bought the truck used
had General AmeriWay on it, 235/85R16
tires just SUCKED. No traction in the rain, not much more on dry pavement. Flat spotted one keeping from pegging a nerd pulling out of a McD's
Dunlop Rover RVxt's 235/85R16
good traction in the rain, fair traction in the snow (severe snow rated... yeah, but hardpack ice was a different story... slid through several intersections in the winter).
virtually identical between the two, around 13.5mpg.
Dunlops gave up early, at around 35k (still had tread, just no traction)
Wrangler Silent Armor 265/75R16
here's where the fun started.
mileage dove off to around 12mpg
the truck never handled, rode, or gripped as well.
Very confident driving.
mileage dropped again to just shy of 11
a couple mods
and we're up to 12.5
put the Wrangler SR/A's on..
got about a half-mile-per increase..
so for pure fuel economy, I SHOULD HAVE
gone back to the narrower tire 235/85R16
and to keep traction at a respectable level
I SHOULD HAVE gone back with the Silent Armor
(but they didn't have white letters!)
A. I tow a horse trailer, and need the stability towing
B. I live in a snowy winter climate, and need the traction
C. I'm not the only one that drives my truck (horse shows, etc), and I need to not worry about who has it, and where...
not that I'm advertising,
I just wanted to share my saga of the rubber...