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Old 10-29-2015, 01:58 PM   #11
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+1 for the Michelins. I have them them on my wife's SUV, and I LOVE them. Sorry, no snow experience, but they do well in mud and sand. They will time out long before the tread is gone. But then we don't put a lot of miles on that vehicle.

I have the Firestone Transforce HT on my RAM 2500, and so far they're fine, no complaints after 7500 miles or so. Unless something changes, I will likely take a good long look at the Michelins when the time comes for new shoes on the RAM.
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:25 PM   #12
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I've had 2 sets of Firestone Destinations on a previous truck. They were excellent. Long life (60k on the fist set, sold it 8 months after putting on the second set), excellent in the snow. I'm considering putting them on my Sierra as it will need tires soon.
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:41 AM   #13
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So update on this, after doing some more research and studying the tire rack ratings, I'm leaning towards the Firestone Destination A/T. I'm moving away from the Michelin M/S2 since I've read a lot about how they aren't great in the snow. I'm also leaning that way over the Michelin A/T2 because the Firestones are rated higher on tire rack in almost all aspects and they are $50/tire less.

My next question would be does getting a LT rated tire help with towing? I know my 1500 does not need the extra weight rating, but I'm wondering if the side wall strength goes up dramatically or if it is a wash.
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:28 PM   #14
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I had the destination a/t tires. I really liked them. I also did the destination le2 tire. I did not notice any difference between the two tires. Like them both.

Before selling the half ton truck, I was planning on installing the firestone transforce LT tire. For the same reason as you are considering.

I do have that tire now, but on a ton truck.

The firestone store by me will give a 30 day ride guarantee. If you don't like them, you can take them back..?
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:30 PM   #15
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I'm just a bit further north in NY than you are and recently went through the same process with my GMC 1500. I selected the Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure with Kevlar and couldn't be happier. Smoother ride and quieter than any of the 2 previous sets of tires I had on the truck and no problems at all handling the snow. Just my 2 cents tossed in for consideration.
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I'll cast a vote for the Michelins. Got a set for the '04 Tundra and they were great in snow, and quiet. When the G-year silent armors wear out on this Tundra, it'll get LTX M/S2's also. The reviews on TireRack are impressive, too. Good source for real-world users reviews.
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Old 11-05-2015, 04:52 PM   #17
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My next question would be does getting a LT rated tire help with towing? I know my 1500 does not need the extra weight rating, but I'm wondering if the side wall strength goes up dramatically or if it is a wash.
I would say probably so. I was considering getting LT tires also when I was looking at XL tires for my 1500, but there weren't a lot of options in the size I was looking for. I would expect an LT tire to firm up the ride quite a bit. Add to that some form of suspension stabilization like Roadmaster Active Suspension, or Firestone air bags, or Helwig helper springs (add-a-leaf) and you've got a pretty good setup for a 1/2T truck without throwing bags of money into it IMO.

Bear in mind these things don't increase the carrying capacity of the truck, but they go a long way to making what you CAN carry more stable. I put the Roadmaster Active Suspension on my GMC 1500, and I would rate the improvement as "significant"; loaded AND unloaded.
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My next question would be does getting a LT rated tire help with towing? I know my 1500 does not need the extra weight rating, but I'm wondering if the side wall strength goes up dramatically or if it is a wash.
Probably. But today's "P" rated truck/SUV tires are not the same as the "P" rated tires on your dad's Buick. Back in the '90s when they put "P" rated tires on Suburbans they were the same as passenger car tires, just bigger. I pulled those off the 'Burbs I bought and replaced them almost immediately with LT tires. That said, I'm quit happy and have had good towing experiences the past 13 years towing with "P" rated truck/SUV tires. Note that these tires can take up to 51 psi on some models. I run mine at 45 psi in the rear when towing.

What I will say is if you are looking to pull a much bigger trailer than are now, then LTs are a better way to go.
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My next question would be does getting a LT rated tire help with towing? I know my 1500 does not need the extra weight rating, but I'm wondering if the side wall strength goes up dramatically or if it is a wash.
When my 1500 needed tires, I did the LT over the P. Yes, towing the TT, I can tell the difference. The truck feels less squishy when towing, it also does not bounce as much going over rough roads. The cost of making the switch for me was about $10 per tire, so I went with it. To me, a truck should have LT tires from the factory, but people are buying trucks now a days and never using them as trucks, so they are putting cheap tires on at the factory.
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With our '10 Chevy 1500 CCSB 4x4 we had what I call the p rated tire "wiggle" when towing our ~7,200lb, ~920lb tw trailer. It was from the softer sidewalls. Back of the truck just "wiggled" ever so slightly back and forth (side to side) going down the road. Switched to the Cooper A/T3 LT LRC and all "wiggle" was gone!!! Nothing else changed. Ran the tires at 50lbs cold (rear, front maybe was 40-45???), factory rims and tpms without any issues.

Go LT, but chances are you don't need D or E rated tires. They are a little stiffer, but C's will probably be sufficient.
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