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Old 05-31-2012, 01:07 PM   #15
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If your tread is wearing on both sides and not the middle, sounds like there isn't enough air in the tires. Put more than you should for a while to even them out. A tread depth gauge helps me keep track of how they are wearing before I can see it by just looking. It tells me if an alignment is necessary of only one side is wearing.

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Yes, Gene, I know that is the rule, but I have always carried 65 PSI in the front tires, and either 75 or 80 PSI in the rear tires. ( the manufacturer calls for 60/72) Don't know the width, but I'm thinking the wheels may be a tad too wide the the tire (265/70)
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Steve, I thought you'd know that, but in case you didn't….

I run the truck tires at 45 front and 48 rear on the Tundra for towing and 3 lbs. less (when I remember to change it) for driving around. They have worn evenly, but they are wearing faster than I am used to. With 53,000 on the Michelins, probably 30,000+ towing, they look like they have 5-10,000 miles left in them. So towing may increase TV tire wear given our experiences. I'll have to look at your tires at the Balloon Fiesta.

Remembering when tires and brakes barely lasted 20,000 miles, things have improved.

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Old 05-31-2012, 01:27 PM   #17
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Steve, I thought you'd know that, but in case you didn'tÖ.

I run the truck tires at 45 front and 48 rear on the Tundra for towing and 3 lbs. less (when I remember to change it) for driving around. They have worn evenly, but they are wearing faster than I am used to. With 53,000 on the Michelins, probably 30,000+ towing, they look like they have 5-10,000 miles left in them. So towing may increase TV tire wear given our experiences. I'll have to look at your tires at the Balloon Fiesta.

Remembering when tires and brakes barely lasted 20,000 miles, things have improved.

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Yes, do doubt they are much better quality now than in years past. We have it planned to make it to the International Rally this year in Sedalia, MO, (our first ever) with a stop on the way in Branson, and then after the rally, on over to Colorado for some cool weather. So, these tires may not make it to Albuquerque in October. If I thought they were unsafe, I would replace them tomorrow, but for now, I'll just keep an eye on them.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:25 PM   #18
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I currently HAVE the Michelin LTX tires - I haven't rotated them as I should have and the back ones are seriously worn. Shame on me. The front ones could probably do another 10-20K except that the little old lady who recently decided to share a turn lane with my truck got up close and person with the front tire's sidewall. Worse than just a scuff but I missed it on inspection. Also knocked it a bit out of alignment too. So I'm just gonna replace all four...

and set reminders to have the tires ROTATED.

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Paula, I just noticed you and Steve both have Chevy 2500's, perhaps both diesel. Both trucks seem to wear tires faster than anticipated, though I don't know how many miles you've gotten from your unrotated Michelins.

Maybe the problem is the truck, not the Michelins. But AirsDream has a similar truck with Bridgestones that sound a bit like Michelin Ribs and has gotten good mileage. Don't know what the Suburbans tell us, if anything.

The one fair Michelin can be a spare anyway. A tire tread gauge also tells me when to rotate them. I keep a record of tire wear and check the tires every 5,000 miles or so. Drive tires always wear faster than steering tires (assuming rear drive). Often I only have to move 2 tires rather than all of them.

The other variable is the driver. Wheelies? Midnight drag racing?

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Yep, that may have caused it.....all those passes down the drag strip with my 7000 pound Diesel pickup!
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There is no question about Michelin, Bridgestone, and Firestone all making very good tires but you should check out Cooper tires before making a decision. Cooper tires are an AMERICAN owned company based in Findlay, Ohio which is about 60 miles from the mothership. The tires are also made in the USA. When I was ready for new tires on my tv, I looked at all the major brands and compared all the specs. Based on the info I found, I purchased Cooper's. Also the best part was the price, they were much lower in cost than any other major brand. I deliver material to the Cooper plant now, did not when I purchased the tires, and I asked how their tires can cost so much less than the other brands. The answer was "We do not support any major racing events or series and we spend very little on advertising"
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Another vote for the Michelin LTX tires - but with one caveat --- make sure you rotate them every 6,000 miles. My GMC dually will eat front tires. I've gone through 3 sets of fronts, while never rotating. Finally, at around 80,000 plus miles on the duallies, I installed a whole new set of Michelin LTX tires and, ever since, I've been rotating faithfully at 6,000 miles. The last time around I also re-balanced as I could feel a slight vibration from the front tires. I can still see a slight irregular wear pattern on the fronts before rotating - but hopefully I'll be able to keep the overall wear fairly consistant. All of the alignment parameters have been checked more than once.
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Cracker, I had a truck that would not stay aligned until I took it to another place. Then it was fine. Some trucks are hard to do and need better mechanics.

You might try Centramatics on the truck.

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I tow with a 1500 Silverado 2wd crew cab. The odometer is at 56,000 miles on the original tires (Goodyear Eagles). I'm headed to replace them next week and will replace with Goodyear Eagles . Maybe not as many miles as Michelin but not as expensive.
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Yes, Gene, I know that is the rule, but I have always carried 65 PSI in the front tires, and either 75 or 80 PSI in the rear tires. ( the manufacturer calls for 60/72) Don't know the width, but I'm thinking the wheels may be a tad too wide the the tire (265/70)
I go max pressure all the way around? 80 PSI.
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I currently HAVE the Michelin LTX tires - I haven't rotated them as I should have and the back ones are seriously worn. Shame on me. The front ones could probably do another 10-20K except that the little old lady who recently decided to share a turn lane with my truck got up close and person with the front tire's sidewall. Worse than just a scuff but I missed it on inspection. Also knocked it a bit out of alignment too. So I'm just gonna replace all four...

and set reminders to have the tires ROTATED.

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make sure nothing is bent. I had to have to replace my front left after the police cruiser hit me. I could see chord.
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The LTX is a good road tire for a pickup. I went a little more agressive due to mud and snow.
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