Here's a curiosity:
I was looking at the tires recommended on Tirerack.com for an '03 Dodge
2500, quad cab, 4x4. One of the tires they list, Goodyear Wrangler
SilentArmor, looks like it has really good ratings in all categories. The
load range specs look good with each tire being able to hold 2337 lbs at a
maximum of 44 psi.
The '97 truck has a plate on the doorjam that specifies inflating
front tires to 65 psi and rears to 80 psi. What would happen to the
handling if I installed a tire inflated to 44 psi? Would that
screw the handling?
The handling would be unaffected but your load carrying capacity would
decrease considerably. The 80 psi nameplate is for a Load Range E tire
which your truck came equipped with from the factory. The 44 psi tire that
you found on TireRack.com is a Load Range C or D. Not really an issue
unless you are planning on carrying or towing some hefty loads. If you have
a fifth-wheel trailer and the pin weight is substantial, you are cautioned
to stay with the Load Range E tire.
Hope this helps!
Personally, I have never like Goodyear tires. I have run both the
Bridgestone Dueler HT's and AT's and loved them both. The AT is not
aggressive, worked real well for me in rain and snow (Buffalo NY snow).
I've never liked Goodyears either. Might be the tires I've had and some
styles are better. I've had great luck with Michelins. More expensive
but seem to last longer. The LTX M/S are great tires. On my Durango I
now have the Cross Terrains and love them.
I also don't like Goodyear tires. I'm partial to BF Goodrich tires - they
provide exceptional tread life, are reasonably priced and even the
aggressive treads are fairly quite. I've had Mud Terrains, All Terrains and
Long Trail tires on different vehicles and never had a problem with any of
them. The Mud Terrains are definitely too aggressive and the All Terrains
are probably too aggressive for what you're looking for. They make even
more streetable tires than the Long Trail, but I don't remember the names.
To check your speedometer, you can reset your trip odometer at a highway
mileage marker, then drive for a distance on the same highway (the longer
the better) and compare the difference between the two milemarker numbers
and the trip odometer. The percentage error between distance should be the
same for speed. I've done that with several vehicles and when compared to
the mobile testing unit AAA sets up and their office, the percentage error
I'll really like the Long Trail T/A's on my Santa Fe. If I had an
unlimited tire budget I'd have a set on my Dodge.
I get about 75k miles out of them with a "spirited" driving style in a
3800 lbs FWD SUV. Water handling is awesome until they're about 80%
worn out. I do keep them rotated. Rebalancing has never been a big
issue (installers at Discount Tire keep putting the wrong weights on it.
They don't recognize the "USE TEH ACURA STYLE WEIGHTS" logo on the
rims I guess)..
If you've got another 30-40% to spend on tires, you can pretty much
expect 100-120k service (warning: if you like to burn out, they will
lose tread FAST) out of a set of Michelin LTX M/S. They're not great in
the dirt/sand, and fairly soft/thin sidewalls, but they're an AWESOME
tire on pavement.
Ed H. wrote:
I've never liked Michelin tires. I had a Michelin tire come apart on my old
S-10 pickup. A flap of tread just peeled away from the tire casing. Good
thing I was driving slow, it was a front tire. The last Michelin tires I
owned were the ones the factory installed on my '99 Ram. I only got 25,000
miles out of them. I sure hope they changed their ways in the past 8 years.
As per everyone's advice here I just put 4 Michelin LTX M/S tires on my
wife's Expedition. Peer pressure sucks. You guys better be right. ;^)
Yeah, damn those Michelin Tires. I only got 70k out of this set and only
rotated them once. Workin on my 2nd set of replacements and damn, Michelins
again. When will I ever learn. :o)
(('03 2500 HO QC))
(((Laramie 4wd LB 125k miles)))
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