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posted June 19, 2001 01:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gmcsierra   Click Here to Email gmcsierra     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I need to replace the tires on my 1998 GMC Sierra. It's a 1998 model Z71 shortbox, extendedcab, halfton...

The current tires are LT245/75R16.

Any recommendations/opinions on what tires would work well for this vehicle? I do about half my driving on highway, and half my driving on gravel roads, in a northern climate where winter is a consideration.

Also, this truck had a larger tire option, a P265/75R16 tire.

Since I've never replaced tires before, what would be my considerations for going to a larger 265 tire? Would I need to get my speedometer/odometer/absbrakes or other crap recalibrated, or can I just put on larger tires and go? Is it a bad idea to replace tires with a different size other than the ones they came from the manufacturer with (despite the fact that people do this all the time)?

I learnt that the 'P' stands for passenger car tire and has 4 plys while LT is light truck and has 10 plys (someone please correct me if this is wrong) and that P tires are not recommended for my area, so LTs it is (but LT245 or LT265, and what tire?). Also if I upsize the tires, would I need to do the spare as well, or would it be fine to be a different size (for the amount I use it, it came off for the first time in 72,000km of driving, when I wrecked one of the other tires).

About 50% of my driving is highway, while 50% is on gravel roads.

Thanking you all in advance for your opinions.


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posted July 17, 2001 11:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dirtyspence   Click Here to Email dirtyspence     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I would go with an All season, or All terrain tire for your application depending on the amount of traction you need. The A/S will be a little smoother on the road, but the A/T will be superior in snow and off road.

If I remember correctly the differnce between the two tires you mention is less than 1" total diameter so you wold not need to modify anything.

www.tirerack.com has some great info about tire replacement, and their prices aren't TOO bad. I would also recommend www.coopertire.com look at the Discoverer series tires. Coopers are a superior tire company (America's oldest in fact!) ...

Lastly if bargain shopping is your main concern try Wal-mart/Sam's and check into their Liberator All Terrain tire. It is a mild tread A/T with white letters, is reasonable as well as well liked around my neck o' the woods! HTH!


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