Good 16" sub $200 Tires?

ck80

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That’s because you’re not 50 yet.

Life is too short dude, whether you 30, 50, or 80 years old.

Be happy and ……… be happy - f anyone without the same opinion.
You could be 25 and run down by a drunk or texting driver tomorrow. Maybe you're killed. Or maybe you're just injured and can't do anything you used to anymore.

Either way you never know how much time you have remaining for anything. Act like it's the last.
 
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64nailhead

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Either way you never know how much time you have remaining for anything. Act like it's the last.

A lot of us have had life changing events. It’s what you do after you have one and whether you stick to it.

I lived vicariously through my son for years because of my physical situation for over a decade. Then I had a life changing physical repair that put me back into normal living at 50 years old.

Since then, I do my god damnedest to live every day like I’m going to be dead a month from now. This can sound morbid to some,
But I’m not wasting another moment of life waiting on someone else.

Mr. Sony - if your job sucks then get a new one.
 
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rogue_ryder

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Used?

I have no idea what the market is like in Iowa but locally you can find OE sizes that guys take off to install bigger tires. I scored a set of 4 Michelin Defender LTX tires for $175 for the SET of 4 for my Silverado that were 90% life left (came off a Toyota SUV). LT rated 10 ply tires are NOT needed unless you're regularly towing or using the full GVWR of that truck. Almost every 1/2 ton out there had P-rated tires and many of the modern 1/2 ton trucks have equal towing capacity to a 70s F250! So I wouldn't sweat not having the 10 ply tires unless you're really hauling around heavy loads.

I've had the Cooper Discoverer AT3s and Nitto Terra Grapplers which are 2 of the top rated AT tires and the Cooper did a hair better in the snow on my Silverado. Best ATs I've ever had for the snow were some Hankook Dynapro AT2s on an old 91 F150 and Consumer Reports even had them as a best buy AT tire a few years ago (they were cheap for the 15s on the Ford but pricey in 17s so I've never ran them on my Silverado). However the Michelins ride so much smoother and quieter than any tire I've ever had on a truck and get a hair better fuel economy, wish I had installed them YEARS ago.
 

tkruger

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I bought Starfire tires for my Silverado. Local shop recommended them. They are made by Cooper in the US. They actually are marked US on them. They stated that basically they are the older version of the model Copper is currently selling. Mine are 265 70 R17 and it came to around $750 all said and done for the set. They ride nice and are quiet compared to the Wranglers they replaced. The tread is not quite as aggressive but they perform far better in the rain and on the road. At under $200 for a US tire what can I say.
 
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ttype

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Hey Sony...

I put some toyo open country winters on my 2500hd... quiet on the highway compared to different wranglers i have run in the past(duratracs, territory). Ive ridden quite a few service trucks over the years and they (toyo's) are okay.

Take it easy! I may not have my flares put back on til spring unless i sneak into a heated shop soon.


Good cow/elk/deer smashers help a bit with traction too. As well as sandbags, cattle mats(you are in Iowa right?). I was offered some cattle mats for mine, and i will take up that offer.

I have some cattle mats on the barn floor, so ill keep them for their planned uses. Fair bit of weight to them, and a cushion for your bed floor.

R.
 

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Streetbu

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I bought Starfire tires for my Silverado. Local shop recommended them. They are made by Cooper in the US. They actually are marked US on them. They stated that basically they are the older version of the model Copper is currently selling. Mine are 265 70 R17 and it came to around $750 all said and done for the set. They ride nice and are quiet compared to the Wranglers they replaced. The tread is not quite as aggressive but they perform far better in the rain and on the road. At under $200 for a US tire what can I say.
I used to sell those, they are a good tire and everything you were told is true. Only downside I've found to them is the treadlife leaves a bit to be desired. I think I had one customer get 40k miles out of a set. Usually they are down to 2/32 or 3/32 by 30-35k miles.
 

ck80

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I used to sell those, they are a good tire and everything you were told is true. Only downside I've found to them is the treadlife leaves a bit to be desired. I think I had one customer get 40k miles out of a set. Usually they are down to 2/32 or 3/32 by 30-35k miles.
Seems to be a problem these days with a lot of tires. The michelin LTX in the big LT truck sizes don't get a ton of miles either.
 
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I had my dually realigned last year before heading to kootenai's for last of my possesions(moved to On for work) to load into a 24ft cargo trailer... brand spankin' nittos on the steer axle, chewed them pretty much 1/2 off in one trip across from pembroke ontario to cranbrook bc.(tread gone completely on insides, outside like new) Reinstalled my "old" ltx's and they made it across No Problemos.

And, they didnt look any worse for wear after reaching the st-lawrence at morrisburg ontario.


Tried some starfires as well... but hey, it is hard to run most tires under a dually's front end (duramax) without beating them up in short order. My brother runs roads as well for his work, and rarely sees 40k on front tires. He wrecks more grilles than tires it appears... whitetail, mulies and elk.

Gas engine trucks arent so hard on tires, as well as driving habits. I.e. straight roads long time vs town like driving with lots of turns.

I liked the duratrax tire, until weather warmed enough to open a window up, but they pitch a lot of rocks up into rocker panels and fenders, and this alone accelerated a rapid deterioration of cab corners and rockers on the dually by about 6 years. ( we call ourselves roadhammers at work)

Quiet tires dont pitch up as much gravel chunks as would the more agressive tires out there.

My .02$ for a total of 10 cents on this one.

Rob.

The white truck is replacing my dually(6 spd manual 4x4), and that 24 ft tandem bumper pull is replacing a 32 ft gooseneck.

Lighter is better sometimes. But i sure miss the torque from that duramax dually. Later.
 

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