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Old 07-17-2010, 09:37 PM
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Researching Tires..need advice

07 F-150 KR..I'm looking for tires to replace my Pirelli Scorpions 275/55/20 tires. Price and tire ware are my main concern. I have 42k on these tires and figure they will go to 50/55k. They started at 13/32 and now have 5/32. I rotate and balance every 5k and carry 40# of air pressure. I love the Pirelli's for bite but they tend to "walk" at highway speeds.

I am also going to replace the valve stems to metal ones..can someone tell me the hole size on the 20" rims... thanks.
Will these work..

patchboy: Nickel Plated Straight Tire Valve for Ford Trucks Outer Aluminum Wheel, 1.50" long, w/.453" rim hole
or would the 2" ones work better??

patchboy: TR# 416LONG, 2" Long Metal Tire Valve., for .453" or .625" rim hole

I found 2 tires in my price range with good ware numbers..don't want a tire that will talk or walk..

1)BFGoodrich..

BFGoodrich Long Trail T/A Tour

2) Bridgestone..

Bridgestone Dueler H/L Alenza

I don't do any off roading..all blacktop. Thanks a million. Joe
 
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:45 AM
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I personally would prefer the Bridgestone Deulers, I've used both tires and have gotten better traction, and mileage out of the Duelers. I've never used aluminum valve stems, mine have either been rubber or steel. I'm sure they will work way better then rubber, not sure on the hole I just tell the guys that change my tires what I want for stems. Another tire I've gotten mega miles out of besides the deuler and they are cheaper are the Yokohama Geolanders. Hope this helps.
 
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Ciggy,

The absolute best way to research for tires is to go to Tire Rack - Your performance experts for tires and wheels. You may or may not want to actually buy from them, it's not a big deal either way. Tire warranties are easier to manage when you buy them in person from a local shop.

TR will give reviews, prices, specs and the whole nine yards right from the comfort of your home.
 
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I'd go with the BFG based on three things,

UTQG Traction rating A vs B
price $14 less per tire
speed rating T vs S

The UTQG treadwear rating of 700 for the Bridgestone vs 580 (still very high) for the BFG is a tradeoff I would make. I would not drive enough miles in 4-5 years to wear out the tread before the sidewalls start to crack anyway.

Jim

PS, an 07 doesnt have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System? That would preclude using replacement valve stems?
 
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I'm leaning toward the Bridgestones..I was wondering if anybody had experience with them..will they "drift"..'talk to you"..."sing to you at freeway speeds"...I like to find out the good, bad and ugly.

The KR has the TPMS system built in the tires. Can I still use metal valves ??

The Pirelli tires will "drift" at highway speeds but they are quite. Maybe it's the size of the tires that makes them "drift"..

I'm retired now and won't put a lot of miles on the truck so I just might put on another set of Pirelli's and live with them. It's not real bad now now that I'm use to them.

Thanks guys..
 
 
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