Originally Posted by Gene
Marathons have a bad history and many of us have bought 16" wheels (0˚ offset) and put on Michelin LTX or Rib tires. They last longer, have better traction and don't lose air. There are plenty of threads on this subject and you can find them under the tire subforum.
I agree. The fact that you have a chunk out of one of your Marathons means that they all may fail next summer in the hot weather driving seaon.
I have LTX 235 R 15 XL tires on my 25 Safari. 15 inchers are the way to go if the load on each tire is 1900 lbs or less. They will fit on your stock rims with enough clearance in the wheel wells.
I had serial tire failures with various brands of ST tires, even E rated ones.
Michelins ride much better, will go as fast as you care to go and are as safe as your tow vehicle tires in hot weather.