briana sophie. tires. June 11th , 2017.
No matter how carefully you drive or how cautiously you choose your routes sooner or later you are going to have to replace your existing truck and trailer tires. If you are an owner operator then you know that this is a very costly event and you do need to take time to select just the right type, brand and design of tire that matches your typical driving experience. The type of tire that you use should be designed for your type of driving. In addition you need to consider the position on the truck or trailer for the tire. Generally there are three positions that are possible and they are designated as an all positions tire, a drive axle or a trailer axle tire. In addition, since these same tires can be used for different types of vehicles they are also rated for long haul, regional, on/off road, urban and off road. Different tire companies may have different designations, but they will equate to the same purpose.
This can be a problem. I have never met anyone who enjoys sitting in the waiting room of a tire dealer drinking bad coffee and reading old magazines. Mounting fees also accumulate quickly making this a relatively expensive proposal. There is a better alternative. Simply get another set of wheels to mount your snow tires on. You can then simply unbolt your tires when the weather breaks and put your summer tires on. You can do this in under 30 minutes in your garage. No need for remounting, waiting for hours or drinking bad coffee. You can determine how much you want to spend using this method. Some suggest that you buy some old wheels from a salvage yard for your snow tires. This may be a good idea but by the time you pay for mounting it may not save you much money At least one online tire dealer will sell you a package of rims and snow tires with mounting and balancing done free. Given this you could easily get new rims and wheels that specifically fit your vehicle and all the mounting hardware at a price as good or better than getting a set of salvage wheels and new tires. The salvage wheels may or may not specifically fit your vehicle. Whatever you do, be sure the wheel fits your vehicle well and be sure that all the mounting hardware is made for your vehicle. If you choose, you can also buy more expensive wheels especially if you tend to keep cars for a long time or you tend to buy the same cars. Regardless, you should be able to sell these wheels with the car at a premium or sell them on eBay or through a classified ad when you are done with them. In any case you will not need to remount tires a couple times a year and the wheels will pay for themselves in a few seasons by saving the remounting charges.
Getting new off-road tires can be a complicated process if you don’t know how to go about doing so. It is strongly recommended that you do some research and take advantage of the many available resources before making a purchase. Yet in the end, if you still have doubts, by far the best way to determine the right off-road tires and modifications for your vehicle is to consult an experienced and knowledgeable person who has a vehicle similar to yours, and has customized it in a similar manner to what you want to do. Not only can such a person suggest the correct products, but also likely has experience with installation and general drivability.
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