Choosing tires for a pavement princess Tahoe

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  1. MatSLO

    MatSLO OBS Enthusiast

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    Hello,

    in this year, I'm going to replace the tires on my 97 Tahoe. Currently I'm running 245/75-16 Cooper Discoverer AT3s which I bought new almost 4 years (and 25-30 thousand miles) ago. They still seem good, but I wish they were a bit better in rain and snow, and I think a more road-going tire would suit my needs better.
    Even if it's a 4WD truck, it very rarely leaves pavement.

    I would like to have all-season tires, even if I'm very aware that dedicated snow tires are supposed to be much better in winter. There were a few occasions (even when the tires were new) when I couldn't move the truck in cca 1 foot of fresh snow, on level surface in 2HI (but after putting it in 4HI, it drove as if there was no snow)...
    What concerns me more is occasional fishtailing on wet pavement (if it's very slick) in corners - nothing major has ever happened, I know how to drive a RWD truck, what to look for and I also know how to get out of the slide; nevertheless, I would like a tire that can handle (cold) wet surfaces a little better.

    The climate where I live is relatively demanding: hot summers (especially in Mediterranean Istria where we spend summer vacations), cold winters (snow fall 2-3x in winter) with temperatures often below freezing, particularly at night/in the morning. In all seasons (particularly spring and fall) it rains often and a lot; late fall/winter roads are often wet in the morning even in periods with no precipitation (fog). So, wet road performance is probably the most critical when chooisnng tires.

    I would also like tires to be as quiet and comfortable as possible. Fuel economy and tread wear is pretty much irrelevant for me (it's a gas guzzler anyway, and I drive 5-6000 miles a year).

    What caught my eye are General Grabber HTS60 tires - are they good, anyone have experience with them?
    When replacing the tires, I'll probably go up to 265/75 R16.
    I'm also considering the option of getting 17" steel wheels; in this case, I would go with either 285/65 R17 or 265/70 R17.

    Any opinions/suggestions?
     
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    454cid I'm Awesome

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    I have Nokian Rotiiiva AT tires and they seem to be ok. I am not a great judge in tires. I believe they've been improved up since I bought mine.
     
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    Actually, I'm not looking for AT (all-terrain) tires, but rather for more "road-going" tires.

    Anybody here running Grabber HTS60?
     
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    df2x4 Domestics only.

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    I've been pretty happy with the Firestone Destination LE2s on my red truck. Pretty sure they only come in a P-metric though, so if you need LTs they're going to be too squishy.
     
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    I just bought a set of Open Range A/T that are snow rated (tri peak symbol) an come with 60,000 mile warranty. This weekend I'll be in some snow so bill let ya kno how they handle but the quick drive back from the tire shop they feel pretty good.

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  6. MatSLO

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    Like I said, I 'm not looking for AT (All Terrain) tires, but something more 'road going'.
    No point in having aggressive thread tires if my Tahoe rarely leaves paved roads..
     
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    AT tires are not that aggressive.
     
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    I've had good luck with the AT3 on a few of my trucks and we use the AT3 XLT on our work trucks.

    My brother has been using Hankook ATs on some of his trucks and has gotten to the mileag warranty ratings a few times with them.



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    I had a set of Cooper Discover HT that I hated because I wanted something more off-road aggressive but they lasted forever! Like 80k+ miles. I just couldn't wear them out fast enough to replace them, lol.
     

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