"GEARHEADS"......

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    Nov 21, 2008 3:20 AM GMT
    Do we have any Gearheads here?
    Need your opinion/experience.

    Looking for new tires for my truck, a 2006 Dodge Dakota, 4x4, Lariat, quad-Cab, HO V8, etc.... My truck gets pretty light use, mostly highway miles, very little off-road. Looking for an all season, quiet ride, good in wed/dry /snow, less worried about "off road".
    Current tires are OE 265/65/17 Goodyear Wrangler SR-A, with 50K miles
    Been shopping around locally and found identical Goodyear's for $850, Firestone's for $675, Michelin's for $800 and Cooper's for $725.
    Goodyear's are 50K miles, Firestone's are 60K, Michelin's are 60K miles, Cooper's are 50K miles.
    Need to get the tires this weekend to be ready for travel to Georgia over Thanksgiving.
    Leaning toward the Firestone's because of price and mileage.....

    Any expereinces or opinions on how any of these tire bands have worked, or worn for you?
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    Nov 21, 2008 4:46 PM GMT
    tirerack.com is your best bet for reviews on those individual tires.

    Too bad you're mainly highway, or I could help you out...my highway miles are pretty much confined to the BMW...and the Jeep gets the most aggressive tread I can find...

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    Nov 22, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    Just two general comments:

    Make sure the tires are not manufactured in China. They seem to produce a few sets to spec for inspection, then mass-produce them dangerously below spec.

    The dealer may try to sell you on "siping" or "microsiping" the tires to improve traction. I did this last time I bought all-seasons and it hugely increased the road noise.