I hate tire shopping. And making it worse, it appears the snows I liked so much the last time are no longer available in 235/75R16.

Now I have two options:

- Pick a tire that IS still available (so far only able to find two).

- Get rims as well and step up a size.

- Run the tires I currently have (Hankook Dynapro AT-M) in the winter. Wear them out. Jump up a rim size after that.

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The first option makes the most immediate financial sense. However, my guess is that eventually I’ll have to move up anyway... 16" truck tires are a bit of a dinosaur nearing extinction. So, this might be a good time to snag rims as well so I don’t have to commit to 16" again when I need new summers. Alternately I could just not buy winters this year, my current tires do have the mountain/snowflake marking (good enough for insurance purposes), and I doubt they’d be much worse than the mostly-bald Blizzaks I ran last year. On the other hand, this morning they chirped at the drop of a hat... despite the rating, they’re obviously already getting hard at 6C.

Meh.

Insight welcome, otherwise this is just blowing off steam. FWIW one of the available options is the Hankook i-Pike, I know nothing about them.

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WHY CAN’T I JUST HAVE THE TIRE I WANT