Your tire philosophy

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Midnightrider909, Apr 10, 2019.

  1. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

    Mar 25, 2014
    I have michelin Xline energy they are at 15/32" and wearing at 14,018.75 per 1/32". Rotate side to side every 50k. They are only directional on first install.

    Now I haul heavy and short, more regional with alot of two lane, lots of turning.
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  3. Freightliner Classic

    Freightliner Classic Light Load Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    Rome GA
    Your life rides up Front never put cheap chinies tires on the front of your truck
  4. rank

    rank Road Train Member

    Feb 11, 2010
    50 miles north of Rochester, NY
    I've had Michelin, Triangle, Aeolus, BFG on the steers of all sorts of different trucks over the years. Had trouble with ONE Michelin in a matched set and they would not warranty it after a all wheel alignment confirmed the truck was fine. So I bought a new Michelin to match the other side and it has been fine so I'm sure it was a bad tire. Why pay for Michelin if they don't stand behind their product? I am finished with Michelin.

    Yes first thing to do is get a all wheel alignment.

    Yes rotating them should give you more life unless you let it get too far gone.

    Not as often as I should. Probably should be done every couple hundred thousand but I don't. I think that affects tire wear more on a trailer with alot of empty miles.
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  5. sealevel

    sealevel Road Train Member

    May 31, 2012
    U.S. 41
    I battled with "river wear" on steers for years. Finally I figured out if I balanced plus added centramatics and rotated them after the first 50 thousand miles the problem was solved regardless of tire as long as it is a quality tire. I only rotate them once after the first 50. If you wait until you see wear it's too late. That's my experience anyway. I honestly believe even with centramatics balancing is still crucial.
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  6. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

    Feb 18, 2015
    Avon Lake, Ohio
    Great thread! Although I am as confused now as I have ever been. LOL. Everyone has opinions!

    I am on Yoko steers and Cooper Roadmaster drives.

    Not thrilled with any of them really. One Yoke has a weird factory defect going tiny splits in the sidewall. And one Cooper is giving me grief and I can't figure out which one.

    All I know is very very local and immediately go back at the very very first sign of any issue.
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  7. rank

    rank Road Train Member

    Feb 11, 2010
    50 miles north of Rochester, NY
    One thing we all agree on is all wheel alignment
  8. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2018
    If you get around Little Rock Arkansas you are in luck. Precision Alignment is a really good place for alignment. I left them a good review under Kendal Miller if you want to read it. They also balance tires on a machine that balances them on your truck and spins them around 100 mph. He told me sometimes the whole hood of the truck is shaking at first and after the balance it smooths out. He is really good with years of experience. I'm no relation to the guy so I have nothing to gain, but this guy is good
  9. mugurpe

    mugurpe Medium Load Member

    May 5, 2013
    Arlington, MA
    For my fleet...
    for local trucks it's a bit complicated because we hop a lot of curbs so either we go cheap, or something with good curbing resistance. I'm trying out some more curb resistant continentals right now, not bad. On trucks that do more miles we run Michelins and that's that.

    I found these diagrams useful for keeping an eye on tire wear.
    Tire Wear | BFGoodrich Truck Tires

    we run empty a lot so we get some uneven tire wear, but it's always good to check and make sure it's what you're expecting, and not something that suggests another problem.
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  10. Midnightrider909

    Midnightrider909 Road Train Member

    Oct 26, 2016
    I run empty a lot and have a lot of light loads. Can running empty harm tires?
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  11. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    No, I don’t think so. Volvo Owners swear by Michelin’s. I’d stick with them if possible, as Volvo’s have been plagued in the past with premature steer tire wear. An alignment and new shocks will definitely affect longevity. Given the price of Michelin’s, best do it right.Keeping that new Truck ride. Bad shocks cause cupping on steers and step wear on Drives. I’ve had good luck with Chinese Drives.As good as any.They wear a little faster, but the last Premium Drives I’ve had, Bridgestone,Continentals,get dry rotted after 4 yrs /400 k miles, anyway. Even though tread is still good. IMO Firestone Steers are a great tire, basically a Bridgestone, without the price. Been running only those for 10+ yrs. But if I had a ( newer) Volvo like yours, I’d spend the extra money, and keep it running like new.
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