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Old 06-16-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle Tire Issue

On my recent trip back home from the Service Center with my 31SL in tow I experienced a tire separation on a rear tire of my 2011 Ford. The truck came with General Grabber HTS tires (LT245-75- R17). I purchased the truck in 2013 but it was a new vehicle with less then 200 miles. So the tires were already 2 years old when I purchased. I currently have 13000 miles on the tires. Luckily I didn't throw the tire while pulling the Redwood but I am now concerned as to the credibility of the remaining tires. Ford pro-rated the tire and replaced it accordingly. Has anyone else had problems with these tires or I'm wondering if this is just a fluke that this one tire was defective. I only ran Michelins on my prior TV and wondering if I should switch now.
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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Just did a search on the ford 6.7 forum, no one is posting about tire issues with the generals that I could find... (and they's sold one or two of those trucks with generals )

hopefully it's one-off issue for you..
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Old 06-16-2014, 03:40 PM   #3
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Just did a search on the ford 6.7 forum, no one is posting about tire issues with the generals that I could find... (and they's sold one or two of those trucks with generals )

hopefully it's one-off issue for you..
Thanks, I never thought about checking out their forum. My brother has a 2012 Ford and it came with Continentals but I think I read somewhere that General and Continental are the same company.
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:07 PM   #4
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I actually replaced the wheels and tires on my Ford immediately after buying it. I've had a few Fords over the years and they've never came with what I'd consider good reliable tires. At least they don't run the Firestones anymore.

I went with a tire rated at 4080 each and a wheel that's slightly lower. This gives me peace of mind well beyond each individual axle rating on my truck, which is 5600/7000 (although technically the Sterling 10.5 is rated at 9750 in other applications...).
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:23 PM   #5
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I actually replaced the wheels and tires on my Ford immediately after buying it. I've had a few Fords over the years and they've never came with what I'd consider good reliable tires. At least they don't run the Firestones anymore.

I went with a tire rated at 4080 each and a wheel that's slightly lower. This gives me peace of mind well beyond each individual axle rating on my truck, which is 5600/7000 (although technically the Sterling 10.5 is rated at 9750 in other applications...).
So, what brand of tire are you running?
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:32 PM   #6
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I run the Toyo ATII 295/65/20. They are slightly bigger than stock for the new Fords and probably more aggressive than most people would want. They have some nice AT or street tires with M+S rating as well if that matters.

I'm a huge fan of Toyo Tires. They are made in the USA and absolutely bulletproof. This is my 3rd set of them on various applications and I don't worry about road debris or separation at all (knock on wood). They are a bit more spendy and sometimes hard to find but that's my preference. Nitto Tire are somewhat similar (sister company to Toyo).
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I run the Toyo ATII 295/65/20. They are slightly bigger than stock for the new Fords and probably more aggressive than most people would want. They have some nice AT or street tires with M+S rating as well if that matters.

I'm a huge fan of Toyo Tires. They are made in the USA and absolutely bulletproof. This is my 3rd set of them on various applications and I don't worry about road debris or separation at all (knock on wood). They are a bit more spendy and sometimes hard to find but that's my preference. Nitto Tire are somewhat similar (sister company to Toyo).
Thanks for the info, I will definitely tale a look at those 2 brands when I make a move.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:09 PM   #8
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I run the Toyo on my truck. A great tire but be prepared to reach deep into your wallet.
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:27 PM   #9
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I run the Toyo on my truck. A great tire but be prepared to reach deep into your wallet.
Very true, they are not the cheapest tire by any means. Just dropped $1200 to replace the worn out ones on our Non-Tow vehicle that drives with us.

But keep in mind the new ones that are considered LT tires have a 50K warranty on them. That's what I have on my Tow Truck. So far with about 15K on them they are just barely showing any wear. And that's with about 4K of Redwood towing.
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:55 PM   #10
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Spindrift ~ how's the ride on the Dually with the Toyo's ? Looking at the Generals on mine with 23k, I don't think they'll make it much past 40k (I dobnt wait till a tire is totally worn before I replace it)
I was going to go to Michelins but now you've got me thinking ..........
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