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 03-22-2005, 21:55 Post: 108574
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My 1500 4wd silverado is due for tires also. Just started shopping (since I made it thru winter with crappy ones, real bright huh?) and I am back on the job again so I can start to think about the jobs I put off before.
Any suggestions on brands or tires? I do mostly highway driving. Very very little off road anymore (since the wheelers and tractor came into my life, most of the off road stuff is handled with those now).
I do not think I want a totally road tire. Was thinking about an AT tire ? I just don't really know?
If I had a few quality's to pick from that I would like to see it excell in, they would be (and in order)
1. Traction on rainy and snowy roads
2. good fuel milage
3. A half way stiff side wall.
Laughing out loud Guess I am not asking for much?






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 03-22-2005, 22:20 Post: 108579
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Do you have a Costco nearby?






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 03-23-2005, 03:05 Post: 108588
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try tirerack dot com. I got a set of agressive winter/snow tires 225/75r/16 mounted on new steel wheels balanced and delivered to my front door for $450.

They have complete descriptions for each type of tire.






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 03-23-2005, 10:55 Post: 108607
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I'm not an expert by any means with truck tire, as I've only owned one in my life, but having said that, I only bought Michelins(sp?) now for the last 10 years or so. Never a problem, excellent traction, excellent tread life and a fair price.
As for tread pattern, I'd go with a good highway tread (M+S), not the overly aggressive off-road type. Less noise and better fuel ecconomy. Not as 'manly' a look on a 4x4 though!
just my .02$
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 03-23-2005, 11:48 Post: 108608
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Goodyear Wranglers are very popular. The AT/S series are an all terrain and may be more aggressive than you need. You must rotate these frequently or else you get the shakes bad. Another of the Wrangler series is the RT/S which is more of a roadtire. It is less aggressive.

I agree the Michelins are the top of the line but difficult to justify. I once bought a pair of Uniroyals about 5 years ago and was told that Uniroyal bought Michelin and that you get some of the same quality but at a better price. In the 60's you couldn't have given me a set of Uniroyals but this set on my old 89 Ford served me well.

I've never had luck with any of the real cheap off-brands. My newer Superduty has Firestones with a tread similar to the Goodyear AT/S and seem to be holding up good and performing nicely.






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 03-23-2005, 15:41 Post: 108628
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Just bought my first set of Michelin's and put them on the Tundra.

With gas at $2.50 a gallon, it makes sense to me to get a highway tire that will maximize fuel mileage.

I got a set that is near the top of the line with a 70,000 mile warranty. I figure if the tire will run that long, it has to be running cool and with low rolling resistance.

If these tires get me 5 percent better mileage over the next 70,000 miles that will save about $500 in gas and makes the extra cost worth while.






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 03-23-2005, 16:49 Post: 108631
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My preference is the BF Goodrich all-terrain. They look great, excellant performance on wet/slippery raods, and can provide more traction than a road tire but last about twice as long as mud-terrain. (You can get 50,000+ miles out of them if you keep them properly inflated and have good alignment...also depends on load conditions.) They probably won't help you gas mileage but shouldn't hurt it much either...as long as you are keeping them close to factory specs. I have had two pairs, my brother has them, brother-in-law has had 4 pairs on on three trucks...we all think they are the best out there.






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 03-23-2005, 20:43 Post: 108647
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Drankin
I have a sams club though? No cosco nearby.
Harvey
That is my next idea (read the whole post)
After reading this I think I should do some more homework. Good points were brought up. 5% more milage is a good point. When I switched to the aggressive tire I have now, I instantly grew about 3 inches (not the truck, but my ego) At the same time I instantly realized I made a big mistake. Maybe I am gettin too old but the ride and noise and the obvious mileage decrease instantly made me disapointed. As you all would guess, those nice lugs wore down real fast on the highway. Although I think I have around 60K on them, I should of replaced them at 45 or 50K.
I will price out a high milage good on fuel tire for highway use and buy a set of those. If overtime this year is good, I think I will try harveys suggestion or the wholesale club for a set of cheaper winter tires only and mount them on rims for Dec/JAN/Feb. then remove promply.
One more thing.
Any suggestions on 17" or 16". I have 17" on it now, but if my mind is still working I would of swore it came with 16" and I went larger with the second set of tires.






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 03-23-2005, 20:55 Post: 108648
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you didnt state 15 or 16 17 inch tires and they very ALOT
a 16 inch load e tire is going to out last any 15 inch out there
I have been very satisfied with the Contintal suv/Lt
lt235/75/15 at sams/walmart 70,000 pro rated also advailable in 16
do not buy a "p"series tire, the P is 35 psi and the LT is 50 psi
what you really need to pay attention to is the load range reguardless of rim size,
a work truck should have nothing less than a "d"






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 03-23-2005, 21:59 Post: 108653
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I put a set of the Walmart Liberator tires on my Dodge. I had the 285/75R-16 Liberator AT's put on. They have been VERY good tires. Ride well, not bad in snow, off road, and highway. At $94 each, they were a bargain. When I wear this set out, I will by buying another set of these same tires again.






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