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Old 07-18-2012, 07:25 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Hankooks are a decent tire DSA, but they are considered a second tier manufacturer.
By who?

All my family is buying now is Hankook for the most part. (Not my dad for his summers, but he needs a weird size)
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:41 PM   #22 (permalink)
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By who?

All my family is buying now is Hankook for the most part. (Not my dad for his summers, but he needs a weird size)
By everyone? The Koreans(Hankook and Kumho) started off with just as good, but way cheaper. The performance wasn't as good as the established brands.
That seems to be quickly changing though, they are aggressively moving up the ranks. Though there is another meaning to tier. You have premium brands, budget brands, and crap. Just because its a budget brand, doesn't mean it sucks.


I used to run the old Neovas for summer and Hankook v4's for winter. I have the V4's year round now, because the Neovas wore out. I've been looking at Dunlop StarSpecs but can't seem to scrape up the cash for my summer tire set.

One tire I miss is the Dunlop D40. Those tires were awesome.

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Old 07-18-2012, 08:57 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I've had Dunlops Radial Rovers on my Toyota Tacoma and Goodyear Wranglers on my TJ
the Dunops replace the OEM BF Goodrichs on the Toyota.
Dunlops out ran both Goodyears and and Goodrichs and were considerably less than both per tire, all with same relative profile, tire life guarantee.
Regardless of who owns Dunlops IMHO through similar wear cycles in similar usage on and off road, the Dunlop Radial Rover is the superior tire, IMHO.

That being said, this isn't about off road. On road performance wise, I've had Goodyears and they grip the road like ****, wear unevenly, and dry rot long before you hit their mileage guarantee, and I wouldn't sell them to people I hated. All based on my own experience with them on my T-bird, which was a worked over 302 throttle bodied V8.

My euro cars had Continetals and I loved them, but still I like the Bridgestones and the Michelin performance tires equally with the Dunlops a close third.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:05 PM   #24 (permalink)
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better chances are that you haven't heard of a lot of good tire brands


If you're on a budget, I would suggest going with either Falkens or Coopers. Both will be high quality tires, from good companies.

Reading those reviews on Discount Tire just makes me laugh. Some people complain they got low millage, others show fairly high millage. Some complain about the noise, some praise the lack of noise... Just goes to show how useless tire reviews can be. There's way too many variables involved. My recommendation is to go to a local shop and ask for their opinions, and what they offer.

As long as you stay away from Chinese brand tires, you should be ok. Tires made in China are fine but only as long as they are made by non-Chinese companies.

Falkens are generally made in Japan, and Coopers are generally made in the US (though some of their lower end, and offshoot brands are made in China).
I was referring to those odd ball Chinese tires.....

BTW guys, he is putting tires on a Challenger so the off road tire advice, although it is good, isn't exactly relevant.
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Agreed but someone else was asking about terrain tires.
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Agreed but someone else was asking about terrain tires.
yea, that would be me. I will make a separate thread so as to not derail the OP's thread.
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yea, that would be me. I will make a separate thread so as to not derail the OP's thread.
No need is is tire buying tips thread, not just my tires
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For your Challenger, Firestone Firehawk GT Pursuit tires. We just put them on all our Chargers at work. These were rated number one in the Michigan State Police Precision Driving Unit tests. Link here:

Michigan State Police Evaluate Aftermarket Tires - Vehicles - POLICE Magazine
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For your Challenger, Firestone Firehawk GT Pursuit tires. We just put them on all our Chargers at work. These were rated number one in the Michigan State Police Precision Driving Unit tests. Link here:

Michigan State Police Evaluate Aftermarket Tires - Vehicles - POLICE Magazine
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For legal street driving that does not push the limits of the law and safety the vast majority of tires will perform very similarly and selling tires is more about marketing greatness than manufacturing greatness. Part of the time companies are literally competing with themselves (ie: "OMG don't by Uniroyals they suck only Michellin tires are worht having" ).

There are some cheap tires out there that are problematic. However most tire brands (Dunlop, Goodyear, Hankook, BFG, Uniroyal, Michellin, Nokian, Continental, whoever I'm forgetting) are far more similiar than not.
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