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What tire is good for highway use with emphasis on comfort?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by gdiep, Mar 13, 2017.

  1. Mar 13, 2017 at 4:36 PM
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    gdiep

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    I realize that a lot of people here run aggressive tire/wheel setups. Our Tundra sees mostly highway and local roads as my wife's DD. We tow a 4500lb travel trailer 6 times a year with it also, but mostly go to state campgrounds so no off-road use.

    So I just want to replace the tires with all-season tires, 275/65/18, with emphasis on comfort and low noise. I have a set of snow tires for the winter already.

    What do you guys think about the General Grabber HTS60? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Mar 13, 2017 at 5:20 PM
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    No idea on the Generals but I highly recommend the Toyo Open Country H/T.
    I worked at a tire/suspension shop for a couple years before I enlisted and Toyo was by far our best performers.
    I had the H/T on my wife's old car and they were great. Nice and quiet.
     
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  3. Mar 13, 2017 at 5:30 PM
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    Could go with an A/T. I like the open country AT2's
     
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  4. Mar 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
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    Michelin LTX M/S Hands down!
     
  5. Mar 13, 2017 at 5:35 PM
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    Love my Michelin Defender LTX M/S on my highway pig. Second Tundra I've had them on. Quiet, great snow traction, handle good when I push it in the "twisties" :thumbsup:
     
  6. Mar 13, 2017 at 10:00 PM
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    Gonna agree with the others here. Wife's QX80 is strictly road use, and the Michelin Defenders are an awesome tire on it.
     
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    Indeed for the most part "road use" like 98% of the vehicles on here :thumbsup: great handling, super quiet long mileage tires!
     
  9. Mar 14, 2017 at 7:53 AM
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    I have the general grabbers. Plenty of traction, nice ride. No clue on how they will wear, as of yet.
     
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    Michelin LTX have worked for me. Maintained dirt roads are about as rough as it gets.
     
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  12. Mar 14, 2017 at 8:52 AM
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    Okay, looks like everyone is giving Michelin Defenders LTX the thumbs up. My neighbor put General Grabber HTs on his Suburban last year and loves them, that's why I asked if anyone had any experience with them.

    So here's a choice, I can get these mounted and balanced 275/65/18 size:

    Defenders - about $1100
    Grabbers - about $680

    Can add road hazard coverage separately, just trying to compare the basics for now.
     
  13. Mar 14, 2017 at 9:04 AM
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    I haven't purchased them yet - waiting until spring, but I'm also concerned with gas mileage. From what I've found the Bridgestone Dueler HT is a great tire for the highways... plus it's a low rolling resistance tire.

    I run Bridgestone Ecopias on my Honda Crosstour and wife's Altima and I have absolutely no complaints.

    I think the Duelers will look great on my Texas TSS wheels that have been in the garage since last summer too.
     
  14. Mar 14, 2017 at 9:41 AM
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    I didnt care for the duelers that came on my previous pickup. They felt too soft in the sidewalls and they started to weather check in the treads after roughly 2 years.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. As I read through - I'm seeing more comments like this. I may have to change my thinking a bit.
     
  16. Mar 14, 2017 at 9:51 AM
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    The Duelers that were OEM on my tundra were quiet, but otherwise unexceptional. And with 20k miles on them, they are down to 4/32nds. They are expensive too considering they are mediocre and don't last.
     
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    I had those on one of my Tundras. For me, they sucked big time. Sucked in the wet, sucked in the snow... They were quiet on nice dry highways though.
     
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    Michelin LTX M/S is damn good indeed and the Defender promises to be better. Currently I run with the LTX M/S - rather quiet. traction all year round, excellent stopping power in bad traffic and good for the fuel economy - and when these finally (if ever) give up I will go with the Defender, it is a better tire. Worth every penny. Originating in Hamilton Ontario, I drive my truck rather hard most of the time primarily, but not limited to, all the major highways and many of the byways with emphasis on the 401 between London to the West and Peterborough to the east in Ontario through all weather conditions, zero complaints.
     
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    Thanks for the info... I'm reconsidering
     
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    My local tire store said they could not sell road hazard on a tire on a vehicle with 4 wheel drive. Is this others experience or do I need to find another tire store?
     
  21. Mar 15, 2017 at 7:09 AM
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    You need to pick another tires store man.
     
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    In Central New York, there's a chain called Dunn Tire. They are really good. Back 8 years ago, my wife took the van in to get 4 new tires. They did not have the ones I told her to get. They recommended a different set. We did not like the way they rode and called the shop back up. They told us to continue driving on them while they order the ones we wanted. When they came in, the tires were swapped and we were only charged what we would have paid for the tires we wanted. They did not give us any hassles, no extra mounting costs or fees or anything.
     
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    You get what you pay for. You may not have any complaints till you hit 30,000 miles but you will regret saving the money.
    A friend of mine made this choice and is sitting at 35,000 miles living with noisy tires.
     
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    Exactly why I am asking if anyone has experience with these tires.
     
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    I have never ever heard this. I would shop another tire store.
    My local Dicount tire store is awesome.
     
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    will the 265 70 r18 fit on a trd off road rims?
     
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    Not sure. I would assume yes.
     
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    I know that this is an older post, but when I was looking to replace tires for a third time on my 13 Tundra, this was one of the posts that helped me out. I bought my truck new and came with Michelin tires, which only lasted 25K miles (garbage IMO). Like the original owner of this post, I do 99% highway driving but in New England. Frustrated with the original tires I went and bought Bridgestone Duelers for an arm and a leg (I was told these were on the higher end of the scope). Anyway, long story short those Duelers lasted 50K miles but I hated the comfort level and the vibrations. So, in doing a lot of research, I finally decided to get the Sumitomo Encounter HT tires. I was very skeptical at first because there isn't much information out there about them, or people using them, and the big name stores push for their "best sellers" like Michelin, Bridgestone, BFG, etc. so it was tough to find good feedback. However, everything I was able to find was good and I got them for about $169 each. I also had to replace my original wheels because they were corroded to the point that last year they were leaking. So I ended up getting a wheel and tire package of Fuel Beast Wheels and Sumitomo Encounter HT; I did have to go from 255/55R18 to 265/55R18 (pictures below).

     
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    Those look really good.

    I have the Mastercraft Courser HSX and I really like them. They are made by Cooper, great looking and no wobbles etc.

    They are normally found at Town Fair
     

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