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Yet Another Tire Thread

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by SiteSolutions, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    Just put 4 Firestone Transforce HT on the wife's Excursion. They feel nice going down the road and I am hopeful they will last a while and perform adequately in the rain. We rarely see snow here and she doesn't like to drive off the pavement so I think these will be a good fit for her.

    Now I need to hook up my own truck. I nearly had a set of Toyo Open Country M/T, one size up (285/75-16) put on this past weekend. I talked to a buddy of mine who said he went through a set of similar tires in only 1000 miles. He is running an Excursion 4x4, which I would think would be similar to my F-350 SRW 4x4 in setup.

    Anybody else got a recommendation for a tough on and off road tire? Maybe the Toyo A/T? It has to be load range "E" / 10 ply rating, and it has to have at least moderate off highway ability, although the M/T looks like it borders on overkill for what I would use it for... 50% going to look at jobs with no load, 50% towing 12,000 lbs to the job... occasional off highway use, frequent run-ins with sharp objects around job sites.

    Thanks y'all...
  2. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    I was thinking about getting the Open Country M/T's myself. They get good reveiws online and from the few that I've talked to. They look really cool, but I don't know how they would do on packed snow/ice.

    I have heard good things about the BFGoodrich T/A KO.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2008
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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  4. talus

    talus LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 718

    2nd that on the Toyo Open Country mt's. I put them on the 97 f350 I had. Put 20k on em and they had about 50% left. Waaaaaaaay better than the Goodyear Wrangler mtr. they wore very funny. Lots of cupping. I know some will say Did yoy replace your shocks? Yes they were done at the same time along with an alignment. My friends brand new Jeep rubicon did the same thing. As far as rain they were great. Snow and ice too. Truck wasn't plowed though. I don't think you would be disapointed with them.
  5. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    That link doesn't work, maybe not for people in the US?

    I found it here...

  6. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    DO NOT purchase Toyo Open Country A/T, waste of money! I ate those up in 15,000miles on my F-350 dually, and Dodge 2500 gasburner their way to soft for towing. The best tire to date I have found for a SRW truck 3/4 ton or 1 ton, are the Cooper Zeon LTZ 285/65/18 Extra load 120's D, withstanding Heavy towing, no sidewall buldging or flexing, wearing like steal, and stick like velco on wet pavement, great of moderate off road use, so tire nosie at higway speed. The only other OEM tire I would purchase again are Michelin LTX AS their an excellent tire.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2008
  7. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    i just put transforce HT on my 2500HD, i tow heavily, and not just around town, i do longer haul trips with my buddy and his race car. the tires give excellent traction in dirt and mud(he races dirt tracks and the pits are always muddy) and it gives a smooth ride going down the road. i would very highly recommend these, and i do run over sharp objects like glass and nails all the time with zero problems.
  8. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    yeah, the transforce feel good on my wife's truck... makes me a little jealous. They also only had the E range in stock and I happen to be running some free hand-me-downs right now, so she has better rated tires than me right now.

    The issue may force itself; one of the hand-me-downs has got a low-speed wobble in it. I will have it checked in the AM

    I do want somethign with a little more bite than the HT, though...
  9. SiteSolutions

    SiteSolutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,114

    Tread separating on left rear tire so I went ahead and bought 4 new ones.

    Went with the Toyo Open Country M/T in 285/75-16, 10 PR

    So far just driven home from the tire store with them. They look good on the truck and hopefully will handle weight and rugged use.

  10. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Can you hear the engine for tire howl :laugh:

    Toyo makes a decent tire. They probably won't be high mileage tires being mud meats on a heavy pick up. If you lay off on the tire fires at every stop light the tires will last :laugh:

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