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Old 02-23-2013, 06:53 AM   #29

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Originally Posted by Brentsouth View Post
I bought two new front tires today at Discount Tires and when they inflated them to 61 psi they looked like they were half flat. The boss even came by and say whoa.... those tires need more air. I think they inflated them closer to 75 or 80 and now they look and ride like normal....What do you think could have caused that? two brands will have the same profile at the same pressure. I would weigh the rig loaded for camping and adjust tire pressures according to mfg specs.


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Old 02-24-2013, 07:27 PM   #30
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I found my two new fronts (Michelins) that Discount mounted over inflated the next day when I checked them. They had about 80 psi in them. I dropped them to 61. They rode fine at 80 for the few miles I drove them, don't honestly notice a difference with them at the proper pressure. I do believe they ride better than the OEM Conti's. At 61 I think they look normal. I am hyper aware of of that underinflated look you are talking about too as I seem to see someone driving on a severely underinflated tire somewhere along my route most ever time I get behind the wheel. I'd get a known-to-be-good gauge and check them again.

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Old 12-28-2013, 06:16 PM   #31
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I have 30,000 miles on my tires but I have pretty bad rot. High mileage is not important but I need something that I can feel safe on for another 30K or four years, whichever comes first.

My tire dealer suggested four BFG Commercial T/A 215 85 R 16 tires for the rear of my 2010 unit built on a 2008 chassis. Price is $770.00 balanced and out the door.

Will they work for my needs?
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:12 AM   #32
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I have logged about 70k miles on the factory tires in about one year and it is time for new shoes. Does anyone have any experience with changing the wheel size from the factory 16's to 18's? I would prefer the look and ride of a larger wheel/ tire set.
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:07 PM   #33
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Don't forget that bigger wheels and tires will weigh more meaning more unsprung weight. I learned this the first time I rotated my Tahoe's 20" wheels. Thought I was going to need a forklift.
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Old 01-17-2014, 12:27 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by 73shark View Post
Don't forget that bigger wheels and tires will weigh more meaning more unsprung weight. I learned this the first time I rotated my Tahoe's 20" wheels. Thought I was going to need a forklift.

Not only that

I went from 20" to 22" on my truck and not only did it not ride as well but my fuel mileage went down also.
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:21 PM   #35
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I went with a set of Michelin LTX M/S2 and have been very happy with them. 5K on them and they still look basically new. Compared to the OEM Conti's which I changed out due to wear at around 6K. Note that this was due to excessive wear on the outer edges of the front tires. The abnormal tire wear issue was resolved by an alignment. See a past post by mine regarding the alignment fix.

FWIW, the wear on the Conti's was caused by the alignment issue. However, I will still say the Michelins are a better tire from what I have seen so far.
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:58 PM   #36
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One thing that might need to be considered before changing out the tires for something largerÖ If you go with tires larger than the ones Mercedes Benz recommends, you may end up causing the Electronic Stability Program to malfunction. At least that's what the operator's manual says (bottom of page 50).

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