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 03-25-2005, 09:11 Post: 108707
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This just may be my excuse to sign up for the sams club membership. Think I will check it out tomarroo. This is the first time I am actually "shopping" for tires instead of my usual impulse buy attitude. That comercial that used to say, "because so much is riding on your tires" has stuck with me over the years. I need to get my butt out there and buy a new set this week!
Are there any concerns about what tire rating to buy if you plan on pulling a trailer often? I understand the tounge weight is not a big factor since it should always be kept the right amount but was wondering if sidewall stiffness or any other factor is a concern> Oh Crap!! That reminds me? I need to get a rim and a tire (spare) for my big trailer also! See, it does pay to ramble on!!!
I should keep my mouth shut, but, I have never had a blow out. Never had a flat tire on any road trip and have never had to change a tire on a road. On the other hand though. I was (when I was a bit younger/dumber) on my logging trails in early spring. I blew out a sidewall by a wrongly cut root. As luck would have it, it was just as I was entering a muddy bog (low spot in the trail) You guessed it, I was flat out burried with a flat tire. 4 hours later I had the truck out and up on jacks. Had support under the jacks with large amounts of wood. Changed the tire only after trying to find the tire thru the mud and crap (under the truck mounted tire) What a mess. Since then I try and keep a tire in the back of my truck instead of under it. I still have one under the truck (which I keep air in also Laughing out loud) But if I am going on a trip and have the room I thro the extra spare in the back along with the hydraulic jack. Just a reminder for all you to check the air pressure in the spare tire and also lube up the mechanics that hold that tire up under your truck. I do this most every Easter weekend (also on Laborday weekend) and hope that I never have to use it.






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 03-25-2005, 12:08 Post: 108720
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I put a set of the Walmart Liberator tires on my Dodge.
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Speaking of Walmart I have been using Douglas tires for several years.
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 03-25-2005, 12:15 Post: 108722
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Since then I try and keep a tire in the back of my truck instead of under it. I still have one under the truck (which I keep air in also Laughing out loud) But if I am going on a trip and have the room I thro the extra spare in the back along with the hydraulic jack.
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I hope you keep them anchored down good as they could become lethal flying objects in the even of an accident or sudden stop
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 03-25-2005, 15:53 Post: 108726
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As a former tire store manager and tire repairman I've done probably thousands of flat repairs on many brands of tires and one thing I can say about Michelins - they have the thinnest inner liner of any brand on the market. This is a double edge sword - the tire runs a lot cooler and lasts longer, but it makes them a little more prone to flats and a little less strong. I've had to put tubes in a lot of them because they were unrepairable, more than any other brand. I also would never buy Goodyear without seeing a cross section of the tire. They used to sell some "steel belted" radials where the steel belt was only about 2" wide in the center of the tread leaving the outside edges of the footprint unprotected. In fact, seeing a cross section of ANY tire you buy is a good idea. Lastly, almost everyone uses polyester cord these days but if you go off road you should look for nylon (if anyone still makes nylon corded tires). Nylon is much stronger and dimensionally more stable but it will tend to "flat spot" when cold (thump thump thump for a minute or so until it warms up).






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 03-25-2005, 17:08 Post: 108730
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I have had the BFG All terrains and the General tire look alike The general was about $50 cheaper per tire and lasted just as long and the tread was nearly identical.






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 03-25-2005, 17:55 Post: 108735
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I bought a new Ford pickup in 98 that came with Goodyear Wranglers on it, I could"nt believe how long they lasted. I traded for a 2000 Ford at about 45000 with the original tires and insisted on the same tire, they were shot at 25000. Identical pickups, drove the same by the same person (Me), basicly hauling nothing but me. Never did figure that one out. Frank.






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 03-31-2005, 20:10 Post: 109219
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I have a 2002 silverado 1500 4x4 extra cap and I went with the Toyo tires. They have more meat on them than any tire I've seen and they wear like iron. I currently have 90,000 on the truck. The original Firestones wore out quickly mostly because of a posi rear lock up. They don't tell you at GM that they use a break in fluid on the axle lock rears and after 20K if you don't change it the posi locks on you. I made an appointment for 4 days later and wore the backs right off on the hot july pavement.

I bought the Toyo open country in the stock 265 size. I put them on at 35k and now I have 90k and they are still fine. I rotate them ever 10 and these are the best tires I have ever owned.

I drive about 50-60K per year in CT and we see out share of heat and snow. I have a 7 1/2 foot Boss plow on my truck, I pull a 16 foot trailer loaded all the time and drive as hard as anyone. 75 on the highway and hard on the side roads. I will never buy another tire. I've had Michelins, Good Year, Firestones, BF goodrich, those junk Sidewinders and all of them. They Toyo's are the best. We have a chain called Town Fair Tire around here. They sharpen their pencil if you deal with them. ANY tire place will negotiate. Check out Tirerack.com, this is a great place to buy them and have the local gas station mount and balance them.

I normally don't reccommend a product but these Toyo's are as good as they get.






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 04-01-2005, 16:27 Post: 109270
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lbrown59, I put the Douglas tires on the wife's car. They have done well.






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 04-02-2005, 08:25 Post: 109299
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A lot of ppl over on one of the Dodge Cummins boards really like the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo tire.. But most ppl there are running LT tires in a E (or atleast D) load range, and I dont know how a lower range would compare.. But atleast this gives you another idea..

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I put a set of Bridgestone Revo's on my Chev 2500HD 4WD. Have about 20K miles on them. Same gas mileage as originals. Quiet. Great traction in mud and snow.
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