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New pick up tires

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by Welder Dave, Aug 3, 2022.

  1. Welder Dave

    Welder Dave Senior Member

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    Nokian are supposed to be pretty good too but lots are made in Russia. Tire shop said only 1 customer has had a problem with this. I'm guessing a lot of customers don't question where their tires come from.
     
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    I rather have Russian tires than Chinese.

    My ko's are pretty close to 50% so we will see how they get along.
     
  3. Welder Dave

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    The Chinese don't have a good reputation and it's a little odd the Russian tires aren't banned like most other products from Russia. It could be there are a lot of tires in warehouses that have been there a year or more. I don't know how they'd even get tires out of Russia.
     
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    I find the BFGs wear fast if you don't rotate, and once they start uneven wear that's it. They are not real good in snow as well. They started putting Micheline on the work trucks as they seem to outlast anything. My personal vehicle, I went with goodyear duratracs. Every truck I have seen, even the ones that are completely worn out, are worn even. I don't put many miles on, maybe 5000km per season, I have winters mounted on rims, so might as well use them. One of the work trucks had them, and they were toast at 86000 kms, but they were all evenly worn.
     
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    Same experience here, except for the snow part.:p

    BFG's wear quickly if you don't religiously rotate them and then they do not wear evenly in the several sets I've owned. Believe it or not the Off-Road Parts branded Sumitomo 35's wear great. Had them on my last truck and I would buy another pair.

    New truck has Duratracs and they ride well without much sound and appear to wear evenly but I only have 5K miles on them about ready for their first rotate.
     
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    I remember the BFG tire recalls some years back that seriously affected a lot of people who had to sue for compensation on tires that failed causing accidents. The mess was bad enough in my eyes to swear of that brand forever.
     
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    That happened when Michelin took them over and changed the tire compound. It's been corrected and I still get 150,000ks out of them which makes them the cheapest tire.
     
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    BFG was sold to Michelin in 1988. The recall I'm talking about was in 2015. Here is a quote on the current relationship between from this web site.

    https://trucktirereviews.com/are-bfgoodrich-tires-made-by-michelin/
    So, are BFGoodrich tires made by Michelin? The answer is both yes and no. BFG is owned by Michelin, but a lot of their tires are produced separately, with independent engineering and design teams, here in the USA.

    If you have good luck with them, more power to you. I've had no problems with their OTR stuff but remember the acrimony of the court cases and denials of responsibility by Ford and BFG.
     
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    And Bridgestone owns Firestone.

    Remember back in the mid 70's the issues with the Firestone 500?

    Many of the tire models Les Schwab sells are made by Cooper. The Dean Tire is one.
     
  10. cfherrman

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    There is only something like 3 or 4 tire manufacturers in the world, so if you swear off one brand you would have to swear of about 1/3 of the available tires in the world.
     
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    I've been told 18" is a really bad size to buy for.
     
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    Haven't had any issues over the years. We have 3 pickups running 18's and one running 17's.
     
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    I have never had an issue buying 18".
     
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    Went thru 2 recalls on Firestone tires....NEVER again will I buy one.

    I've always ran a mud terrain tread on my plow truck. Sadly that type of tread pattern has been phased out. Not a clue wth I'm going to do...

    Ed
     
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    I was working a tire shop during the Firestone 500 debacle replacing them with the 721 series in 1978/79. I was running my shop during the 1990's Firestone upheaval resulting in the termination of the agreement of Firestone OEM tires installed onto new Ford vehicles.

    I've had the best luck with Cooper tires overall, but that's just my experience.
     
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    I've never ran chinese on my pickup but have them on my dump truck and both trailers and no issues at all. Also just saying chinese is pretty vague, there are so many brands. For example sailun has a really good reputation.
     
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    Same here, I run the Chinese tires on my dump truck. They seem fine to me, All my 17.5's are Chinese and no issues.
     
  19. Welder Dave

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    I think it depends on the brand but the Chinese seem to be a little more common in the larger truck sizes. Some people have good success with their off road tires for loaders and such. It's weird with pick up tires. There used to 15 and 16 inch now there is everything from 15 to 22 inches. It seems the size you need is never the least expensive size.
     
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    If you look at 17" sizes and prices v 18" sizes and prices that's what I'm referring too, seems you pay more for the same tire in 18"
     
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