What you need to know when buying truck tires  

What you need to know when buying truck tires

So you're looking for replacement tires - and you want to know what the best tires are for your truck, and where to get them at the right price. Prices online are certainly cheaper than going to your local dealer, but you have to know a few things to take advantage of the potential savings. The first thing we need to do is determine what Type of tire you need. Here's a look at the most common types: All Season, All Terrain, Off Roading and Winter.

All Season - Every Tire dealer you visit has so many options for you, listening to their sales guy can give you a headache. You want the best value, and great grip that will last you a long time. Some of the best tires worth a look with prices from TireRack.com at the size 245/75-16:

94 Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S $82
93 Michelin LTX M/S $158
93 Firestone Destination LE $84
93 Michelin Cross Terrain SUV $145

All Terrain - Both on and Off road tires - There are lots of "All Terrain" tires out there, so which is best for you? It should depend on your budget, and how much off roading you do. If you spend most of your driving time on the highway, then you need quiet & comfortable tires more than you need kick butt grip in the mud. Luckily, some companies who made mud kickin' tires did some computer design work to make them a lot quieter. Some of the tires who give you the best of both worlds are: Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo, Michelin 4x4 XPC, Firestone Destination A/T and the popular BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO. Goodyear has also taken a stab at the quiet AT market with their Wrangler SilentArmor, which finally gives wrangler die hards an option over the usually noisy Wrangler line.

Off Roading - If you're a serious off roader, then you need maximum traction tires. Finding these tires at your local dealer maybe a pain in the neck. The most popular off roading tire would likely be the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R (Maximum Traction/ Reinforced). I think we've all seen a lot of trucks sporting the aggressive treads of these MT's, and most owners really like them. Others to consider are BFGoodrich’s Mud-Terrain T/A, Bridgestone Dueler M/T, Firestone Destination M/T, Kumho Road Venture MT and Dunlop Radial Mud Rover.

Winter tires - For winter tires on trucks, all you need to do is look for the snow flake in the mountain symbol. To earn that symbol, you know you're tires have passed a series of snow & ice tests run by the Canadian Government. So all tires that have the logo have great traction, and have been well rated by our readers. Still the same names keep popping up for the "Top performers" for this class: Bridgestone Blizzaks, Bridgestone Winter Duelers, Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow and the Michelin 4x4 Alpin.

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When you order your truck tires from an online store they'll likely get shipped by the next day. Then you need to get them mounted and balanced at a local shop and away you go. You'll be amazed how much money and time you save when you shop for your light truck or 4x4 tires from a reliable online supplier. Don’t forget you can get online support and advice from knowledgeable customer service representatives and technicians.

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