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Unread 07-20-2008, 09:27 PM   #1
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I need to buy at least two new tires (front), but could go with getting all 4 new. The vehicle is a 1999 Ford Explorer and I am located in Arkansas.

1. What is the best time of year to get the cheapest price/deal on tires?
2. What are some good brands for normal driving?
3. How much am I looking to spend for 2/4 tires?

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just before summer, Michelin Hankook BFG Cooper (actuall cooper not in house) Kumho Toyo Uniroyal yokohama falken. Be prepared to spend 350 and up tires price go up with oil since petroleum is a magor product in the tire.

Stay Away from Firestone, Goodyear, Nexen, Federal, Dunlop, and anything in house.
Do not but car tires on your truck or LT tires on your truck yes the pricew is hard to pass up but it's not safe just because the tire is the same size doesn't mean it's designed for the same purpose even though the price is hard to pass sometimes be smart. It's not how much wieght it can handle but how it handles the wieght.

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P235/75r15, P235/70r15, Or P235/70r16 unless custom

This link is the best prices i've found and now get all my tires here.
http://www.onlinetires.com/default.a...ta=tireResults
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Tire rack, online tires, and vulcan tires arte the three best online places for tires... Price all three of them for the tire you wish to get... But lautinjr, why do you say firestone,goodyr, and dunlop are bad? They make great tires from my experience...

350$ IS about what you should have to pay for all 4 tires... I wouldnt expect them to be any more than 85-100/piece for the tires...
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So when looking at these tires from the link lautinjr provided, what should I be looking for spec wise? I don't know what the Speed Rating, Load Index, Sidewall, and UTQG mean, nor do i know what their abbreviated standards stand for.

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So when looking at these tires from the link lautinjr provided, what should I be looking for spec wise? I don't know what the Speed Rating, Load Index, Sidewall, and UTQG mean, nor do i know what their abbreviated standards stand for.
For you, speed rating shouldnt be a concern for i really doubt you ever really go over 80mph in the explorer... UTQG is Uniform Tire Quality Grade. Its a numbered and lettered rating for the tires over all performance. The number signifies tread wear, the higher the number the longer the tread life... The first letter is the traction rating, AA being the best,A,B,and C follow with C being the worst. I wouldnt expect to find Any AA or even A rated tires for you car, since your not buying high performance tires, traction is going to be a bit lower... And the next latter in line after the traction rating is the heat rating, This is the rating for the operating temp capabilities of the tire. Again, not high performance so you wont be smoking the tires so dont expect a very high rated temp. Ratings for the temp go from A to C as well.

Heres a good list of tires to pick form. This will give a good idea of whats out there. When you find a tire you like, search on Vulcan tires as well as online tires and between the 3 sites, you should find the best price on the net, and all three have great customer service, and speedy shipping. Also, i strongly recommend getting the road hazard warranty on any tires you buy, its well worth the small price if you ever blow or puncture a tire.
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... But lautinjr, why do you say firestone,goodyr, and dunlop are bad? They make great tires from my experience...
Dunlop and Goodyear are the same company and both use high charcoal content in there tires which makes for a cheap build but low quality tire Firestone it depends on the tire line with them a good set will be the best thing you could ever own but a bad set and you'll wish you never bought them there kinda 50/50. For some wierd reason I actually like the bridgestones though they use a impressive compound but I still won't own a set. Personnally I'm waiting for the TWHEEL to be released LOL.

Oh also Goodyear GA's cost me my favorite car one I would still drive today if I never but those tires on. The only reason I did was the firestone recall had the BFG's radial T/A backordered and I happened to know where a set was that nobody new about and said I'd give them a try then 4 weeks latter slam head on at 45mph under slight rain I totalled the firebird hydroplanning something the T/A's never did was loose traction in the rain. Key note Old tires Kill watch your DOT's My coworker lost his 14 year old sister inlaw in a wreck Saturday night do to dryrotted tires.
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Dunlop and Goodyear are the same company and both use high charcoal content in there tires which makes for a cheap build but low quality tire Firestone it depends on the tire line with them a good set will be the best thing you could ever own but a bad set and you'll wish you never bought them there kinda 50/50. For some wierd reason I actually like the bridgestones though they use a impressive compound but I still won't own a set. Personnally I'm waiting for the TWHEEL to be released LOL.

Oh also Goodyear GA's cost me my favorite car one I would still drive today if I never but those tires on. The only reason I did was the firestone recall had the BFG's radial T/A backordered and I happened to know where a set was that nobody new about and said I'd give them a try then 4 weeks latter slam head on at 45mph under slight rain I totalled the firebird hydroplanning something the T/A's never did was loose traction in the rain. Key note Old tires Kill watch your DOT's My coworker lost his 14 year old sister inlaw in a wreck Saturday night do to dryrotted tires.
Is what you say true of all lines from good year and such? Cause i find it hard to believe the the high performance tires would be made so cheaply... From what i have heard the Eagle F1's are amazing tires, but very expensive , for street/track application.
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So someone tell me. Are these Kumho tires any good? Been seeing a commercial on them here lately.....and they seem to have the same good specs as other tires...just at a price of about 15-20 $ cheaper per tire....

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kumho great not my cup of tee but great tires. I'm probably being a little hard on goodyear I've never drove with a F1 but have sold them and they are High charcoal but a company like good year doesn't stay in business just by name so I might not have givin them enough credit. I can tell you the Chevy C6 racing team after dominating the circuit for years in 2006 made a announcement that they were no longer using F1. they said while the tires have been great good year just didn't have the Technology or R&D to keep up with the performance they needed for the current car they then switched to Michelin. Also Chevy horsepower magazine one of the first articles they put out about the corvette vs viper in 1998 had track test results with a stock vette and a stock viper the Viper was slightly ahead after all runs then 2K latter they invested in a power programmer and a set of Michelin Pilot sport tires over the F1's and beat the Viper in every catagory while still saving 20K of the Viper sticker. Goodyear makes a good tire i'm sure just michelin has more development then anybody in the business.
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