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Old 06-26-2005, 12:00 PM   #1
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My new 2005 Chevy 2500HD 4X4 came with Bridgestone LT 245/75/R16, Load Range E tires with the highway tread.What is the track record on these tires? Are they a good tires for towing? Any recommendations or comments?
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My new 2005 Chevy 2500HD 4X4 came with Bridgestone LT 245/75/R16, Load Range E tires with the highway tread.What is the track record on these tires? Are they a good tires for towing? Any recommendations or comments?
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Old 06-26-2005, 11:39 PM   #3
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My 2002 Chevy came with the same tires as yours. They lasted about 42,000 miles and all four had to be replaced because the tread was getting thin. I repalced min with Bridgstone REVO 265/70r/16E load range tires. These have done very well so far.
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Old 07-01-2005, 05:09 PM   #4
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They are much better tires than the stock Uniroyal Laredo HD/H (E range, all season-NOT) that came on our 2500 Express van which became useless after 19,000 miles.

For driving in the southern states, use your stock tires up first but if your towing takes you north at all, consider replacing those all season tires with ALL TERRAIN tires like I have done on our van and baddwalk has done on his truck.

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Old 07-04-2005, 05:48 AM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Roy W.:
My new 2005 Chevy 2500HD 4X4 came with Bridgestone LT 245/75/R16, Load Range E tires with the highway tread.What is the track record on these tires? Are they a good tires for towing? Any recommendations or comments? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

My 2005 2500 HD came with the on/off road version of the same tire that you have for about $60 more money. I've driven trucks with both tires and I find the highway tread to be quieter, but harder riding. I've only towed with the tires that came with my truck and I have no complaints.
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Old 07-24-2005, 11:35 AM   #6
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I put up with the no wet traction, fast wearing OEM Bridgestones that came on my Chev for 20,000mi, then changed to my favorite, Bridgestone Revos, load range E. Increased size to 265s with no problems. Speedo reads just a bit slow but not enough to worry about.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Increased size to 265s with no problems. Speedo reads just a bit slow but not enough to worry about. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Your computer can be re-flashed to adjust for the new tire size. I can't figure why GM would make such a small tire as standard equipment on that truck. My son-in-law just purchased a new D-max crew cab and he put 285s on his. Looks a lot better.
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If you're going to go off-road even a little bit, switch to a tire that can do that for you without spinning all over the place on a wet day. Go to 265s or even up to 285s with a more aggressive tread as long as you go to an 8" rim with the 285s. My Michelin AT M/S 265s work great. Many say the Revos are good too, as well as BF Goodrich All Terrain TAs.
With 285s...
1.you might have to do some trimming on the wheel well liners.
2.Your shift points in the tranny will change.
3.You will probably see a loss in fuel mileage of 1-2 mpg.
4.You need 8" rims. (Stock rims are 6.5")
5.You can't get E-rated tires.
6.You need a programmer or a friendly dealer to reset the speedometer.
7.If you have any tranny problems with 265s or 285s, the dealer can void your warranty for repair.
8.The 285s are taller and wider. Definitely a better look.
There's other differences, but this is geting to be a long answer
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My 2500HD, 02 GMC came with the stock Bridgestone tires you are refering to. I did get very good wear from them, although I had the truck for two years before buying our fifth wheel. I replaced the tires at 37 K miles because the tread was worn to a point where I began to fear hydroplanning and jack knifing the rig. I agree with other posts that the stock Bridgestones DO NOT have good wet traction properties!

I replaced the tires with Dunlop RVxt tires, load range E. Frankly, I am angrily disapointed in them. I have 6500 miles on them and the rears are 65% worn out! Dunlop won't do anything about it until I provide them with numbers proving my trailer is not overloading the truck. This means finding a certified scale and paying their fee for weighing the truck and trailer, the cost of fuel towing the camper to and from the scales, and the lose of my time. I did get the better traction I was looking for, but at what cost? I would not recommend this brand and model to anyone!

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I have the same truck but with Firestone tires. I now have almost 45,000 on the tires. I cut a tire at Myrtle Beach last spring. I bought one tire and put the spare on the ground. I was wondering if to keep the same size or go up to the 265 tire. I may just buy two new 245 and run them until I get rid of the truck in two years. I also cannot get the Firestone Flexsteel as they don't make them anymore. I got the last one they had at Myrtle Beach. I don't like mixing brands of tires.
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OEM tires are rarely the best. Bridgestone makes many better tires than the Bridgestone and Firestone tires the truck makers buy. One I like a lot for the price is this Firestone Destination A/T. Of course, there are many excellent tires...Cooper, Toyo, Bridgestone (Uni-T quality or above), Michelin LTX M/S, the new Goodyear Wrangler SilentArmor.
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