Best Ram 3500 Tires

Best Ram 3500 Tires

Few trucks work hard like an HD Ram. If the rubber on your Ram is wearing down and you’re on the hunt for the best Ram 3500 tires, we’ve put together our top picks in several categories, including all-season tires, all-terrain tires, winter tires and more.

Ram 3500 Tire Sizes

Below are the different trim levels for the Ram 3500 as well as the different tire sizes available for each from the factory.

  • Big Horn Edition Crew Cab 275/70/18 or 285/60/20
  • Big Horn Edition Regular Cab 275/70/18
  • Dually 235/80/17
  • Laramie Crew Cab 275/70/18 or 285/60/20
  • Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 275/70/18 or 285/60/20
  • Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab 275/70/18 or 285/60/20
  • Laramie Mega Cab 275/70/18 or 285/60/20
  • Limited Crew Cab 285/60/20
  • Limited Mega Cab 285/60/20
  • Tradesman Crew Cab 275/70/18
  • Tradesman Regular Cab 275/70/18

18-inch Sizes

Best All-Season Tire for Ram 3500

Michelin Defender LTX MS

In the all-season category our two top picks are both from Michelin. The Defender LTX MS is more expensive but does come with a 50,000 mile warranty. Compared to other all-seasons in its class it holds up to colder and mild winter weather much better and offers better grip when the temperature drops. The heavy siping on the tread blocks allows it to grip in the wet and even give grip in snow, so if you want an all-season tire that performs best in all seasons, this is our top pick.

We’ll also add that Michelin puts extra focus on the tire’s performance over the full life of the tire, so even after a few years, the high level of performance doesn’t drop off.


Best All-Season Tire for Ram 3500 (alternative)

Michelin Agilis CrossClimate

The Agilis CrossClimate is our second pick and it comes with benefits and drawbacks when compared to the Defender LTX. It’s unique in that it’s actually certified for true winter use, so it takes winter capability to the next level. We mentioned how the Defender LTX does better than other all-season tires and while true, the Agilis CrossClimate is even more impressive.

At the same time, its ultra-wide connected tread ribs are designed to better withstand high torque motors and heavy payloads, so it’s great for those Cummins-powered trucks.

It doesn’t come with a specific tread life warranty, but it should still last a solid 50,000 miles.


Best All-Terrain Tire for Ram 3500

Michelin LTX AT2

There really is no shortage of all-terrain options for the Ram 3500 and there’s plenty of variety as well. The Michelin LTX AT2 delivers the best balance between on-road performance and off-road grip. It’s by no means an extreme off-road tire, but it’s certainly capable and its on-road ride quality and driving dynamics are exceptional. Plus it comes wth a 60,000 mile warranty.

We’d also recommend the Cooper Discoverer ATP II which is a slightly cheaper option with a bit more off-road grip and a little less on-road performance.


Best All-Terrain Tire for Ram 3500 (alternative)

Bridgestone All Terrain TA KO2

For those who are more concerned with maximum off-road grip, you can’t beat the Bridgestone All Terrain TA KO2 DT.

While the KO2’s unique tread design offers exceptional grip off-road, it’s also a next-level performer when it comes to a tread that won’t chunk or fall apart under hard use. Plus, it comes with a legendary reinforced sidewall.

But even more importantly, the DT specific version it takes the tire’s famous durability to new heights with a tread that’s built to withstand the extra abuse of a larger truck and powerful motor.


Best Highway Terrain Tire for Ram 3500

Continental Terrain Contact HT

For those who need to pack on the highway miles but also need occasional off-road grip, this Continental is an excellent middle ground for most truck drivers. Larger tread sections are used that hold up well on big trucks and under hard use. Each tread section does feature plenty of siping with jagged edges for extra traction in wet and surprisingly good grip in snow.

All of this helps give the truck off-road grip and it’s durable enough to handle regular use on dirt or gravel roads.

It’s also quite nice on the highway with a computer-optimized tread design for low noise, including small tie-bars between the outside tread blocks that work to limit road noise.

Impressively, LT sizes come with an excellent 60,000 mile tread life warranty.


Best Highway Terrain Tire for Ram 3500 (alternative)

Firestone Transforce HT2

An affordable option that delivers a mix of on-road civility with off-road grip, the Transforce HT2 makes big improvements over the original HT but it’s still lacking when compared to top-tier tires.

Grip in snow is quite poor so we don’t recommend these for those in Northern states.

Expect to get roughly 55,000 miles on a set, which is decent, especially for the price.


Budget Tire for Ram 3500

Firestone Transforce AT2

Firestone Transforce AT2 Review

For those looking for a more affordable option, the Firestone Transforce AT2 won’t blow you away in terms of off-road performance, but it’s solidly capable and reasonably civilized on-road too. In fact, for an all-terrain tire, it delivers quite a nice ride on-road.


Cheapest Mud Tire for Ram 3500

Milestar Patagonia MT

Cheapest Tire for Ram 3500

Corsa All Terrain

Best Winter Tire for Ram 3500

Bridgestone Blizzak LT

Cheapest Winter Tire for Ram 3500

There are probably cheaper snow tires out there. In fact, we know there are. But these are the cheapest good winter tires. While we’d like everyone buying Blizzaks, we also appreciate just how expensive they are and insist that any winter tire is better than no winter tire. That said, if you want vastly improved winter grip and safety, the Cooper Discoverer Snow Claw is a solid bet.

Cooper Discoverer Snow Claw

What tires come on the Ram 3500?

Three different tire options are available on non-dually Ram 3500 models. Versions of the truck running 18-inch wheels are fitted with either the Firestone Transforce HT or Nexen Roadian AT Pro RA8. Those running 20-inch wheels exclusively run the Firestone Transforce AT all-terrain tire.

Dually models come equipped with a longer list of tires, although all are 17-inch fitments. They include: General AmeriTrac, General AmeriTrac TR, Nexen Roadian AT Pro RA8 and finally the Nexen Roadian HTX RH5.

Tire Buying FAQ

Where can I find the best price on tires?

There is no one answer to this question unfortunately. Sites like Tire Rack and Discount tire offer deals all the time on specific brands. You can also find deals on Amazon though they are much harder to find and often only apply to a specific size or group of sizes. Visit our Tire Deals page for more info.

When is the best time to buy tires?

It’s common that many shoppers buy tires once its already too late. At that point you don’t have a lot of choice and can often over-pay. If you’re planning ahead, generally, retailers offer significant tire deals around major holiday weekends (especially in the summer), as well as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

How much is Shipping?

Shipping is often included when you purchase tires online. Many retailers offer free shipping if you get your tires shipped to an installer that they recommend. Even if you ship to your home, Tire Rack offers free shipping on purchases over $50. And if you’re buying new tires, that won’t be hard.

How long does shipping take?

Shipping can take just a few days, or over a week in the worst cases. Often it depends on where you live. anyone in a larger urban center or living closer to a tire distribution center can get them quite quickly.

Does anyone offer mobile tire installation?

Depending on where you live, there may be numerous local mobile tire installers available. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of tracking one down, TireRack offers its own service. You don’t even have to purchase tires from TireRack to use it.

While it’s more expensive than bringing your tires to the shop, it’s also a lot more convenient. Prices start at $25 per tire.

How much does it cost to install a tire?

Generally you’ll pay between $25 and $50 per tire for installation services. This includes mounting and balancing, while using the latest tools so your rims don’t get scuffed or scraped.

Do I need to replace the tire pressure monitoring system when I change tires?

It’s not necessary to replace TMPS sensors when you change tires, but you may want to consider it. The units can fail over time due to damage or corrosion. Also, most units contain a battery and as a sealed unit, they must be replaced when the battery wears down. While most tire installers will handle sourcing these parts for you, you can also buy your own here.

Do online tire retailers offer rebates?

Absolutely! In fact, rebates are offered by most brands (even premium ones). Often these incentives are offered with other deals including up-front discounts and credit card offers.

4 thoughts on “Best Ram 3500 Tires”

  1. If you buy a new Ram truck, Make the dealer remove the factory “Nexen Tires” and replace them. These tires are separating & defective and no warranty. We just replaced at 8000 miles. Not good on a towing vehicle…

    1. Absolutely AGREE !! 100! The nexen tires have left me stranded on the side of the road due to separation with less than 15K on the tire. These tires are terrible. I’ve had two warrantied and wonder why they bother. Had to remove mine at less thank 35,000 miles after 2 replacements. TERRRIBLE !

  2. Same experience here, both front tires deformed and blew up from inside out. Ram knows of the issue and so does Nexen. Nexen blames Ram for missplacement of tire and Ram does not accept responsibility. In my case Dealer replaced my right front cause it blew up before the year and at 7000 miles. The left one I called Nexen for warranty, I filled a form and sent pictures and they sent a check of $235 for the tire. It is a liability and soon there will be a huge law-suit I bet when someone gets hurt.

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