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kid vishus
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posted 07-18-2003 07:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure if I posted it or not, but my truck was driving TERRIBLE! It went from being fun to drive, to being a real chore to drive even to the store. It did drive better with the trailer behind it than without. I thought maybe the front tires were the culprit, so I took 2 tires off KK's Lightning and stuck them on the front of mine. It didn't help. I finally decided maybe I should put some new tires on it and have it aligned at the same time. They said there really was anything wrong with the alignment, but HOLY COW it drives so much better now with 4 new tires on it! No more pulling to ones side, no more small vibration that comes and goes, no more wandering around as it goes down the road.

I can't believe the difference new tires made. It's really incredible.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 07-18-2003 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Especially ones as big as the ones on your Lightning, I imagine.

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MLariviere
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posted 07-20-2003 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Were those tires you replaced Firestones? I've had bad luck with every one I've had.

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kid vishus
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posted 07-22-2003 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kid vishus   Click Here to Email kid vishus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The tires I took off were Generals. They drover fine other than the vibration for the longest time. I had had that small vibration for quite awhile, and was starting to get concerned that maybe it was the torque convertor finally "going away". After all, the truck does have 177k miles on it, and as far as I can tell nothing has been done to the trans other than fluid changes.

But, when I had those new tires put on, it drives 100% better.

Steve is right, they are a rather large tire, but, nothing real exotic anymore. 275/60/17

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BlueMule
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posted 07-23-2003 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule   Click Here to Email BlueMule     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about some 295/45/18 factory gumballs.

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