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Old 02-23-2015, 09:10 AM   #1
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Tires for my truck

Ok I know there are a lot of opinions out there. But I have p tires on now. I have 14 gmc Sierra 1500. Was thinking of a lt type tire. To use during camping season anyone have suggestions
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Old 02-23-2015, 09:15 AM   #2
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Not sure what size/weight your trailer is, but LT's are the way to go. And since I drive in a lot of snow, went with the new version of the BF Goodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2's. This new version is supposed to have better wear life on pavement than the old ones. Had those on there before and really liked them, but only got about 35,000 miles out them. Otherwise, a great tire.
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Old 02-23-2015, 09:35 AM   #3
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You will get a benefit when towing with LT tires. Less squirm and bounce.

You will also get a ride harshness penalty; all of the time.

I think it is a trade-off based on how much you tow, if you are having issues when towing, your tolerance for transmitted harshness.

If you DO go for LTs, don't let anyone talk you into Load Range "E" tires. "C" tires are plenty and will be less harsh. IMO, E's are overkill on a 1/2 ton.
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Firestone transforce!
Best tread wear in the business as far as I'm concerned.
Ive driven well over 25k a year every year for the last 14 years.
I've tried others but firestone transforce tires are the ones I get the best mileage out of.
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...If you DO go for LTs, don't let anyone talk you into Load Range "E" tires. "C" tires are plenty and will be less harsh. IMO, E's are overkill on a 1/2 ton.
Have to disagree, have had C & D and finally went to E's. They are harsher riding unless you deflate them to 30#R-35#F when unloaded. Wear is much better than the C or D. Truck sway is completely gone which is not the case with either the C or D.
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Until we know the size of tire it's hard to say which way to go. 17" tire lots of LT tires, 18" less selection and 20" almost no selection of LT rated.
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Have to disagree, have had C & D and finally went to E's. They are harsher riding unless you deflate them to 30#R-35#F when unloaded. Wear is much better than the C or D. Truck sway is completely gone which is not the case with either the C or D.
X2. Didn't notice any significant change in ride quality with the higher LR tire when running at the original recommended pressure. And, when towing, got a much better ride quality by increasing pressure.

Trade-off is you really need to lower the pressure back down when not towing to avoid excessive wear in the center of the tire from over-inflation.
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I just put Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revos on my 2012 1 ton Ford. They are 20 in. Load range E. A bit high priced but my brother has worked for Firestone and has seen them run 60000 to 70000 miles on a 1 ton.
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Tires and tire pressures are something near and dear to a part of my career!

Michelin LTX A/T or M&S, Bridgeston Dueler Revos, and Bridgestone Transforce are all excellent LT tires. Never had anything less than 80K on Michelin LTX, and they had tread left, just the compound got too hard and started to exhibit sidewall cracking. On my 98 K1500 Z71, never was there a more capable tire that the original LTX A/T on it - 265/75R16 on 16x8 aftermarket wheels! Regardless of any subjective arguments here from seat of the pants feel, the construction of an LT tire is one that is stiffer than a P-rated tire by design. You will notice a difference - period. However, you bought a TRUCK and not luxury sedan!
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