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Posted: 12/2/2020 2:52:25 PM EST
Would like to buy a new canopy for my taco, and rims as well. What are some good shops to deal with in the South Central area? Also, what tires seem to do the best for icy roads?
Link Posted: 12/2/2020 10:38:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/2/2020 10:39:32 PM EST by akcaribouhunter]
Originally Posted By Sticklebackbob:
Would like to buy a new canopy for my taco, and rims as well. What are some good shops to deal with in the South Central area? Also, what tires seem to do the best for icy roads?
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Studded Hakapilitta are the best highway tire.
But if you get off trail get studded firestone winterforce tires. They are a bit more aggressive and can dig.

Currently running two on dads 06 f250 with one hakapilitta.
The haka does not do well in deeper snow but is good on ice.
My 13 taco will get the Firestone winter force tires when the ipikes wear out.
Link Posted: 12/3/2020 5:41:00 PM EST
Alyeska Tire has always been great to me.
Link Posted: 12/3/2020 7:36:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/3/2020 7:37:12 PM EST by Rosta97]
I have bfgoodrich t/a ko2s on my truck and falken wildpeak at3w on my suv and like both of them. Use them both year round.
Link Posted: 12/3/2020 9:01:04 PM EST
For winter tires, I like Blizzak for our three vehicles.
Link Posted: 12/4/2020 3:02:00 PM EST
If you get studded tires, do some reading on aluminum vs steel studs.
Link Posted: 12/4/2020 4:19:05 PM EST
I put Haaks on my Subaru, F250, and Tacoma.  I doubt there  is a better tire out there.  I've stopped to assist at a couple accident sites where poor tire choices made the difference.

Tire shops?  Dunno.  As long as it is not "just terrific service," I never really cared.

Down here in the stinking desert, I just buy tires/rims off craigs list and run them to where the tires almost start to rust.  





Link Posted: 12/5/2020 5:02:54 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/5/2020 5:08:31 PM EST by LeonardC]
Tires: We bought some Hakapilitta (sp) studded for our Tundra when we first moved up here (Great ice/road tires!) .  They had a great sale on them at the time.  Local shop just said they had none in stock.  ANC said they had none in stock but did a stock check for us and said Soldotna had a set.  Neither store would have them sent to them for us.  We drove down to Soldotna and picked them up.  Soldotna didn't have those tires for my Tacoma but sold us a very nice more, aggressive, set of studded tires for it.  We packed them home and the local store installed all 8 tires  for us.  Typical Alaska CS on getting the tires, but Alyeska has provided excellent service to us since.

Canopies: I had some spray bedliner (the tailgate top) work done and reset the canopy by AKBedliners off KGBR.  They did good work and got right on the project for me as I waited (appointment made ahead of time).  They have posters that say they sell Lear Canopies.  I needed new struts for one of mine and they didn't have any, didn't offer to order me some.  I went to 6 Robblee's and they ordered me a set from Lear.  They also have posters that say they sell Lear.  They may both only order you a canopy, not carry any in stock; makes sense because of all the color/truck differences.
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