New van, new lift, new tires

New van, new lift, new tires

Postby Star Stuff [OP] » May 2nd 2020, 3:35am

OK, so I’m going to be buying an ’03, ’04 or ’05 2WD Astro/Safari soon, and would like to get some clarity ahead of time on tire choice. I will be lifting it 2”.

For the last 18 years I have always run ATs on my Ford Ranger, but I recently bought a set of Michelin Defender LTX instead, as I wanted a quieter ride, and I actually rarely get off-road. They have been great, and offer much better braking & cornering on wet asphalt than the ATs.

I could be wrong, but I don’t think I will want these on my lifted Astro/Safari, as I will want some off-road performance (and oh that rugged look on these lifted vans), but I fear that the 225 or 235/70 16 AT tires (KO; Grapler; Open Country; DynaPro; Grabber etc) might be a bit too off-road oriented for the van, being heavier, noisier, and with the less than stellar performance in wet asphalt braking & cornering. After all, we know how poorly these vans rate in head-on collisions – LOL.

So I’m wondering if there’s a tire that is somewhere in between the two categories of LTX and AT. An “All Weather” rating would be nice too.

If there is no such thing, what would you recommend? I won't be doing any hard core off-roading, but certainly some nasty roads at times.


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Re: New van, new lift, new tires

Postby mgoudreau90 » May 7th 2020, 12:47am

Bumping this since I am wondering close to the same!

Sorry I can’t help!
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Re: New van, new lift, new tires

Postby Rockridge » May 7th 2020, 3:46am

I was impressed with my Kuhmo AT51's. Great in the snow too. 235's yielded 12mpg....
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Re: New van, new lift, new tires

Postby Mmusicman » May 7th 2020, 4:44pm

Star Stuff wrote:So I’m wondering if there’s a tire that is somewhere in between the two categories of LTX and AT. An “All Weather” rating would be nice too.
If there is no such thing, what would you recommend? I won't be doing any hard core off-roading, but certainly some nasty roads at times.

Well I think I'm now running the "ideal" tire! (at least for my needs)
(similar to what you may be asking for)

I used to run a moderate BFG AT tire... which did ok.

Brand is probably not important, since most offer similar.

I'm currently running a Firestone Transforce HT (Highway Touring) LT tire 245/70-17. It's a "Class-E" 10-ply LT tire, All-season, rated to 80psi. Extremely solid and sturdy, extremely tough side-walls, all-season, commercial-grade truck tire... but also comes with an amazing highway-touring tread pattern. It actually rides smooth as glass, and dramatically improved my fuel-mileage too! True story!

Most of my driving is highway.. so I needed something that met my multiple needs.
The improved fuel-economy was quite a surprise!

But I also transverse 4x4 off-road, and jumping rocks and curbs doesn't even phase this tire.
I'm not "hard-core" off-roader either... but it pulls just fine for my basic off-road needs.

I wanted a tough sturdy tire, that was also quiet with good gas mileage too.
These are also standard equipment on new commercial trucks as well.
Great tread-wear and come with great reviews.

Coincidentally, I'm having a new set of fronts installed as we speak!
They are not exactly cheap, but you can pay more as well. I think they are fantastic.

This link has a few similar variations... (mine are the H/T)
https://www.firestonetire.com/brands/transforce
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Re: New van, new lift, new tires

Postby Leeann_93 » May 8th 2020, 12:09am

I put Firestone Destination LE tires on my '99 and really, really liked them so I installed Firestone Destination LE2 tires on my '02. My '05 came with...drum roll: almost brand-new Firestone Destination LE2 tires. I've had really good luck with them on my vans; they're a good compromise between mileage and grip and offer a decent sidewall so you don't get the mushy marshmallow feeling.

I have Yokohama Geolandar G055 tires on my Jeep Liberty. I had Geolandar A/T-S, but they were a little aggressive for the mostly on-road driving I do - and they were loud. The G055 are much quieter and smoother and get better mileage while offering pretty good grip in wet and snowy environments. I had Geolandar H/T-S on my '93 Bravada (AWD) and they were awesome tires while giving more than decent mileage. That Bravada never got stuck anywhere, regardless of conditions. Not even in 2' snow with 4" of hard-packed snow and ice on the bottom.
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