Jump to content
  • Sign up for FREE! Become a GM-Trucks.com Member Today!

    In 20 seconds you can become part of the worlds largest and oldest community discussing General Motors, Chevrolet and GMC branded pickups, crossovers, and SUVs. From buying research to owner support, join 1.5 MILLION GM Truck Enthusiasts every month who use GM-Trucks.com as a daily part of their ownership experience. 

Sign in to follow this  
Jared Walters

Good tires for 18 Duramax for towing

Recommended Posts

What’s up guys? My step dad has an 18 Duramax and does a lot of towing back and forth from Texas to Missouri. What tire do y’all recommend for throwing on the truck? He’s still riding the stock Michelin’s but after 32K they are already going bald. I’ve told him nitto is one of the top ways to go, but just wanna get y’all input as well. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A guy I work with has a '14 1500 and tows his sxs on a 16 ft trailer loaded down with other stuff too, quite a bit. He is running the Toyo open country at ii and just changed them out around 80k on them. Another I work with has a 2011 2500hd with a 6.5 inch lift on 37s and runs the Toyo open country Mt and says he gets 75k out of them running them max psi the whole time, with occasional towing of a boat in the summer months. I have heard good and bad about nitto, but have not actually used them personally. I run the open country at ii on my 2500, dont really tow often, but as far as road noise and ride quality, I love them. Hope this helps a little. Also, the at ii comes with 50k mile warranty, a lot of the nittos and other Toyo don't have one at all from what I've seen

Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Don’t know about Nitto but the brand doesn’t come up a lot when the subject is about towing. 

 

If it’s a mainly on road truck the Michelin Defender LTX is gonna be your best bet. If he needs an AT tire and still tows a lot I’d say Michelin LTX AT 2

 

if he’s wanting a more aggressive AT tire then Nitto, Toyo etc. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Michelin Defenders are great and I always like the Firestone Transforce tires.

 

Just speaking from what I've seen, you can cut the avg tire life by at least 30-40% if you tow all the time. Doing more city towing will scrub tires faster than long haul towing but they will still wear quicker than if you didn't tow at all.

 

If you can get 40-50k from a set of tire with lots of towing, you are doing pretty damn good if you ask me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Highway tire the Michelin Defenders in of course E rating are pretty good, excellent wet traction, smooth ride and mine didnt need much weights to balance them. My son has the Michelin AT2 and they have been trouble free. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 5/12/2019 at 6:00 PM, Jacoby said:

Don’t know about Nitto but the brand doesn’t come up a lot when the subject is about towing. 

 

If it’s a mainly on road truck the Michelin Defender LTX is gonna be your best bet. If he needs an AT tire and still tows a lot I’d say Michelin LTX AT 2

 

if he’s wanting a more aggressive AT tire then Nitto, Toyo etc. 

He’s still riding the stock Michelin’s. He doesn’t tow all of the time, honestly only a few times every few months but he’s noticed that it has caused wear and tear on the tires. But when he does tow, usually pulling a side by side or 4 wheeler and other few things from Baytown to Missouri (for those who don’t know Baytown it’s basically 30 minutes east of Houston) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

He’s still riding the stock Michelin’s. He doesn’t tow all of the time, honestly only a few times every few months but he’s noticed that it has caused wear and tear on the tires. But when he does tow, usually pulling a side by side or 4 wheeler and other few things from Baytown to Missouri (for those who don’t know Baytown it’s basically 30 minutes east of Houston) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well if GM put the E load rated Michelins LTX Defenders on it factory, you're going to have one hell of a time doing any better.  Does he air up properly for the load when he tows?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In no particular order:

Michelin Defender LTX M/S

Toyo Open Country AT2

BF Goodrich AT KO2 DT

Any of these should last 40K plus miles while towing provided the alignment is good and tires are religiously rotated.  On the old 2009 Duramax the AT2's lasted 53K miles and the majority of those were towing a 10,500 pound trailer. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cooper AT3’s have a 60,000 mile warranty. 

 

What is Michelin’s warranty?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  



×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.