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Old 09-23-2011, 04:15 PM   #29
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I had a very hard time balancing my Bridgestone Dueler A/T's and finally got the N. Salt Lake Firestone dealer to give me 2 new front tires. Even then, they had a very hard time getting them to balance. I did get them to do pretty well at the Boise Ford dealer, but my set of Michelin's have always been smoother. When my Firestones get bald enough, it's another set of Michelin's for me. I did the Firestone's when they had a buy 3 get one free deal, but the PITA is more than I can stand.


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Old 09-24-2011, 04:14 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by Jake
Thnx to all. A wealth of info here. Am now in search of replacement tires again. Have given up on the GYM 's. Looking at the Michelin LTX 235/75R 15. Anyone had any experience with these or other Michelin products?
I only have a few thousand miles on mine but they ride about the same as my old GYMs. I haven't had to put air in them since I installed them. Also, I have Centramatics and I recommend them. You won't have to worry about balancing when you have them. Cost about $180 for a set to fit the 15" wheel.

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Old 09-24-2011, 05:32 AM   #31
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Michelins; you get what you pay for -- More expensive and worth it. We have run Michelins on all our vehicles, since the old Michelin X radials in the late 60s. The few times we used other brands (mainly, OEM tires on new vehicles), we had tire failures or very poor treadlife.

Right now we have Michelin XPS Ribs on our 19-foot Bambi, and we don't worry about blowouts or tread separation. The tires could safely handle 75-80 mph sustained speeds, but we still drive 55-65 depending on the type of roads; because we feel safer towing at the lower speeds and get significantly better fuel economy.

We have Centramatics, although Michelins typically require very little weight to balance; they are just insurance against out-of-balance problems with the other spinning parts in the running gear. I have ridden in our Airstream at 55-65 mph for a short distance, and the ride is very similar to our 2008 Tundra. My wife leaves a napkin holder with salt and pepper grinders on the table (with a non-skid mat underneath, mainly to prevent scratching the table top), and it has never fallen over or off the table while traveling on highways.

The conversion to 16-inch wheels and XPS Ribs was relatively expensive, but it has been worth the added peace of mind, versus the constant worry about blowouts with Goodyear Marathons and (later) Maxxis tires.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:00 AM   #32
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say jake, there is one more test to try besides spinning that tire on a balancer. let that air out and see it the shape deforms. if the belts have shifted it can become more apparent without air in the tire.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:01 AM   #33

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Thumbs up Centramatic System

We also advise the use of the Centramatic system!!

Just wish they had an application for the Burb.


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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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