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Old 12-06-2015, 07:11 PM   #1
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Tire Preferences

OK, Here goes, I know that this has probably been discussed on this forum but I can't seem to find the thread. My tow vehicle is a 2011 Ford F350 SRW Long bed and came from the factory with General Grabber tires, size LT245/75R17. As far as I am concerned, the tires are junk. I've already had one tire separate with only 14,000 miles on it. I've always preferred Michelins myself, and have had good luck with them on my Tow vehicles in the past, but I would like to get other opinions on the best tire for a tow vehicle. I am in need of replacing originals real soon and want to make an informed purchase.
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Old 12-06-2015, 07:48 PM   #2
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Our GMC came with Michelins, we have about 58,000 miles on them now, probably good for another 10,000 miles before needing replacement.
I will replace with the same tires.
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Old 12-06-2015, 07:53 PM   #3
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I've had Bridgestone OEM, Continental OEM, Michelin OEM, Goodyear OEM, even Firestone OEM. The only complaint I had was the GY Wranglers got a little noisy in time, but they were a pretty aggressive tread. I usually prefer the all terrain over the mud and snow for the truck.

I had Generals back when I had Chevy, and I agree they were terrible. I tore a set up in about 18K miles just occasionally pulling a TT. Won't do Generals.
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:01 PM   #4
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I always bought Michelins but the last 6 tires I bought for the Dually was my last. I couldn't get them to ballance. On top of that, I have had 2 sets on my company vans that cracked so bad on the sidewall we had to replace them and Michelin only offered minimal refund toward new tires.

I'll stick with Bridgstone
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Old 12-06-2015, 09:33 PM   #5
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My GMC came with Michelins also & have right at 64k on them & plan on replacing with the same tire before hitting the road in the spring, they'll have real close to 70k by then. I've ran several of the other brands mentioned but got no where near the same kind of mileage out of any of them. We had to run GY Wranglers on our company trucks & I wouldn't buy them unless I plan to have them balanced once a month, I think after a few miles they are square & only good for about 25k. Had good luck with Toyos (jap crap) & Yokohama (also jap crap), but they held up better than GY or Firestone.
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:13 PM   #6
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I've only bought Michelins for the past 10 years. I run the LTX on my truck and currently have about 45K on them with no issues.

Firestone makes a good off road tire with fairly aggressive tread, but probably not best suited for daily highway use. The SouthWest Wildlife Refuges we've been at the past 3 years almost exclusively use Firestone Transforce HT tires on their government vehicles.
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Old 12-06-2015, 10:30 PM   #7
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I've had good luck with Firestone Transforce on 2 trucks. I won't buy Michelins until I'm convinced they no longer crack, long before wearing out.

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Old 12-06-2015, 11:39 PM   #8
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Have always had excellent service from Michelin's on both cars and trucks.
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:41 AM   #9
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I have a preference for the GY Wrangler Adventurer (previously sold as Silent Armor), they have Kevlar Belts with a farily aggressive tread but still a quiet tire.
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Old 12-07-2015, 01:42 AM   #10
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Just put Firestone Transforce HT on the Dually and have to say I'm very impressed. The review on Tire Rack were very good and the price was good. Just did 2000 miles trip and they are nice riding and quiet.

Like Dave, I always had Michelins but the last 2 trucks they were nothing but problems.
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