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    F450 19.5 tire shop question(s)

    So its time again for some new front rubber. I have been running the factory Continentals on my rig, and I am gonna likely stay with the brand but put steer tires up front from Continental. My question is, where are you all that have rigs like this getting your commercial 19.5 tires? have any of you put on the "intelligent" conti tires that have the built in TMPS sensor into the tire? If so what did you think about how it works post install. THanks in advance.
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    I’m looking for replacements, too. My Conti Hybrids, especially the front are chipping pretty badly with significant wear on the outside edges. In less than a week, they’ve gone from should probably look at replacing to have to replace right now. Rotated side to side every 7K. Watched Big Truck Big RV vids about his quest for tires. I think he’s settled on the Firestone Transforce AT commercial but not sure if he put steer tires up front. On the forums, seems to be concern that steers and 4wd don’t work well together. I need something with all season performance, including snow. Last I saw, @jjbbrewer went with GY G622s. My friend, who runs an excavation company, just put Falkens on his as recommended by the local farm co op. The local GY dealer recommended I take my F450 to the nearby truck stop/service center for alignment and tires. Some even suggested also replacing the Rancho shocks with Bilstein 5100s at the same time. Lastly, a lot of advocates online say to dismount and rotate across all 6. A couple of years ago, the truck stop service advisor told me that wasn’t necessary. Whatever the right combination of tires/shocks/alignment/rotations is, I need to figure it out quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fsalmy View Post
    Last I saw, @jjbbrewer went with GY G622s.
    Thanks for the shout out! Just a quick update - I'm still quite happy with the G622 RSDs. The rears are looking almost like new after about 1.5 years and a couple of winters. The fronts are showing some angled wear so I'm going to swap them side to side to hopefully even them out. When they go, I'm not sure what I'll do on the front. I like the RSDs for snow traction, but the RSS (steers) might wear better. Hmm ..

    But they're wearing MUCH better than the stock Conti's did for me.

    As to where to get them, I got mine at Discount Tire locally and they matched the best price I found on the net (Sam's Club).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fsalmy View Post
    I’m looking for replacements, too. My Conti Hybrids, especially the front are chipping pretty badly with significant wear on the outside edges. In less than a week, they’ve gone from should probably look at replacing to have to replace right now. Rotated side to side every 7K. Watched Big Truck Big RV vids about his quest for tires. I think he’s settled on the Firestone Transforce AT commercial but not sure if he put steer tires up front. On the forums, seems to be concern that steers and 4wd don’t work well together. I need something with all season performance, including snow. Last I saw, @jjbbrewer went with GY G622s. My friend, who runs an excavation company, just put Falkens on his as recommended by the local farm co op. The local GY dealer recommended I take my F450 to the nearby truck stop/service center for alignment and tires. Some even suggested also replacing the Rancho shocks with Bilstein 5100s at the same time. Lastly, a lot of advocates online say to dismount and rotate across all 6. A couple of years ago, the truck stop service advisor told me that wasn’t necessary. Whatever the right combination of tires/shocks/alignment/rotations is, I need to figure it out quickly.
    So I have teh Bilstein 5100's on mine and airbags in the back. the Conti Hybrids in the rear are fine, but the fronts or a problem for me for sure. I am gonna go with the Conti HSR5 with the TPMS built into the tires so I have TPMS in the fronts with the new Conti-lite app, which is decent and better than no TPMS and it cost me no extra .

    I do not have to worry about snow in NC... If it is snowing, I am not pulling LOL... I wont mind it, but my wife sure would so that is not a thing I need to solve for on my tires.
    My lugs on the tires started chunking badly in the last 3 weeks, so I needed to make a change NOW, and I am at the truck tire shop now... Fronts, alignment and TPMS and I am gonna be good to go. The Bilsteins were a must as my stock shocks were scorched at 30K miles.

    Hope this helps. I will update the thread on the HSR5 tires once I get some miles on them.

    Also im at 61K miles and I need some front brakes. I am considering just pads and not rotors for this swap and then do rotors on the next. Anyone doing pads at 60K ish miles on the front of their 450's? Just curious.
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    Wow, only 60,000 miles and need brakes? That seems odd. Granted mine is a 3500, not a 450, but it has 150,000 miles and original front brakes. This truck was used for hotshotting before I bought it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoopy Frood View Post
    Wow, only 60,000 miles and need brakes? That seems odd. Granted mine is a 3500, not a 450, but it has 150,000 miles and original front brakes. This truck was used for hotshotting before I bought it.
    My pads are so dirty and so much dust is crazy, and I think its worthy of brakes. I could maybe get 5-10K more out of these, but not 100K for sure. I think the previous owner clearly didnt use their trailer brakes to have these brakes in this shape. So I think this was a prvious owner things, not a me thing...

    The rears are good though...
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    Yeah, maybe the PO didn't like the braking, and put on some soft pads.
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    Called around to several (total of 6) tire dealers that tread ambulances, rescue squad vehicles and other medium duty trucks, including Discount Tire. Every single one of them recommended a different tire and half recommended steer tires up front while 1 recommended an all position tire and 2 others said drive tires up front will be fine if you go with “x” brand/model. Recommendations ranged from Michelin XDS and Agilis to Hercules Strong-guard H-DO, with Roadmaster, Kumho, Falken, Yokohama, and Goodyear in between. Oddly, or maybe not, no one recommended the Contis. The tires BTBRV went with, Firestone Transforce AT2, are not available locally, even thru the TA truck stop. Looks I can order them from Priority Tire, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fsalmy View Post
    Called around to several (total of 6) tire dealers that tread ambulances, rescue squad vehicles and other medium duty trucks, including Discount Tire. Every single one of them recommended a different tire and half recommended steer tires up front while 1 recommended an all position tire and 2 others said drive tires up front will be fine if you go with x brand/model. Recommendations ranged from Michelin XDS and Agilis to Hercules Strong-guard H-DO, with Roadmaster, Kumho, Falken, Yokohama, and Goodyear in between. Oddly, or maybe not, no one recommended the Contis. The tires BTBRV went with, Firestone Transforce AT2, are not available locally, even thru the TA truck stop. Looks I can order them from Priority Tire, though.

    The conti's where I live in NC are available at multiple truck stops, and truck tire shops (McCarthy Tire as an example). When I spoke to the shops, they all suggested a steer tire unless I was gonna be doing alot of offroad 4x4 stuff, where I would need the drive or all position tires up front. They all here said the same thing about the Conti's feathering because of the position. They are however dealers of Conti, so they have them in stock to include what I got which are the new HSR 5's, their newest tire. I think there are plenty of good ones out there, and as it was said about the Goodyears, its gonna be preference based on where you live, and where you haul. I do not have snow, and my offroad is minimal, but mainly constrained to when I haul my horse trailer. So I didnt want a drive or all position tire up front. I am excited to put some miles on my steer tires and see how they hold up and ride quality too.
    Every dealer I spoke to did however have critical feedback about Ford putting the conti's from the factory on all corners... They only can assume it was because of the assumption of using 4x4 and needing the traction.

    Good luck, let us know what you go with.

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    I put the Centramatic circle things behind the front tires and they do seem to be helping with wear. I'll have to look up the spelling for these.
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