Choosing the Wrong Tire Is Easier Than You Think

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There's a pretty good hole in the product testing world when it comes to pickup truck tires. To help consumers, did a video that compares four mainstream, relatively inexpensive tires.

We completely understand that pickup trucks do many jobs at work and home, but we're guessing that the core of the pickup owners gets off the pavement and into mud a little more often than TireRack statistics suggest. Regardless, if you happen to be in the market for a tire upgrade or want to see how name-brand tires that straddle off-road and on-road duties compare to one another, the video below does a nice job of highlighting several key factors to consider when thinking about the four most important corners of your pickup.

Without any expressed tire or brand preference on our end, this video is worth the time.

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All terrain tires are a great choice for full size pickups as long as we're willing to admit they suck on the highway.

A responsible guy would self impose a 55 mph speed limit on himself if riding on AT rubber. Big old commercial-grade heavy tires (10 ply) are ditto. Not great in the fast lane.

OEM highway tires outperform the above in rain, at speed and for FE. They are useless off road, although for years Papajim did all his off-roading and playing in the woods on whatever tires happened to be on the truck.

He said he learned the hard way about driving too fast with the AT tires.

He can't drive over 55.

He said he learned the hard way about driving too fast with the AT tires.
Posted by: papajim | Oct 29, 2018 7:54:18 AM

Let me tell you something, Sammy Haggar.

It's not the AT tire.

papajim bought the wrong truck and drives too slow.

Drum brakes are not your friend.

It is surprising there are some manufacturers who still don't offer four wheel disc brakes and owners who drive them.

Remember Apollo 13 is watching.

They should have tested the same tires on all 3 of the top truck manufactures, not just the Ford.

Since truthfully the VAST majority of 4x4s never or almost never leave an improved surface for their entire lives, for MOST truck owners, MOST of the time a "mild" AT tire makes TREMENDOUS sense. For those with ego issues regarding a "mild" AT (the largest segment) and those who actually do spend a lot of time off road (the smallest segment) "mild" AT just wont be happening or cut it.

For those desperate to argue otherwise... Off road packages make up a very small (but lucrative, exciting, appealing, marketing bonanza) percentage of overall 4x4 sales and the standard 4x4 doesn't even include skid plates anymore. Many of the trucks sold even with off road packages still never or almost never move off of an unimproved surface in their lifetime either.

My former pickup lost 2 miles per gallon by switching from factory tires to more aggressive tire, plus the road noise increased. They did really well off road and Donner Summit snow storms. Plus the AT would throw up more sand and rocks. Nails always get kicked up from the front tires and then you can get a flat on the rear. I dislike flat tires!

I agree with the results on the Coopers, I have had them on 3 trucks. same results.

My Duratracs on my ZR2 rides pretty smooth up to 85mph(have not gone any faster,) but like any tire the more they wear the noisier they get.

A co-woker just bought a $58K fullsize 4wd crew cab, she said, always wanted a truck. Traded in her Ford Fusion for may never see snow....

The best tire hands down is the Good year wrangler silent armor or the All-Terrain Adventure With Kevlar i have driven on the highway off road through sharp rocks and the tire has performed flawlessly i will only by these tires. They ride good also!

GM's franchise pickup truck is the most disappointing "all-new" vehicle I've driven this year. Aside from the utter face-plant of its styling, this Silverado reeks of cost-cutting and profit-padding “


this is a story about "choosing the correct tire"

Please share your impressions of the story OR please tell us why you'd think we're interested in the opinion of a writer who admits that he doesn't own a truck.

You have no authority to tell others what to post or what not to post. Hypercrite


Remember whom you’re talking with. He’s the clown that rants about Ford Stick price, Ford CEO, Ford BoD in articles that have no relation to any of the 3.

* stock prices *

That what you meant, right?

Not stick prices.

And yes, I know all about PapaJoke and his off topic posts.

Drum brakes are not your friend.

It is surprising there are some manufacturers who still don't offer four wheel disc brakes and owners who drive them.
Posted by: Apollo 13 | Oct

Youre clueless moron APEboyo

The drum rear brakes have an advantage of not rusting as easy as discs
And they stop the truck perfectly well too

mine lasted good 7 years before needing replacement..

Best tires for mileage and longevity are MICHELINs and Good Years

I've been thinking about getting the continental AT tires next time I need tires. I've scene nothing but good reviews about them. I usually run highway tires but I'd like something just a little more aggressive this time around.

I think I prefer the Bridgestone Revo2 over the Revo3 and I was always pleased how the Revo2 performed for me. I'm not sure the Revo3 is as good.


For farm use we just get the cheap Goodyear Wrangler SRA highway tires and they get us anywhere, including driving in the mud every day all summer, and gravel and snow at other times. The all terrain tires are overpriced, and we can get two sets of regular highway tires for the price of most of the all terrains.

Goodyear Wrangler SRA's are garbage on wet roads. Pretty much a safety hazard on wet roads after 10,000 miles.

re: Goodyear Wranglers in the rain.

Sorry Jim but driving on wet roads is a discussion of the driver, not the tire.

Without the driver having the good sense to properly adjust tempo and skill to the task of keeping things pointed straight, all tires are helpless to make a difference .


My truck is my daily from grocery mom to scrap runs. Tires I bought it with Kumho are getting bald. Waiting on some new Dwindows to buy new tires. Was thinking about getting M/Ts but it spends 99% of the time on pavement. I would like more traction offroad but it's wasting money. The mud truck on the other hand gets 110% 33 inch cut boggers

@papajim, I do agree the driver has everything to do with physicaly driving a vechicle but as we can see just from the test above tires can handle completely different given the same driver and imputs. I am more confident driving on a set of Michelin Defender tires then on a set of Goodyear Wrangler SRA's because I have the experience to know how each handles wet pavement and I can say without a doubt that the SRA's are one of the cheapest tires for a reason.

My Duratracs on my ZR2 rides pretty smooth up to 85mph(have not gone any faster,) but like any tire the more they wear the noisier they get.

Posted by: Dave | Oct 29, 2018 10:50:34 AM

Make sure you rotate those Duratracs often. I would rotate them every 8k miles at the latest.

greetings. for many years I used Dunlops....I decent tire with lower price. These days, I only use Michelin. Period. I got my news 2014 Ram and sold off the OEM Goodyears, and got the Michelin LTX m2. They are superb. They are excellent on wet pavement, and won snow traction contest in different publications/tests. Of course, they can't compare with Blizzaks and the like on snow, but still, they are excellent tire, and have long life as well. Yes, more expensive, but I'm willing to eat it for the performance. Cheers!

These Continental tiresare the tires I was thinking of buying to replace my OEM Good Year Fortitude HTs on my 2018 F-150.

I am gonna put 255/75 17s on in place of 275/65 18s. The 65s are just too rough.

The only negative I see about the Continental tires in this test, online tire rack shows their gas mileage results. The Coopers squeaked out like .2 more miles.

But then again, after looking at the dimensions that they say the Coopers are, in some cases the size I was looking for, the Cooper says 32" tire. The Continental says 32.1". If this is true, the Coop would think the mileage is better, while the shorter tire goes slightly less distance.

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