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Old 07-02-2010, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best tires for my dually? help

Need new tires for my 2002 dually. Would like some quiet, nice riding tires. Would prefer 255/85/16, but realize options are limited and don't want to sacrifice ride or longevity. Will settle with 235/85/16 if that's going to ride best and last longest. Any sugestions on best tire out there?
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There's no doubt the best tire out there is the Michelin XPS. Available in LT235/85R16E, but not in a bigger size. The Highway Rib tread will give you the quietest ride and last the longest. But they also come in a Traction tread if you have to spend much time in snow or mud. Or for one set I put Tractions on the rear and Ribs on the front. Worked fine, but I didn't really need the Traction tread, so I replaced them with 4 XPS Ribs.

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But LT255/85R16 are also available in other brands. Best tire in that size is the Cooper Discoverer S/T.
Cooper Tires - Discoverer S/T - Commercial Traction

But the BFGoodrich MudTerrain may be easier to find in a hurry.

That size is not wildly popular, so you'll probably need to order a set and wait for them to be delivered to your local Cooper or BFGoodrich dealer.

The Cooper Discoverer S/T will last as long and be about as quiet as other premuim LT tires, such as BFGoodrich MudTerrain. They won't last as long as the Michelin XPS, but they don't cost as much, either.

Note that LT255/85R16D are about 3 percent taller than your stock tires. So your 4.10 axle will "feel like" a 3.90. And your speedo/odo/tripmeter will all be slower by 3 percent unless you have the speedo calibrated to match the revs/mile of the new tires. And your engine RPM at the same calibrated road speed will be 3 percent less. Instead of 2,200 RPM @70 MPH, you'll have 2,134.
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Do u tow alot or run heavy?
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BFGoodrich AllTerrain T/A KOs are fine, but they don't last as long as the XPS, and they don't come in size LT255/85R16 the way the MudTerrains do.

I wore out one set of AllTterrains in 25,000 miles. XPS Tractions lasted over 40,000 miles on the same axle. XPS Ribs lasted almost 50,000 miles on the same axle.
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I have 20k on my set and they still have alot of life left. But I had the coopers on the back of my last truck and they worked really well. The Coopers didn't wear well for me though, but I did like them.
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