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Old 02-23-2016, 08:31 PM   #1
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Everyone likes new tires when you get them, and so do I. However, after a while and a few miles, sometimes not so much. My Ram 2500 is starting to get to the point that new tires will be needed. So, what have your experiences been? What brand and tire name/size and how many miles/months have you had them? The Firestones on it have lasted only 33K miles and maybe have 5K left in them... so I'm not impressed so far.

Thanks in advance for your opinions...
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Old 02-23-2016, 08:45 PM   #2
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Jack,

You will find many opinions on tires on this forum. For my Ram 1500 Pick up, and all of the other vehicles except the coach I used Michelin's. I got 60k miles out of each set and even though they cost more the ride was smooth to the end of their life. For the coach I opted for Toyo's more out of necessity than desire. I'm happy with the Toyo's so far but have only 6K miles on them. I will never have a set of Goodyear tires on any of my vehicles. PERIOD, (Sorry I yelled there.) This has to be the worst brand of tire made, IMO.

BTW, here's the link to the post explaining why I got the Toyo's for the coach.

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Old 02-23-2016, 10:20 PM   #3
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Yes, many opinions...there isn't one best tire, just like no one best fiver or truck. I get almost 80k out of 19.5s on my 450s, but they ride hard.
Working with 17" tires, there is a lot to choose from. 33k from OEM tires is poor, this is time to pay up front for less worry, but it all boils down to what you want and want to pay.
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2007 3500 SRW OEM tires (LT365/70R/17 E) were lousy for anything but hwy.
wet grass, gravel, wet roads.......lousy and for towing they were just squirrelly

We were FT traveling towing 14K 5vr so I swapped OEMs out for set of Michelin AT2
60K miles later I put another set of them on. 1st set still had good thread and even wearing even w/o any rotation.
Fronts were run all time at 55# and rears were run at 80# towing (dropped to 45# non towing)

2nd set have 50k on them ........no longer FT so tire pressure are at F/55# & R/45# majority of time past 2 yrs. Still good thread and even wearing.
No rotation......just re-balance yrly and 1 re-alignment 5 yrs ago.

Now guess there have been issues with Michelin sidewall cracking........haven't experienced that on either set.

Next set ----------gonna give Cooper Discoverer AT3s a try.
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The April, 2016 issue of Consumer's Reports arrived yesterday. That's the annual "Auto" issue. This year there is a one-page summary of tire test results.

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Best All-Season tire for all weather conditions and long tread life
--- Michelin Latitude Tour
--- Michelin LTX MS/2
--- Goodyear Assurance CS TripleTred

Best All-Terrain tire for all weather conditions and long tread life
--- Hankook Dynapro AT-M
--- Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kelvar
--- Michelin LTX AT/2
--- Cooper Discoverer A/TW

I'm a Michelin fan, so make mine Michelin. But for those that hate French-owned suppliers, there are a few other good choices.
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Tires are like opinions - everyone has one or many.
I'll never buy another Goodyear Wrangler. They wear like iron but get extremely hard and slick on wet pavement, including a wet centerline. I had OEM Continentals on the last and current truck and they lasted well. I've also had Yokohama and Kumho - which also 'worked' well plus now have Firestone's on the current truck as replacement tires which are doing well too. I'll need to replace these Firestones as I 'curbed' one () tire and it has a sidewall gouge but they are on my potential purchase list.

I would spend some time on the Tire Rack website and look at real world reviews instead of the often, IMHO, biased CR, based on very few pieces or variations of a product. Surprisingly, some seldom seen tires like Generals have very good reviews and are relatively inexpensive vs the highly advertised $$ Michelins (no, I didn't say that Michelins were bad, just expensive)
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TV Tires
Everyone likes new tires when you get them, and so do I. However, after a while and a few miles, sometimes not so much. My Ram 2500 is starting to get to the point that new tires will be needed. So, what have your experiences been? What brand and tire name/size and how many miles/months have you had them? The Firestones on it have lasted only 33K miles and maybe have 5K left in them... so I'm not impressed so far.

Thanks in advance for your opinions...
I am using two different sets of tires/rims on my 2008 Mega Cab. I have the Michelin XLT MS2 LT265/70R17/E with the factory rims. These are my winter tires when I am not towing my trailer. When I tow my trailer I am using LT285/70R/17 126R Nitto Dura Grappler tires with Mickey Thompson SideBiter II rims. These are a highway tread and our very quiet at highway speeds.
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Thanks, all... Looks like I found a deal on some Michelin LTX AT/2 tires that will end up costing only about $50- more than what I was going to buy for all four... with road-hazard. I'm probably a few months premature but since this is going to save me some serious change, I'm getting them early next week... before this goes away.


I truly appreciate the feedback.
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Absolutely love the Michelins!
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I have had 4 sets over the years of Cooper Discoverer AT3's... I have loved every set dearly. If you need an AT tire that wears great and really rips in snow and mud, they are a great choice.
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Everyone likes new tires when you get them, and so do I. However, after a while and a few miles, sometimes not so much. My Ram 2500 is starting to get to the point that new tires will be needed. So, what have your experiences been? What brand and tire name/size and how many miles/months have you had them? The Firestones on it have lasted only 33K miles and maybe have 5K left in them... so I'm not impressed so far.

Thanks in advance for your opinions...

I've been selling tires for 25 + years and never had an issue with Michelins. BFG also have been very good.
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If you need an AT you should look at the Nitto Terra Grapler. They ride good, have great traction, and last well over 50k miles on my F250. I run 285 70 R 17s and they have a 3750lb capacity ea.
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I am at 21K with my factory Firestones and will need new ones before the summer trips. I am thinking about the 295-70-18 Michelin Defender. Just a touch larger than stock. Or could just get 3 more stock ones and use the spare. i know that going bigger to a 35 inch tire will hurt MPG but they look cool. I just want something that rides good and is quiet.
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