Well the only saving grace is that I have a good set of nearly new tires on the truck already, so at least I can keep on driving.
I normally would not buy used tires, but I figured if I can get 10k miles on a set of "tall & skinnies" I would know if I liked the fitment and then could buy a new set. Never figured they would be dry rotted. Live and learn I say.
I did buy a set of "take off" stock wheels and tires that were 6 months ols off a new truck for my last truck for a great price and they were fine with no problems. That used up my "used tire good luck" I suppose.
When I have the funds in a couple months, I will start the tire search all over again, but this time I will probably buy local even if I have to pay more tires plus tax (than internet pricing plus shipping) and most likely the local shop will have to order them anyway. I sure wish there was a bigger selection in 255/85R16 tires. Any word on the Cooper SST in this size?