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unlucky, or are the stock lx570 tires sidwalls really weak?

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So, the 2nd time I have my 2010 LX570, completely stock, off pavement, I mangage to take out a sidewall of one of the Dunlop 285/50R20's. A maybe a fist sized rock, while driving Forest Service roads at 30 MPH or so did the damage. Is this expected? Am I obligated to buy a 2nd set of rims/tires for even mild off-roading, or was I just unlucky?

Still early in the year, the snow is still melting above 5000 ft, so the roads aren't in the best shape. But it is the first sidewall I've managed to destroy in more than a couple of decades of mild to extreme off-roading. (For the record, I realize that avoiding fist sized rocks at 30 MPH is generally preferred to hitting them.)

Other than that, the LX is suprisingly competent off-road for what it is. Throw it low, lock the diff, put the suspension in high mode, drop down a pretty step and slipper stream bank to check the ford. Back up out of the stream bed to recon the crossing a bit more before commiting. Go back down again, no problems with rocky 40-50 ft long ford in 2 ft of water. Almost a foot of snow in places in the higher elevations also really wasn't an issue for the truck.

The stock jack sucks. But the onamental hub cover removal tool is the most awesome tool ever. No idea how I would have managed without it

 


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