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Light Truck Tire Recommendations?
« on: January 21, 2011, 10:01:15 AM »
The time is fast approaching when I will have to replace the tires on my 2001 Dodge Dakota.

The truck is 4WD, but rarely goes off road.  The gravel parking lot at church, and the dirt road to the range are about it.

That may change this summer when I move to a new assignment - I'm hoping for Texas or Kansas, and finding a place on an acre or two where I can have a big garden.  Paved driveway optional.  But I still have no need for big knobbly off-road tires.

Looking more for good all-weather tires (I hear KS gets a bit of snow  ;)) that'll last a long time.  Ones that are good for gas mileage would be a bonus.

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Re: Light Truck Tire Recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2011, 10:26:56 AM »
I have a set of these BF Goodrich All-terrain T/A KO's in 30x9.50R15/C on my 96 Dakota and have been pleased. They are aggressive enough without being, "What the heck is that thing driving next to me?" In fact they are very well mannered on pavement.

We have snow here and they give good traction as long as I have a bit of weight in the back. I've gone on a few camp-outs with them where the road went from, "Hey this isn't too bad" to "Is that 30 feet of knee deep water in the road?" and had plenty of traction while driving in a soupy mess.

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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2011, 11:04:11 AM »
I like the Toyo A/T "Open Country" or the Wildcat STX from Les Schwab.

I put Firestone Pathfinder A/Ts on the wife's truck and she's been happy with them.
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2011, 11:17:20 AM »
I have a set of these BF Goodrich All-terrain T/A KO's in 30x9.50R15/C on my 96 Dakota and have been pleased. They are aggressive enough without being, "What the heck is that thing driving next to me?" In fact they are very well mannered on pavement.

We have snow here and they give good traction as long as I have a bit of weight in the back. I've gone on a few camp-outs with them where the road went from, "Hey this isn't too bad" to "Is that 30 feet of knee deep water in the road?" and had plenty of traction while driving in a soupy mess.

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I have been running these tires for years, and love them. They work great in the snow and hold up really well off road. I dont want to guess how many dirt miles I have put on BFGs. I have them on my F-150, my powerstroke, and my wifes expedition right now. Only tire I will ever run.
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2011, 12:34:38 PM »
I would go with Michelin, this one in particular has served me well on a Ranger and a Tundra:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=LTX+M%2FS
Since you are spending most of the time on the highway they make more sense than a more aggressive tire and last a long time. It was over 20K before I noticed any wear on them.
Of course they do cost a bit more but Michelin's do in general.
Oh yeah they ride nice and actually increased my mileage when I switched from a set of Bridgestones and Cooper A/T tires.

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2011, 06:05:56 PM »
I'm also a very happy BFG All-Terrain driver. My truck doesn't do much off-roading anymore, but the little I've done hasn't been a problem. Most of the off-road that these tires have seen has been northwest of Albuquerque; everything from loose gravel, sugar sand, grass, washboard roads- all dry though. My truck has only seen frozen water once or twice, and these tires never have.
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2011, 06:07:03 PM »
It's too bad they cost an arm and a leg!
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2011, 06:18:29 PM »
Costco is your friend.
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2011, 06:32:32 PM »
Costco is your friend.

I've believed this for the longest time.  Then I called Big O Tire gave them the quote from Sams and they undercut Sams by 10% and gave me a discount for keeping the tires myself.  And they picked up my car and dropped it off.  They now have a loyal customer.  Competition its a wonderful thing.  Customer service - even better!
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2011, 06:42:18 PM »
Costco is your friend.

It was Costco I priced them at! Then I went over to Les Schwab and bought the Toyo Open Country A/T for about half.
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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2011, 08:41:31 PM »
Bridgestone Dueller Revo.  Dad has them on his work truck, and I love them on my F150.  I consider my truck to be 50/50 on road and off, in large part due to the amount of snow it sees, but it also spends a fair bit of time on dirt roads.  They still have good highway manners, and seem to have good treadwear, and have done no damage to my fuel economy (the War Machine gets crap mileage as is, so I was very concerned about losing what little I had.)
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2011, 08:46:07 PM »
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And they picked up my car and dropped it off.

I'm sorry, but I can't let someone else drive my truck out of my sight. I've torn tire guys a new one for hotrodding it in the parking lot (like for whipping it around while backing it out of the service bay)...I don't let my ride out of my sight when it's in the hands of a tire guy...the whole time it's on the lift, I watch them like a hawk.

I don't THINK I'll ever have to face down routers in the streets.

I should hope not. Mobs of rogue woodworking tools would suck to repel.

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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2011, 12:15:10 AM »
In snow, NOTHING beats BFG A/T K/Os, and in anything but soupy mud, they're a top performer.  Sport King A/Ts are very close, and usually a good deal cheaper.  For your Dakota, go with either a p-metric tire or a better(and more expensive) option would be if they offered the size you need in an LT tire with a load rating of either a "6-ply" or load range "C".  Ask about a tire of similar size that's more common and cheaper than yours if you're running an oddball expensive size as well.
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« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2011, 01:20:42 AM »
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Looking more for good all-weather tires (I hear KS gets a bit of snow  ;)) that'll last a long time.  Ones that are good for gas mileage would be a bonus.

Any recommendations?


Snow is Kansas is hit or miss, depending on how far north you are.  Seems like I-70 north gets most, North of I-35 gets some,  stay away from the KTA (Kansas turnpike)  major storms follow the KTA and the I's.

I've had good luck with Hankook Dynapro AS tires.  relatively inexpensive compared to the major name brands, but good service life and pretty quiet on the highway. 

The are carried pretty much all over Kansas, so finding them is pretty easy.

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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2011, 04:14:54 PM »
If I got to KS, it'll be the Lawrence/Leavenworth area.  A friend was telling me about having to retrieve his horses the day they got out in 6 degree, snowy weather.
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« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2011, 09:19:07 PM »
If I got to KS, it'll be the Lawrence/Leavenworth area.  A friend was telling me about having to retrieve his horses the day they got out in 6 degree, snowy weather.

Oh.   

I'm sorry.   :-\

well,  as long as your not in the some of the city limits you should be ok.  Lawrence, home of KU, is THE home of the left wing  in Kansas.  Leavenworth is somewhat ok,  the War College and the Fort helps there.  Douglas County (Lawrence) is not to bad, but Lawrence itself is pretty far out there.   the area around Leavenworth, Lansing (State Maximum security prison) , etc, is ok as long as your not in "suburbia".  Lots of gun shows, gun clubs, places to shoot, some decent stores, Simmons, Cabales, Bass Pro, etc.  Nascar (Kansas speedway).  Lots of bedroom communities in that area.

Weather wise,  you would be moving into the winter weather equivalent of Tornado Alley. Everything we get hit with, goes East, through Lawrence, following I-70 and then on east toward KC.  Same with the Spring and Summer storms for that matter.  Only thing worse then a Kansas thunderstorm moving East, is a Missouri storm coming west into Kansas.  Good thing that don't happen very often.

Winter really don't last long here however, so, it's only short periods of time.  days usually instead of weeks.

 



 

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« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2011, 09:40:07 PM »
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I've had good luck with Hankook Dynapro AS tires.
 For the money, hancooks are good tires.  I would run them on my rigs if money was screaming tight.  Sell a lot of them at work, and have yet to have any come back with issues.  But assuming your rig is 4WD, and you use it off road more than once in a blue moon, I'd look at the hancook dynapro ATM tires rather than the ATS series.
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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2011, 10:36:18 PM »
Been running B.F. Goodrich Rugged trail radials for about 2 years.  Mostly road miles but they can hold their own on Forest Service roads and the occasional foray into serious dirt.  A bit less expensive than the all terrain series and they have good road manners as well.  The F-150 likes 'em and so do I. 
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« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2011, 12:23:31 AM »
If you live where it snows and isn't flat, the Hankook Dynapro AS can cost you a truck.

Fortunately there was no damage except to the ego, and the replacement Toyos didn't seem to have the same issue.
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« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2011, 02:05:55 PM »
BFG A/T's.  Thems are where its at. 
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« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2011, 03:57:07 PM »
I'm running Dayton Timberline A/T's. They worked well once I put the Jeep in 4WD :whistle during the snow here. Not too noisy and a smoother ride than the ones I had on before. (I think those were BFG Mud-Terrains.)
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« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2011, 04:59:41 PM »
Oh.   

I'm sorry.   :-\

well,  as long as your not in the some of the city limits you should be ok.  Lawrence, home of KU, is THE home of the left wing  in Kansas.  Leavenworth is somewhat ok,  the War College and the Fort helps there.  Douglas County (Lawrence) is not to bad, but Lawrence itself is pretty far out there.   the area around Leavenworth, Lansing (State Maximum security prison) , etc, is ok as long as your not in "suburbia".  Lots of gun shows, gun clubs, places to shoot, some decent stores, Simmons, Cabales, Bass Pro, etc.  Nascar (Kansas speedway).  Lots of bedroom communities in that area.

Weather wise,  you would be moving into the winter weather equivalent of Tornado Alley. Everything we get hit with, goes East, through Lawrence, following I-70 and then on east toward KC.  Same with the Spring and Summer storms for that matter.  Only thing worse then a Kansas thunderstorm moving East, is a Missouri storm coming west into Kansas.  Good thing that don't happen very often.

Winter really don't last long here however, so, it's only short periods of time.  days usually instead of weeks.

Well, if I do go to KS, I'd be going to grad school at KU (they have a Military History dept) with a likely follow-on to Fort Leavenworth, as an instructor if I'm lucky.  So I'd be living smack in the middle.

FWIW as far as tires go.

And my count may be off, but thus far my tally comes to

BFG A/Ts - 3
Toyo A/t, Michelin LTX M/S2, Bridgestone Dueller, BFG Rugged Trail - 1 each
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« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2011, 07:23:20 PM »
I have a set of TreadWright retreads on my Sierra 1500 4x4 and they are awesome. I was skeptical about the whole "retread" thing and did a lot of digging around before ordering a set...but they seem to be very well made. I have their "Sentinal" tread pattern and love it. Good on the highway, good in dirt, good in snow. 10K miles on mine so far with no undue wear or issues of any kind. For $100 bucks a pop, I don't think you can beat that.
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« Reply #24 on: January 24, 2011, 07:47:29 PM »
And my count may be off, but thus far my tally comes to

BFG A/Ts - 3
Toyo A/t, Michelin LTX M/S2, Bridgestone Dueller, BFG Rugged Trail - 1 each

The only one out of that list I haven't tried is the Michelin. Tough to go wrong with any of the others.

One thing I did learn is that some of the AT tires do not have the "snowflake" rating on them, which exempts you from chains here on our mountain passes.

I believe all of those do, but might be worth looking at. The Dueller comes in two flavors - Revo and Revo II.
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