TOYO

CT OPEN COUN­TRY

Boating - - BOAT DOCTOR -

WAR­RANTY: See toy­otires.com

The CT Open Coun­try tire is rated tops for snow and tread life, and friends who’ve driven them have re­ported get­ting as many as 100,000 miles from them. Sec­ondary at­tributes are for the quiet ride and off-road trac­tion. We’d con­cur. The tire is pinned for studs for win­ter driv­ing. Its open-shoul­der de­sign and dual-an­gle shoul­der blocks are de­signed to im­prove trac­tion in mud, slush or snow.

EX­PE­RI­ENCE: When we put these Toyos on the truck, the ride was rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent. If we were blind­folded pas­sen­gers, we would swear this was a dif­fer­ent truck. The ride was steady and smooth, and the hum of the ag­gres­sive tires was mild and even sooth­ing. But when the Ranger was hooked up to the truck, the tires showed their stuff. This elim­i­nated the side-to­side in­sta­bil­ity we ex­pe­ri­enced with the fac­tory pas­sen­ger tires, and the heav­ier load-bear­ing tires also stopped much of the buck­ing from the trailer load. At the ramp, the truck didn’t hes­i­tate to haul the boat up the steep ramp. The LT-rated tires were stiffer in their ride, but in a sporty and com­mand­ing way that we en­joyed. The high deci­bel read­ings were sur­pris­ing since the cabin noise seemed so low. SIZE: 275/55R20 DI­AM­E­TER: 31.9 in. TREAD DEPTH: 11.2/32 in. TIRE WEIGHT: 49 lb. LOAD/SPEED RAT­ING: 115/112Q LOAD ID: D RIM WIDTH: 7.5 to 9.5 in. MPG: 16.5 MPG TOW­ING: 8 35 MPH/DBA: 76 70 MPH/DBA: 80

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