Originally Posted by Precedence
I've come to the conclusion that spending good money for expensive tires is pointless if you use the vehicle commercially everyday. My trucks pull 5000-12000lbs of trailer everyday during the summer and in the winter they all have bed salters and plows on. I have had Dueler Revos, Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs, Radial Roovers, and many more all "E" range tires. None ever make it more than 2 years.
They all wear out disappointingly soon, i am now just buying whatever tires are cheap and have decent tread. Nowadays there is so little difference in traction and handling between tires due to computer design that there is no point in spending the money on big name tires.
That is unless your truck is mostly a toy and you are going for the look, if you are i think the Wrangler Duratracs are bad@ss looking.
Depends on what you are going for. For all terrain tires, its a PITA finding one that lasts long enough, doesn't have too many issues and most of all gets good traction for the majority of its life. Most of the reviews are people who just daily drive or play around once and awhile. anybody pulling heavy trailers often, usually isn't interested as much in traction as they are wear.
The one thing that always baffles me is the people you see writing reviews stating "This Brand x tire is junk I will never buy from brand x again." Why? I never understood that. Times change, and different manufacturers are different in stronger industries. I used to be die-hard bridgestone, now you could call me a Michelin cheerleader. Hard to overlook the savings we get in tire wear, fuel and operator comfort in Ag, Construction and our Class 8 Trucks. I will say their off road offerings for pickups are very poor though and their prices in any industry are always higher, you have to use the tire and use it long to see the savings or they aren't worth it.
For pickup trucks, its tough. They're like dealing with women. Nothing makes them happy, and even if you do, theres always something that could be better.
I am picky with tires. In other industries like Ag, Construction, and Trucking, you get what you pay for. You still have to do your homework to find the best tire but it seems easier.
Recently switched from Bias to Radials on a wheel loader we have. $1,100 for the Bias off-brands, or $3,400 for the Michelin's. I talked to dealers across the country for opinions and all said 3-4 times the life out of radials and value for the casings at trade in. The big decision was, are we going to run this thing for another 12,000-16,000hrs? Don't think we will hit that mark and figure these will be the last set we put on the loader but like the other advantages they offer and feel they were worth it. We actually ended up with a set of Bridgestone take offs they were dying to move, but would've ended up with the michelins otherwise.
I can't say I've found a perfect truck tire yet. The firestone Steeltex actually worked out well for us. The transforce is a sad replacement. We get 10,000miles out of them doing farm work, pulling heavy trailers and plowing. We've replaced them with Bridgestone Dueler 695's and have been happier with the better traction they offered and they are looking like theyll go 15,000-20,000 miles. Tried a set of Kelly Safari's but the traction was just too poor in snow. Tried a set of BFG all terrains on my personal truck and was impressed with the snow traction and mud traction but they wore fast when not perfectly aligned and the wet pavement traction wasn't the best. The OEM Michelin LTX A/T2's on our 2011 Duramax are wearing like iron at 40,000 miles and still 30-40% tread but traction on all surfaces has been poor. If it wasn't for having traction control I think we would've taken them off, but for summer they wear well.
As of now the Bridgestone Dueler 695's have been fitting the bill for us. I like trying new tires from time to time but will say I am partial to staying in both the Bridgestone and Michelin families as both have treated us well with tires and the dealers. Goodyear/titan, haven't had much of a good experience yet and don't plan on trying for awhile. When I worked int eh tire industry the most problems we had were with the Goodforyears and Titans. We were a Bridge/Firestone exclusive dealer and the goodyear shop was up the road if that adds anymore to the story.