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Unread 08-08-2011, 06:38 AM   #1
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Default Whats your favorite/least favorite tire brand?

In order of best to worst(in my experience, that I have personally owned)

Michelin(hands down never had an issue ever)
Pirelli(very soft, wore out before tread warranty)
BFgoodrich(soft, wore out before tread warranty)
Uniroyal
Bridgestone
Dunlop
Douglas(really cheap, but lots of road noise, fair traction)
General
Cooper
Goodyear(I know there will be arguements, but I have had two blow out before the tread wear and I had 3 seperate at 3-3.5 years old and 15,000 miles on them)
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The worse tires I have experienced in my 40 years are Firestone, Goodyear, Dunlop, Uniroyal, and the latest, Nexon.

The good ones have been, Michelin, Bridgestone, and the very best, General Acclaim UHP, hands down.

The Generals were very reasonably priced, and had great steering response. Stuck like glue, and had great wet traction which is important around here.
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I'm running Goodyear Wranglers on my Ford and have had no trouble whatsoever out of them. They're nylon belted so they do squirm around and flex in cornering but that's a non-issue given what they're bolted onto. I've also had good luck with Michelins.


What I won't use: Continental(No traction whatsoever), Douglas(They're cheap, had two blow out at once and a third bulge up for no reason).
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Couple of notes in bold

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In order of best to worst(in my experience, that I have personally owned)

Michelin(hands down never had an issue ever) agreed Although BFG and Uniroyal are the same people BFG is there sports line Uniroyal is the economy line
Pirelli(very soft, wore out before tread warranty) Complete crap people like the name but truth be told the construction of these is usually on par with a off brand and cost is normally cheaper but sold for much more
BFgoodrich(soft, wore out before tread warranty)
Uniroyal
Bridgestone
Dunlop Re branded Good year made by Sumitomo as a subcontractor
Douglas(really cheap, but lots of road noise, fair traction)used to be made by Kelly but now made by Nexen which is a decent tire for a really cheap price but not quality
GeneralGenerally separated. I own a set not great but decent mid range
CooperSame as general as far as quality
Goodyear(I know there will be arguments, but I have had two blow out before the tread wear and I had 3 separate at 3-3.5 years old and 15,000 miles on them)Completely crap cost me a great car and almost my life.
1-10 best-worst

1. Michelin - Don't like dry heat over long time frames
2. Yokohama - never had a issue but watch out for in house re branded as Yoko's they can be fair but not as good quality. Also makes most tires in USA
3. Toyo - Pricey but great tires
4. BFG - not as good as they used to be but still great tires
4. Nitto - Lately a real favorite of mine ties with BFG
5. Sumitomo - Extremely good performer for a more reasonable price
6. Firestone - bridgestonenot a fan but have seen jumps in quality and believe it's a mid grade lien now
7. Contenential - General Feel about the same as F&B used to be crap but much improved now
8.Cooper - Has some really nice tires in there line up but also makes some that are complete crap even alot of there production has moved to ROC.
9. Falken - a little over priced but well rounded tire depending on what your looking for
10. Federal
11. Kelly - Good year - Vogue If they closed tomorrow My life would be much improved as they are complete crap




WHAT TO STAY AWAY FROM IN NO SPECIFIC ORDER
Hankook
Nexen
Kumho
Futura
Epic
Fisk Classic
Arizonian
Prodigy
Carisle
Douglas
AND ANY HOUSE BRAND TIRE IF YOU ARE NOT FARMILIAR ARE EDUCATED ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR.

WHATS NOT THAT BAD

Re brands - can be good performers although usually less then the brand they represent although I have seen good year re brands that's better then the real thing. Usually much cheaper then there real counterparts so a better value for buck. Also Re brands are now changing and the Rebranded companies are looking more seriously into representing there names better
Barum - not bad for a cheapo Sumi or falken made
Fusion - Bridgestone Re branded not a good looking tire but good performer
Riken - BFG re branded again good tire
Doral - Sumitomo re branded surprisingly good performing tire with nice build quality


OK did a lot of typing and just came to a blank. So I'll end with this if you know what your looking at then shopping in house brands can be beneficial, if not try to stick to name brands so even if you end up with a re brand you will have probably done OK. Most even the cheap tires are miles better then the premium 15 years ago so just need to watch out for a few brands. Most major makers have stolen a lot of R&D from Michelin now and the market has been much improved for it.
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My old Goodyear RT/S's were absolute junk. I'll never buy another Goodyear again.

Replaced with Kumho Mohaves and couldn't be happier. Absolutely fantastic tires, SO much more grip than my old Badyears.
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