Originally Posted by moosetags
We started with the OEM GY Marathons. In the first year at about 11,000 miles, we had three separate catastrophic tires failures. We replaced these with a set of Maxxis E's. They did pretty well lasting 27,000 miles when there suffered from tread separation. We replaced them with another set of Maxxis E's. These only last 14,000 miles before suffering tread separation. This was the point at which we decided to cut our losses, and switched to 16" wheels and Michelin LT tires.
Moosetags' experience matches ours.
We are now running on P235 R 75 XL Michelins. Even though they are P (passenger tires), they are extra load and have over a 2000 lb capacity which gives us a safe load margin with our 6300 gvw Safari. They fit on the stock rims with plenty of clearance in the wheel wells so we did not upgrade to 16 inch rims.
Like Moosetags we left parts of ST tires by the side of the road all over the South and South West. As for ST tires, we had the best luck with Maxxis E's. GYM's, Tow Toughs and all the other goofy third world ST tires
were lucky to last two days towing at 65 mph all day in 100 degree plus temperatures.
My reply is yes to the poster who asked if E rated ST tires ride rough. There is a huge difference in ride with my P 235 tires inflated to 50 lbs. I no longer hobby horse and feel safe going all day at 70 mph.
There are lots of fans of ST tires on these forums. To them I say, ST tires will probably work fine if you tow back and forth to the lake on weekends in cool temps but if you are going to tow a lot of miles some of them in hotter than hell conditions, upgrade to P or LT tires. All the hot weather posters say the same thing.