Just curious if any of you all, with 4WD's, have had to replace your factory Michelin 245/70/17's yet and if so what did you find available out there? I have them on my truck now and while they are decent tires, and I have no plans to replace them anytime soon, I am curious if this size tire has been picked up yet by other brands. I know when I bought my 03 Ram it had these same tires and Michelin was the ONLY company to offer them.
I do a LOT of boat towing this time of year for waterfowl hunting and thus experience a lot of snowy and icy boat ramps. Just yesterday I had a heck of a time launching the boat due to major ice on the ramp. Funny the water and marsh was completly clear and open but the parking lot and ramp was like an NHL skating rink. I hit the slope to start down the ramp and the truck took off like a shot. Luckily I am a veteran of such things and handled it okay.
I would like a better tire for snowy/icy conditions, and even for the muddy summer launches, than these "car" tires. I know ice is ice and I won't get a lot of improvement regardless of the tire I use but any help, and especially dealing with snow, would be great. Don't want to sacrafice a ton of streetability or tread wear though.
I know I am asking a lot but what I guess I am looking for is a compromise between getting better adverse conditions traction and not losing how great these tires are on the regular road and how long they last. I had some older Bridgestone Dueller's on my 97 Ram and those were great. Smooth and quite on the road with a long life( I got 60K+ )but they were really good off road as well. They do not even make those Dueller's anymore( current ones are redesigned ).
Again, just curious if any of you all ave found anything out there yet and if so what do you like? Think I will change them for next year's season as this one ends Feb 15.
Thanks. Oh, BTW, I am not interested in switching to a bigger rim/tire combo. The 17" rim size is fine I just need to find a better tire. Wouldn't object too much if I had to move up to a bigger 17" tire like those 260 series they put on but would prefer keeping the 245's so I don't have to mess with the speedo. Just not too sure if there are a lot of options in that particular size yet or not? I know when I last looked there was nadda