGs in the right size on sale right now for $120 a piece. Pony up the $500 and put the right size and rated tire on and call it a day.

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