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What is the best tire for otr long haul in steers?

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I guess that would be a matter of preference. Michelin is highly touted as the best tire on the market but there are several manufactures that make great tires. I have run Yokohama, Continentals and Bridgestone's and have gotten outstanding service from all. Just look for a tire that has a good rolling resistance and keep a good check on them. ''italic text''

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The last set of Bridgestone's steering tires I got over 200,000 miles before replacing them. I always have the front end alignment and new shocks installed when I replace my steering tires. I also swap the steering tires from one side to the other if I get signs of outside wear placing the worn edge to the inside. I have found that my wear mileage went way up when I swapped from 11R X24.5 to LO PRO 24.5's.''italic text''

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I never had luck with Bridgestone steers, I have been running XZA3 for 2 years now and love them. The last set of XZA3's i took off still had 14/32nds with 150000 miles on them, I pulled them off because I started to show a little toe out wear.

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Michelin XZA3 is the best for my truck. I have run Dunlop's, Toyo M127's, and Bridgestone R280's. My truck drives best with Michelin XZA3's. My Bridgestones started cupping at less than 100,000 miles, my Michelins run smooth all the way down. I get around 225,000 miles on Michelins.

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I have BF Goodrich 244s on mine. great tires.

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Hey guy's, have not had a chance to get on here much lately.

Most of the fleets I work with use bridgestone, both 280 and 287's. I have noticed the 287's are a little less forgiving if you have a slight alignment problem, but if the alignment is good they will do as well as the 280's.

I have one truck now with close to 200K on a set of 280's and one with 287's approaching 160K and looking good.

Blackwood, you said you do an alignment each time you put on steer tires. 200K on steers is not uncommon if everything is in harmony, but if you are getting good wear I wouldn't touch the alignment till you have the first sign that something has change. Very seldom will you get a perfect alignment because there are so many variables, but us protrak guy's are trained to cross-check our measurements to combat these variables and get it as close to perfect as possible.

When it comes to alignments, if is not broke ,don't fix it, if its broke call mdalignment and get them to guide you to a protrak shop.

Jeff Chism

Columbus Laser

Columbus, Ms.

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i run xza3+ for steers runout tires for drives in summer r280 for trailer.never had success with goodyear steer tires.look for great rolling resistance fuel mileage tires.will wear quicker,but save on fuel.if fuel prices go down the equation turns to more durable tires,but give up fuel in r.r.

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I personally have had good luck with the Toyo M147 and the Michelin XZA3.

You might also want to try Yokohamas, since I hear those are just about as good on tread life and have RR numbers close to the top-of-the-line Michelin product.

Bridgestones generally aren't as forgiving when the truck alignment is off slightly, and though I have no experience with the Goodyear product, I would assume similar results to the Bridgestone products based on what I have seen/heard.

In any case, a properly aligned truck is critical regardless of which tire you choose. Jeff from Columbus Laser has a great point about wheel alignment- if it ain't broke, don't fix it, if it is broke (pulling to the right, uneven tire wear, etc...) call MD Alignment.

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We have Michelin XZA3 155983 miles so far.

We have to change them eventhough they look decent, we have a huge chunk missing in one.

I like them, and I hope the huge gash was caused by something unavoidable, otherwise I would think they are weak...

So here I am reading up on Steer tires to see if others have had that same problem....

We had major cupping with the previous tires, these were on when we purchased the truck.

But we had a major front end repair soon after we purchased the truck, (Stear Fix: drag link, tie rod ends, pin set, front seals, align front end, bore & sleeve axle eyes. Changed stear hub oil.)

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