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Old 01-04-2013, 05:15 AM
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Time to break down and buy new skins for the 97. Suggestions would be helpfull.This will be the first winter (MI) that I'll drive it every day to work (30 miles rt) I don't drive it much in the summer other than pulling a camper trailer a few weekends. I'm not an off roader and looking for the best gas mileage. Thanks.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:03 AM
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I put a set of Cooper Discoverer AT3s on mine, and I'm very impressed with them. They did great in a 6" snowfall we had back in october, and just yesterday I had to take some logs to the mill and ended up in some fairly deep mud, with a trailer hooked up. They handled that well, too. But most of my mileage is done on the highway, and they ride smooth and quiet. I like them a lot. I got the set for $800 (there was a $75 mail in rebate, too). That's for 285/75/16 10 ply.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:17 AM
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Cooper definately has things figured out as far as ride. I have the new ATP's on mine 10 ply that ride better than my last set of 8 ply. 285-75-16 here also, seem to be good in the snow
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:15 AM
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I just put some dura-tracks on mine. Bridgestone I think. Super sticky. I havnt had to chain up while plowing once this winter. Mileage didn't seem to be effected changing from yokohamas geolanders. Not as smooth tho.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:24 AM
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The only tires we put on our work truck are Firestone Transforce AT. Our truck weighs in at 9000lbs. (according to the scrapyard scale) and we probably get 60-70k miles out of them. In the winter, we never have to use 4x4 and they go through mud fairly well and snow no problems what so ever. We keep stock tire size also.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:25 AM
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I love my nitto terra grapplers, will find out how they do in snow this year tho, but these or Toyo open country's I like too, but my tires are 305/55/20
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my vote has to go to Goodyear duratracks for traction and appearance, guys are getting around 50k out of them. for a more AT tire the new Toyo Open County AT II has been getting great reviews. i have nitto terra grapples on my truck and for an AT tire it does well.. in snow i think it has a little to be desired but still does great! does good in rain and not loud at all. usually get around 50k out of them too

EDIT... open country II

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Old 01-04-2013, 02:26 PM
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my vote has to go to Goodyear duratracks for traction and appearance, guys are getting around 50k out of them. for a more AT tire the new Toyo Open County AT III has been getting great reviews. i have nitto terra grapples on my truck and for an AT tire it does well.. in snow i think it has a little to be desired but still does great! does good in rain and not loud at all. usually get around 50k out of them too
frank it's only the AT 2 so far. maybe in a few year they will have the 3. I am running the Toyo Open Countrys. so far they have been great. I too am running 285/75 - 16s, slightly bigger than stock. if you want milage you should go with a highway terrain style tire. We run alot of firestone transforces and they are good tires as well

this is the transforce we run on alot of trucks

207602 LT265/75R16 Firestone Transforce HT tires TireTeam.com

my truck with the Open Countrys



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Old 01-04-2013, 06:22 PM
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I used to plow with a 2wd mason dump. It would CONSTANTLY get stuck on a level parking lot. Convinced the boss to buy new tires. Got a set of Cooper ST on the back. It was UNBELIEVABLE. I could go up my 14% grade, switchback driveway w a 9' blade hanging off the front in 10" of snow and no added weight in the back. That sold me on those tires. Worked perfect
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:04 PM
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I'm not sure how your truck sits, if its 4x4, or what but I have Kelly safari TSR's on my truck... they are 315/70/ on 17 inch rims.... I absolutely love them so far. Very quiet on the asphalt and good grip off road... I think they look great too.
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