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cheap junk.. same price as the much better sumitomo's. go sumitomos :) the HTR+'s are great, you might be surprised for what you get for the price.

ive installed almost everything out there.. either spend the big money for goodyear or bridgestone, or get some sumitomos!
 

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Get the highest reviewed (best?) tires made for the conditions you intend to drive in. Anything else is a waste, you would do the same for a bike, no?
 

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Just say no to China

jrm said:
I was looking at the AS, HR and w300 M/S for my tribeca. Thanks
The last set of Yoko Avids I got for my GTi were US made, handled great, ran quiet, had hardly any wear on them after 25k miles, and were not expensive. I'm gonna get a set for my A4.

wait a sec... you never drive that truck... you ride your bike everywhere... you got like 10k miles on it. You wore out the tires already?
 

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Well if I had that much money tied up in a vehicle, and I do, I wouldn't buy junk tires for it since they are responsible for most aspects of control during inclement weather conditions. If you can't afford the avid's, you could try these. Tirerack is a great resource for test information, and much cheaper prices, so I would start there. You wouldn't put walmart tires on your bike, it shouldn't be less important on your vehicle.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Dunlop&tireModel=SP+Sport+Signature&partnum=555VR8SIGXL&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&autoMake=Subaru&autoYear=2008&autoModel=Tribeca&autoModClar=With%20OE%20Rubber%20Valve%20Stems
 

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just like bikes, theres a ton of tires that are really great that arent the most expensive things on the market.

ive ran sumitomos on the road, track, mud, snow.. never felt let down at all. some of their tires have beyond more than enough traction for anything short of competition.

yokohamas are very much a budget brand tire. they're good enough, but thats kind of what im saying.
 

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I tried a set of Ventus, just 'cause they looked cool. They were sketchy in rain, worthless/ dangerous on snow/ ice, and wore out fast. Never again.
 

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One Pivot said:
just like bikes, theres a ton of tires that are really great that arent the most expensive things on the market.

ive ran sumitomos on the road, track, mud, snow.. never felt let down at all. some of their tires have beyond more than enough traction for anything short of competition.

yokohamas are very much a budget brand tire. they're good enough, but thats kind of what im saying.
Exactly. You don't have to buy the most expensive tires, but I wouldn't buy the most budget either. I run dunlop direzza star spec's for auto-x, and they are twice the tire as my yokohama advan's were that are around $100 a tire more. That being said, I run yoko geolander AT-S on both my 4 runner and my bronco. They're cheaper than BFG's, but offer everything I need on and off road. The point is, don't buy the crap at the bottom of the barrel. Search for information about the mid-level tires that outperform the more expensive tires.
 

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+1 to the Tirerack recommendation. I've started usuing them over the past several years and couldn't be happier. The reviews are a great asset and everytime I've called them about tires, they've been in stock. A few years ago I was passing through South Bend (where they're located) and saw their facility (HUGE & even got to see the test track being used). I stopped in as my A6 needed new treads. An hour later I left with the exact same tires installed for almost $300 less than the local shops were willing to do. Really dig the "Rack".
 

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Ok the Hankooks are crap

They cant be as bad as the OE goodyears on there now. Ok then the recs are the Sumitomo HRs, the Dunlop SP Sports and the Yoko Avids. Now i just need to see which of these comes in a 255/55/18 and are V rated.

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The national tire chains will match Tire Rack prices. At least I know Discount Tire and Firestone will around here. You'll have to bring proof of online pricing + shipping. If they get grumpy because of lost sales commission or try to jack up the price by charging extra for installation or tire disposal, go elsewhere. They'll match it without adding hidden costs.

The funny things about tires are that even reputable brands make junk. You'll have to look at individual models. Paying more cash doesn't give you a better tire.
 

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jrm said:
these tires suck
I remember my Goodyears, wearing out pretty fast on my GTi, and not sticking too well in the process. They were one of the sportier tires (and I forgot which ones), but were still heavy and squirmy.... and IIRC... only got 25k miles out of them before they were down to the nubs.

I've had good luck with checking the Tire Rack reviews. Good source of info, even if you don't get them there.
 

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Driving to the parents

pimpbot said:
I remember my Goodyears, wearing out pretty fast on my GTi, and not sticking too well in the process. They were one of the sportier tires (and I forgot which ones), but were still heavy and squirmy.... and IIRC... only got 25k miles out of them before they were down to the nubs.

I've had good luck with checking the Tire Rack reviews. Good source of info, even if you don't get them there.
I was getting vibration when id vary my speeds between 75 and say 60 pr 55. Just had the tires balanced and rotated too. As you mentioned i dont drive much but when i do im that much more disappointed in the OE good years. With the furloughs being extended past there proposed sunset date in july i really cant spend the $$$ on tires when tax seasons right around the corner.
 
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