Re: Goodyear Wrangler AT/D2 on Ranger 4x2?
Snip: And I am fascinated by the debate over who knows best about tire
inflation. Why would you go with the vehicle manufacturer, rather than
the tire manufacturer? I would think you should go with the tire guys,
as they should better know the capabilities of the tire. The vehicle
guys might be going for a soft ride and a docile customer? I don't
understand the other point of view. Yet.
One thing that comes to mind is tire manufacturers know their tires weight capacity and traction, but don't know what vehicle the tire is going on.
I personally suggest the vehicle manufacturer as a starting point only, the best way to determine proper inflation is trial and error using the "chalk across the tread method", which has been literally beaten to death in this group.
Once proper inflation is found, keep it constant, keep the tires rotated and balanced, and maintain the alignment, and tires will last as long as they can, dependent upon manufacturer compounds and customer usage.
Just my .02
"Rowbotth" <email@example.com> wrote in message news:rowbotth-C42232.firstname.lastname@example.org...
> In article <pan.2005.10.06.10.46.24.553186@sled351>,
> David M <NOSPAM@nospam.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, 05 Oct 2005 19:21:31 -0700, phaeton rearranged some electrons to
>> > Hello..
>> > Just put a set of Goodyear Wrangler AT/D2s on my 1999 Ranger 4x2... I
>> > got nearly 100K out of those factory Firestones. w00t! I went for the
>> > same size of 225/75/15. I chose the Wrangler AT/D2s because they
>> > looked aggressive, and the tread suggests they'll do well in the snow
>> > come winter.
>> > Anyone have any of these? I sort of wonder if maybe the truck isn't
>> > heavy enough for them, or something. They're a little on the
>> > 'squirrely' side. If i were to 'weave' back and forth a little bit
>> > (not unlike the NASCAR guys heating up their tires) it feels like the
>> > tail end of my truck is just swaying all over the place- on dry, level
>> > pavement it's the same 'floating' feeling as driving on a washboarded
>> > road, but without the vibration... I haven't checked the air pressure
>> > yet (I'll have to wait until it's light out again), but they *look*
>> > about right.
>> > Goodyear.com doesn't even list Wrangler AT/D2s on their website. I had
>> > seen "Goodyear Wrangler" before on small trucks and Jeeps, but didn't
>> > realize (until now) that they have a bajillion tires and they're all
>> > named "Wrangler".
>> > Thanks for any suggestions or stories.
>> I don't like Goodyear Wranglers. My truck came with a set of them.
>> They don't last very long (40k miles)
>> They wear unevenly & cup, and cause the truck to ride badly
>> I bought a set of Michelin LTX's for it, yeah their more expensive
>> but they ride and wear very well. I've got nearly 50k
>> miles on them and the tread still look nearly like new.
>> You can't go by how the tires "look" to know if you have them
>> inflated properly.
> I never heard anyone who was overly happy with the Goodyear rubber.
> When my ranger Firestones gave up (almost 100 k km), I went for the
> Bridgestone Duellers. Same size. I was looking at the Michelins, but
> they don't make a tire my size and they wouldn't sell the nearest size
> to me. Some safety thing?
> At the tim e of the divorce, Ford offered me the Goodyear tires but I
> declined. I think I got as much more mileage out of the Firestones as I
> would have from the Goodyears.
> And I am fascinated by the debate over who knows best about tire
> inflation. Why would you go with the vehicle manufacturer, rather than
> the tire manufacturer? I would think you should go with the tire guys,
> as they should better know the capabilities of the tire. The vehicle
> guys might be going for a soft ride and a docile customer? I don't
> understand the other point of view. Yet.