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Old 05-05-2013, 08:42 AM   #31
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This is one of the reviews I went by. The tire seems to be marketed towards me. Someone who drives during the week and likes to play on the weekends.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:22 AM   #32
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Michelin LTX M/S2, load range E.
i'm a big fan of Michelin tires.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:28 PM   #33
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You just said they were cupping, so that's kind of an issue. I can't believe your tire place recommends those pressures. Mine told me never to run to the max pressure unless I have the max carrying capacity over those tires!
I said I am glad YOU do not have issues with your tires.
As stated, my issues are vibration and cupping.
The tire dealer is following Goodyear's recommendation on the tire pressure and I would assume Goodyear is following Ford's recommendations from the tire inflation sticker on my truck's door?
I could not run my LT245/75R17's E rated @ 32 & 34lbs, I would be riding the sidewalls.
Must be the difference for your 1/2 ton to my 3/4 ton?
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:00 PM   #34
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LT,s make a world of difference in the "jello" feel, and they last longer, BUT you sacrifice ride smoothness, and they cost more. Depending on how much you tow, and what else you do with the tow vehicle, you really have to weigh your options.
I personally feel that my best tow vehicle improvement BY FAR was adding the LT's. I feel much safer towing now. Randy
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:07 PM   #35
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LT,s make a world of difference in the "jello" feel, and they last longer, BUT you sacrifice ride smoothness, and they cost more. Depending on how much you tow, and what else you do with the tow vehicle, you really have to weigh your options.
I personally feel that my best tow vehicle improvement BY FAR was adding the LT's. I feel much safer towing now. Randy
I have few options in the size I want in LTs. Plus, the Jello feeling went away when I towed with my snow tires over towing with the stock tires. Since the snows are P rated, I feel a good P rated would work. My rear tire load is about 1500lbs and tires are good for 2100


Stock tires left, Snow tires right.

I really like the 245s over the 225s. I jave more LT choices in 225s though.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:26 AM   #36
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IMO these 3 would be your best choice. I have the Michelin LRE AT's on my SD and they really suck in the mud compared to any of the below(they are very much a highway tire IMO), also have had GY Wranglers and they were the worst tires I have ever owned. I had a set of Hankooks on my Dodge Ram 2500 Megacab last year and they were excellent in all conditions including snow and very stable hauling the trailer.
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Hello OP I think you are seeing the effect of the load index - the snows you show have an index of 109 the OEMs 104 -- if you find the winters work better towing the larger foot print associated plus the higher load index may be the thing to look for in the replacement summer tires - IMHO I would select the tire with the higher load and speed index a 109S or 109T
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I'm not a fan of Michelin. In my experience, they are more prone to hydroplaning and their harder rubber compounds are absolutely miserable in the cold temperatures we have here in MN.
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IMO these 3 would be your best choice. I have the Michelin LRE AT's on my SD and they really suck in the mud compared to any of the below(they are very much a highway tire IMO), also have had GY Wranglers and they were the worst tires I have ever owned. I had a set of Hankooks on my Dodge Ram 2500 Megacab last year and they were excellent in all conditions including snow and very stable hauling the trailer.
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Agree on these three, though in my experience I think they wear in opposite order. For example, I am confident the Hankook will wear longer than the Nitto, but the Nitto does offer slightly higher grip. Some people (me for example) will sacrifice some grip for longer wear. Some is a key word there and open to interpretation.

As to the size, my guess is the load index on 245 tires is going to be higher regardless of brand. However, some brands carry much higher load ratings in specific sizes than there counterparts. However the difference is you felt has as much to do with the fact that Goodyear specifically builds those tires for highway ride. The manufacturers demand it.
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Agree on these three, though in my experience I think they wear in opposite order. For example, I am confident the Hankook will wear longer than the Nitto, but the Nitto does offer slightly higher grip. Some people (me for example) will sacrifice some grip for longer wear. Some is a key word there and open to interpretation.

As to the size, my guess is the load index on 245 tires is going to be higher regardless of brand. However, some brands carry much higher load ratings in specific sizes than there counterparts. However the difference is you felt has as much to do with the fact that Goodyear specifically builds those tires for highway ride. The manufacturers demand it.
I am still researching. I was going to buy local, but decided to look onlne. Hankook dynapro ATM, XL rated load index 111 is now on the list. Good reviews from Discount Tire.
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