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Old 06-06-2010, 08:56 AM   #1
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Tires for 2500HD 2wd

Need new tires for my '01 GMC 2500HD Duramax, it's 2wd with a locking diff.
I tow an '04 34ft Classic Limited with slideout sofa, about 14-1500lbs hitch weight, and a Hensley Arrow.
I've had issues on a few hills that were wet, a little muddy, after a recent rain, and on loose gravel hills......once on wet grass backing up a hill into a campsite. Tires were Michelin LTX M/S
Getting new tires this week, debating between Cooper Discoverer HTR and Discoverer ST/ST-C and STT........concered about excessive noise, some added noise is ok, and is certainly a good tradeoff for good traction. But I notice the ST-C and STT with the more agressive treads have less dry and wet traction?
also would going from 245/75-16 to 265/75-16 do anything for traction?
PS, unless we downsize the trailer drastically, my next truck will be 4X4)

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Old 06-06-2010, 10:41 AM   #2
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These are excellent!!! They bite!!!
Sam's Club-LT265/75R16 123R Goodyear® Wrangler® SilentArmor

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Old 06-06-2010, 10:50 AM   #3
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I would definitely look at the Goodyear Silent Armor Pro Grade. They are rated as one of the best all around tires available.

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I put them on my truck (Ram 2500) last year and they are quieter then the stock tires (because of the kevelar + steel belts) even though the have a somewhat agressive tread. They have excellent traction in the snow, on black ice, and off road. After using them, I am a believer.

As for increasing the size, the thing to keep in mind is that wider tires give you more floatation not more traction (wider = lower pounds per square inch on the ground). If you are driving in the mud, by all means increase the width of the tire, if you just need more traction keep the same size and go with a more agressive tread.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:57 AM   #4
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Increasing the tire size will also affect your speedometer reading, although I think that can be corrected by reprogramming the computer these days.

Too bad the Michelins aren.t doing it for you traction wise. I have LT 245/16 AS on my truck which is even less agressive than the MS. Each set ( I am on number 6) has run over 100k with no problems.
Could you possibly solve the gravel and grass traction problems by just taking some tension off the equalizing bars under those circumstances?
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:19 PM   #5
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got the Cooper Discoverer ST's.........been told to watch it on the gas, otherwise I'll dig myself to China.
yes I can hear them, but nothing annoying at all. and also perhaps a bit rough, but again no big deal, on potholes and stuff.
Next truck WILL be 4wd, and if I need new tires will go with the GY Silent Armor....
I'm leaving tomorrow morning and will be climbing that steep dirt hill 7hrs later, I'll let ya know how that went
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