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Old 04-01-2015, 02:41 PM   #1
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Can't wait to see what I stir up on this one!

Getting time for new tires on my 2011 F150. I don't need anything with snow capabilities, but sometimes rain is an issue here, as is ALWAYS the heat.

Hoping for opinions....expert or not

Thanks gang,
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:56 PM   #2
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Uh Vicki I would not agree with you as far as ALWAYS the heat.

The morning of March 5th in San Antonio after the trailer shook in the wind all night it was only 34 deg, and that was F not C, only plus one C. So it's not always hot there right?

Anyway sorry I have no suggestions for tires. When I go looking I need something for my truck that will do snow as well as (possible) hot winter TX.

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Old 04-01-2015, 02:56 PM   #3
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I have found the tire survey results from TireRack to be of value. Check this link: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/index.jsp
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Old 04-01-2015, 04:23 PM   #4
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Can't wait to see what I stir up on this one!

Getting time for new tires on my 2011 F150. I don't need anything with snow capabilities, but sometimes rain is an issue here, as is ALWAYS the heat.

Hoping for opinions....expert or not

Thanks gang,
Michelin tires! Quite possibly the best rain tires, best wearing, most reliable. Expensive---Yes, but IMHO worth it.
I don't like changing tires on the road. I've never, ever had to with any Michelins. And that's about 1,000,000 miles on Michelins on all my vehicles since the 1970's.
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:32 PM   #5
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I like Michelins and the Japenese brands, Yokohama and Bridgestone
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:05 PM   #6
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I would suggest you employ the services of an experienced person at the tire shop you use, to give you sound advise. I really like shop I use, they know tires really well, and sell to you based on your needs, not what they makes the most money on that day.

It is great to get ideas what others use here, as well as their experiences, but I highly doubt anyone knows even 10% of the tires available. Not just brands, but the offerings each brand has.

On my F-350, and previous large pickups, I have used Goodyear Wranglers, and in that line there are at least 3 different models. They would not be a good choice for you. I buy them as they have a very aggressive tread, which gets me through almost any road condition, be it snow or mud, but they are not a great highway tire, which would be something to look for in a tow vehicle.
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:15 PM   #7
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I have found the tire survey results from TireRack to be of value. Check this link: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/surveyresults/index.jsp
I bought Hankook Dynapro HT based on Consumer Report's tests and tire ratings like the above at Tire Rack. In the CU tests, they rated almost the same as the top rated Michellin's except for tread wear and the price differential more than made up for a shorter lifespan.

I don't have many miles on them so far, but I was very satisfied with their traction in the snow last winter and road noise is acceptable.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:22 PM   #8
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I buy my tires from Les Schwab here in PDX. I think there's a Les Schwab in nearly every town in Oregon and Washington. Service is never a problem. Tires are great, quiet! competitively priced, built for WET and I typically get 60,000 miles out of a set. Sorry there's not a LS in your area.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:34 PM   #9
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I put Yokohama Geolander light truck tires on my Ford Explorer because I wanted seven ply and strong sidewalls. As they wore, I ended up with the noisiest vehicle on the road.
My point being that which tire depends on what your requirements are, even between tires from the same company.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:45 PM   #10
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I usually put Michelin's on my Hondas, the Ridgeline being my tow vehicle, and have been very pleased with the traction, wear, and noise. My 74 Bronco is a different story. Most off-roaders use BF Goodrich tires, (they wear like steel) although the Yokohama brand builds the quietest murders on the market. I guess what I'm trying to say is, there's a tire for every situation and use, you just have to decide which one fits your requirements best.

Oh, try Costco, they seem to have the best prices, if they have the tire you want, and they are virtually everywhere you may need them.
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