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You are in the Dodge Dakota-2010 and older
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Dodge Dakota, Tires, Wheels, Truck
#8 of 27 Re: Replacement Tires [bpeebles]
Mar 03, 2007 (6:44 pm)
I just purchased a 2004 Dodge Dakota SXT, my question is the truck has P255 65R / 16, is this the right size tire that came on the Dakota new? I am not sure when I have the tires changed if I should put 16's back on it or is it suppose to have 15's?
Also it looks like the outer side of the tire is wearing more then the inner side on the front, and ideals? Thanks Bobby
#9 of 27 Re: Replacement Tires [matrix1272]
Mar 03, 2007 (7:08 pm)
To answer your question about the available tire/wheel combonations on the 2004 Dak, you could read your owners manual or check any tire-sales website.
It is not possible to put 15 inch tires on 16 inch wheels.
As for your possible uneven wear, you need to have your truck put on an alignment machine.
It is best to get an alignment at least annually to prevent excessive wear on your expensive tires.
Also have all the ball-joints and other suspension components checked.
I assume you rotate the tires regularly. (most tire-sales places will do this FREE of charge)
#10 of 27 Recommendations Requested for New Tires
May 04, 2007 (12:44 pm)
Hello fellow Dak owners,
I'm looking to replace OEM Goodyear Eagle LS, P255/65R/16 tires for my 2003 4.7L QC 2WD. Has anyone had any experiences with and/or can provide feedback for the following tires:
- Nokian WR SUV
- Goodyear Fortera Triple Tred
Thanks in advance,
#11 of 27 Re: Recommendations Requested for New Tires [dataguru]
May 04, 2007 (12:55 pm)
The Nokian WR is a very good all-weather tire. It is one of the very vew road tires rated for SNOW. I run them year-round. They have better traction than the original tires that came from the factory. Thus far, they have been wearing well.
#12 of 27 Re: Recommendations Requested for New Tires [bpeebles]
May 07, 2007 (9:23 am)
Bruce - thanks for the feedback re Nokian WR SUV tires. I've heard lots of good things about them. This one should be good for the Pacific Northwest region where I live; we have lots of rain/light snow in the winter. I understand Nokian also makes a Vatiiva model with a slightly stiffer sidewall for trucks that carry a payload in the bed or go off-road often.
I'll likely go with the WR SUVs in the factory size P255/65R/16 or maybe slightly wider in a P265/70R/16 size. If I pick the wider taller size, will it raise the 3.92 differential drive ratio (i.e., to a lower number) due to less revolutions of the tire?
#13 of 27 Re: Recommendations Requested for New Tires [dataguru]
May 07, 2007 (5:01 pm)
The Vativva is available in BOTH the "P" (passenger) and "LT" (Light Truck). The "LT" has the stiffer sidewall.
I run the Vativva "P" on my Dakota and the WR on my 56MPG Volkswagen TDI.
To answer your question about changing the outsied tire diamater -- DONT DO IT! The Dakota factory shop manual warns that changing the tire diameter will affect the function of the ABS system.
If you REALLY want to change the tire diameter, the service-manual recommends reprogramming the onbobard computer so the ABS system and speedometer are accurate.
#14 of 27 Re: Recommendations Requested for New Tires [bpeebles]
May 08, 2007 (10:33 am)
Thanks again for the feedback and astute advice. My 2003 QC has 4-wheel discs with both front/rear ABS so I will keep things simple with factory sizing to save from re-programming the various components. I believe the 4-wheel discs were only available for one model year(2003).
Thanks again, Bruce, you are a gem!
#15 of 27 Re: Recommendations for New Tires [bpeebles]
May 11, 2007 (8:18 am)
FYI...found this Vatiiva recall advisory just now in my research; haven't read the details yet but, thought I post it here for awareness sharing. Here's the link,
#17 of 27 6 lug pattern to a 5 lug pattern
Jun 26, 2007 (6:04 pm)
does anyone know the angle on a 01 dakota wheel lugs? im a machinist and i just need the angle on it to make the spacer. or does any one know a site that has this spacer already. im tired of finding rims that are discontinued cause the dodge has such a weird spread. thanks