Tires

mdb landscaping

Senior Member
Location
Glastonbury, CT
When i bought my 2002 Chevrolet 2500HD i made a bad decision and went with the the road tires that are classified as mud and snow, but dont have enough bite. I shoudve gotten the lugged off road tires they offer. Well, anyway, winter is approaching and im going to replace them a little early, and i was wondering if anybody had some recommendations. id like to jump up a size or two and i would like something more aggressive than the tires i have now. any suggestions?
 
I did the same thing. I p[lowed with them last winter though they worked good, considering how many tests they had. On my other trucks I have/ had tires similiar to BF goodrich all terrians, got them from Pepboys around $ 100 ea installed. Go with narrower tires bite much better when plowing, wider you'll get stuck. Good luck.
 
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mdb landscaping

mdb landscaping

Senior Member
Location
Glastonbury, CT
I think i should clarify some more. Im not looking for mudders or anything. Im just looking for a size or so bigger, cause the stock chevy tires are too small in my opinion, and im looking for something with a little more aggressive of a tread. im looking for 265/75 r16 load range e size tires. I was just wondering if somebody had a good web site or link or input on that size tires and some good brands i should consider. i dont really want to go wider, but just get a little more aggressive of a tread.
 

Pelican

2000 Club Member
cause the stock chevy tires are too small in my opinion
Too small for what? Engineers get paid a lot of money to determine what size tires to install. Sam's or BJ's won't install anything but OEM sizes on your vehicle, you'd have to mount oversized tires yourself.

I've run General M/Ts with great success for plowing, very aggressive tread, but will make some noise. I run A/Ts in the summer and M/Ts for winter. Works for me.
 

Lawn Lad

Senior Member
Location
Cleveland
Why not run your factory tires as summer tires and save the winter skins for plowing? We swap our tires out after the snow plow season - gives a chance to get the front end aligned as well.

For the 2500 trucks we tried Bridgestone - we've had two different tread patterns, couldn't tell you what they are without looking at them (nither of them are here). One looked more like a road tire, but there was plenty of bite. The second set was chunky looking - I would not want to drive the truck on the freeway or 50 mph regularly - too loud. Both plowed well.

On our smaller trucks (r15) we've run Bridestone Duellers - been very happy with them. I know they're available in range D, but I don't know about E. I'd put 'em on a 1500 if I had one.
 

BRIMOW525

Senior Member
Location
Delaware
I just had a set of 285 75 16 Futura Dakotas put on my 95 k2500. load range D. ( i don't know what that means) They don't rub with a load or when turning. they look like they have good tread. a bit taller than stock. they ride nice too. I just hope it was a wize decision for winter plowing. But at least u know these sized tires should fit on your truck
 
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mdb landscaping

mdb landscaping

Senior Member
Location
Glastonbury, CT
The dunlops look really good. My only concern would be downgrading to a load range D tire from the load range E tires i have now. Im not really even sure if that matters that much, but ill ask around and get some more input. keep the ideas coming. thanks for the help.
 

thelawnguy

PlowSite.com Addict
Location
Central CT
You gotta be nuts to use a passenger (D range) tire for plowing. Unless you just plow for a hobby and could care less if the casing disintegrates on you the next time you're on the highway with the plow on and a load of salt in the back...
 

BRIMOW525

Senior Member
Location
Delaware
I never even thought of looking at the load range for my tires before I bought them. But then again the snow is so ify here. It really doesn't matter to me. But if I lived farther north, I'd be sure about load range and traction.
 

SIPLOWGUY

Senior Member
I agree 1000% with Pelican. The correct (AND SAFEST) thing to do is stay with the factory size and load range! I had a (former Government) 81 Dodge Power Ram 150 with 700X15 load range E tires. It went through the blizzards of 96 like I was on dry pavement. Tall and skinny....doesn't "float" on snow. I had TA's, great traction but noisy on the highway. I have the original Goodyear Wrangler RTS on my F150. For the snow we get in the NYC area they do me fine for 365 day use. I had them on the wife's Grand Cherokee but replaced them with regular Wranglers and I regret it. I should have stuck with the RTS or went to Michelins. I had Firestone Wilderness on my Bronco II until the recall. I was happy with them but they were cracking near the treads after 35,000 miles. The nice thing about buying tires from Costco (or the like) is when the recall hit I got a FULL REFUND. Not bad after using them for 35,000 miles. Keep in mind the ABS and other "speed sensitive" computers on your truck will always be programmed to the FACTORY TIRE SIZE! Good luck.
 

SCAPEASAURUSREX

Senior Member
Location
NJ
I have not plowed with , but have driven in plenty of snow with my F250 and 33" BFG all terrains for the last 5 years, They wear great , have a high load range , and get great traction all around. They are also quiet ... The Mud Terrains are a bit louder on the high way , but offer a much more aggresive tread. Also look at the General Grabbers, very similar to the BFG's but a little more reasonbley priced.... Check out National Wheel and Tire.. They have a web site.... Great package deals so you can have winter and summer set ups with out mounting and remounting tires twice a year.....
 

Chuck Smith

2000 Club Member
Location
NJ
I can tell you I had BFG Mud T/A's on my 77 Chevy, and they were horrible in the snow. They were 35" tall x 12.5' wide. I know wide tires suck, but I have 33" tall x 12.5" wide on my GMC (Cooper Discoverer) and that truck is a tank in the snow. I know wider is not better in the snow, but I guess the All Terrain pattern of the Coopers is what helps. More rubber in contact with the ground than the mud tires. Do a search here, lots of guys are running the Coopers. They just happen to be on the GMC when I bought it, and they were brand new. I didn't specifically buy them, but I would not hesitate to get another set when they wear out.

My brother ran the BFG A/T's for 5 years on his Dodge, and loved them. No traction problems at all.

That's my $0.02....

~Chuck
 
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