moab wrote: JeeperCreeper wrote:
Then it's time for new tires. That'll set me back another seven bills or at least 550.
What tires you thinking about?
Everytime I research them with consumerreports.com and then tirerack.com for price. They end up being out of stock. I want all terrain. Looking at Yokohama now. Before that I had a set of Pirellis picked out. As you may recall I'm moving back to the PNW next summer. So I want something that will handle the snow and mountains in 4 wheel drive.
I found some pretty good ones. I usually go for Michelin on my other cars. Best warranty and best tires I've ever run. But either they don't make All Terrain or they're way to expensive.
Consumer reports is the only place I trust. But I do read the reviews on tirerack. They seem to be legit. Not all good. Not all bad.
EDIT - Was looking at these or similar:
https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.js ... toModClar=
Well, I know you didn't ask for my opinion, but since opinion's are like buttholes... I thought I'd share my butthole... errr I mean opinion with you.
Michelin's are awesome. Especially for highway tires with heavy vehicles. But you're right, they really don't have an all terrain.... but alas, there is a solution. Our good friends, BFGoodrich, the Baja champions, are owned by our "French tyre" friends (Michelin). Yes, expensive, but the BFG A/T KO2 tires are wonderful. There are other BFG all terrains that are not as aggressive, but they are not "mountain snowflake" certified (which I think is a good standard... not gold standard).
Also check out General Grabber AT2s. I love mine so much. But then again, my Jeeps are light vehicles compared to your suburban. I think they are a good budget alternative to the BFG.
I also love Cooper tires and their affiliates (Mastercraft, Hercules) but I know people who tow who had bad luck with Coopers on heavy vehicles. Also, the AT3 pattern is slippery on wet roads at times, so I wouldn't recommend them, especially on a big vehicle in the PNW.
I would stay away from Goodyear. They suck. I hate them. Everyone I know hates them (we are all geniuses). NASCAR doesn't hate them, because they are paid to like them. I almost died (not really) because of Goodyear tires.
I have no experience with Yokohama, Falken, Hankook, or Kuhmo. But I know all are pretty decent from endless videos (I love rubber things) that I have watched. I almost bought Hankook Dynapro ATMs. I know some fleet trucks (so heavy and abusive) run them to great success. I really like the Falken AT3W tires, they will probably be my next tire to test out. Not sure if they make your size though and I'm too lazy to check.
Wildcard: ProComp A/T Sports... Yes, ProComp may be known for their shitty white shocks and bro-dozer-licious vehicles (yes, lots of Monster energy stickers and flat bill hats), but their tires can take a beating. I would say 50% of my rock crawling buddies run their rubber on their trail vehicles. Now, I never used the A/T Sports, but ProComp tires have come a really long way the last 10 years. You might get lucky with a deal on some from 4wheelparts or their affiliate 4wdhardware.