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2006 5.7 Hemi Tire Questions

My wife drives a 2006 5.7 Hemi and she needs new tires in a bad way. Here are a few questions I have.

I know the OEM tires are 245/65/17 but I was wondering if I should go with 245/70/17?

Do any of you have a tire you would recommend? 90% of the driving for her is around town. Rarely does it see mud or snow.

I have read on the forum of some ppl using a larger tires on front only(18" instead of 17") to give it more of a "level" look. What are the pros/cons of this?

I think that is all the questions I have. Any answers would be appreciated.

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I don't know about others, but I'm not sure it would be great for all the traction control bits to have two separate sized tires on. If you want to adjust and make it "level" I think they have 1/2" spacers out there for the front. You should stick with the same size tire all around. I'm sure there are more people here who will give you all the specific reasons if you want them.

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I have a 2006 5.7 and I have just replaced my original tires with a set of Firestone Destination A/T 245/70/17. These tires look great and ride great. I have no clearance issues and the front tires do not rub on sharp turns. Most of my driving is on paved roads with light offroading and the tires perform great.

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I have read on the forum of some ppl using a larger tires on front only(18" instead of 17") to give it more of a "level" look. What are the pros/cons of this?
I don't think you saw that on this forum. Stay with 17 (or four of the same size) all the way around or spend a lot of time in the shop.





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Based on her use of the Commander, I don't see any reason not to stay with the stock tire size.

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I have a 2006 5.7 and I have just replaced my original tires with a set of Firestone Destination A/T 245/70/17. These tires look great and ride great. I have no clearance issues and the front tires do not rub on sharp turns. Most of my driving is on paved roads with light offroading and the tires perform great.
I have seen the 70's and they do look good but still not 100% on 'em. I'm am glad to know that you do not have problems with the 70's. It will probably come down to cost.


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I don't think you saw that on this forum. Stay with 17 (or four of the same size) all the way around or spend a lot of time in the shop.
You are probably right. I have been searching all over the net for tire info and have read a million posts.


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Based on her use of the Commander, I don't see any reason not to stay with the stock tire size.
I still am not sure if I'm gonna go with the 65's or 70's. I think the 70's might look better but I am nervous about up-sizing

Thank you all for your help!!

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Do any of you have a tire you would recommend?

I have read on the forum of some ppl using a larger tires on front only(18" instead of 17") to give it more of a "level" look. What are the pros/cons of this?
I'd agree the stock tire size will be fine ... unless you want a different look.

The bigger tire up front would work on a two wheel drive Commander ... that's probably why you heard about it ...

... but a 4X4 Commander should never have different sized tires ... it would actualy damage the drive train.
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Its not OK to put different tire sizes in a full time 4WD trucks ! it will damage the Transfer case! and the ELSDs diffs in it.

From your explanation it seems the truck is not going to be in a serious off-road trips, so I recommend keeping the stock size or have little wider tires.

Even the stock tires will be able to handle a lot of medium off-road trips, as in may case I off-roaded my Commander on stock tires for a whole year

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The best all around tire for road use I've ever used was Goodyear's Aquatred. I believe the SUV equivalent is the Fortera TripleTred. They hum quietly, they don't detract from handling in dry conditions. In ice and snow they exceed the the capabilities of the stock Fortera HL's by a wide margin. But in the rain, I have yet to experienced their equal. They part water so well they'd make Moses himself green with envy. I trust them in the rain. I trust them in the rain with my wife and kids along. Sadly Goodyear charges a premium for them.

Looks are pretty subjective, they are a bit more 'aggressive' looking then the stock tires, but nothing to make the folks around here take a double take.

Like you I'm considering upping to the 245/70/17's. I like the look of more sidewall, if it gives me a pinch more clearance or traction that's a bonus. I'll admit my thinking on that one is a bit backward. I only have 22k on my tires now, so I have a ways to go.

As to your other question. More knowledge-able than I have weighed in. And I agree with them, even before I peeked at their answers.

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Tire Update!!

Okay I think I found the tire I am going to go with. The wife likes the look of the tread on these (believe it or not) and the ratings are not too bad from tirerack.

As you can see I have looked for numerous types of tires but when the wife said "those will make me look like a badass" it sold it for me.

Thank you all for your info and help!!!

Firestone Destination LE is the WINNER


Here are the other two tires I looked at. The General acutally had the best specs but since it is a new tire I did not take the ratings too seriously. Tirerack editor reviews gave it an overall 7.5 or something similar.





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