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Truck tires? - January 12, 2013, 09:13 AM

So I need to replace the tires on my F-150. Ive currently got the Pirelli ATR on there and have no complaints but I really don't have anything to compare them to. The guy at my local shop is trying to push me towards the Goodyear LS2 but I'm looking at the tread pattern and it seems designed for straight highway cruising and even though I don't do any off-roading, I inevitably end up in the dirt sometime when riding my dirty bike. Any suggestions?

I dig the LS2's price at $139/each but want to make sure that I get something that won't strand me if I drive in a little mud, dirt, or grass.


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So I need to replace the tires on my F-150. Ive currently got the Pirelli ATR on there and have no complaints but I really don't have anything to compare them to. The guy at my local shop is trying to push me towards the Goodyear LS2 but I'm looking at the tread pattern and it seems designed for straight highway cruising and even though I don't do any off-roading, I inevitably end up in the dirt sometime when riding my dirty bike. Any suggestions?

I dig the LS2's price at $139/each but want to make sure that I get something that won't strand me if I drive in a little mud, dirt, or grass.
Mark,

I've always been a fan of BFGoodrich A/T tires. Not too noisy on the interstate, but great grip for the snow/mud/dirt/gravel/rocks. Not as knobby as the BFGoodrich M/T.

Ask Von Stallin... I think he got new tires on his truck recently and we had this discussion before.


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So I need to replace the tires on my F-150. Ive currently got the Pirelli ATR on there and have no complaints but I really don't have anything to compare them to. The guy at my local shop is trying to push me towards the Goodyear LS2 but I'm looking at the tread pattern and it seems designed for straight highway cruising and even though I don't do any off-roading, I inevitably end up in the dirt sometime when riding my dirty bike. Any suggestions?

I dig the LS2's price at $139/each but want to make sure that I get something that won't strand me if I drive in a little mud, dirt, or grass.
Dave swears by the Pirelli Scorpion. He is on his second set. Another option is the Goodyear Wrangler Wrangler ATS. I think that is what Rob has on his. I had the GY on my jeep and was pretty impressed.
FWIW, the LS2 look look like what I have on my wagon . Even so, I have not been able to drift the wagon without turning ASC and TC off. So I know they grip in snow. Then again, your truck is 2wd, no?
Oh, and not to argue with McFly but the BFG..... never on my vehicle. They turn into slicks in mud and take a lot of wheel spin to clean out.


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January 12, 2013, 09:48 AM

Driving intelligently, you can get away with anything. If you do a significant amount of highway driving, get the street oriented tire. If you end up in the dirt, remember you're on a street tire and drive sensibly.


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Oh, and not to argue with McFly but the BFG..... never on my vehicle. They turn into slicks in mud and take a lot of wheel spin to clean out.
No offense taken... that's a very fair point. A/T aren't mudding tires. My favorite sets of mudding tires were Mud Kings and TSL Super Swampers.


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Mark,

I've always been a fan of BFGoodrich A/T tires. Not too noisy on the interstate, but great grip for the snow/mud/dirt/gravel/rocks. Not as knobby as the BFGoodrich M/T.

Ask Von Stallin... I think he got new tires on his truck recently and we had this discussion before.
Cool, I'll hit him up. I looked for a thread on here but couldn't find one.

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Dave swears by the Pirelli Scorpion. He is on his second set. Another option is the Goodyear Wrangler Wrangler ATS. I think that is what Rob has on his. I had the GY on my jeep and was pretty impressed.
FWIW, the LS2 look look like what I have on my wagon . Even so, I have not been able to drift the wagon without turning ASC and TC off. So I know they grip in snow. Then again, your truck is 2wd, no?
Oh, and not to argue with McFly but the BFG..... never on my vehicle. They turn into slicks in mud and take a lot of wheel spin to clean out.
Yeah, those are the Pirellis I have now. They've done great for me so far but at $240+ each, I was hoping to find something a little less expensive. Yep, I've got the FX2. Looks like the Wrangler is almost the same price as the Pirelli. I'm looking now at the Yokohama Geolandar for $185 each, just wondering if road noise is gonna become a problem. Decisions, decisions....


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Avoid the Dualer AT's like the plague. My buddy the mechanic (I can give you his information if you want.) is going to hunt up a decent tire for me in the springtime. Mine are cupped and worn, but not dead yet. Because of that they are loud and annoying. Ugh.

Let me know what you finally decide on. I'm curious. I had done some research on a board and thought I picked decently. My experience tells me otherwise.

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Avoid the Dualer AT's like the plague. My buddy the mechanic (I can give you his information if you want.) is going to hunt up a decent tire for me in the springtime. Mine are cupped and worn, but not dead yet. Because of that they are loud and annoying. Ugh.
That is a balance/alignment issue. I have the same tire on my dodge and they are completely smooth and are worn perfectly (albeit the rears a bit more than the fronts haha)


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Dave swears by the Pirelli Scorpion. He is on his second set. Another option is the Goodyear Wrangler Wrangler ATS. I think that is what Rob has on his. I had the GY on my jeep and was pretty impressed.
FWIW, the LS2 look look like what I have on my wagon . Even so, I have not been able to drift the wagon without turning ASC and TC off. So I know they grip in snow. Then again, your truck is 2wd, no?
Oh, and not to argue with McFly but the BFG..... never on my vehicle. They turn into slicks in mud and take a lot of wheel spin to clean out.
Yeah I have the Wranglers not a bad tire but when I need new ones I will get the Scorpions.

Marc if your plan on going off road with your rig, what you really need, is good tow points front and rear.


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I don't plan on doing any off-roading aside from the parking areas at the different dirt tracks. I think I might jump on the Geolandar's and see how they do. Moderately priced and a tread pattern that I'm more comfortable with in dirt and some snow if we ever see any.


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Don't overlook the Cooper Discoverer AT3 either. Cooper makes some really good rubber. I had their STT on the Jeep and, although a more agressive tire, held balance and round very well. I put about 25000 miles on them before I sold the Jeep and never had to balance again.
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That is a balance/alignment issue. I have the same tire on my dodge and they are completely smooth and are worn perfectly (albeit the rears a bit more than the fronts haha)
Normally yes. But I've had mine aligned.


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How about balanced? Mine were cupping a bit until I got them balanced* and now they have worn correctly since.


* Mine are dynamically balanced, which means I spent a bit of money and bought these things Centramatic

After putting them on, my truck vibrated substantially less (which it is a 20 year old truck and was the biggest plus of having them) and the tires wore back in normally/straight.


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January 12, 2013, 02:38 PM

For general use I'm liking the cooper ht 60 k. I live on a pretty steep hill, with other extremely steep hills near me, and have no trouble getting going from a dead stop in the snow (albeit with 4x4).
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Costco Tire Center has everything you'll need. Might have some in stock, if not special order them and they'll be in in 3-5 days. Free lifetime flat repairs, and free rotation and rebalancing. If you get a flat and it is non repairable it's considered a road hazard and you'll pay next to nothing for a brand new tire.


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