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Post by Rislar on Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:19 am

Selecting or buying truck tires is one of the best ways to improve the performance of your truck, but making that decision can be difficult if you have never been faced with it before. One of the first considerations to make is where you will be driving your vehicle. Do you drive mostly on the street, a combination of street and off road, or exclusively off road? Most truck tires that are equipped on a new vehicle from the factory are what would be considered standard “street” driving tires. To go off road in difficult terrain like steep rocks or mud, the biggest factor you have to overcome is height so you will need to choose a bigger tire that is at least one or two sizes taller, regardless of the tread type. A good place to start is by looking at the decal inside your driver side door or glove compartment. In there you will see the standard tire allowed and the biggest possible choice you can have if your vehicle has it as an option.

Here are some important steps in purchasing truck tires and wheels for your truck:

Be able to read the truck tire sidewall to determine the over-all performance of your chosen tires. Every truck manufacturer has separate ratings for the tires, but what is important to you is the warranty coverage. Who will give you the most in savings for your truck tires and wheels?
Truck tire size rating is usually shown in metric, which can be traced on the side of your original truck tire. However, when better performance is required for your truck, you can select an upgrade to what your current rating is as long as you keep this in mind: Never go to the extreme, always stay in the middle ground of what the list suggest to make sure that the tires you get are not out rated for your vehicle. If they are then reduced tread life and other issues can occur.
Truck tire speed rating is the speed range at which a truck tire can be used in different speed and load conditions. For example, the most common designation uses the “V” category for 240 km/h or 149mph speed range and the “Z” speed rating for top speed. This ensures that you can safely drive the tire on the speed you choose.
Truck tire load rating index is the assigned numbers delegated to a tire that will tell you the safe load that can be used for a tire. Again use moderation when selecting this but know first what kind of load you will be using on the tires. The higher the number the higher the load they will handle.

When selecting truck tires that you are not familiar about, always go to the vehicles identification sticker (located in the vehicles door or glove box) or owners manual as your guide. In there you will see the speed, rim size and allowable payload intended for your truck tire and wheel.

Choosing the tire that’s right for your truck involves numerous considerations. But to make the process less scary, keep these two simple guidelines in mind when considering tires. First, know your expected needs and driving uses. This consideration is important to overall driving enjoyment and a well-run tire shop will help you determine your tire needs before you lay down any green. Second, find a source or store that you trust enough to recommend the type of tire that fits your needs. Remember, the sales people don’t know your needs, you have to tell them. If they’re good, they’ll ask you the right questions to come up with the right tire.

You might be wondering what some of the questions could be. Here’s a quick list of what you should think about before entering a tire store:

Tread life considerations: What’s your idea of how long a set of tires should last? Keep in mind that in some instances, a tire’s wear rating is done through manufacturer testing and may not be the most accurate representation of a tire’s true life expectancy.

Wet weather requirements:
Most of us live in a climate where inclement weather is a factor at least part of the time. Clearly if you live in, say, Cumbria or Scotland, you’ll want to look more closely at a capable wet-weather tire for your truck than if you’re living in London. For those of you that have Snow , some kind of four-season type of tire will be the minimum you should consider if not an all-out snow tire for the winter that you swap for standard tires in the milder months.


Speed rating:
Even in places where the rural speed limit is 60 mph, how often do you think you’re going to need a tire that’s speed rated for anything over 150 mph? Be honest and knock down your required speed rating to, say, an H-speed rated tire that’s still good for 130 mph.


Ride Quality:
A low-profile tire such as a 50 or a 40-series looks great, but can be harsh over bumps or potholes when compared to a 55 or 60. In general, a lower profile tire also exposes the wheel to damage more easily. Lower profile tires also have stiffer sidewalls, which improves handling but increases rides harshness. It’s all about compromise and there’s no such thing as a free lunch. If you do any off roding at all then make sure you stay away from low profile tires. When going over rough terrain you want more sidewall in between the ground and your trucks rims. Otherwise, a dented wheel will be the result.

Most on line stores have the proper size index from where you can input your vehicle information. After feeding this info, a corresponding truck tire’s specs will be given to you based on the different brands available. You can then make your comparison.

While some truck tires are lower quality than others, there are so many good ones out there that you will usually have several possibilities from which to choose. We’ve discovered here that it’s best to be straightforward with what you really need and factor it in with that ever-present budget consideration. Then you will have the ability to keep your truck well grounded.


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Post by Dave C on Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:21 am

Nice write up .....cheers rislar Laughing
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Post by Rislar on Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:22 am

Well i like to help out now and again Shocked grin

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Post by douggie on Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:49 pm

Great post. i'm guessing a pretty standard road biased tire will do me. Only off roading i will be doing is to gain access to sites and this will be at low speeds, not going to try and be colin mcray on my way to work. Just need a tire that can handle wet and icy roads and muddy site access without getting stuck.

Is unsuitble/ poor quality tires something you often see when buying a used truck, or do most people tend to leave them alone and stick with a factory standard?
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Post by jpmc on Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:04 pm

Most people either stick with the oem spec tyres or fit higher grade. It's not to often you see poor quality unless it's at a dealer who's had to fit them after trading the vehicle and doesn't what to loose any margin.
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Post by Rislar on Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:24 pm

^^^^^^^^^^ I agree^^^^^^^^^^

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