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BOTURF
11-10-2002, 09:29 PM
Its time for a new set of tires on my 99 dodge 3500 dually and i want to get something that will preform good as well as look good too . So what does everyone sugest ? It has on it now i think firestone steeltex radial a/t 235/85 r16

Rooster
11-11-2002, 06:48 AM
Using the SEARCH function, I found quite a few post regarding tires.

These posts are for all tires not just trucks, so you will have to sort thru them.

http://207.44.158.62/~admin2/search.php?action=showresults&searchid=177898&sortby=lastpost&sortorder=descending

Rick

Randy Scott
11-11-2002, 04:06 PM
I had the Firestone Steeltex AT on my truck and I just replaced them after 61,000 miles. I bought the same tires, they wore good and gave good traction. Hard to ask for more than what they did. That's good miles for a truck I thought. Plus they were only $120 each mounted and balanced. Also, only had to buy three because of full size spare I had. They put the best used one for the spare. :)

mdb landscaping
11-11-2002, 04:36 PM
i just put steeltex 265 75r 16s on my truck. got em mounted for $105 a piece. great tire, like em so far.

Brickman
11-11-2002, 04:51 PM
I liked the Steeltex for mileage. But when the road is wet and you got big power like I do, and you get down on the throttle the Steeltexes have a tendancy to break loose even on just water, no ice. That is my only complaint.
Plus the fact that you guys can buy cheaper than I can for the same thing. :(

Brickman
11-11-2002, 04:52 PM
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Green Pastures
11-11-2002, 05:03 PM
I had the Steeltex tires on my Ford F-250 that came stock on it. I replaced them with the same. If it aint broke dont fix it.

Randy Scott
11-11-2002, 06:26 PM
Originally posted by Brickman
I liked the Steeltex for mileage. But when the road is wet and you got big power like I do, and you get down on the throttle the Steeltexes have a tendancy to break loose even on just water, no ice. That is my only complaint.
:(

All pickups lack traction when there is no load or weight behind them. Adjust your driving to the conditions.

Brickman
11-11-2002, 07:47 PM
Originally posted by Randy Scott
All pickups lack traction when there is no load or weight behind them. Adjust your driving to the conditions.


Is that the problem? I thought I should be able to run hammer down all the time. :D :D

Randy Scott
11-11-2002, 10:21 PM
:nono:

1MajorTom
11-11-2002, 11:07 PM
Michelin LTX/AT.
10 ply all terrain tire, smooth highway ride, yet has plenty of bite for mud and snow.
The best tire money can buy.

The Firestone Steeltex in my opinion is a very over-rated tire.
Depending on road conditions and maintenance most people are lucky to see 25,000 out of them in our region.
(I was a tire manager for four years) Had nothing but problems with the Steeltex series. Not dogging Firestone, they do have some good lines of tires, but the Steeltex is not one of them.
If anyone had Firestone Steeltex around five years ago, did you get your free replacements due to massive recall?
(No I'm not talking about the Wilderness series on SUV's.)

MATT

Brickman
11-12-2002, 12:20 AM
Originally posted by 1MajorTom
Michelin LTX/AT.
10 ply all terrain tire, smooth highway ride, yet has plenty of bite for mud and snow.
The best tire money can buy.

The Firestone Steeltex in my opinion is a very over-rated tire.
Depending on road conditions and maintenance most people are lucky to see 25,000 out of them in our region.
(I was a tire manager for four years) Had nothing but problems with the Steeltex series. Not dogging Firestone, they do have some good lines of tires, but the Steeltex is not one of them.
If anyone had Firestone Steeltex around five years ago, did you get your free replacements due to massive recall?
(No I'm not talking about the Wilderness series on SUV's.)

MATT


The ten ply tires were not included in the recall.

As for the mileage some thing wasn't right there. Have you ever heard of ROTATION of the tires??? Tires not properly rotated will not last long at all.

I have lived back east several different states, traveled many miles in PA, and lived in WY for over 7 years. And WY is by far the hardest on tires of any where I ever been. And I was getting 50K out of the Steeltex. I am a demanding driver, and if I can get 50K then I really believe the guy that said he got 61K miles out of his.

You must have been getting an inferior run of the Steeltex, because out here they are used in large quantities. Many people like them because of the fact they get the best mileage of most others on the market for this area.

Randy Scott
11-12-2002, 12:49 AM
The 61,000 on those tires are no BS. I rotate every 5000 miles. It is very possible road conditions in different states has something to do with it. I will say the tires were pretty much shot all summer, but were safe to use and I waited until this time so they would be freshest for the winter months. There was a little tread left when they were changed about two weeks ago. As far as good or bad, maybe they had some bad runs of them years ago. I do know that I stopped at the Goodyear dealer and he told me straight out they don't have a tire in that series (E rating)that even comes close to the Steeltex. He was pretty honest with me, obviously if he said that. :confused:

1MajorTom
11-12-2002, 06:46 PM
Brickman,

Yes 10 ply.
It was a exclusive recall on the Firestone Steeltex Series. Mainly the AT's and the R4S due to sidewall failure.

I ordered and sold these in mass quantities. Mainly to state and municipality vehicles. And I never heard of such outrageously high mileage. (not to say it isn't possible, but not in our area.)
And yes these vehicles were serviced (rotated and air pressure checked)

MATT

Gravel Rat
11-12-2002, 11:45 PM
The Steeltex tires are terrible I have the R4S on my 80 F-350 dually flatdeck for steer tires you get on a wet road the front tire loose grip in a blink of a eye. The thing with them is the compound in the tread is hard so it don't offer much in the grip dept on wet roads sure they wear like iron. I know I won't be buying them for any of my other trucks I'am going to run Michelin LTX MS for steer tires. Around here getting a year out of a set of steer tires is pretty good I don't rotate my tires because I run bandag recaps on the back.

Last thing the Firestones are pretty pricey around here especially for being a not very good tire your looking at paying the same you would for a Michelin.

BOTURF
11-28-2002, 08:24 AM
Well i may have made a mistake , but i went with cooper tires a 255/85/16 A/T quite a bit more aggresive than the steeltex and i have noticed quite a bit a diffrence already in that they arent as squirrelly on the wet roads plus i have had a set of coopers on my other dually for 2 years now and they look new ( more road tire on this dually ) plus the dealer is fantastic and the price was right 6 tires mounted balanced and tax for 690.00 total which i thought wa very good when price shopping

cclllc
11-28-2002, 12:30 PM
Did you say you had these on a duelly?If so how wide are the wheels and don't they rub each other?

BOTURF
11-29-2002, 10:10 PM
Yes they are on a dually it came stock with 235/85/16 , the 255 just gave it about a inch high height wise and no they dont rub anything at all , not control arms or fenderwells ect so far iam very happy with them btw i have no idea how wide rims are, they are what ever came stock on truck from factory with simulators