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Old 01-09-2015, 01:27 PM   #1
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My Firestone experience

I just pulled off a set of Bridgestone Revos due to tread cracking in all 4 tires;
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:29 PM   #2
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Tires were just over 2 years old and had less than 40,000, with 6/32 tread remaining; needless to say, I was more than a little upset. This is the second set of B/F I've replaced this year with tread or sidewall cracking issues. They only went off road once, in some deep sugar sand, and about 10,000 were towing miles, the rest were commuting. Considering that I would get screwed by Firestone, and most likely get stuck with another B/F product, I went back to the OEM BFG RT, and am very happy.
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Old 01-09-2015, 02:18 PM   #3
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I had Firestones on my Class C Motor home/ 4 years old 42,000 Miles 2 trips to Alaska and there are still in great shape, over 1/2 tread left, would use anything else. Just sold it for a new class C which has Micheline,s, We shall see how they do, Heading back to Alaska next year.
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:12 PM   #4
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If what you have in the pictures is the worst case I think you have over-reacted to normal age stress cracking at tread elements.
If you take similar close inspection of other brands I am sure you will see similar in numerous tires.
What inflation are you running?
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:55 PM   #5
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I didn't get pics of all tread, but all 4 had at least 4 had cracks over an inch and deep enough into the carcass to insert the end of a ballpoint pen in up to the plastic so, no, it's not an overreaction. I had a set of Goodyears with similar cracks that blew out on me towing my StarCraft.


Tire pressures were 60 front, 50 rear (which is higher than Dodge states you can run them unloaded).
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:09 PM   #6
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I know oppinions are like ***holes but I have run Revos on my trucks and my sons truck for maybe 15 years,both trucks are TV's and plow trucks.I admit they have had the tread block cracks like you show,but it has never meant nuttin'.Never had any side wall or case issues. We change them out every 4 years,not because they are worn out,in fact they are useually about 50%,but just because of the service we subject them to. I put a set of our truck take offs on my 14000 gross dump box trailer and they have been there over 4 years w/o any issues.Just an endorsement from my experience.
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I've run a lot of different brands over the years (Michelins, Coopers, Goodyear, Firestone, BFG, Fisk, General, Toyo and some cheap local brands) and the only tires I've ever had do that were the B/F and Goodyears. The Michs had over 120,000 before they were legally worn without any sidewall or tread cracking (OEM LTX on 04 Ram 2500). After several blowouts pulling different rv's over the years, and the nearly $4000 resulting damage (including TV when the Goodyears blew) I don't trust tires with any sort of deformity or damage; that may be normal for some brands, but I still don't trust them not to suddenly fail. For my piece of mind, and families safety, the cost of new tires is worth it.
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I've run a lot of different brands over the years (Michelins, Coopers, Goodyear, Firestone, BFG, Fisk, General, Toyo and some cheap local brands) and the only tires I've ever had do that were the B/F and Goodyears. The Michs had over 120,000 before they were legally worn without any sidewall or tread cracking (OEM LTX on 04 Ram 2500). After several blowouts pulling different rv's over the years, and the nearly $4000 resulting damage (including TV when the Goodyears blew) I don't trust tires with any sort of deformity or damage; that may be normal for some brands, but I still don't trust them not to suddenly fail. For my piece of mind, and families safety, the cost of new tires is worth it.
I did not mean to imply that I believe in compromiseing on tires. If you knew me you would find that quite the oppisite is true.I went so far as to have the dealer on our 315 change out the tires to 16" marathon "E" from the whatever 15" "D" that came with it,along with the appropriate steel wheels and screw in stems for the "D" tires.Ive been driveing since 1959 and regularly towing (something) since the late 60's. I have never had a blow out on anything because I am anal about tires. Ive had 2 or 3 flats,and those tires were never run after being repaired,they were always replaced. My point is,that there is a time and place to become concerned about tread block cracks and minor road hazard stuff,and a time to be aware of it and be able to asess the possibility of failure.If a person does not feel comfortable doing this,then just get new tires and move on!
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I did not mean to imply that I believe in compromiseing on tires. If you knew me you would find that quite the oppisite is true.I went so far as to have the dealer on our 315 change out the tires to 16" marathon "E" from the whatever 15" "D" that came with it,along with the appropriate steel wheels and screw in stems for the "D" tires.Ive been driveing since 1959 and regularly towing (something) since the late 60's. I have never had a blow out on anything because I am anal about tires. Ive had 2 or 3 flats,and those tires were never run after being repaired,they were always replaced. My point is,that there is a time and place to become concerned about tread block cracks and minor road hazard stuff,and a time to be aware of it and be able to asess the possibility of failure.If a person does not feel comfortable doing this,then just get new tires and move on!
Why did you put ST tires on when you could've put LT tires on? ST's no matter what brand are inferior to LT's.
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Why did you put ST tires on when you could've put LT tires on? ST's no matter what brand are inferior to LT's.
Would you mind explaining your opinion?
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