Tire Rotation

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  1. Lite bug

    Lite bug Road Train Member

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    How often you guys rotate your tires ? Does having air bags to level out the back end when loaded help the tires from wearing so much? The last couple of years I just bought front tires because I was so busy now with rising prices gives me reason to think about other options.
     
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  3. singlescrewshaker

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    Didn't have air assist on my dually, but went 118k on a set of these R500 HD's on the drive. I loved them, thought they were great tires..

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    Now I can't recall if you have a 2wd or 4wd F350?
    I'd consider running a steer/drive setup like this & just rotate the steers side to side if 2wd. R500 HD's out back & R250's on the steer axle. When they start to cup run em out on the trailer. You'd loose a little axle capacity though as the LT235/85r16 is only good for about ~3100lbs vs the ST trailer tires at about ~3520lbs..

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  4. Lite bug

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    I will check into that tire company. Been running Transforce and have Coopers on now getting about 9 months. I don’t go anywhere, multiple alignments , ball joints ok, new tie rods. Putting on new shock towers at shop now. Now I have 852,000 on the clock now so trying to rule everything out.
     
  5. Lite bug

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    Great idea
     
  6. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

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    That's fantastic Bug.! :thumbup:
    Approaching 1 Millon on your Ford always has me awestruck. Smart thinking ruling out everything you can..

    I've heard good things about the Firestone Transforce as well. I just liked the Bridgestone R250's because of the steel side wall, & rib tread patten resembles a good semi truck steer.. Whatever you've been doing has been working keeping that ol girl making money!
     
  7. flatbedcarrier

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    I don’t rotate my truck tires like most people do. When I notice drive tire wear, I’ll typically roll the steers back and buy a new set for the steer axle. Or if the drives still look ok. I’ll buy a new set of steers at least once a year and toss the take offs in the shed until I have a set of four of them for the drive axle. I did the same thing when I ran my semi trucks.

    I’m liking this last set I bought for my Ram from Less Schwab. Back country touring H/T.
     
  8. Brandonpdx

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    I don't think Bridgestone offers the R250 any longer. I've had a pair of R238's on the front of my 2wd DRW for quite awhile now...somewhere in the 110-115k miles now they're pretty well chewed up and cupped on the outside shoulders from letting the wheel bearings go too long without an adjustment. Closest thing I could find to a true 16" steer tire but they are not the lightest or most plush riding tire you can put on the front of a little truck. All of those steel sidewall rib tires are going to be around 50 lbs at least for a 215/85. Michelin XPS Rib and Goodyear G949 RSA are/were similar.

    I have a new Firestone Transforce HT sitting around as a spare and will get whatever the current matching one is for the that and use those on the front when my other aluminum wheel shows up. I don't suppose they will last nearly as long as the Bridgestones but I will see how a much lighter weight tire and wheel package feels on the front.
     
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    Generally I don't either with a 2wd dually. Mixing and matching steer and drive rubber with steel and aluminum wheels it just doesn't work like it does with a SRW 4x4 where they are easily rotated. I have Centramatic balancers on both axles and just run them where they are until something starts looking like trouble.
     
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