Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Bridgestone Dueler A/T RH-S

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Vehicle: 2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4wd Crew Cab
3.5
Miles Driven on Tires: 51,000
Location: TOPEKA, KS
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Bridgestone Dueler A/T RH-S
Initial Review: 51,000 miles on tires
October 03, 2015

These Bridgestone Dueler AT RH-S tires came stock from the factory (P265/65R18 OWL) on my 2009 Silverado Z71 crew cab. Overall, during 51,000+ miles and 6 years, I would rate them as maybe a little better than average. These tires have never pulled a trailer or hauled a load in the bed, and they've been used 50% city/40% highway/10% gravel. I am a stickler for maintenance and they have been rotated at each OLM-indicated oil change, about every 5-6K miles. The wear has been balanced across the tread face with no cupping or grooving, but gravel has cut and pitted some of the tread blocks more than I thought it would. They have always had a tiny little bit of steering vibration since new, but it has never gotten any worse. They are worn down to the outside AT wear bars and will last 55-60K miles at the max. They have always been bad about capturing and throwing small rocks since new, but i have mudflaps. Dry paved and gravel road performance is good, snow and ice performance has been very good for an all season (it's not a winter-dedicated snow-tire), and wet performance and hydroplaning have been average when new and below average since 35K miles. My main problem is the noise and the cracking have been unacceptable. These tires started becoming noisy at 15K miles, and although they are riding fairly smoothly with no visible out-of-roundness, they are so noisy now that driving on smooth, paved surfaces makes you think a wheel bearing or differential is going bad. And the rubber started cracking badly down in the tread grooves when they were only 3 1/2 years old, at about 30K miles. Local tire dealer told me they are not safe; no doubt he wanted to make a sale. But I have been determined to get the full wear out of them, and they haven't blown out on me yet--crossing my fingers while researching replacements.

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