2011 Toyota Sienna: Hauling Our New 2012 Jeep Wrangler Wheels and Tires
December 16, 2011
We've been sitting on five BFG Mud Terrain T/A tires for our 2012 Jeep Wrangler for a couple weeks, wainting for the wheels to arrive. Yesterday was the day, and I wasted no time hauling them over to Stokes Tire Pros to get them mounted.
The only long-term vehicles in our fleet capable of the job are the two minivans, the 2011 Toyota Sienna and the 2011 Honda Odyssey.
I chose the Toyota because the sliding nature of its middle row allowed me to load all five 33-inch tires and five boxed 17-by-8.5 wheels in back without removing any seats. The same job in the Odyssey would have required removal of some or all of the middle row.
It's the rail system that makes this easy. As the seats are slid forward past a certain point the seat cushion automatically pops up so the whole thing nestles up against the front seat, where they snap in place so they can't see-saw back and forth as you cycle on and off the gas.
So positioned, there's just enough room to squeeze everything in.
Project Jeep is one step closer to getting new shoes.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing.