I am another Michelin guy. I have had their LT M/S tires go over 80k miles on a SUV. I put the 10 ply on my Ram after a set of Coopers were done within 20k miles (apparently that batch had a known issue). I've since traded in that truck on a new one but the tires were still like new.
I'll provide my $0.02 (opinion only) on the stock good-for-a-year junk that comes with our trucks stock vs 'better tires'.
The stocks are horrible in the rain, horrible in any type of cold climate, offer little to no longevity, and are just round and made of rubber and fit the stock rims to satisfy the bare minimum requirements of the governing body's need for compliance.
For me personally, when I look at a vehicle the two most important items upfront are a vehicles tires and brakes. I depend on my vehicle to keep me and my family safe in all road and weather conditions, period.
When you think about tires and what's really keeping you on the road and safe, there are four contact patches about the size of ones hand that meet the ground. When marginal tires at best are what one has between you and the ground to provide traction in wet/sleet/snow and stopping in rain/sleet/snow it resonates to me at least that 'okay' just doesn't cut it.
I tossed my stock crap tires immediately for better tires right off the hop because I must know that I have the best opportunity to better myself in an adverse road condition situation.
I consider myself a higher than average driver because of the 33+ years of driving I have travelling all over Canada in some of the most harsh conditions one could encounter, and that I also have a race track driving background where it is a known thing that tires can make or break the whole scenario.
I have avoided, many times, what could have been catastrophic results on and off the track because I know my vehicle, know my tires and brakes, and know how my vehicle will react in any situation I encounter.
Tires and brakes (and knowing how to drive - because any person can get behind a wheel and make a vehicle go... but not everyone knows how to drive ) will make and/or break the entire situation.
So, that's my take on indicating how ditching crap tires and installing better ones makes sense to me
I get off the line to get away from the bad drivers. They are all over the place around here, just like every major metropolitan area.
When tires get hard with half tread left, they are worthless...I have to replace them before they wear down because they have no traction. It isn't that I am taking off all that fast, I am just paying attention to when the light changes.
So I have asked everyone at every tire shop I could talk to. I have posted on various forums through the years, but it seems as though no one has an answer...
I am in the market for tires again. The tires that came on the truck were crap after a couple thousand miles. I replaced them with 305-50-20 Nitto 420 and they went to crap around 6k miles. By "crap" I mean they get hard and lose traction. They perform great at first, but a few months later I have difficulty taking off from a stop on asphalt. I am not talking about standing on the gas like a drag race, just standard acceleration (for me...I am typically the first to react to the light change).
Anyway...my question is...what tires offer traction longer than other brands. Every review only looks lat how long the tread lasts, which typically means the rubber is hard (meaning less traction).
Edited to add...this is a pavement only truck, I live in suburbia...no offroading in my area...No need for AT/MT
There aren't many tire manufactures but they do own many subsidiaries. I find a tire I like, research the company, ownership, etc. It's the reason I have moved tire replacements to Walmart. I have found brands that get better wear and handle better than big brands and are 50% the cost but often a company of the big brands.