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Old 03-10-2014, 07:19 AM   #99
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Originally Posted by CapriRacer View Post
Allow me to clarify.

If you use a vehicle in a certain way, the tire wear is more or less programmed into that usage.

If you are trying to compare your tire wear with the experience of others (assuming everything else is the same), the first place to look is the difference between how YOU are using the vehicle vs the way others are using the vehicle.

A good example of this is trucks making deliveries around town compared to trucks traveling between cities. Delivery trucks will never get as good of tire wear as long haul trucks if the tires and the trucks are the same.

So if you are trying to achieve the tire wear others are reporting, you need to do the same things they do. HOWEVER, if your situation dictates that you're not going to be able to do what they do, then you should expect there to be differences that you will not be able to overcome.
And there are differences between drivers doing the same "work" with the exact same vehicle over the exact same course. KENWORTH and CUMMINS both report that the difference in fuel mileage can be nearly one-third between professional drivers. Tire life will be subject to the same differences, mainly attitude towards tire life.

If one posits that tires are not easily replaced, then the driver will take steps to ensure longest life. As an on-road failure is NOT acceptable while towing, this means changes to the way the vehicle is driven in all situations. Fuel economy is a gauge of how well fuel is used, and higher brake and tire life are also indicators of applied skill bearing fruit.

Longest life at lowest cost with highest reliability is a mantra that works.


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Old 03-10-2014, 09:50 PM   #100
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I have Cooper AT3's on my F250. I like them a lot and have had them for 20K miles and they are wearing nicely.

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