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I HAVE to buy my truck new tires, but i really only need to replace 2. It has been told to me that i need to buy all new tires at one time to work the best for my truck. I really cant afford to buy all new at one time, but would do it if is the best for my truck.

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Amanda,

If you have a 4X4, you have to buy 4 tires, or you may damage your drivetrain.  Very expensive!!

If you have a 4X2, buying 4 tires insures the vehicle will handle properly.  If you only buy 2, there's a risk the vehicle will have handling issues. - and the more different the tires, the more likely there will be issues.

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Barry Smith

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I have over 30 years experience in the design, manufacturing, and testing of tires. I have served as the technical advisor to the "800" number. I have authored or co-authored many publications - usually without credit. I can answer almost any technical question, but please don`t ask me to compare brands. I probably have prejudices because of my work experience.

Experience

Member SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Member Tire Society (Tire Technical Organization) SCCA Regional Competiton License holder Authored many training manuals on tires, their care and use.

Organizations
SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Tire Society

Publications
You may want to visit my web site: http://www.barrystiretech.com/index.html

Education/Credentials
I am a graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH - BME, 1971 I attended graduate school at the University of Akron - but did not complete my PhD - something I regret.

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