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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-10-2010, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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1/2 ton truck tires,whats best ?

I need new tires on my 2001 Silverado 4x4 x-cab 1/2 ton,and would like some advice.
I need good road tires that work well dry,wet and in snow.
I don't drive off road much and never in deep mud.
I have done some Internet research and am thinking Michelin LTX M/S 2,General Grabber HTS,Cooper Discoverer LTS.,or ??.

If anyone has some advice I would appreciate it.

Thanks in advance,Ranger.

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Have you looked at some reviews on Tirerack.com? I currently have Firestone Destination AT's on my truck and my wife's Yukon. They are pretty damn good all the way around, rain, dry and snow. My brother runs Goodyear Silent Armors on his work truck. He works the hell out of that truck and gets 50-60 thousand miles on a set. He likes them all the way around. I think my next set of tires is going to be the Goodyear Duratracs. I have seen some pretty good reviews on them. There is my two cents.

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Michelin LTX ms hands down

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I had great luck with the Cooper STT's, they are a little noisy at highway speeds but I considered them livable. Man they throw snow out the back 20 feet, so no one will tailgate you in a blizzard. I got over 50 k out of the set on the 06 I had them on.
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I have been running the general grabber hts, on my explorer for a couple weeks now and think they are a great tire, we had 5 inches of wet heavy snow last weekend and they were great, I found this review on them and it was convinced me to grab them.

General Grabber HTS Tire Test
A Street-Friendly Tread With An Affinity For Snow And Ice
From the February, 2009 issue of Four Wheeler
By Robin Stover
Photography by Robin Stover, Courtesy Of General Tire
Historically speaking, the Germans have always been associated with great beer, fast cars, and inarguable attention to detail. And in the case of the German-owned General Tire brand, the latter still holds true today. We recently took a trip to one of General Tire's cold-weather test facilities near Montreal, to evaluate the marriage of high-tech sipe technology and tire compound advancements. The venue was an abandoned airfield appropriately covered in snow and ice. Our goal was to experience first-hand the difference between a standard all-season tire and General's latest light-truck and SUV offering: the Grabber HTS.

Our test vehicle was a bone-stock Ford F-150 extended cab, longbed 4x4. General had three identically equipped pickups, each sporting a different type of tire. The proving grounds consisted of a long slalom course followed by a tumbled rough section of deep, chunky snow, and finally a flat area where distance markers were set up to measure acceleration and braking distances. The idea was to simulate a variety of real-world scenarios over and over to generate data that would eventually prove that the seemingly mild-mannered Grabber HTS was superior to the more aggressive patterns so commonly referred to as "snow tires."

At first, we couldn't understand how a narrow street-friendly tread design could perform better than a wider, more aggressive all-terrain. After the demonstration, we sat down with the engineers who developed the new "wonder tire" to break it down in layman's terminology. Here is what we learned: In ice and snow, your best way to make traction is with more snow. Think about the "snowball effect." When you roll a snowball down a hill, it grows as more and more snow clings to itself. If you relate this to a tire rolling along a snow-covered road, you can visualize what makes the Grabber HTS stick. The HTS features thousands of interlocking sipes, meaning the interior wall of the sipe is actually multi-dimensional instead of straight-cut. As these sipes travel through the beginning of the contact patch, each opens up for a fraction of a second, forcing snow into a micro-thin zigzag pocket. Upon exiting the contact patch, this sliver of snow is held in place against the centrifugal force of the tire by the interlocking sipes. When the same section of thread comes back around, the contact patch is met with snow picked up from the previous rotation. Snow has greater interrelative friction with itself over rubber, therefore the vehicle sticks to the road better.

Many tire companies offer snow tires with sipes to achieve this; however, General recently developed a tire compound that remains super-flexible at subfreezing temperatures. This flexibility aids the function of a sipe by allowing it to open up further and react more quickly to driving conditions. Together with flexibility, the interlocking sipes can capture more snow, hold it in when others can't, and deliver outstanding stability, braking, and traction in snow and ice. We proved this theory on the track and we can support the claims: General has developed an awesome tire for snow and ice. Now if those Germans could just convince our government to build an Autobahn.

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Max load (lb @ psi): 2,679 @ 35 psi
Sidewall: 2-ply polyester
Tread: 2-ply polyester, 2-ply steel, 2-ply nylon
Approved rim width (in): 7.0-9.0
Tread depth (in): 12/32
Tread width (in): 10.1
Section width (in): 10.43
Overall diameter (in): 31.6
Static loaded radius (in): 15.45
Revolutions per mile: 658
Weight (lb): 19.2

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I have had great success with the Goodyear Wrangler AT on my Ford F150. They are great on the highway(quite, good rain traction, ride well, etc.) and served me surprisingly well in deep south Louisiana mud. My last set I had almost 60K miles and I was able to purchase new ones for $130 a tire from tirerack.com. I have to admit that I have no idea how they would do in snow. I have never even seen snow more than about an inch thick.

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Another vote for the Michelin LTX's. Best tires I've ever had on my trucks. Great traction in any situation, ride like pillows, and last for many many miles. A bit pricey but well worth it.
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I also like the Goodyear Wranglers. I have got 60 to 70 thousand miles out of some sets. Just make sure they are Mud and Snow rated and are LT not P rated tires. P stands for Passenger and LT for Light Truck. From the Factory most come with P rated tires. It is a cost factor. LT rated tires have stronger side walls and will carry more weight. The only down side is they will give a little stiffer ride.

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I was not a GoodYear fan but I broke down and bought the Wrangler AT/S for my Tundra in a LT rating load range C and so far I have no complaints, I have 30K miles on them and they are about 1/2 worn, the winter traction is very good, right up there with the BFG A/T's, dray and wet traction are also good. I have been very impressed with them. I have 18" size and the best price I have found for them is through the Ford Dealership at $150.00 ea mounted and balanced. The Silent Armors have the same tread and I think they have a 50K warranty.

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I love my cooper stt on my f150

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