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Old 02-23-2014, 12:40 PM   #71
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But I don't see any 8 or 10 ply 20's for sale.
I guess I will get the same as I already have - Bridgestone Dueler Alenza -
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:56 PM   #72
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Goodyear makes them: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSe...60&diameter=20
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:18 PM   #73
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My speedometer read a little fast with the stock tires (31.5") and now with the 285/60/20's (33") it reads right on with the GPS. However, I don't like the overall difference in gear ratio, so I'm going to shop for some shorter E load range 20's.

The 20" wheels and shorter tires was what I was looking for, for increased stability aspect.
I imagine you will post it anyway, but I would appreciate hearing about what you find.

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Old 02-23-2014, 02:09 PM   #74
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I don't know that anything would have to be re-calibrated if I switched from 20's to 18's.
With the 20's, the sidewall is short. With the 18's, the sidewall is a little taller.
Outside diameter ends up being the same.
My Nissan Pathfinder's 16's are not as tall as my sister's 15's on an XTerra...
It's the tire circumference/diameter that matter for the speedometer/odometer, not the wheel size. In any case, the powertrain or transmission computer parameter dealing with tire size can be tweaked by a shop.

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I think you missed my point.
I understand it is the circumference/diameter.
I was saying that a low profile 20 could have the same or smaller circumference/diameter than a tall sidewall 18.
I went a little further with a real life example of my 16's being smaller in circumference/diameter than my sister's 15's...
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Let me be an impartial mediator.

I think you are both saying the same (correct) thing in different words. At least that is what I see when I read your posts.

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Ken,
You are right! As I reread m.hony's post, we really are saying the same thing.

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I have run 5 sets of Michelin LTX/as on my 99 Dodge 3/4 ton. Each set lasted over 100,000 miles. The real question may be can you wear them out before time makes it prudent to replace them

100,000 miles? That's quite a few miles for a truck, especially if there's much towing involved.
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I got 130,000 miles on a set of Michelins on a Chevy Express 2500 with some towing.
Made a believer out of me.
That was on a work truck.
I cannot get enough miles out of a personal vehicle before the sidewalls start cracking to make the investment for the more expensive Michelins.
Most likely I will get the same Bridgestones as are currently on the Tundra- keeps that original, like new appearance as well-
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My experience with Michelins hasn't been near as good. The set that I just changed out were OE Michelins, had 38,000 miles on them, and calculating by the amount of original tread, remaining tread, and calculating the miles per MM of tread, they would have gone maybe another 9,000 miles before reaching the wear bars. Not saying they are not good tires, just I don't get that many miles out of them, but about 99% of the miles I put on my truck are towing miles.
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My last two Dodges have had Michelin tires as OE. The best tire mileage I've ever gotten was 68,000 miles, and that set could have gone perhaps another 5,000 miles.

Apparently, some of you folks know some towing secrets that I haven't learned during the 250,000 + miles of towing. Please share them with us.

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My last two Dodges have had Michelin tires as OE. The best tire mileage I've ever gotten was 68,000 miles, and that set could have gone perhaps another 5,000 miles.

Apparently, some of you folks know some towing secrets that I haven't learned during the 250,000 + miles of towing. Please share them with us.

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There's no secret. The more corners you turn, the faster the tire wears. Driving straight ahead is practically free. Ergo, if you want your tire to last longer mileagewise, take long trips.

On the other hand, there are things you can do to prevent premature wear from occurring.

1) Rotate regularly. Different wheel positions have different wear characteristics and you can extend a tire's life by doing regular rotation.

2) Inflation pressure. As a general rule, you should use what is listed on the vehicle tire placard on your driver's door. If you want to use the published load tables (which I don't recommend) you need to include a certain amount of reserve (unused) load carrying capacity (I recommend 15%) by using a higher inflation pressure.

3) Alignment. When the tires are rotated, measure the wear. Uneven wear should be a clue there is an alignment issue.
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2) Inflation pressure. As a general rule, you should use what is listed on the vehicle tire placard on your driver's door. If you want to use the published load tables (which I don't recommend) you need to include a certain amount of reserve (unused) load carrying capacity (I recommend 15%) by using a higher inflation pressure.
I'm running Michelin M/S2 LT275/65R20 tires on my Ford F250 Super Duty. The door placard lists 65lb. pressure, but the tire sidewall shows 80lb. and that is what the dealer inflated them to. Which pressure should I be using?
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We get 40-50,000 miles on a Ford Expedition ( three of them) Michelin---now on our 3/4 Diesel GMC. We have tried all lesser costs, thru the years, including Coopers, you simply get what you pay for.
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