I like the Futura Dakota tires on my S-10 ZR2. They've handled snow
nicely, even with no weight in the bed. Wet traction is also good, I
dare say the wet and snow traction is BETTER than the BFG All Terrain
T/A KOs on my old truck. You don't say what size you have, but the
one I have (Futura Dakota RVT) is $78 for a 30x9.5" tire. That's
about 1" taller than the 235/75/15 that was on my 94 Jimmy. The RVT
is only had in American inch measurements, looks like the LT model is
only had in Metric, but my guess is that they have the same or a very
similar tread pattern. 235/75/15 is also $78 each.
Oh yeah, this is Pep Boys' house brand, but I hear rumors that it's
made by BFG, and you can see similarities in the tread pattern. Also
made in the USA. However, I think the siping in the tread blocks,
something the BFGs did NOT have (didn't have as much of it anyway),
helps with the wet traction immensely.
Go here, http://www.tirerack.com/tires/index.jsp they have great prices and
the shipping is reasonable. I usually have the GM dealer install the tires
and align the front end. They don't mind as they aren't in the tire
I just looked at that site. I think I will buy from there. The part I loved
about the Michelin's is the SIPE's went all the way down the tread whereas
most other tires the SIPE's only go down about 1/4 inch.
PS Mike...I want P235/75/R15's
Lannie, I had a nice long reply typed out and then my computer locked
up. Anyway, I'm pretty sure you were from my neck of the woods, near
Albany, NY, if you want to see these tires before making a final
decision let me know, we might be able to work out a meet-up to do
that. I know they're right in the price range you specified, Not
sure how the size you'd want compares to my tires, they're listed
seperately, looks like it's a speed/load rating difference, not sure
about tread design..
Actually I live in Central Iowa just south of Des Moines in a small town
called Winterset. (Bridges of Madison County?? Lame movie)
I drive 99% highway about 75mph every day. I drive a minimum of 75 miles a
day also. The only four wheeling is when I go hunting on occasion and when
we get snow storms.
PS The reviews state this is a fairly quiet tire also and I want that since
the S10 isn't the quietest ride to begin with. :)
sipes are the small cuts in the tread blocks to drastically increase
foul weather traction (especially Ice and snow) by increasing the
sipes going completely through the tread block aren't necessarily a
good thing, if they're too deep they can cause some pretty nasty tread
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