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Old 04-26-2016, 05:01 PM   #31
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I could not get name brand tires for any less than about $425 per tire, and then only in steer and drive specific tires. (Seattle area)

Six tires plus install, remove, disposal, balancing beads ends up significantly more for even bottom of the list "name brand". In my case the cheapest non Chinese tires were Japanese Yokohama tires.

Good year and Michelin tires were somewhere around $450 and up per tire.

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$350 is pretty close to what I paid for name brand tires. I know I'll never wear out these commercial tires and I also know it's kind of a waist of money, but good name brand tires make me feel a lot more secure. I don't have my security blanket anymore.
I thought the Chinese tires were about $200 apiece?
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:08 PM   #32
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Ouch! Typical "better" Chinese tires run $200 bucks a pop here in Houston. I don't get...you guys are a LOT closer to China up there.
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:44 PM   #33
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Yeah, we could probably drive there to get tires but traffic is so difficult in China.
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Yeah, we could probably drive there to get tires but traffic is so difficult in China.
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Old 04-26-2016, 06:05 PM   #35
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I think that's a Chinese Wallmart parking lot.

Yes I know it's a toll gate.
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$350 is pretty close to what I paid for name brand tires. I know I'll never wear out these commercial tires and I also know it's kind of a waist of money, but good name brand tires make me feel a lot more secure. I don't have my security blanket anymore.
I thought the Chinese tires were about $200 apiece?
They are here.
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For work, I only buy name brand, non Chinese. For my personal use and pocket book, I went with Samson steers and retread rears. Going on 5-6 years later... I would by the Samson steers in a heart beat. I hate to admit it, but they ride better then the last Michelin steers we got for work. I have lost one rear retread, and have no faith in any of them.
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when looking at tires.. how do I tell the difference between "replace me now!" dry-rot and simple "weather check" that is rather harmless??

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The date codes will tell you more than a visual check.

But in regards to a visual check, if you can see any cords it is time to replace.
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Tango: can you tell me where you found tires for $200-ish each in the Houston area? I need six and have not found anything under $280. I'd be forever in your debt if you'd share your source!
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