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Old 02-20-2019, 01:39 PM   #1
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Stock Ram Firestone Tires

This moring I was airing up all my tires before tomorrow’s winter trip. I noticed the front left of my Ram 2500 was cracked all the way around the sidewall. The tires are the stock Firestones and are two years old with only 12k miles. The tires have horrible reviews on the Ram forum. It seems like a lot of Ram owners replace these tires ASAP. I’m skeptical of replacing it with the same tire, but the local Firestone shop is covering it under warranty. I’ll take the free tire and replace them when I’m ready to spend the money. I’m disappointed the tire would wear that quickly with little use, but glad the local Firestone is covering it under warranty.

Here I am sitting in a tire shop when I should be prepping to leave in the morning.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:48 PM   #2
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This moring I was airing up all my tires before tomorrow’s winter trip. I noticed the front left of my Ram 2500 was cracked all the way around the sidewall. The tires are the stock Firestones and are two years old with only 12k miles. The tires have horrible reviews on the Ram forum. It seems like a lot of Ram owners replace these tires ASAP. I’m skeptical of replacing it with the same tire, but the local Firestone shop is covering it under warranty. I’ll take the free tire and replace them when I’m ready to spend the money. I’m disappointed the tire would wear that quickly with little use, but glad the local Firestone is covering it under warranty.

Here I am sitting in a tire shop when I should be prepping to leave in the morning.
You are one of the lucky ones...

When I discovered that the stock Firestone Transforce HT spare tire had a large hole in the rubber all the way down to the steel belt, but still inflated under the bed of my truck, both GM and Firestone refused to replace it under warranty.

That tire had never been taken off of the tire holder until that day.

Truck was just over 2 1/2 years old at the time.

I was at the tire shop that day replacing them with a new set, but when they wouldn't cover that tire I purchased another brand of tire instead.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:52 PM   #3
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I told the manager of the shop I was skeptical to replace it with the same tire because of all the horrible reviews on the Ram forums. He said the tires are also on all the Chevy fleet trucks and none of them have complained. I told him the brand of truck has nothing to do with it, it’s just a sketchy tire.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:54 PM   #4
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maybe im to heavy on the gas but my oem transforce tires burned up in about 20k miles. I have been told that oem tires are specially made for a manufactures run of tires and that they are made cheep and not the same "trans force" tires that would be sold by a firestone retail outlet.

I ordered cooper replacements of the internet to save about 600$ and had a local tire shop mount them up.
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Old 02-20-2019, 01:55 PM   #5
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As little as I drive my truck, I wish I could get 20k miles out of the tires. That would be another two years, but I don’t see that happening.
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Old 02-20-2019, 02:25 PM   #6
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Mine are just over half worn at 30,000 kms. I noticed mine cracking around the outside lugs at only 7 months old or so but it hasn't really gotten worse. Ram puts too much toe-in into their alignment which eats the outside edge faster and probably doesn't help with the cracking. I adjusted mine slightly in the driveway and outside tire wear slowed down drastically and have less pulling to the passenger side. I wish the siping went deeper than 1/3 of the tread as you end up with a slick tire very quickly. I'm trying to decide between Toyo ATs or Goodyear Duratracs as replacements.
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Old 02-20-2019, 03:04 PM   #7
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I hate my Firestone AT's. The truck seems squirrely. I towed the same 5er with a 12 Ram 2500 and it was far better even when it only had the pizza cutter 245/70/17's.
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Not defending the firestones in any way, but my experience has almost always seen OEM tires get significantly less life than replacements. My wife had a car with a real oddball size and speed rating combo that only had two tires available in the area. Some no-name cheapy with no warranty, and a Hankook that came on it and was being replaced at about 25,000 miles. Somehow, the replacements were still going strong when we traded the car in at 75,000 miles.
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:02 AM   #9
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My OEM Firestones lasted 20k miles. Replaced them with Michelin AT2's... Traded truck in with 38k on it and tires were still in good shape... Now have 10k on the new truck and based on what I see, I will be replacing these Firestones in another 10k
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My OEM Firestones lasted 20k miles. Replaced them with Michelin AT2's... Traded truck in with 38k on it and tires were still in good shape... Now have 10k on the new truck and based on what I see, I will be replacing these Firestones in another 10k
From what I've heard from a couple friends of mine these Firestone tires are junk and lucky to get 25000 miles on them. I'm replacing mine next month and only have 6500 miles on them and agree don't like they what they ride. Be getting Michelin. Later RJD
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