What is your oppinion on the best tire to put on your Intrepid or Concorde? What's your favorite wheels?
the tires i have on now are not too bad. Goodyear eagle. I have a problem with them wearing on the front but i think its got problems. Im probably gonna put michelin hydroedge on next, theyve had good reviewsWhat is your oppinion on the best tire to put on your Intrepid or Concorde? What's your favorite wheels?
i currently have traction t/a's on the 17's and before that i had kr21's on 16's. loved the traction out of the kuhmo's but they barely lasted 33k miles, not impressed.I agree that buying tires is always a tough call. You mention the Avid TRZ. Is there any reason you passed over the Hankook H727? Maybe they don't come in the right size for the Intrepid. From this ranking, the H727s are #1, and the TRZs are #4.
I just picked up a set of these from Discount Tire for my 300M, and there is a $50 rebate through the end of November. Here's the link:
At the time I bought them, the price was $118. It's gone up in the last few weeks!?!
The other one to consider is the #5 tire - Kumho KR21. I have had two of these on the Intrepid for quite a while, and I liked them so much, I picked up two more. They seem to be wearing very well! I would have bought them for the 300M, but they don't come in the 17" size.
I can also agree on the Avid TRZ as a very good compromise between price and quality for normal driving. They were tested a while back by Consumer Reports, and their only down side was poor braking performance on ice if that is a concern for you. This is much different than snow traction, which was rated good. There is also a performance version of the Avid.i've spent countless hours on tirerack searching for a good tire that won't break the bank, best thing i've found is the Yokohama Avid TRZ. between surveys and tirerack's testing they have the best performance and mileage for the money.
*wet traction is a huge deal for me, nothing sucks worse than sliding around in the rain.
I have never seen an independent tire shop... I've seen independent garages (still attached to a major label like Cenex, Tesoro, etc), and some of them sell tires, but they don't stock much. All other tire shops I've seen are like a GoodYear dealer that is part of a chain. Then there is Sears, Walmart, K-mart, etc...A few other considerations:
1. I recommend using an independent tire shop and ordering through them rather than ordering on-line and getting someone to mount and balance. I found a shop who's prices where only a little higher than getting them on-line. You can ask for recommendations for tire shops at good parts stores like Carquest and NAPA or ask your mechanic. Check the shop's Better Business Bureau rating at your state's on-line BBB site. You can also look at the recommended installers list at Tirerack and the other on-line dealers, since those shops obviously know what the on-line prices are and may be most competitive.
The big advantage to ordering through the shop rather than on-line is that not only are you supporting a local business more, but you will be getting the warranty card through them. If you have any problems, they are going to be much more enthusiastic about helping you if you bought through them. If you have any vibration problems it could be a bad tire (needing warranty replacement), a bad wheel, or the mount/balance job. It is also a good idea to go to a shop that also does alignment and suspension work. You can have an alignment done at the same time and have your suspension checked.
Every city I've ever lived in over about 50K people in the midwest USA has had independent tire shops with names like "Smith Tire and Auto," "Jones Tire and Alignment," or "Bob's Tire and Wheel" (listed in the yellow pages under "Tire Dealers"). Most of them also do alignments, and some do other suspension work.I have never seen an independent tire shop... I've seen independent garages (still attached to a major label like Cenex, Tesoro, etc), and some of them sell tires, but they don't stock much. All other tire shops I've seen are like a GoodYear dealer that is part of a chain. Then there is Sears, Walmart, K-mart, etc...
Which type of shop are you referring to when you say "Independent"?
the FR380, has been Discountiued,, step up to the FR710,, wish they still made the FR440,, thats all I would run on my old Trep,Running who knows what on the front, but Firestone FR380 in the rear... Time to replace the fronts now, and I don't know if I want to buy more FR380s, or if I want to buy four new shoes all the way around and go with some upgrade... I think my local options will dictate what I do...