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Old 06-13-2010
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I sure hope they work better for me too. Spending $1,100 on tires is something I can't afford to do any more than I have to!

I'm curious -- did you tow with your Nitto 305/75/17s? I seem to be experiencing more "yawing" with these tires than I did with my 265/70/17 BFGs. I know that the probable explanation is that these tires are comparatively taller and relatively thinner. I'm experimenting with different tire pressures, and this seems to be having an effect. My rear tires are currently 80psi and the fronts are 70. The ride is noticeably firmer as compared to what it was when I made the first post on this thread (they were all inflated to 55psi by Discount Tire). Higher inflation pressure has reduced the yawing, but I'm still experiencing some -- and this is when the truck is unloaded. I'm wondering what adding additional weight to the rear end will do (while towing, for instance).

And I guess I should be clear - the tires perform very well during normal driving on straight-aways and when cornering. When I first noticed the yawing sensation was when making a lane change at highway speed. It was slight, but I noticed it. Since then, I have been experimenting (safely) with various degrees of steering inputs at between 40 and 70ish MPH. The truck definitely "twists" or yaws more than I am used to. It's not bad, and I'm not at all saying that I feel like I'm on the verge of losing control or anything like that. I'm just wondering what will happen when a heavier load is placed on the tires.

Other than that, I'm happy with the tires. It's been raining pretty much non-stop around here for the past 2 days. I'm getting good traction on the wet (paved) roads, and the tires feel like they are displacing water nicely.

I did get the fender flares installed by the way, and they look great! I haven't done anything with the flaps yet. I am still going to post some pics - I just haven't been able to take them yet because it won't stop raining. Rumor is that digital cameras don't like water...
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Yeah... the pics... it finally stopped raining Sunday evening, and I've been a little busy at work since then. Sorry. Funny how work always seems to interfere with things like this. I'm off from now till tomorrow morning. I'll see if I can get some taken before the sun goes down.
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Time finally permitted...

In the name of making my thread less worthless, I give to you... (drum roll)... pics! Sorry it took so long. Let me know if there are any others anyone wants to see. I will still include additional pictures of how the OEM flaps integrate with the flares once I get them installed.
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In the last 3 pictures, I'm attempting to show from a couple different angles how much (or how little) room there is before rubbing occurs with the steering wheel turned and held all the way to the right. It's about 2 finger's width if it didn't come through in the pic...
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I had the same tire/size on my 06 and I loved them. I'll miss them!!
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You tow with them or experience any of the stuff I mentioned in earlier posts about yawing/twisting? I'm sure they're fine -- they're 'E' rated, so they should have enough lateral stability. What did you find was a good tire pressure for longevity, good ride and handling, etc? How many miles you get out of them?
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I had the 295's on my old 04.5, never rubbed...great tires.
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I had them on my truck for 15k when traded and they still looked like new. I run about 60 in the front and 50 in the rear.
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Thanks for the picts. They look good.
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