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Old 01-24-2011, 11:40 PM
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Talking Tires for F-450 19.5s

I currently have the Continental HSR/HDR combo that came with my truck. I have never really been happy with them and would like to try something else. I live in the northeast and need a tire with decent snow traction for the winter months. One of the tires I am considering is the Michelin XDS2. Has anyone had any experience with these or have another tire they would recommend?
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:35 AM
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Have you checked on Tire Rack? They have reviews and ratings on tires? I am glad you asked this question because I just got My 08 F450 and was wondering about tires myself when it comes time to replace them, I have the same stock tires on it now.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:57 AM
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Tire Rack only lists the Continentals on their website for the correct size/spec for the 450. To no surprise, they are rated very poorly.

This website shows a number of options for our trucks Rickson Wheel Manufacturing
I've read some posts online of people using the Michelins on their RVs and being very happy with them. I am curious what people with our trucks have been running and what they prefer.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:57 AM
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Michelin's are hands down the best riding tire you can purchase. They also produce the least amount of road noise in my OP. The only bad thing about some of the is the wear, they are a softer tire, the reason for the better ride, but in turn normally wear a little faster.

We just bought a set of Brigestone Duller Alenza's for my wife's highlander over the Michelin's. Only reason being the Bridgestone had a 65k warranty and we $35/tire cheaper. If not for the 65k warranty, I would have bought the Michelin's.

Also, find the best price on whatever tire you want on-line, then head to your local Discount Tire with that price and don't budge. You can normally get them to do the install for the same price you can purchase the tires for online if you play your cards right.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:23 PM
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It is definitely looking like the Michelins are the way to go. I guess my last question is if it would be ok to run the XDS2 on both front and rear axels.

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Old 01-25-2011, 07:29 PM
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when I get my 19.5's thats the ones I will be using front and rear if thats any help lol
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If you want something a little more aggressive, Check out the Toyo 608. I put 245s on my 04 f-450 dump. I was tired of getting stuck on wet grass. They are great tires. They drive smooth, but they are a little noisy compared to the stock street slicks it had. They also had a little bit of wander for a few hundred miles. The traction is the best I have seen out of a 19.5 tire. The truck pushes snow as good as some of my much bigger trucks.
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:35 PM
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If you want something a little more aggressive, Check out the Toyo 608. I put 245s on my 04 f-450 dump. I was tired of getting stuck on wet grass. They are great tires. They drive smooth, but they are a little noisy compared to the stock street slicks it had. They also had a little bit of wander for a few hundred miles. The traction is the best I have seen out of a 19.5 tire. The truck pushes snow as good as some of my much bigger trucks.

Are you running them on the front axel as well?
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buddy of mine has those michelins on his 350 front and rear, he seems to like them
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Are you running them on the front axel as well?
Yes but the truck does not see a lot of highway use
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