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new tires

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 1999frontier, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    I'm starting to look at new tires for my '05 Silverado 1500HD and I'm wondering what tires you all suggest. I definately want and all terrain tire. Right now I have the 245/75/16 Bridgestone rib 265 (summer rib). They suck on wet grass and have no traction offroad. I do most of my driving onroad but want offroad capabilities when I go hunting or have to get off the road. I can't decide to go with a 265/75/16 or 285/75/16. Only truck tire I've had experience with are the BFG a/t which were on my nissan frontier. I've thought about going with those again but I've thought about trying something new. What tires and size do ya'l suggest?
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  2. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    I guess I should have added, my truck is 4x4
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  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    try the nitto terra grappler or the dick cepek fun countrys.
    i have the mud countrys on my f250 and my buddy has the fun countrys on his silverado. he loves them
     
  4. DeereMan85

    DeereMan85 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 460

    285s will rub a little when turning with your truck--my dad has 285s on his 2500HD, and he had to cut the black plastic on the bottom of the front bumper at an angle to allow the tires to turn without rubbing too much.

    I've always thought that 265s are just the right size for a standard truck without a lift or anything. Big enough to look decent, but not so big that they rub. I've had good experience with Firestone Destination ATs and Hankook Dynapro ATMs, both in 265/75/16. My driving is similar to yours: mostly highway, occasional off-road. They both look good and have good off-road traction without howling, wearing quickly, or decreasing mileage on the highway.
     
  5. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    BFG A/T KO tires offer the best $:mile and have great wear properties and durability. You get what you pay for.
     
  6. flatlander42

    flatlander42 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,239

    I just got "Big-O Big Foot A/T" on my pickup in November. I would have to say their snow grip is GREAT! After two "blizzards" that we have had with like 30 total inches of snow I had very little trouble getting around. Or at least till my truck was sitting on top of a drift! (one of those that you open your door and your feet do not sink in) But that was not the tires fault.

    The pictures do not do them justice, they are much better looking in person.
    http://www.bigotires.com/Tire Detail/Big O Tires/BIGFOOTATALLTERRAIN/12645
     
  7. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 991

    Don't limit yourself to A/Ts either. A few people that I know bought M/T tires and had them siped for better winter performance on the road.
     
  8. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    I will be towing a 6x10 open trailer with a four wheeler (atv) Sept.-Oct. for hunting and a ZTR during mowing season. Also would you got with Load E or D? Keep suggestions coming.
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  9. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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  10. Kustom Kutz

    Kustom Kutz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 59

    I would definately go with a 285 series tire. There will be a little clearance issue, but if you take wour truck to whoever does alignments where you live and tell the to level the truck by turning the torsion bars and do a alignment they will fit. I have the same truck, torsion bars turned up 1.5 inches. I run 22x10 wheels with 305 series tires. That between a 33 and a 35. NO PROBLEMS. My tires are so wide that when I need to pull of in a yard I don't make ruts bc they don't cut like skinny tires.
     

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