Anybody run Kelly tires?

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  1. Calstate1224

    Calstate1224 Bobtail Member

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    It's time to replace my drive tires, and I can get Kelly tires for about $250/tire less than the Bridgestones I'm replacing. Wondering if it's worth the savings or if the Kelly's will just wear out super fast?
     
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    tnevin225 Road Train Member

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  3. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    My brother runs the Kelly KDA for drives and he has good luck with them. I can’t give you mileage without talking I him but I know he gets about a year and a half out of them hauling cattle, and he runs a fair amount of gravel roads.
     
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  4. Calstate1224

    Calstate1224 Bobtail Member

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    Not too worried about rolling resistance, I haul dirt so I need a moderately aggressive tread. More concerned about the softer compound wearing faster and whether they'll tear tread blocks out before they're halfway worn.
     
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  5. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    I’ve ran Kelly’s in the past. #### good tire IMO. Especially if like has been mentioned, your not worried about maximum mpg. My Dad runs them on his farm trucks.
     
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  6. mhyn

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    not a good tire for heavy loads...
     
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  7. Calstate1224

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    Care to elaborate? We try to get the trucks as close to 80k as possible
     
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  8. mhyn

    mhyn Road Train Member

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    I had them before on my drives. After 100k they started irregular wearing. like this in picture.
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    I can't speak for the drive tires but Kelly steers wear out fast. I've tried 2 different sets and was disappointed with them. I'm currently trying out a set of Uniroyal steers. The jury is still out on them. I like the Dayton tires on the drives. They are a long lasting tire and a reasonable price.
     
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  10. brsims

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    I know the Kelly passenger car tires are flat out junk! I can't get four of them without at least one, usually three, "bubbling" out at the bead. And they rarely last a full year on a car that does MAYBE 5,000 miles.

    After my passenger car experiences, no way in heck would I trust a Kelly tire on my drive axles!
     
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