Tire Review: BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT All-Season Radial

BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT
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I muttered more than a few colorful words after I got a look at the passenger side front tire of our 2007 Ford Explorer. It’s ostensibly the family work truck – responsible for equipment hauling, dog shuttling, and the majority of the everyday driving my wife and I do in general. It basically needs to work 100% of the time, and that reliability was recently put into peril because of a tire problem.

Purchased as a replacement for our previous Explorer (rest in peace, 2003 XLT), this new-to-us model came with an almost-new set of Yokohama YK580s when we bought the truck a year and a half ago. 18,000 miles and at least one tire rotation later and the three of the tires were nearly done for, while the front-passenger one was already well past its expiration date, replete with a nail in the rubber that drew additional attention to a shoulder block that was almost ready to show its steel belts.

Clearly the nail was an issue that needed to be addressed immediately, but the uneven tread wear was also disconcerting, as was the surprisingly short tread life in general. The upshot of all this was that we were going to need a new set of tires after just a…


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