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2 Bald + 1 Spare + 1 Slow Leak = Tire Upgrade Time!

Discussion in '2001-2005 Explorer Sport Trac' started by Pjibs, July 29, 2011.

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    1. Pjibs

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      Hey guys!

      Well I had a blow out on the highway yesterday and I believe it's finally time to get some new tires. :rolleyes: I think I have gotten every mile out of my tires cuz if you can tell by the title... There isn't much left holding my truck up hahah... welll...

      Alright so the Trac is stock in the sense of wheels and suspension. I am looking for a tire that will meet my needs of a daily driver, while also being allowed to hit the trails on the weekend and not be to concerned about something happening to them. I have Goodyear Wranglers RT/S on right now (255/70R/16), but I'm looking for something with a bit more "beef" I guess you could say. As of now I will not be lifting the Trac/getting wheels (Although I am dying for some MT Sidebitters :D) as I need to put my money towards college, but I need new tires haha. So If you were in my situation what would you do?

      I'm a bit confused as to what (255/70R/16) means, I get 16 is the wheel and one has to deal with the diameter? Help!

      I like the BRGoodrich, Cooper, and Goodyear tires, but I will take any suggestions on an upgraded tire!

      Thanks so much,
      J.B.
       
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    3. MidnightRebel07

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      This tool will help decifer the sidewall numbers/ letters...

      http://www.rimsntires.com/specs.jsp

      For your setup I would go with General Grabber AT2's, great all around tire for every type of driving. If I hadn't found the GoodYear DuraTrac's

      I would've gone with the Grabbers but my Trac is lifted and I needed a bit more bit.e, plus the price was just right at $146 a tire for 33x12.50x15's.

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      I'll look around and see what I can find as far as prices for you.
       
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      Thanks Rebel! That link is great.

      I was gunna duck into tirediscounters and talk to them about what I should look into. General Grabber AT2. Never heard of it! But I'll check it out.

      Thanks again, Keep em coming.
       
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      BF Goodrich All Terrain T/A KO Those look sick! Expensive though...
       
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      Also check Craig's List around the Cinnci area, I looked real quick at ranger/ jeep/ eplorer wheels and found a ton of awesome deals for wheels and tires cheaper then it would cost for just tires.
       
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      Yeah the Grabber AT2's are simliair to the BFG T/A K/O's but are siped and studdable for snow and ice , way beeter IMHO, I had the BFG's on mine and the traction on snow and ice sucked.
       
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      Duratracs any good fellas?
       
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      I really like them, pretty quiet for a mud/ snow tire on the highway and the traction is awesome. I primarily bought them because of the bad winters we get here in Pittsburgh, especially since 99.9% of Pittsburgh is all steep windy hills and mountains.
       
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      Alright so just got back from tirediscounters and the guy said he didn't think General made off-road tires anymore/he couldn't get those in store. So here are the prices I was given for a set of new tires...

      Goodyear Wrangler RT/s (Tires I've got now): $691+/-

      Then he gave me his top 3 best sellers for offroad tires...

      BFGoodrich All Terain KO RWL: $963+/-
      Herculera Terra Trac A/T: $703+/-
      Yokahama Geilander A/T-s: $679+/-


      What do you guys think?
       
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      Run as far away from that place as you can, if he thinks General doesn't make offroad tires anymore then he has "NO" clue what he's doing in the tire business, JMHO.

      The Wrangler's (you have already) are garbage from the factory, the BFG's are ok but harden and wear funny once they get about a year to two worth of wear on them.

      Check out Craigs List, lots of great deals on there for full sets of rims and tires cheaper then the prices you just quoted.

      Make sure you the posting here first to get info on the deal before going thru with it since you're not familair with wheels and tires.
       
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      i second the duratracs for a daily driver and amazing off road, and for me I needed a great winter tire and they do that too.
       
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      Indiana winters suck awful. Snow, snow, snow, then the top melts, then more snow. So you get layers of snow, then ice, then snow. Have a pic somewhere of the layers... hmmmm.
       
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      What kind of duratracs?
       
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      The tires that I have pictured above are GoodYear DuraTrac's.
       
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      Gotcha. Now because my tires are 255/70R/16, do I have any wiggle room for larger tires, but still keeping the same wheel(16) on a stock suspension?
       
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      thats the best thing about the duratracs is you can get them in stock size. i went from from stock to a 32 in this with only a torsion twist and minimal trimmer in the inner wheel wells.

      interscope,ya indy winters are rough,luckily my annual trip there happens early fall. GOOOOOOO IRISH
       
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      I had 265/70/16's on the stock wheels and stock height. Here's a picture of how it looked...

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      would you say 265/70/16 is the biggest i could do stock?
       
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      I think the largest I have been able to find for a 16x7 wheel is a 265/75/16 tire? Yes no?
       
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      On a 16" stock wheel, yes. Here's a link to a tire size calculator, you can see that tires sizes in inches. You may be able to get away with 275/70/16, I had enough room to get away with the 275's I think.

      http://www.rimsntires.com/specs.jsp
       
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      Use that tool and punch in 255/70/16, 265/70/16 and 275/70/16 and you'll see the size differences.
       
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      Goodyear Duratrac 265/75R/16. Boom Roasted. Bring on the Tires!
       
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      You could fit the 265/75/16's with a TT and lift shackles or a 3" body lift, you're not gonna fit those at stock height.

      Ask OffTrac (Hugh), he has this size on his right not.
       

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