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Old 03-13-2013, 12:27 PM   #11
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Re: Tires-Non 4x4

On my work truck (which gets way more miles than the van), I've had good luck with both the LTX's as well as Firestone Transforce for being a good wearing all season tire.

It may be worth checking Costco's prices on tires too.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:34 PM   #12
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Re: Tires-Non 4x4

My 2001 SMB ran on LTX's; +1 for them. Very durable as well; Costco had good prices on them as I recall. Also ran them on a Ford F150.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:47 PM   #13
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Re: Tires-Non 4x4

FWIW, Consumer Reports: Truck Tires, All Season (just grabbed the top 12)

Name, Price paid, Score (100 to 0)

The first five are "Recommended"
Michelin LTX M/S 2, $182, 72
Michelin X Radial LT 2, $220, 72
Continental CrossContact LX20 EcoPlus, $159, 72
Michelin Latitude Tour HP, $171, 72
Michelin Latitude Tour, $168, 72

Hankook Dynapro HT, $163, 70
Nokian WR G2 Sport Utility, $150, 70
General General Grabber HTS, $128, 68 <- I run two of these. No complaints
Goodyear Wrangler SR-A, $156, 66
Cooper Discoverer CTS, $148, 66
Nokian HT Sport Utility, $126, 66
Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza H, $163, 66
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:41 PM   #14
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... but it is getting harder to find people who will mount and balance mail ordered tires. Most people who can mount them sell tires too.
I would definitely find someone and get their mount and balance price before ordering.
It's typically $20 a tire in my neck of the woods these days.

This is a great point. its very worth it to find a tire store and buddy up. sometimes it takes a while, but its worth searching for.

i've been fortunate enough to find a sponsor through one of our big o tire shops. it saves me so much money racing not having to pay for mount/balance and custom alignments. this particular store will mount tires i buy elsewhere cause they know they cant always offer the best price. they will do this for everyone that walks through the door, but no warranty is offered on stuff not bought at their store.


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...It may be worth checking Costco's prices on tires too.

^^^ Good call, and thanks for reminding me of another place I just saw really good tire prices ... walmart. had the goodyear wrangler MT's for 160ish a piece. not the tire your after, but those are pretty spendy other places ive looked. theres wally worlds everywhere, so they arent a bad source for tires. i would just have reservations letting thier shop people handle my cars. id likely take them the wheels and watch closely, lol.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:53 PM   #15
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Re: Tires-Non 4x4

If you're looking for the best price I'd call around and see if you can find a set of new truck take off tires. It seems to me the smaller size you are looking for would be a good canditate for take offs. Check Craigslist too. A lot of people who buy a new truck upgrade to fancy wheels and bigger tires. Their takeoffs can be found for real good deals.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:43 PM   #16
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Re: Tires-Non 4x4

I've had so tires, wheels, and shocks warrantied out by Les Schwabs over the years I can't even guess. But that is why they are the only store I will go to anymore. I've tried Firestone and Costco, and both have hassled me when I had a problem (I chewed up a set of front tires in a weekend because Costco stuck some Load Cs on my van!). For the abuse I put my van through, and hence tires and wheels, I am more that happy to pay a little extra to know I'll be taken care off anytime I have problem.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:53 PM   #17
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Re: Tires-Non 4x4

I just got a 1992 SMB (E-250 EB-27 layout) 4x2, and I'm looking for tires, too. What size are you going with?

I believe 225/75R-16 is stock, but I was hoping to get a little more ground clearance with 235/85R-16. I'm looking at the Goodyear Wrangler Silent Armor Pro Grade. There's an $80 rebate through tirerack.com or Discount Tire on a set of four which should cover tax. Going larger is the very reason I'm not buying online. I talked to the local Discount Tire and they were willing to "try on" a few different sizes and check clearance.

I've had good experiences with Yokohama's on my passenger cars, but the Geolanders are rated lower for Load Range (D1 vs E1 with most the others), so I'm going to pass on those.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:23 PM   #18
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I love my Nitto ATs on both the F250 and the SMB, with the one small drawback that they didn't last 30000 miles on the F250; the SMB hasn't gone enough to tell, but then again the pickup tread looked great until all the sudden I wasn't comfortable driving it, much less having my wife drive it,as it was until recently, her truck. If my tires were free I'd probably get the Nitto ATs over and over.

But because of the terrible wear when it came time to shod the new Tacoma, I went with Nitto's more expensive older brother: Toyo. Now I've had two sets of Toyo Muds so far and can't say enough good about them.

Needless to say I was stoked then about all the rage surrounding the new Toyo ATII which sport a 65K tread warranty, but I have to say, I'm underwhelmed. I haven't decided if I'm quite underwhelmed enough to take advantage of the return policy and get short-lasting Nittos instead, but out certainly seems like the hype was just that: hype.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:50 AM   #19
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Re: Tires-Non 4x4

^^^ what dont you like about the at2's and what are they on?

no need to derail this thread any further, but id love to hear your opinions in a more relivant thread like this one: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10645 tia
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:37 PM   #20
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Wow! Thanks for all the information.

I think I'm going to go with the Open Country H/T (as opposed to the A/T). Most of my driving should be on paved roads with maybe a little dirt/gravel road thrown in. No real plans to go off roading. I'm going to have them do an alignment along with it. Hoping this will fix my lousy handling problems.

I assume I should get the tires siped? I do so on my truck now and can't think why I wouldn't but then again I'm the first to admit I know almost nothing about tires.
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