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Old 06-04-2013, 09:30 AM   #1
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Seeking long-life tires. No, really.

So I seem to be hard on tires. Not because I play Speed Racer, but, I guess, because I enjoy driving in the mountain & canyon roads in SoCal. I got a set of ProContact with EcoPlus Technology 205/60-15s about 20K miles ago. http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....lus+Technology I drive carefully and don't hot rod around the corners. Now, after 20K miles, I see I have maybe, if I am real careful, 5-7K more miles left on the tires. They have an 80K mile warranty. I feel I got hosed.

So I'm gonna need new tires soon when I should not have to think about it for another four years.

It's hard for me to believe that driving conservatively in the canyons would have accelerated the wear to this degree, but I guess it did.

So, I need some tough tires that can give me a few years wear while I put a kid through college. Any recommendations?


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Old 06-04-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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When I sold tires, the only brands that actually got close to the mileage they were rated for was Michelins and some BFGoodrich tires.

Having said that, I have had Michelin, 2 sets of BFG, Goodyear, and Cooper Tires.
Goodyear Eagles 50,000mi tire, got 32,000
Cooper 35,000mi tire, got 22,000
Frist set of BFG 60,000mi got 52,000
Second set of BFG 25,000mi got 22,000
And im on the Michelins right now which is a 45,000 mi tire im currently around 38,000

The Coopers, second set of BFG, and Michelins are all sport tires.

In my experience and what I saw when selling tires Michelin and BFG lasted the longest.
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SkyPilot,

Thank you very much for this info!
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what are you alignment specs and how often do your wheels get rotated? Could be something else there that's causing them to wear prematurely. The alignment specs for the focus is pretty wide, which could be hurting your tire life.
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Although expensive from America's Tire. I like the yokohama yk580. My previous pair of yoko yk 490 lasted 4 years, more if I did an alignment 3 years in. I switched to a Bridgestone ponzea those lasted only 2 years. So I went back to the yokos.
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what are you alignment specs and how often do your wheels get rotated? Could be something else there that's causing them to wear prematurely. The alignment specs for the focus is pretty wide, which could be hurting your tire life.
I had the car aligned at the local Ford dealer. I rotate every oil change (5K). I think it's the canyons. Like this one:
http://www.pashnit.com/roads/cal/LittleTujungaRd.htm
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look at something like the Michelin defender/continental ecoplus....insane mileage warranty's and claims of long life...stay away from anything performance/sport, that'll get you something with a softer compound, better grip but shorter life. have a look at the utqg ratings on the tires you are looking at...the higher the number generally means longer life...usually performance tires hit around 300 or lower. i've seen some Michelin tires in the 7-800 range. keep in mind that the ratings are not equal across brands so a 700 Michelin is not the same as a 700 bfg/bridgestone, etc. it'll give you a good idea where each tire stacks up across a manufacturers line-up. keep in mind you're probably gonna pay a little more for a tire that'll get you some life...
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A quick look at the UTQG numbers in Tirerack shows these...

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....omCompare1=yes
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I have seen a lot of newer Fords coming into work with Michelin's (Energy, I believe) that have gotten a lot of miles on them. We checked date codes on one set of tires, which were about the time the car was made, and it had 95k on the Michelin Energy's and they still had 5/32 tread left. Now it was a fleet vehicle, so tire rotations were done every 5k.

Ive also heard that Hankook Optimo 426 are a good tire, mileage wise. I have never personally ran any of these, but my sister has about 10k on her 205/60r15's, and they are showing almost no tread loss.

Personally, I run Firestone Affinity tires. It is an economy tire that we install on anything from a Focus, to a Nissan Rogue. I know a bad comparison, but they wear really well, and also have a 70,000 mile warranty. I have almost 15k on them, and they are showing 9/32 left of the 11/32 new.
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are you claiming the tires against the warrenty? should be able to get a decent prorated value out of them when they bite the dust
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