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Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get

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07-11-2012 14:17:31

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A/T Tires for a Highway Driver & Tower - NEED HELP



I'm going nuts trying to decide on a set of new A/T tires. I am going on a 250 mile trip this weekend and will be towing a tractor on a 18' foot trailer. My tow rig is a 2000 Ford F-150 supercab 4x4 with the 5.4 V8. I currently have some Uniroyal (plain) Street tires that came off my grandmother's Escalade to get me by for a while. They are 265/70R17 and that is about what I'd like to go back with (unless you guys think differently). They do great, but are now worn out. I'd like to upgrade to some A/T tires for the better look, not too agressive though, and for the OCCASIONAL time I would get the truck and trailer in a wet field/slippery boat launch/slick dirt road/etc. when hauling a tractor. Most of my driving 80% is highway to and from work and hauling a trailer with (2) tractors on it. I also drive in the city daily (20%) while working. I'd like to keep noise down at the most, yet get a good A/T that isn't too agressive and that complies with good wear and towing.

I'm currently looking at (the tire store recommended):

BFG All Terrain T/A KO (was told they were soft tread and would wear out easy) - $1,208 out the door

Nitto Trail Grappler (My favorite tread pattern) - $924 out the door

Goodyear Wrangler Dura Trac - don't have a price.

Hankook Dyna Pro ATm - $922 out the door

I also do not want the steering wheel to shake and it needs to have good wear.

I've done research and searched the forums. I hear good and bad things on all of these tires, but have found no one with my situation. Can you help me choose a set of tires so I can have them put on by this weekend??


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07-15-2012 11:05:00

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to rtr, 07-11-2012 14:17:31  
rtr, I also went with Coopers as did my daughter and at least rwo of my neighbors all different areas and independant of each other.??

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07-12-2012 11:14:43

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to Germ, 07-11-2012 14:17:31  
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I got tired of shopping and talking and went with the Cooper Discoverer ST tire. It is a light truck tire and is 10 ply. I like the tread...not too agressive but is a little. I have also heard good things about them as far as wear too. The Cooper ST MAXX is a really nice looking tire that is a little bit more agressive and I wanted it becuase they wear like a street tire, but the dealer coundn't get that one before the weekend trip. It set me back $1,150 (tax break with CASH), so hopefully I'll get good service out of them.

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07-12-2012 09:40:22

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to rtr, 07-11-2012 14:17:31  
rtr, I'm a big fan of BFG rugged trails. we had them on our 04 explorer and i replaced them at 80,000 miles because of age, they still had about 1/3 of the tread left. had them on my 04 150 with 50,000 miles on them when i traded it for my 2011 150 and the 2011 150 has them also. they cost a little more up front, but i think they last a lot longer than most. I think you would need load range E. just my 2 cents, chuck

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07-12-2012 07:48:42

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to Germ, 07-11-2012 14:17:31  
A load rating of D sounds good for my application.

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d beatty

07-12-2012 08:15:27

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to RTR, 07-12-2012 07:48:42  
If you have a independent tire dealer in your area take a look at Cooper Tires. I have used them and get as good of life out of them as the other brands. Maybe I'am lucky but have never had a side wall go out or tread separation with Coopers.

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The tractor vet

07-12-2012 07:45:31

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to rtr, 07-11-2012 14:17:31  
I do not care who's tire ya get but what you need is a tire that is made for the job . so keep this in mind worry about the load rating of the tire . For a half ton truck myself i would want nothing LESS then a C rating for a light 3/4 ton nothing less the a D rating and heavy 3/4 a E rating and for a one ton nothing less then a E also . Depending on area of country and all season will work ok for most driving . For my area nad my driving of on and off road something a little more aggressive is to MY liking because 44 years ago i made myself a promise that i was never walking any feather then i had to and i was never running again. So a four wheel drive is my choice to drive and it must get me from point A to B on and off road as i really hate lugging tools thru a muddy field to fix what ever took a dump . Just keep in mind the load rating of the tires as a P series tire is not heavy enough for a truck .

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07-12-2012 07:34:11

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to 730d se, 07-11-2012 14:17:31  
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I really like the Michelins and the Firestones after looking at them, however I wish they were a LITTLE BIT more agressive. Not much, but a little more. Shopping for tires is like shopping for a car/truck. I feel like I'll never decide!

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07-11-2012 17:10:40

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to rtr, 07-11-2012 14:17:31  
I have the BFG All Terrain T/A KO on my dually. They are really good tires - the truck will go through anything reasonable. If the mud or snow gets really deep, my dually is the first choice.

I have about 30,000 miles on them so far, and they are wearing ok. Nothing spectacular. They should make 60,000 miles ok. The original Goodyear tires started blowing out at 45,000 miles.

I am running 265/75-16s on the front and 235/85-16s on the rear of a Chevy dually, so I can't rotate them which will reduce their life. They also get less fuel mileage than the street tread tires they replaced.

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07-11-2012 19:02:51

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to JimEvans, 07-11-2012 17:10:40  
brid gestone dualer a/ t should get at sea rs for about 135 each 285s excellent tire for highway,and traction ,and its a lt tire

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07-11-2012 14:36:24

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to rtr, 07-11-2012 14:17:31  
Personally I think the BFGs and Nittos are overpriced. My brother works at a GM dealership and said that BFG recently changed the rubber compound in the All Terrains and have been have ALOT of 3/4tons coming back after getting new ones put on because they are really soft and squirly. I have no experience with the Nittos although alot of my friends are unhappy with their noise level and traction in the winter. The DuraTracs are AWESOME tires and not very loud, however, I dont have very many miles on the set I have so dont know how long they will last. I have no experience with the Hankooks either, but have heard VERY good things about them.

One thing you didnt mention which is always a big factor for me is the treadlife warranty. I know the BFGs and DuraTracs have none. Personally I have been running General Grabber AT2 tires, they are identical to the BFGs but the price is alot better and they carry a 55,000 mile treadlife warranty. Firestone Transforce AT or Destination AT are tires I have had good luck with.

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07-14-2012 13:59:29

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to IAtractorKid, 07-11-2012 14:36:24  
We have Hankook Dynapro M/T's on three trucks at work. They grip good, not sure about mileage, but treadlife isn't our main concern.

I have Coopers on the front and Nexans on the rear of my truck, 235/85R16s, and they feel pretty light and flimsy when you pick one of those up vs a 245/75R16 dynapro.

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42 M

07-11-2012 14:29:38

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to rtr, 07-11-2012 14:17:31  
All those tires you listed are good tires but in my experience they won't last. Check on Firestone Transforce a/t I have them on 2 trucks and they wear like iron over 50000 on the one set and still look like new. Camper haulers use them and avg 80-90000 on them.

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07-11-2012 14:39:28

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 Re: Tires - HELP I Don't Know what to Get in reply to 42 M, 07-11-2012 14:29:38  
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I'll second the motion on the Firestone Trans-Force.

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