My knowledge on the subject of off Road tires is somewhat lacking– I could really use some advise/info please… I’ve been researching new tires for my 2002 Chevy Z71 4×4 truck. I’ve found 2 that I like & think will work for my needs. But I want to make sure those with more experience than I, think so too. Or might have something else to recommend? The two that I’m looking at are the–
1)Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac™ 112Q
2)Kumho Road Venture MT (KL71)
-*Both in 265 75 R16
Please feel free to suggest another brand if you think it would more suitable to my needs.
I definitely need a good all terrain tire. While most of my drive time is spent on normal street use. A lot of time is spent on rocky dirt roads, hauling horse trailers & other Ranching type tasks that can be hard on a truck/tires. My home is the mountains at 6800ft. So I need something decent in snow and on steep icy roads too. A reasonable price is a big factor as well.
Ideally I would love to go up in size and more aggressive looking tread. And get away from the "wimpier look", but I just cant justify the raise in cost to that of my needs (grrr) lol. Is it correct that the more aggressive the tread the faster the tire will wear out. Will the two that I’ve mentioned be greatly affected by that?
I apologize for asking soo many questions… But I have a few more (sigh).. I’ve been told more than once that when you go to a larger tire than standard recommended or put any sort of a lift on. You start messing with the "whole" truck. Like different stress points on the suspension, the computer’s and speedometer have to be reset, poorer gas mileage, etc. I understand and can see the logic in how that happens. But what I don’t understand is. If its such a potentially harmful process to a vehicle. WHY do I see so many lifted trucks with big tires on them then! Just how much, is the degree of harm say going up to a 285 or 305 size tire really going to do?? Does it add a lot to the end cost of the getting new tires process? I will sincerely appreciate it if anyone can help me to get a better grasp on all of this.