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#569608 - 11/06/17 01:51 PM Re: Tire dilemma for truck. [Re: Silverbullet]  
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I think we are talking about the same company. In San Diego, they are called Discount Tire, but in Los Angeles area and others, the name is America's Tire. Here is a company history link. Note the mention of both names.

http://www.atcorporate.com/?About/8


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#569610 - 11/06/17 10:27 PM Re: Tire dilemma for truck. [Re: Silverbullet]  
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My F350 came with Firestone tires that I was happy with, so I replaced them with the same tires. The next time I needed tires, I was no longer towing a heavy trailer, so I went with a more aggressive tread pattern for better traction in snow, but stuck with Firestones. After 20 years and 150K miles, I am now halfway through the third set and quite happy with the life and performance. Four tires mounted and balanced out the door was $760, so I am happy with the cost per mile as well.



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#569636 - 11/09/17 01:58 PM Re: Tire dilemma for truck. [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Put Bridgestones on my truck & wife suv. So far been very happy.


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#569655 - 11/10/17 10:33 PM Re: Tire dilemma for truck. [Re: Silverbullet]  
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back to the original question---

for pretty much the same money, get these, and never pay to have it done again! wink

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#569659 - 11/11/17 04:47 PM Re: Tire dilemma for truck. [Re: Silverbullet]  
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How hard would it be to use one of those??


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#569660 - 11/11/17 07:06 PM Re: Tire dilemma for truck. [Re: Silverbullet]  
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These are basically what gas stations used in the 60's-- With this one, the tube in front connected to the arms, that's the moving half of the bead breaker, welded to the leg below is the stationary breaker, it pushes up the tire from the bottom and holds the tire still once you insert the bar for some leverage and push down- pop goes the bead...

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--once both beads are broke, place the tire on top, lock it down and use the bar to pry the tire bead over the rim, then walk the bar around the upright pole to get the first half of the tire off the rim, then repeat for the bottom half. Reverse the procedure to re-mount the tire. The HARD part with these is getting the tires to air up. Usually takes a helper. Old tires are usually no problem, you hand-seat the bottom bead, then pull up the tire to get it against the rim while your helper adds air. New tires are pretty stiff and not too forgiving. An 'air belt' helps, it wraps around the middle of the tire, you add air, it gets bigger and squashes inward against the tread which presses the sidewalls outward. Or you can use the starting-fluid-and-a-match method wink In 1975 I was working for Budget Rent-a-car, and I did the snow tire swap on 26 cars with a manual tire changer. It was basically the same as this one except the bead breakers worked with the tire mounted to the changer. Once you get used to the procedure, you can off and on a tire in about 2 minutes. I have one of these changers and the balancer, got 'em for xmas last year, but haven't had a chance to use them yet smile

#569679 - 11/17/17 11:17 PM Re: Tire dilemma for truck. [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Some good thoughts put there. Thanks for sharing. GFC, glad you saw that and was able to get it fixed.

Haven't decided what to do yet. I'll give it more thought now. I have studded tires for the winter and the tread is still good. I do like the idea of selling the ones off the suburban and putting the truck tires on the suburban. Kind of a blend.

Not worth it to mount my own as they still need to be balanced and today's balancers can do it multi dimensionally.


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#569681 - Yesterday at 11:36 AM Re: Tire dilemma for truck. [Re: Silverbullet]  
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This thread jinxed me on my Half ton.
I've been driving the Volvo my son wrecked as my daily driver airport car, with the Half Ton sitting in the garage while I decide how to proceed with her restoration.
Drove it the other day and she felt "squirrely". Sure enough Left Rear tire was low, and I found a nail in the middle of the of the tread area. Since the tires are 11 years old Costco won't fix them any more, and looking close there is some sidewall cracking.
Since I want to change the wheels out with the restoration, I'm now searching for what I want so I can replace the wheels and Tires at the same time.
Thanks for Lighting a fire and making me actually start looking seriously, before I was really ready to. ouch


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#569682 - Yesterday at 01:17 PM Re: Tire dilemma for truck. [Re: Silverbullet]  
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Sorry that we jinxed you. I would probably get a plug to put in the tire for the short term until you find what you are looking for in the way of wheels and tires.


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