OT: Truck Tires
Posted June 22, 2003 - 06:39 PM
Posted June 23, 2003 - 03:44 AM
Discount generally as the best tire prices I have ever seen.
Posted June 23, 2003 - 07:38 AM
Posted June 23, 2003 - 08:56 AM
Posted June 23, 2003 - 12:22 PM
The BFG All-Terrains are OK if you don't ever go off-pavement when it is wet and snowy or muddy. They are not good in any real mud and not as good in deep snow, but are a little better on ice because of the siping. If you drive gravel roads a lot, avoid all-terrain (siped) tires and stick with large lug mud-terrains if you want any life expectancy. Gravel destroys all-terrains quickly.
I tried a set of similar-looking 33" mud-terrain Coopers (Discoverers) on my diesel Dodge 4x4 and they suck!! One is already egg-shaped and impossible to balance after just 1 1/2 years. The tread life is lousy, too. They were a little cheaper than the BFG Mudders but I got even less than I paid for! They don't even have as much tread depth when new as the BFG's do after several year's wear. I'll never buy another Cooper tire; no matter how cheap!!
Pay the money for the good BFG's!! They have triple sidewalls, too.
Posted June 23, 2003 - 01:00 PM
Posted June 24, 2003 - 01:22 AM
1) I have bad hearing (VERY BAD if you listen to my wife; which I apparently don't... )
2) I drive an 18 wheeler for a living, so ANYTHING seems quiet in comparison
3) 300 watt stereo
As for miles (I knew someone would ask that): I honestly don't know. The BFG's were on my ol' rusty-trusty '75 Chevy @2 years and then transfered to my '88 crew cab over 6 years ago. For the past 2 years, the crew cab has not seen many miles since the Cummins' fuel mileage is twice that of the 454. [I keep waiting for someone to t-bone the Dodge so I would have a good excuse to put the Cummins in the Chevy, which is a WAY tougher truck: old body style w/ solid Dana 60 front axle, 205 t-case, custom leather & oak interior, custom suspension, etc. ] Prior to buying the Cummins-wrapped-in-a-Dodge, the tires saw a lot of miles as each Chevy truck was my only/daily driver. I allowed a bit for that by saying 6 years since I have had the tires in service for at least 8. (at least 40K would be my guess?). They ain't what they used to be, but are wearing very well and have some life left. I even bought 3 of them as blems (no white lettering; which I don't like anyway)!
I am a bit compulsive about checking tire pressure and rotating (a bad tire can really ruin your day in a semi), and I know of other owners who weren't as impressed with their BFG's, but they ran All-Terrains instead of Mud-Terrains and drove on gravel a lot, same as me. Like bike tires: I want the gnarliest and toughest truck tire practical. I hate getting stuck as much as I hate paying for tires!! I thought I would "save" a few bucks and try the Coopers on the Dodge; big mistake! Now I need new ones after only 2 years... Too bad the big BFG's won't fit.
The mathematical logic of fewer-revolutions-per-mile for the big tires might be a factor in their longevity, as well.
Posted June 25, 2003 - 04:27 PM
I've been looking at the Bridgestone Revo's for the wifes Wrangler. They are the highest rated tire out there right now. Check out www.tirerack.com they have pretty good prices.