Originally Posted by CrawfordGene
...SUV and truck manufacturers have always tried to put the cheapest tires they can get on many of their products, probably figuring that most people don't notice...
the last generation (09s) DODGE RAM 2500-3500s
came with mich' high end tires often good for 90-100,000 miles.
ford sources a variety for any given vehicle using pirelli, mich', bfg, gy and conti'
none of these are 'cheap tires'
in addition, many trucks are ordered or equipped with an OPTIONAL wheel/tire package...
that FURTHER raises the tire included.
for any vehicle that is HIGH volume PRODUCTION (which leaves out the toy' truck),
the tire sourcing issue becomes adequate SUPPLY...
some of the other good tire brands
don't have the capacity to produce enough tires for a new vehicle,
and the truck makers don't wanna be stalled by lack of rubber.
buyers DO recognize brands, but may not recognize models...
looking at 3/4-1 ton 2010 rams last month they all now have bfgs.
while the NON FLEET 1500s all had nice pirelli or mich tires.