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Evening Gents,

I recently acquired a 2006 LBZ Dually. It has a set of American Force Classic 19.5 wheels and commercial tires on it. As well as a full size spare, bringing the total to me owning 7 of these wheels and tires.



So I have been doing my own research into the subject and found bits of pieces of data all over the place. I'd like to centralize it if we could.

In my limited experience with them on this truck, they feel heavy. Very Heavy. It makes the truck feel a little sluggish to accelerate and increases braking distance.

The highway ride is smooth but the truck wonders a little. That might be from a worn front end though. I am anticipating that the truck is going to very feel stable with them when I am hauling my 12K horse trailer.

I am not sure that the loss of mpg, performance and high cost of tires with these wheels is worth the increased stability, payload and extended tire wear for me.

On thing that I absolutely cannot live with is the lack of traction the truck has in the snow due to these highway, all position tires. However, I must say that I love the look of them on the truck.
 

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from one who has had 19.5s for nearly 1/2 million miles , I agree with the highway tire and snow, real problem but if you run a traction tire if its a 2 wheel drive they sometimes get squirrly ( don't know why brand is relevant) if its a 4x4 and you run traction tires all around then it seems ok. Wear is good but not whats advertised. Stable? yes very much so , run 65 PSI and ride and traction is better , not lower than that! Expense , depends on brand some are more some are less than regular LT tires load raring the same most 225's are 3650 some 16to 20 LT tires are 3750 so thats not really a factor. Looks are very important to some not to others , I am going to AE 20's due to boredom and cheaper than a new truck. I have never noticed any negatives on stopping/starting/brakes and bearing wear , just did first front bearing and hub at 289,000 and did not need it. orig rears and brakes are normal time considering DP info and past experience, I tow 25-30thou most miles and am a good driver but not really a easy driver ,I work it hard. Hope this gives you some food for thought.
 

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A guy I work with has them on an 08 3500 DRW. Rides terrible when empty and squirrelly compared to any stock truck. Definitely stable when hauling loads though. All depends on what you want out of the truck. Looks? Ride? Payload? Sure do make a dually look like a big rig.
 

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I guess that first and foremost this truck is going to be used as a hauler. I will probably appreciate the stability when I hook up my horse trailer that goes about 12.5k loaded.


I'm looking into having the 4 rear tires replaced with traction tires in the fall.


It does make the truck look huge.



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