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Firestone X/T tires, Fuel Wheels for 2023 Chevy Silverado 3.0L Duramax


Our 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 3.0L Duramax Diesel truck got a new set of wheels! Thanks to our friends over at Bridgestone and Fuel Wheels, the truck got a big change to its looks. Publisher Tim Esterdahl along with Mr. Wheel Man prep the truck for a big trip by going through the Firestone X/T tires, sharing important details then going for a MPG and road noise drive to see how the off-road tires hold up.

Bonus: If you’ve ever wondered how new tires are put on new rims, how to switch tire pressure sensors, what it looks like when your tires are balanced, this video is for you!

All the Firestone X/T tires, Fuel Wheels details

Personally, I enjoyed watching the sped-up tire/wheel swap and balancing since I don’t usually get to see all that when I take my truck to the shop. So it was cool to watch and have Mr. Wheel Man explain everything that was happening. But when he got to ply and numbers my eyes started to glaze over. For those of you who like that sort of thing, you’ll be interested to note the new tires are a little wider and stick out past the fender just a tiny bit (approx 1.25 inches) for a tougher look, but they don’t change the ride height since the original tires and the new tires are both 33-inch tires.

The tires are Firestone Destination X/T tires. LT 275 60R20 and weigh about 52 pounds. They run about $268 each. The new rims are Fuel Traction Wheels with a 1-inch offset. These cost $485 each. Add that up, and you’re looking at about $753 total per wheel/tire combo.

After looking them all up, Esterdahl discover that the old wheel and tire combos weights were almost identical to the new combos. The big differences are the larger tread on the new tires, which makes them better for wet or cold conditions, and the slight offset which makes the truck look more capable.

Do the new tires ruin the fuel economy or make a lot of noise?

Once the wheel and tire swap is done Esterdahl takes the truck out for a road noise and fuel economy test. He expects the knobbier tires to make a little more noise, but is that what the sound meter says?

Esterdahl found the new tires to ride pretty well. No difference was noted except for bumps and rough spots due to the higher air pressure of the new tires, which he explains.

Now! On to the video where all the good stuff is.

Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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