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Tire Recommendations

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by 09TacoBob, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Sep 20, 2010 at 3:29 PM
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    Looking to replace the OEM Dunlop (Dun'tLast) tires on my 4x4 Doublecab. I've read some of the other threads here Re: Michelins, and was very pleased with Michelins I had years ago on another vehicle. They lasted a long time. My biggest concern in winter driving, then treadlife, then handling. On Tire Rack.com the General Grabber HTS's had favorable review also and are about $70 per tire less.

    So, Between General Grabber HTS and a set of Michelin LTX M/S2's, is there a difference in quality and performance I'll notice? Should I go with Michelin quality or save $280 on the set of Generals. The warranties are similar, 60,000 on the Gernerals and 70,000 on the Michelins.
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  2. Sep 20, 2010 at 11:29 PM
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    YayAreaTaco0311

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    may i suggest the goodyear duratrac wranglers... it's an all terrain tire that looks and acts like a mud tire.

    no problems with my duratracs so far...
     
  3. Sep 21, 2010 at 9:09 AM
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    If your biggest concern is winter driving, I'd pick a tire that has the "extreme winter" logo - mountain/snowflake logo.
     
  4. Sep 21, 2010 at 9:15 AM
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    Michelin LTX M/S. Best truck tire by far. Thats why they cost more. They were orginal equipment on my Land Crusier FJ-80.

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  5. Sep 21, 2010 at 9:35 AM
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    THanks for the suggestion. I've seen reference to those also. What's the warranty on them and how do they perform in winter driving - if you have had that expereince in your part of the country ?
     
  6. Sep 21, 2010 at 2:41 PM
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    Duratraca are rated as a snow tire and do extremely well.
     
  7. Sep 21, 2010 at 8:29 PM
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    ok. First. General's "mileage warranty" isn't backed by General. That's Tirerack putting a warranty on those tires to sell more of them.

    Second. yes, the generals are getting good reviews, but they will not last anywhere near the life of the michelins. I have 3 customers (manager for Discount Tire) with over 100k on their Michelins, and still have tread left on them. I, from personal expirience, got 125k on my 1st gen Tacoma and still had 6/32 of tread when I upgraded to my BFG A/T's.

    Third. The Duratracs are an all-terrain tire that do have more off road capability than either two tires, yet I will bet that both the general and the michelin will last longer than the Goodyear, will also wear more evenly, and be expentially quietier than the duratrac. Given the 3 options, I would bite the bullet and get the michelins. They will last at least twice as long, ride smooth as long as you own them, and give you the all season capability that you need in the winter months without issue
     
  8. Sep 21, 2010 at 8:58 PM
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    When in doubt, Michelin. There are other ways to save money. Never mess around with tires.
     
  9. Sep 21, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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    Michelin MS2's are awesome. Had them for about 3 months now and love them. Quiet on the road, handles awesome in the rain and great on mild off road (forest roads).
     
  10. Sep 22, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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    Thanks much. I'm happy you responded as I saw your posts in another thread on tires and you know your stuff - for a good reason I guess. That's really good to know about the Generals. I'll stick with what I've had good experience with in the past and trust. I appreciate everyone's opinion and know that many of us get particularly loyal to certain brands and such, and their tires may be just right for how they use their truck. I learned quite a bit reading all the other posts and threads,the kinda stuff they don't really tell you on the tire manufaturer's websites: like how it's objectively going to perform and feel on the road. ie. LT vs P tires, the LT have extra plys but will really feel like a rough truck compared to the P smoother road performance. Wanting a smooth ride, becasue that's really why I loved my Taco over any other truck's feel in testdrives, but wanting good winter performance and longevity, I've concluded it's worth it to get the Michelins (M/S2's - not just M/S's as the 2's are better). And with the current deal they have for $70 off a set of 4, that will pay for the install, balancing etc.

    THanks to ALL - This is a great site. Hope I can contribute something back to someone else.
     
  11. Nov 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    You'll like your MS2's. I've had mine only about a month but couldn't be happier with them. It's like night and day when driving in the rain compared with my old AT tires, same with dry pavement. Now just waiting for the white stuff to come down so I can see how they work in snow.
     
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