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First ever pickup truck - it's a Taco!

Discussion in '5 Lug' started by KarnaughAtlas, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:18 PM
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    KarnaughAtlas

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    Hi everyone,

    Just signed the papers to take delivery of my first ever pickup truck. It's just about as basic as you can get and that's what I was looking for. Used 09 5-Lug regular cab with 26k miles. I don't actually have it yet, they're bringing it to me tomorrow.

    The first order of business is to get a set of good winter tires. The tires that are on it now are decent all-seasons but I live in Vermont and all-seasons don't cut it. It's also a good excuse to size up from the silly-looking stock size. Can anyone recommend some good, reasonably-priced tires that will get me through a blizzard? I'm a firefighter, so chances are I will have to drive in every single bad storm that we get. I don't do any off-roading (the closest thing would be a trail that leads to my buddy's camp, but my old Honda Element could handle it without too much trouble).

    Thanks guys! I've already learned a ton about my new truck just by lurking around these forums.
     
  2. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM
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    Welcome to TW.
     
  3. Dec 22, 2011 at 9:26 PM
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    welcome to tw! :wave: not sure on snow tires but im sure someone will chime in soon! any plans for mods on your truck?
     
  4. Dec 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM
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    KarnaughAtlas

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    I don't plan on going nuts with mods, but I'd like to do the Fat Bob's lift kit and some OEM fog lights.

    Of course, after I get it lifted I'll probably want bigger rims and tires...

    We'll see.

    Here are some pictures, fresh from the dealer.

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  5. Dec 23, 2011 at 6:54 PM
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    then the snowball gets bigger :D good looking truck man. love the color
     
  6. Dec 23, 2011 at 7:21 PM
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    IDtrucks

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    meh, once you mod once you never stop
     
  7. Dec 23, 2011 at 7:22 PM
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    gy duratracs, hankook dynapro atm's, nitto terra grapplers, bfg at's, mickey thompson atz's, dick cepek fc II, to name a few.

    i live in upstate ny, we average 170 inches of snow a year, and i chose the hankooks because they were a ton cheaper than any of the others and taco people here on TW seem to love them. only have 1000 miles on them so far - and no snow yet if you can believe that - so i can't tell you for sure.

    i've also run the mickey thompson's on my jeep - great tire in the snow, and they have ALOT more tread than anything else out there.

    i ran the cepek's on my excursion - love that tire. also fantastic in snow, but those were an E rated tire on a one ton truck.

    alot of folks run the duratracs on this site, great great reviews but i thought they were a little pricey. i also find the tread and the tire ugly as sin.

    i've run the terra grapplers also on my excursion, they were not bad but they came with the truck when i bought it and it had some miles on it.

    bfg at would be my last choice. alot of people love them around here, but i think the sidewalls on them suck. if you are not abusing them then this may not be a concern. others in my family have gotten 100K out of a set of bfgs.

    good luck with your decision and welcome to TW!
     
  8. Dec 24, 2011 at 7:38 AM
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    Hey Jack, thanks for the info and thanks everyone for the welcome. I actually ended up going with some Firestone winterforce UVs - found a good price on them and cash is a bit tight around Christmas. Any bad experiences with them? Also, do you put any weight in the bed - if so, how much?

    We got hit a little bit last night and I was sliding around everywhere...those tires can't come soon enough.
     
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