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Old 08-06-2004, 05:13 AM   #15
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Tony,

I thought there was already a recall on those Firestone Steeltex tires?
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Old 08-06-2004, 05:30 AM   #16
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Only specific models. Not mine. But there should be.
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Old 08-08-2004, 06:20 PM   #17
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I remember the recall; I went out and checked mine; they were not affected by the recall.

Ford stopped putting the Firestones on the Super Duties about 2 weeks after my truck was produced. They went to BFGs.

The point is now that my truck is getting about 22K on it, I'm thinking of getting rid of the Firestones in about 5K miles. Still a lot of tread on them; no signs of any adnormal wear. Having said that, the very last thing that I would want is a tire failure; esp pulling the TT with the wife and dogs on board.
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Add another tread separation to the list. LUCKILY, I noticed a vibration in the truck and got concerned enough to pull over. The driver's rear started to look a little out of round in the mirror too. Got out and had a foot long patch where the tread looked visably distorted on the outer portions. I am just SOOOOO glad I felt the vibration and got concerned. Now the truck is riding on the spare.
The tires have 38K and change miles on them and are probably about 7 years old so I guess this was their way of telling me they needed to be replaced sooner than later. We were going to replace them after the first of the year. But after last friday, I guess the truck is getting new shoes for Christmas. Now the challenge is finding a replacement set. I am seeing recommendations for Bridgestone, Michelin and Goodyear. Any recommendations?
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After several years of half-cost make-up replacements, I dumped the Firestone for Michelin's from Sam's.
I have since towed 24,000 miles without a problem with the tow vehicle tires. They run 40degrees cooler.
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I know that Bridgestone and Firestone are related, but I did get Firestone to replace all of the Steeltex tires on my Class C, had 20,000 miles and 3 thread separatios starting at 16,000 miles. They put on a commerical Bridgestone highway tire and only paid the difference in cost between the tires. The full set of 6 was $200.00 (already had a Michlin on as a spare form an earlier trip).

Never had a problem with the Bridgestone (came from Japan). Had Bridgestones on a previous class A.

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I run Bridgstone Dueler H/T Revo's on my truck and like them alot. I tow a 13,330 lb. fiver and now have a little over 30,000 miles on them. They run real good and I still have alot of tread on them.
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Thanks for the recommendations. My only problem is that I may be getting rid of the truck in 1-2 years so I am not sure if I wan tto pend the $$ on tires like the Michelins. I have been looking at Michelins, Bridgestones, Goodyears and Perellis. I have a coworker with the Duelers and he really likes them. I have never heard anything good or bad about BF Goodrich but I see a decent amount of 4x4s towing with them but I always consider them as offroad tire and not ones to tow with.
Should I be looking for steel belts or nylon belts? There are so many choices, I am getting a bit confused. Thanks again for the recommendations and I will take any adivce I can get.
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