Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Firestone Winterforce UV

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Vehicle: 2007 Ford F150 XLT Super Cab 4wd
4.0
Miles Driven on Tires: 800
Location: Manchester, TN
Driving Condition: Mostly Highway
Driving Style: Average
Firestone Winterforce UV
Follow-Up Review: 65,000 miles on tires
December 28, 2012
Just a follow-up after putting 65,000 miles on these tires. Bought them September 2010 for my '07 F-150 XLT 4WD due to the price and being on a tight budget and the ratings for load, etc. being comparable to OEM General tires. I've driven them year-round even though they're winter tires, including heat waves of 108 degrees outside. Figured they would wear quickly in hot weather but not the case. I'm going to get a different model of Firestone's today, December 2012, but gotta say if you're considering buying these I've had great success with them. At 65,000 miles they still have a good amount of tread left, just changing out due to getting concerned with structural failures and doing mostly interstate speed driving, plus going to a better ride quality all-season tire. Didn't have much of a winter last year in middle Tennessee, but the first winter I had them on there, still fairly new, we got snow and ice several times and these tires were awesome. Vehicle makes and models have all to do with how tires perform of course, but on my particular truck they gripped amazingly in snow and icy slush/snow. I could jump on the brakes on my back roads and hardly even slide. They stuck like glue. After getting used to that I had 110% confidence that I could drive in anything with these bad boys. Ride comfort has been fair, but they are noisy as you would expect for this type tread. Overall highly, highly recommended.
Initial Review: 800 miles on tires
September 26, 2010

I wouldn't normally post a review until I had put more miles on a set of tires, but thought I would in case there's anyone else out there like me not wanting to spend a fortune on tires but still wanting good handling. Frankly, Firestone would have been the last brand I would normally have bought due to my perception that the company has had too many quality problems, but I honestly don't know if that's accurate or not. At any rate, being in a low budget mode right now I went for these due to the incredible price, the outstanding reviews by owners on this site, and with winter coming up. The reviews are what convinced me. Living in middle Tennessee we don't get the serious snows like in other parts of the country, but last year we got several that were pretty heavy for our area and with some serious ice a couple of times. Nice to know reviewers rank these very high for that type driving in case we get some this year. The tread on these is very deep and aggressive, and look great on the truck in the blackwall. A little squirm when cornering but to be expected on a new tire with deep tread. Rain handling is awesome. They do have a little highway hum, to be expected with a winter tire, but I have a louder than stock exhaust so who cares? The ride quality is pretty good, and this truck has a pretty stiff suspension. They make them in an LT (light truck) 10-ply model, but I got the passenger rated ones since I don't haul much or tow anything. And if anyone is considering going one size wider than the stock 255-70/17's on a 2007 F-150, the 265-70/17's I bought fit fine and with plenty of clearance at the rear shocks and the front suspension arms, and a very minor amount taller. I'll come back and do a follow-up after more miles and more weather. (If you're going to order from these guys, check out Spencer at extension 690, a really professional guy . Got the order right and to me in two days.)

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