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Old 04-03-2016, 12:15 PM   #1
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I know this has been discussed previously, but if like to solicit opinions. We had a front blowout on our last trip and wound up with 2 load range g metric tires on the front. I need to replace the back tires, and think I'm between Kumho KRS03 and Hankook AH11. Load range g metrics. Opinions/experience? Thanks!


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Old 04-03-2016, 01:43 PM   #2
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We just got a good price on a couple of Hankook metrics from a Les Schwab dealer in Montana, $460 and change mounted and balanced. Had them installed with our fancy new Centramatics courtesy of Peter H, and they performed fine on a drive to Salt Lake.
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Old 04-03-2016, 01:52 PM   #3
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The one thing I recall with the metrics on the dually was adequate tire clearance between the two tires. The 8R is a tall stiff tire versus the metric version which will give you a softer, more suple ride, but if the two tires get too close or end up touching due to not being properly inflated, the resulting heat build up will lead to blow outs.
Also the metrics are not as tall as the 8R and your RPM's will climb by a few hundred rpm at any given speed. You haven't noticed this at the front obviously.

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Old 04-03-2016, 02:30 PM   #4
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I had Hankook AH11s installed 3 years ago. We have put 5000+ miles on them with no problems. We had them bead balanced.

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Old 07-24-2016, 02:16 PM   #5
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Ok, just to bump this to the top, I'm buying tires this week, and feeling lost with regards as to which to buy? Anyone have opinions on any tires period? I have hercules H-803's (metric) Load range G on the front with Centramatics, and the ride is infinitely better than the load range F 8R19.5's previously installed. I know the new rears will be a great improvement regardless, but would like to hear about favorites. We use the rig a lot (about 12K miles per year) and go on 6-10 hour trips routinely so smooth and worry free is ideal. Thanks for your input!
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:45 PM   #6
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OK, I'll throw my 2 cents in.....if Michelin still made them, they'de be on, but seeing as they don't, went with the Goodyears, I don't want to worry about tire blowouts,or blems for that matter so I guess it's a name brand thing for me. Why save money or be cheap on one of the most important things on your rig and for that matter the only thing that is touching the ground.....hopefully. Regards, Bob
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Not sure of your precise set up, but I can confirm that 235/85 R16s kiss on the duallies. It was close and I drove without issues, but eventually too close and I could see the rub marks, so I switched to narrower tires.


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Old 07-24-2016, 08:17 PM   #8
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Thanks! The Hercules were a function of a blowout in Iraan, TX and no options. The higher load range resulted in less front end bounce. On the rear I have 3 9 year old good years on one side that look great, and 3 various 12 year old sketchy no names on the other. I could stick to 8 r 19.5 on the rear and get 2 new front ones later, or switch to metric. I'm really impressed by the Hercules, even though they would not have been a brand I would have chosen, so now the dilemma.....


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Old 07-31-2016, 11:10 PM   #9
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Ended up with 6 load range g metrics. They performed great on this weekends 500 mile round trip, great ride, Moho seemed much peppier if that's somehow possible. Kept finding myself having to let off the throttle to slow down. Haven't refueled to check mileage, but typically fill up before each leg of this trip, and ran the whole thing on one tank this time.....


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Mileage up 1 mpg over historical on last trip. Today, not so much with the fuel pump problems, but will see tomorrow and next week in the return trip. Still liking the tires a lot....


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With your 1 MPG increase did you take into account the different tire diameter? I believe the metric tires are slightly smaller, therefore more revs per mile that your original 8R19.5's.


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Had to burst that math bubble didnt ya!
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After the recalculation I'm actually getting 19.8 mpg! Amazing! Just kidding and being a smart Alec, the gas mileage on the last trip got thrown out the window on this one, so we'll see on the way home, but the tires do ride better....


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I am curious. How does changing tire brand solve air leak problems that result in tire Run Low Flex Failures i.e. "Blowouts".

Sorry if the above seems a bit sarcastic.
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