Anyone use Firestone Transforce 245/70R17
Has anyone tried these tires on a stock '08 Sport? According to the spec sheet on the Tire Rack site, they take 50 pounds of air, and are only rated to 99 mph, BUT they carry 17/32" of rubber in their tread. The specs say they're about two inches larger in actual diameter than the Forteras, 30.6" vs actual 28.5" (Fortera specs say 29.5"); don't know if that will matter. The "70" as opposed to "65", however, might. One reviewer said that they're 10 ply rated, but I suspect he was talking about those which take up to 80 psi, maybe these are 8 ply rated?
Most other "LT" tires I've found have 13/32" tread depth, which is only 1/16" more than the forteras, which I found out today are totally inadequate for my driving. Had the first flat I've had in fifteen years out on the road. Picture a one-legged dude crawling around trying to change the thing, 12 degrees, 10 mph wind, getting dark. If a rancher hadn't happened along, I really don't want to think about what could have happened.
Am I missing something here, or would these Firestones be perfect for my use, which is probably 75% on gravel and offroad, 25% highway? Thanks for any ideas!
Last edited by Betterluckytg; 01-01-2009 at 09:43 PM.
Reason: measured tires, corrected height to actual