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Old 06-02-2010, 05:17 PM
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Why are tires so expensive? Does anyone have any recommendations for the least expensive tire shops? I need 2 sets of 245/75-16's for the truck and the suburban. The cheapest I have found are at Tire Kingdom for some Cooper knock off's for $540 installed with an alignment. I am just not a big Cooper fan. My last set wore very quickly and they didn't ride to good either. Walmart sells some Goodyear Tracker tires for $110 each which will come out close to what Tire Kingdom quoted, but they don't have very good reviews. Let me know where the deals are. Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 06-04-2010, 05:02 PM
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Here's where I buy all my tires from, usually cheaper than anywhere else once you figure in shipping costs.http://www.discounttiredirect.com/di...45&ar=75&rd=16
 
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:32 PM
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Well I ended up getting talked into a set of GeoTrac tires which are made by Nankang. They are a 10 Ply "E" rated tire and the guy at tire kingdom swears he has gotten a great response out of them. They are guaranteed so I decided to try them. I ended up paying $530 mounted balanced and alignment (which was $60 of the bill). Not bad for a 10 ply I don't think. I can say that they ride A LOT better then the Firestone Steel Tex tires that I had on there previously. The truck rides almost as good as a 1/2 ton now. I will let you guys know how they work out.
 
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:45 AM
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OK just a follow up on these tires...so far I hate them, but it could be an inflation issue. We went to the lake yesterday towing the boat and the ride there and back was a white knuckled one. The truck wandered all over the place and was very unstable. It also bounced a lot. When I got the truck home from Tire Kingdom they had 35 PSI all the way around and the truck rode awesome. I knew towing that it would need more air so I put 70 PSI in the rear and 40 PSI in the front. That was how we towed yesterday and like I said it sucked big time! So I am going to inflate them a little more to see if that helps. They are rated up to 80 PSI so I am thinking about running that in the back and 45 in the front which is what the door sticker calls for. When we got to the ramp yesterday I rocked the truck back and forth and there is a lot of flex in the sidewall. Hopefully a little more air will stiffen them up.
I also felt like the truck was struggling a little. It used to ****** that boat around with ease and yesterday it had to kick down a lot more than usual. I am hoping this is related to the tires. I am going to take the truck back so they can double check the alignment also.
 

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Old 06-07-2010, 04:49 PM
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I did a little more experimenting with the air pressure and it definitely made a huge improvement. I now have the fronts at 60 PSI and the rears at 80 PSI and the truck feels fine. The truck still feels a little sluggish though. I wonder if I got some bad gas or something. It feels like the load got a lot heavier and it didn't.
 
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Why don't you usa silica based tires? yes they are little costly than abasto based tires but they last long really long.
 
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