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#75317 - 02/22/07 11:58 PM vehicle tires  
Niko  Offline
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 356
Campbell, CA
I am due for new set of tires, The current ones lasted 40k miles and are Bridgestone.
I got a quote today from a local vendor WHEEL WORKS THAT SELLS FELKON TIRES) that was half the price of Bridgstone and other leading brands.

Do you think it is worth to try the least expensive ones.

I don't know what to look for intires.Is it worth to pay the double price for a leading brand?

Please educate me.


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#75318 - 02/23/07 12:03 AM Re: vehicle tires  
gfretwell  Offline

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,124
The construction guys I know buy the cheap tires. They usually fail to too many nail holes or other road hazards long before they wear out.
If you buy a lot of tires I would try one set to see how they ride.

Greg Fretwell

#75319 - 02/23/07 12:58 AM Re: vehicle tires  
Luketrician  Offline
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 272
Sale Creek, TN USA
Sometimes I think sheetrockers put more screws on the ground than they do in the walls. Three consecutive days, three different flat tires. All of which were from drywall screws.

I wouldn't get a cheap tire or a top dollar name brand either. I always stay in between the two. Being around a construction site almost guarantees you getting a flat sooner or later. IMO

Luke Clarke
Electrical Planner for TVA.

#75320 - 02/23/07 01:11 AM Re: vehicle tires  
renosteinke  Offline
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Blue Collar Country
I have found it well worth it to get "real" truck tires. That is, "LT" rather than "P". In a similar vein, 1-ton rated, rather than 3/4 ton.

These tires have much stronger sidewalls, and seem much more resistant to naila and screws. The down side is that they cost $200 each, rather than $50.

#75321 - 02/23/07 01:37 AM Re: vehicle tires  
Niko  Offline
Joined: Aug 2006
Posts: 356
Campbell, CA
The ones that i was quoted have high load rating (E) are made from 10 ply, and are rated for 1 ton. All that said they cost $90 VS Michellen taht is $180.00
I think there must be a difference, it can't be double the price just for the brand name.

I don't know...

Knock on wood, in 15 years of driving i only had 1 flat tire.


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#75322 - 02/23/07 03:10 AM Re: vehicle tires  
stevecheyenne  Offline
Joined: Nov 2006
Posts: 38
Yorba Linda, CA
We run two 1 ton service trucks that weigh about 8500 pounds and have for 15 years. I've bought a lot of tires during that time - always 10 ply.

The problem we have had with cheap tires is that they shread, usually at speed on the freeway and usually at the worst possible time. I've been buying Michelins because they last 60K miles, ride nice and don't shread.

But they are expensive - very expensive. To try to cut the cost, I recently put a set of Yokahamas on one of the trucks. The tire guy says they're good performers and they cost less than the Michelins. 10K miles so far, they ride nice and haven't shreaded yet.

The Hankooks that came stock on my truck look like they will make 60K miles as well, but the ride quality is poor. At least they didn't shread.

Time will tell.

#75323 - 02/23/07 04:58 AM Re: vehicle tires  
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,223
SI,New Zealand
I have 12 ply on my Faults truck.
We've always used 12 ply with our 4WD vehicles, even with the old 2 litre truck I used to drive.
Chains are prevalent here during the winter, Dunlop tires here seem to work well.

#75324 - 02/24/07 12:42 AM Re: vehicle tires  
homer  Offline
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 68
Vancouver, WA, USA
Worn shocks can also be a tire killer. Some factory shocks are such poor quality that they do not do the job. The tires then end up doing the job of absorbing the reverberations caused by road imperfections instead of the shocks. It beats the heck out of the tires and the money out of your wallet.

#75325 - 02/24/07 08:31 AM Re: vehicle tires  
Sandro  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 444
Stoney Creek, ON, Canada of my favourite non electrical topics.

"you get what you pay for" applies here.

Tires are a critical component of any vehicle.

Generally speaking, the newer model tires are the costliest as they feature the latest technology in tires.

check for excellent reviews on many tires from people who actually own them. If you are looking for truck based highway tires, start here..

We've run everything from no name tires, to Hankook DynaPros, to BF Goodrich Long Trail T/As to Michelins on our trucks.

I have to say, although they cost more, the Michelin LTX M/S are the best tires we have ever run thus far. Excellent traction in all conditions, and longest lasting.

If you need winter truck tires, check out the Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow. We bought a set based on the tirerack consumer reviews and can agree that they are the best snow tires we've ever owned.

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#75326 - 02/25/07 06:03 PM Re: vehicle tires  
Niko  Offline
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Posts: 356
Campbell, CA
Thank you for everyone's advice.


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