Tuesday, September 15, 2009


I need to put some tires on my pickup. The rear tires have a little better than 40K miles on them, and they're getting a little threadbare. It's a Ford F150 and it's got 16 inch wheels, for the life of my I don't know why Ford went to 16 inch wheels on that truck. All my adult life, 15 inch tires worked just fine. But, the tires need to be replaced. I got in a little mud yesterday and put the truck sideways. While that's fun when you're playing around, it's not a lot of fun if you're not expecting it.

At any rate, I need to find some tires and that's one type of shopping that I absolutely abhor. This is Louisiana, and it's coming up on hunting season, so I'm thinking mud grips. (You Yankees call them snow tires.) I went to Wal-Mart this afternoon and they couldn't help me. I'm looking for something mildly aggressive that will let me go down dirt roads without sweating whether I'll come out. I got stuck on some wet grass a couple of weeks ago, and those street tires just don't cut it.

So, tomorrow I'll call around to the local tire places and see if they can fit the truck with some mud grips. I just called D&J Tire in Tioga and the guy said that he had some tires that would fit. Hankook Tires. Never heard of them. The guy told me that he's been selling them for the past three years and that they're good tires. Again, I never heard of them. I'll go look tomorrow.



Anonymous said...

heard nothing but good reports on them. have 4 on order through Ball Tire right now for my F250. not an aggressive mud grip but an off road/highway tire.

Rivrdog said...

If it's made in China, you'd better get them fast: the Obama gov't is slapping a 35% tariff on Chinese made tires as of 10 days from now (as a political payoff to the union, I assume).

Rich Jordan said...

tirerack.com carries them; even if you don't want to use them as a source, they have a lot of ratings and commentary available on the different brands

Anonymous said...

I always put AT/LT tires on my truck, you will get better traction then passenger tires and better gas mileage probably then with mud tires. I am glad I don't have to use 16 inch tires on mine.


Zdogk9 said...

See if you can talk 'em out of a couple of buckets of wheel weights while you're there.