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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-06-2010, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Winter Tire Suggestions

I have an 05 regular cab with the ZQ8 suspension, does anyone have any suggestions on winter tires? I just moved to the Poconos which means cold winters and I have to be to work by 7am. It's also my first time buying winter tires so any help will would be good.

Also, where can I research tires? I know I can look at the manufactures website but they don't offer true reviews, and I've looked at tirerack but they only carry 3 tires in my size (235/50/R17).

I'll also be putting weight in the bed, most likely 200-250 lbs which should help but I still need better traction.

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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 10-07-2010, 12:21 AM
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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

I've always had decent success with Bridgestone Winter force. Had them on all my S10's and stuff. Still spun the tires often, but snow tires can only do so much.



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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

Check out the "minus 2" option in Tirerack for your truck... (4) 15" steel wheels with the Winterforce tires... we ran them on our 03 Blazer Xtreme with great results.

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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

I had some Brigestone DMZ2 (now it is replace by DM-V1) and loved them, but they where 5 season old. I replaced them with Michelin Latitude X-ice.

The tire guy did offer me Firestone Winterforce, good compromize for the price.

Always choose your tire for your driving and winter condition (ice, slushe, snow, dry/wet pavement), a good tire place should be able to direct you to the best choice you can afford.

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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

Been running the Firestone Winterforce for the last three years with good success. The Hankook Winter I-Pikes also get good reviews. If you get a second set of rims through the classifieds here you don't have to dismount them in the spring. Found the tires cheaper than Tire Rack at a place called Tires Easy (http://www.tires-easy.com).

I would put serious thought into getting the 15" rims like the previous poster suggested. Narrower tires are better in the snow than wide tires.

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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

Thanks for all the replies, I'll take into consideration all that was said!!! Not sure i'll go the 15" rim route cause I'm thinking about getting a rim and tire combo for summer and don't want 3 sets of wheels.

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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

My '05 ZQ8 also came with 235/50/17 tires. When I replaced the OEM Continentals, I went with 235/55/17 Goodyear Triple Tred. They have worked well through the last three Iowa winters and probably have one more left in them. but I may change them out just to be safe.

The slightly higher sidewall makes for a noticeably more confortable ride, and only throws off the speedometer by a couple mile per hour.

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I had a set of BFG llong trail TA's for the last several years and they were dangerous on even "light" wintery roads.
That being said, I have had a set of Winterforce tires installed for a couple of weeks. I done the research and for the price these tires cannot be beat. I looked around my area the tire would need ordered and be more expensive than on line.

I looked at Tirerack and with shipping I was just over $400. Wound up buying the tires at http://www.tirebuyer.com for like $340 /w free shipping that were dropped of in 3 working days. Took them to Wal Mart and had them mount / balanced / threw away my old tires for about $60. All in all I have a set of dedicated winter tires (that rate very well) for about $400. Thats tough to beat.

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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

I bought four Firestone WinterForce tires last year, definately would recommend them.





Of course I have a 4x4, but I didn't always need it in 4 wheel drive. I have always put 4 snows/winters on my vehicles, the 2 wheel drives still handle a lot better.

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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

I went last winter with just the all-seasons that came on the truck... had no problems. Going to attempt the same thing this year too. I plan on putting my bags of traction sand and reg sand in the truck just before the first snowfall.

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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

I'll go ahead and say NOT BFG's K/Os....these things suck unless I air them down significantly.

I can't wait for it to be time to replace them....downside is either they wear really well or I'm just not driving the truck much anymore, so I'll likely be stuck with them until I buy new wheels


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I bought four Firestone WinterForce tires last year, definately would recommend them.





Of course I have a 4x4, but I didn't always need it in 4 wheel drive. I have always put 4 snows/winters on my vehicles, the 2 wheel drives still handle a lot better.
Did you run the tires this past summer? What kind of wear are you seeing?

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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

I rotate my tires off in the spring. I have a set of chrome OEM rims for summer ( still waiting for the Generals to wear down), and the original set of aluminums that I had the winter tires mounted on. So, they should last a long time. I had winters on my old truck, six years and they were still good when I sold them.




If you have the floor jack its easy to change your wheels.

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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

Enforcer.. .looks like I may get a set in 235/75-15 for the Z-85 next Friday. A local shop has the Winterforce 15% off thru the end of the month... mounted & balanced is a few dollars less than tirerack's price.

My BFG A/Ts still all have just over 6/32" left... they would be fine for snow... but the local weather forcast is for a warmer & wetter season than usual.

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Re: Winter Tire Suggestions

I run cooper discoverer M+S in the winters. Studable too. Really good traction I've been getting with them. The wear looks really good so far!

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I run Bridgestone Duellers been great. real nice tread
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I have Goodyear Nordic for the winter. Other truck has Toyo OpenCountry winter tires.
We've had really good luck with both

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Check this out... I ordered my tires on the local tire shop's website on Monday... order was confirmed by email, appointment requested was confirmed by email, but about 30 minutes later they phone to say that the tire is not in warehouse. There are 4 at another store in northern IN... they can be on a route truck on Thurs...& mounted on Fri as scheduled. Today they phone again... tires did not get on the truck... but they will still honor the 15% off sale price for the month of October if the tires come in next week. I declined.

At lunch break, I ordered the same tires from Tirerack in northern IN... they went out UPS at 3pm. I can get them mounted at the local Rural King at a total cost of $21 less than the local tire store.

Update: when I got home this evening... my new Winterforces from Tirerack are waiting on my deck... one day to deliver. I will get them mounted next weekend.


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[quote="Custodian"].. .looks like I may get a set in 235/75-15 for the Z-85 next Friday. A local shop has the Winterforce 15% off thru the end of the month... mounted & balanced is a few dollars less than tirerack's price.[
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The Winterforce were 178 canadian dollars last year at a GM dealer, this year they are advertised at 179 dollars CDN. I bought mine for 148 CDN last year at a local tire shop and got the return customer discount. I think the American prices are cheaper, its getting the damn things delivered thats aggravating.

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One thing I noted was the increase in shipping costs... in 2003 Fedex to my home from S Bend, IN was $40 for a set of 4... this morning UPS was $60 for the same order. But, Tirerack's prices are 60% of a retail tire shop... & they actually stock the tires for delivery when you want them.

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