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Nissan Pathfinder, SUV
Sep 18, 2003 (6:27 pm)
I have a 2000 LE 2-wheel drive Pathfinder with dealer issued TOYO TIRES (the worst garbage tires I ever had). Right front tire disintegrated while I was driving and almost got killed. Pathfinder is a good automobile but no one should accept delivery of a new Nissan with TOYO TIRES. The Company was very unresponsive to consumer needs and concerns. They don't stand behind their product or their name. It could be the beginning of another Firestone fiasco.
#6969 of 8191 re:Plus Zero Size tires
Sep 19, 2003 (7:18 am)
We went wider and taller and put 265/70-16''s on two years ago and will do it again this month. They give our SE a little more aggressive look as well as providing a little additional clearance for trips to the backcountry.
#6970 of 8191 re:Plus Zero Size tires by bgritz
Sep 19, 2003 (7:29 am)
What year is your pathy and what brand of tires did you put on? I have 2001 LE and wondering if I can fit 265/70/16's in my wheel well without any rubbing. Is your fuel milage suffering with the bigger tires? Thanks.
#6971 of 8191 re:Plus Zero Size tires
Sep 19, 2003 (9:05 am)
We have an '01 SE 5-spd. I ended up going with the "Pathfinder Sport SUV" from Discount Tire here in Denver (link below)
I tried to squeeze 265/75-16's on, but they were a little too close to the front struts for my comfort. (they did look tough!)
I have been EXTREMELY happy with this rubber. By the time I replace them, I will have gotten more that 50k out of them. They were rated for 60k but with the off-roading and mtn driving here, we usually only get 50%-75% of the wear rating, so these have been excellent. For pics of them new go here:
and click on the new tires section. There are some other pics of the tires in action in UT and CO if interested.
They handle rain & snow better than any non-winter specific tire I've ever owned. (ours are siped-that helps)
The tires fit completely into the wheel wells w/o rubbing. Even when the back is flexed w/one tire off the ground, the other side still has .25'-.50 inches of room. It's close, but I've never rubbed in the rear. When new, the fronts used to rub SLIGHTLY when backing up with the steering wheel fully cranked to either side, but again it was very slight and no cause for concern.
When comparing numbers off the odometer, it went down a bit, but when using a GPS to track mileage, it actually stayed about the same. (down slightly)
The speedo also read 2mph fast due to the larger circumference of the tire, but can live with that.
good luck and keep us posted,
Sep 19, 2003 (10:52 am)
Doesn't the speedo pick up RPM? For a bigger circumference you should be turning fewer RPMs for any given speed and the speedo (and odo for that matter) should be reading low.
Sep 19, 2003 (1:29 pm)
I don't don't know where it exactly pulls the info from. On the manual tranny if I'm doing 35, depress the clutch, coast, but wind up the RPM's - the mph stays and or slowly drops as the fwd momentum decreases.
Come to think of it the speedo has to get its info from some place in the T-case or back. i.e. on a snowy/slick surface if you break the rear tire(s) loose, the speedo increases at a rate greater than vehicle and conversely when down-shifting on those same surfaces, when the tires break loose in this situation, it indicates a slower rate than actual.
hmmmm, now I wanna go find were it gets the info from. Back in a bit............
Sep 19, 2003 (3:08 pm)
Hey COOPER19, just out of curiosity, do you keep your tires at the pressure recommended on the door sill & check the pressure often? Just wondering if the tire pressure may have been low, causing it to fail. Just curious, not an accusation...
#6976 of 8191 Speedo Eureka!!!!!
Sep 20, 2003 (5:40 am)
A Gem of a find:
here's how our speedo works:
"Many modern cars use a system like this, too. Instead of a magnetic pickup on a wheel, they use a toothed wheel mounted to the output of the transmission and a magnetic sensor that counts the pulses as each tooth of the wheel goes by. Some cars use a slotted wheel and an optical pickup, like a computer mouse does. Just like on the bicycle, the computer in the car knows how much distance the car travels with each pulse, and uses this to update the odometer reading."
the full explanation is located here:
Sep 20, 2003 (6:46 am)
When I said RPM I was thinking driveshaft or wheel hubs, not the tach. So back to the original reason for posting - you put bigger tires (circumference) on, which turn few revs for any given speed yet your speedo went up 2%?