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Author Topic: Need new tires  (Read 8361 times)
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macdaddy
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« Reply #30 on: January 07, 2005, 07:03:08 AM »

I put the Yokohoma Geolander H/T's on my 2001 AWD TEK.  In my opinion they are an excellent tire for my application.  I was able to get 85,000 miles on my Firestone Affinities.  I currently have 22,000 miles on my Geolanders and they are wearing better than the Firestones and the traction is A+++.  I live in Michigan and the traction in the snow and water has been very impressive.   The ride is a bit firmer with these tires as well and noise is at a minimum.

The other tires I considered were the Continental Conti-Trak and the Coopers.  I agree, with this tire size there are not many choices.  Another thing I found was most of them only came with raised white letters.  My Yoko's have raised white outlined letters and they look pretty good.  The lettering has held up well and is easy to clean.

What ever you get, keep in mind that rotating them every 10,000 miles will extend there life.  I expect my Yoko's to go at least 80k!!! :cooldude:  
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« Reply #31 on: January 07, 2005, 07:34:22 AM »

Had the new Tiger Paws installed yesterday just before our biggest snowfall of the year.  I used the opportunity to goof around in a large parking lot near my house and the new tires passed with flying colors.  I could accelerate and brake without any issues in about 5" of snow.  Sure, the traction control and anti-lock kicked in a few times but not more than what I would expect.  Tire noise is non-existent and my slight wobble at 70MPH is gone too  Cheesy .  I'll have to wait and see on the wear but I plan to rotate regularly.  

I know one thing for sure is that I will never read tire reviews again.  Every car is different and there is no way of comparing apples to apples when picking tires.  By the way, the dealer told me that the Uniroyal Tiger Paws in the Teks size were discontinued recently.   I'm not sure how they will honor their tread life warranty but I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

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vanman250
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« Reply #32 on: January 07, 2005, 02:57:56 PM »

Someone told that if put 215/60 x 16" on the Aztek that you'll have better handling and a bit more power. They clam that it makes a very noticeable difference.

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« Reply #33 on: January 08, 2005, 08:31:17 PM »

van man it has better handling but your speedometer will be off a couple of miles if ur goin with 60 series go with 235/60/16 it will have better control! :cooldude:


AztekEd as i said and u repeated here every car has it's tires so just go with the one you feel good about :cooldude:


macdaddy i have the same tires the yokohama and just love them 2
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Fianlly all this is gone
Yellow Tek GT
Pro-Tec airfilter+ air box baffle removed
Yokohama Geolander G-051 215/70/16


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« Reply #34 on: January 14, 2005, 12:21:42 PM »

After reading numerous reviews and posts and talking to some tire people, I just ordered from Tire Rack, 4 of the Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S  G051.  I could have bought them through 2 places here, one Suburau dealer ($160 each plus mounting) and one tire place ($109 each plus mounting).  I have a friend who will charge me a lot less to mount them and Tire Rack was only $76 each.  So even with $43 shipping the tires were a better deal at Tire Rack.  2 day shipping time from Delaware, of course the weekend is here so hopefully early next week I'll be seeing them.
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Palladin
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« Reply #35 on: January 15, 2005, 08:55:32 PM »

Bought it in Montreal,
My original tires that came with the TEK were 215/70 R16 Firestone tires.
The Tek felt tippy and wobbled on hard acceleration.
Pulling a tent trailer the Tek did not feel secure.

In mid vacation I changed the tires to Michelin 225/60 R16.
It made a world of difference. The Tek now handled way way better: I could really push the Tek around and the vehicule stays very sure footed.
Also, with a smaller diameter tire, you are lower to the groud and more stable.
I also got more torque and a more peppy and more fun to drive into corners.

I also changed the rear shocks (front weel drive only). Again a gig difference since the original shocks are of poor quality and seems to dampen only one way.

Now I could pull the tent trailer with ease since before the trailer would really disurb the handling of the Tek.

Now if only I could get more horsepower from it. Say put a K&N filter...
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vanman250
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« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2005, 10:50:24 AM »

Palladin did this change your speedometer at all ?

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« Reply #37 on: January 18, 2005, 09:07:01 AM »

Does anyone know if the Goodyear Wrangler AT/S comes in 215-70-16?

I've run them on my Ranger for the past 4 years. They're very good on snow and the extra road noise would not be noticeable with the windows up in a vehicle as well soundproofed as the Tek.

 
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« Reply #38 on: January 18, 2005, 09:42:41 AM »

A quick look at goodyear website show only Wrangler HP in that size  
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Bake151
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« Reply #39 on: January 21, 2005, 07:43:05 AM »

Ok, last post for me in this topic, unless someone has a question.  I had the Yokohams's installed and have been driving with them for 3 days now.  Been through a couple inches of sn*w, wet roads and some dry.  Seems to handle very well in all the conditions.  I like them.  The test will be going home from work tomorrow night, they are calling for up to 10 inches.  I don't think I'll have any problems though.  There is no road noise with them and they feel smooth.  I would recommend them.  And Tire Rack was the cheapest place even with paying shipping.
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