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Old 09-23-2015, 04:55 PM   #1
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Opinions on tires?

I'm looking at some yokohama tires:

11r22.5 size:
RY023 for the steer
TY577 for the rear

Any thoughts on these tires vs another manufacturer? They cost about $1000 more than a set of chinese off brand tires (triangle?) but I get more warm fuzzies with a name brand tire.
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Old 09-23-2015, 06:41 PM   #2
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I doubt anyone here puts any REAL mileage on their tires to be of much use.
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Old 09-23-2015, 07:04 PM   #3
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I'm looking at some yokohama tires:

11r22.5 size:
RY023 for the steer
TY577 for the rear

Any thoughts on these tires vs another manufacturer? They cost about $1000 more than a set of chinese off brand tires (triangle?) but I get more warm fuzzies with a name brand tire.
nothing wrong with yokohama , price out toyo tires and hankook, all good brands, some of the china brands have been getting good reviews. in most cases the tires will time out from age rather then miles.
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I doubt anyone here puts any REAL mileage on their tires to be of much use.
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Sneaking a peak at Skoolie.net (between honey-do's); will check out this discussion when I get time...

Consumer Reports hasn't tested school bus tires of course, but I suspect that some of the magazine's general recommendations apply: avoid the cheap, off-brand Chinese tires. (Hankook, Kumho and Nexen aren't "off brand" in this sense because these Korea/China companies have built a reputation.)

Student Transportation of America's Omaha location has Hankook on its Blue Birds and Continental on its Int'l Coaches. They're good enough for the school bus mfrs and operators. Not enough for a final conclusion but something I'm keeping in mind.
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I have never liked the thought of any Chinese tire on any of my vehicles. However, when pricing tires for my bus, price had to be the final factor. I don't remember off hand how much the steers were, but I remember them being alot cheaper then I expected. So, I went with the 11r22.5 Samson steers. Bought them in 2011 and have put right at 10,000 miles on them. I really hate to admit that I like them. I put retreads on the rear, can't say I would do that again. I might actually think about Samson's for the rear next time too. I feel they run better/smoother then the Michelin's on some of my work trucks.

Here's an interesting read on Samson's.
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Samson's tires have a very good rating, sailun tires are also a good brand that are on many motorhomes, I have been reaching tires for a bit now and there a very high quality Chinese tires,
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Lets face it Chinese doesn't mean bad, it means they leveraged one of a couple of things to make them cheaper. Sure they could have made the quality less to make them cheaper, they could use environmentally harmful process, they could use processes that are dangerous to the workers, they could simply not be paying the workers, or the government could be subsidizing them to dent the market share of the market leader. All are techniques we know china could be using
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I prefer my tires round.
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Lets face it Chinese doesn't mean bad, it means they leveraged one of a couple of things to make them cheaper. Sure they could have made the quality less to make them cheaper, they could use environmentally harmful process, they could use processes that are dangerous to the workers, they could simply not be paying the workers, or the government could be subsidizing them to dent the market share of the market leader. All are techniques we know china could be using
Great points.

I recommend everyone watch the documentary "Death By China".

Tells all about it.

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Lets face it Chinese doesn't mean bad, it means they leveraged one of a couple of things to make them cheaper. Sure they could have made the quality less to make them cheaper, they could use environmentally harmful process, they could use processes that are dangerous to the workers, they could simply not be paying the workers, or the government could be subsidizing them to dent the market share of the market leader. All are techniques we know china could be using
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