Finally decided it was time to get new tires on the Excursion. I probably could have gone another 5,000 miles, maybe even 10,000 but why push it, plus they were getting cupped. I was quite happy with the Cooper Leon LTZ. They rolled nice and they lasted a long time. I think I got exactly 50,000 miles out of them. Not bad for a tire thats on a 8,000 lb vehicle.
As a replacement I decided to move away from all terrain profile and into a highway terrain since 99.95% of my driving is on pavement. Plus the highway terrain would be a lot quiter and smoother and possibly squeak out a little more MPG. I decided to go with the Nitto Dura Grappler since they have been getting good reviews and were designed for diesel trucks that tow. Here is a comparison of the new and the old.
At 30,000 miles on the Coopers, I damaged one of the tread blocks and I had to replace that tire. I decided to keeps its replacement since it only had 20,000 miles on it and keep it as an extra just in case. This is why I have one of the old ones to compare.
I have been in a period of transitions so I have been laying low for a wire letting the dust settle. In that time I decided to take a break from blogging also. I think this has been the longest I have gone without posting since I started five years ago. Hopefully I will get back in the habit of posting frequently and catch up on whats been going on the last two months.
Although it’s good to see an Arizona team on the favorable side of the whistle for once, I don’t know how much more of the bandwagoning I listen to. Its times like this, and the previous year where everyone starts talking football and offering all their knowledge and insight into the game. Let’s face it, Phoenix must be one of the most inept football crowds there is and this week it will be at critical mass. I will be much happier when it gets back to some underwhelming team that plays on the Westside and is owned by some clown that wears bolo tie and everyone stops making FB posts about the Red Birds.