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Michelin LTX A/T2 or BFG A/T KO or Nitto Terra Grappler
1996 Dodge 2500 4WD LB The stock tires are LT245/75R16. I want a little larger tire. I'm considering a LT265 or LT285/75r16 from the above manufacturers. The prices are all about the same, $920 out the door at Costco.
I live in Florida and my driving is mostly paved road, however sometimes in the woods and sugar sand. I don't want to get stuck in the event of off road evacuation in a storm. Fuel economy is somewhat important, noise is not as the diesel noise is fine anyway. Any advise is helpful. Can I go to the above larger sizes with a 6" wheel? Thanks.
I have been a Michelin man for a long time. Always ran them on my Suburbans (and cars) the A/T models over years. Never a flat or did I get stuck and drove them coast to coast, Mexico to Canada. They always timed out on me before I wore them out. I heard they do tend to crack at about 6 years and that was my experience.
That being said I just went to BFG TA KO 285/70/17 E, Michelin does not make this size tire in the A/T in a load range E so I didn't have the option. I like the tire so far but haven't towed with it yet. My tire guy runs them on his 4x4 and loves them. It is also rated for extreme weather, it sure looks agressive on the truck. In one weekend I had 3 strangers tell me how good they looked on my truck. Stock on my truck was 265/70/17. My shop already adjusted my speedo too.
The tires are plenty stiff even at 60psi front and 50psi in the back. No wondering around or that floating feeling. Figured I might put some extra psi in the back when I tow. They are rated to 80psi but I don't think I will need to go there for my loading.
Wish I had 10k on them so I could give you a better wear idea. Way better in the snow than the OEM Michelin A/S tires and the same ride quality.
2007.5 Ram 3500 SRW/QCLB Big Horn,Edge CTS Juice w/Attitude, S&B CAI,Pace Edwards bed cover w/Transferflow fuel tank and Ranchhand Legend bumper w/skidplate, BFG TA/KO 285/70/17, 3.73 gears and 68RFE Auto Trans.
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Re: Michelin LTX A/T2 or BFG A/T KO or Nitto Terra Grappler
I've had terra grapplers and the bfg's. Both good Tres in my experience but my bfg's and several of my friends sets of bfg's for that matter all wore kinda funny even with regular rotation and proper inflation. Overall I preferred the nittos by a pretty large margin as they got just about as good of traction and wore much more evenly as well.
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the nittos r bricks! ive had 2 sets and they wear so slowly it s krazy. had 38,000miles on them on my 05 that i sold and they had an honest 20k to go. i just picked up some 315/75/16s used for 110bucks and they have plenty of tread left. love those nittos!
Had 315/70/17 BFGs on, they burned up pretty fast. Now i have Yokahama Geolander AT-S in the same size on her now. Love them.
Same here, I have had both BFG AT's and MT's both are soft compound tires. I was lucky keeping them balanced and rotated to get 30000 miles a set.
I have had great on road luck with Michelin's even in the winter for traction. If you drive off road in the sand then a all terrain tire theoretically should not pack up the treads unlike straight mud.
Either BFG's AT or Michelin AT should serve you well in the sunshine state.
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I have had a set of Michelin's, a set of BFG's and now the Nitto's. Much better traction, handling, wear, mileage, and looks with the Nittos. I will certainly buy another set next time around. Great for mud & snow here in the Buckeye State.......
Quit your b1tchin' & buy a real truck. 2005 2500 Laramie QC 'Longbeds Forever' 6 spd 4 by, all stock 5.9, all synthetics, 295 Nitto Terra Grapplers, 2" Levelers, Rear Sway Bar, Cold Air Kit, 4" Straight Exhaust, Silencer Ring delete, Mopar Cab Lights.
for what it is worth.
my work truck is an 02 ccsb duramax 4x4 fully loaded. have a cap on the back with the side pockets there full. bed has a pull out tray and its maxed right around 1500-2000 lbs. since august of last year we have put 50,000+ miles on the Michelins. yea we drive alot. the rears had maybe 1/4-3/8 tread and fronts were half easily. i just got two new rears. the only reason was with dot we dont need any reason for them to hit us. all we do it drive. just food for thought, i really like the tires, have not used 4x4 in any of the snow and ice yet.
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