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Re: A New Tire For Us!

Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:03 am

Tire Rack has the Continentals for the front - $85 each . . . . or, the OE Dunlops for $141 each - Your choice :shock:

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/TireSear ... iameter=17

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Re: A New Tire For Us!

Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:27 am

Don wrote:Another tire for us!

We're having our driveway poured with concrete and Carolyn brushed up against one of the form boards and poked a little hole in the sidewall of a rear tire. The Dunlop Ensaves are $148 each from Tire Rack and to be truthful, I've never been in love with Dunlop tires anyway, so I got to searching again

Her tires were the originals that came on the car (made in 2011) so it's no big deal that the tire is ruined - I was going to replace them shortly anyway. I put 2 new front tires on this car a few years back when I hit a chunk of asphalt that fell out of a truck immediately in front of us, causing a blowout, so new rears are all we'll need for now

Anyway, I found these Achilles tires in 175/60R15 from Amazon and they are supposedly rated LRR and for $100 less per tire than the Dunlops, they deserve a chance (in my book) so I ordered a pair. Saved me about $200!!!

https://www.amazon.com/Achilles-Sport-P ... 0r15+tires

Don


So now that you've had these Achilles on for a few months, are they about the same range? I live in Las Vegas, so no real issue with snow or rain, just dry hot pavement and a lot od A/C use so range is most important thing. The current OEM dunlop tires are at 4/32" - Discount Tire says they should be replaced soon. I think that they can probably be driven until bald but that scares my wife who does most driving.....
Walmart has the achilles for $47 with free shipping https://www.walmart.com/ip/Achilles-ATR ... /346770366
the full description says "Achilles ATR Sport 175/60R15 81H SL". Sold by Fastlane tires - same seller as on Amazon for the same price.

One review on Amazon Link: http://a.co/d/36nB07L says the tires he got were made in 2014, so 4 years old already. I don't know how much that affects the age of a tire (especially if it's kept in a warehouse and not outdoors). He felt tire only had 2 years of life left because of age. What was the date on the ones you bought?

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Re: A New Tire For Us!

Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:36 am

The $45 Achilles that I received were a pretty recent build date. They're pretty quiet with the curvy "aquatread' style deep tread blocks, and I have high hopes for their wet performance... like that'll matter in Vegas. My range has gone down, but I'm comparing to an old set of Enasaves that were just about bald, and ran the first couple weeks of the new tires at 32psi. Plus I was very unscientific about it, replacing the front tires at the same time with new Continentals....
There's a "more money than sense" family on you Tube that posts waay to many Tesla non-adventures, but they recently ruined a good Model X tire to demonstrate the foam pad that's glued to the inside of Tesla tires. Anybody researched adding that feature? Ensasves sound like a snare drum on our rough roads... Here's an epic thread where some TESLA owners added the foam. Final conclusion after multiple attempts (with instructions in post #236) was that after some short term successes, the foam eventually debonded and created a bad tire imbalance...
https://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/threads ... 598/page-8

I think they missed the boat, and just need a donut cut out of the foam that includes a dense vinyl layer, with an inner diameter slightly less than the rim's and an outer diameter of 15 " or slightly less, to simplify tire installation. Stretch that puppy over the rim so that is clings to the inner rim diameter like a rubber band. That'll absorb both the sound waves resonating inside the tire (like a pillow in a bass drum), and also the vibrations being transmitted by the wheel through the hub and bearings. There's a foam fabricator nearby that I'll try, but unfortunately am now probably almost two years away from needing any more i-MiEV tires..
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Re: A New Tire For Us!

Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:01 am

another tire that I found for super cheap is at Pepboys. Its the Sunfull SF688. Its $36/each.
https://www.pepboys.com/sunfull-sf688/p ... 4?tab=tab4

not many specs on Pepboys site, but manufacturer's page at http://sunfull-tire.com/details/sf-688.html has this for specs:

Tire Size Sidewall Load Range Load Index SR Rim S.W. O.D. Max. Load Single Maximum Pressure Tread Depth Road Condition UTQG

175/60R15 BLK - 81 H 5J 7.0 23.30 1019 44 10 M+S 400 A A

looks very comparable with same Outside diameter as Dunlop. Anyone tried them or seen them in person?

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Re: A New Tire For Us!

Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:23 am

I just bought a new set of tires from Tire Rack.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?message=singleSize&tireMake=Yokohama&tireModel=iceGUARD+iG20&frontTire=465R5IG20&rearTire=76R5IG20&autoMake=Mitsubishi&autoYear=2012&autoModel=i-MiEV&autoModClar=ES

Yokohama IG20's
Front $56.44 each
Rear $56.96 each

Free shipping and a $60 mail in rebate


Under $42 per tire after rebate, not bad. I hope they are decent tires.

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Re: A New Tire For Us!

Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:20 am

Yes, the snow tires have remained a bargain for these cars. I can only guess that they were over-produced and need to dump aging inventory. Please let us know what your date codes come in at.
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Re: A New Tire For Us!

Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:43 am

DougC wrote:Under $42 per tire after rebate, not bad. I hope they are decent tires.
If you read the reviews, people seem to like them in the snow, but not so much in the rain or dry. Loud, don't wear well, increased stopping distances, little traction wet or dry - A couple reviewers couldn't wait to get rid of them

I think you get what you pay for when you buy winter tires for everyday use

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Re: A New Tire For Us!

Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:19 pm

Don wrote:I think you get what you pay for when you buy winter tires for everyday use,
Yeah, but at a quarter of the price of an OEM tire I'm willing to make some sacrifices. :roll:
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Re: A New Tire For Us!

Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:30 pm

JoeS wrote:
Don wrote:I think you get what you pay for when you buy winter tires for everyday use,
Yeah, but at a quarter of the price of an OEM tire I'm willing to make some sacrifices. :roll:

We'll have to agree to disagree there, Joe. I'm as much a miser as most people on most things . . . . love to save a buck almost any where I can, but when it comes to tires, I'll pay the extra to stay safe - They only gotta help keep you out of the ditch one time in a bad rainstorm and they're worth 5X what you paid for them. As my ole granddaddy always said, "Tires are cheaper than fenders!"

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Re: A New Tire For Us!

Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:56 pm

What's a rainstorm? :? In a couple of months I'll put one of my windshield wipers back on. ;) My relatively-new Blizzaks will do for now, awaiting that white fluffy stuff that hasn't been seen here since around1974. I'm older (but not necessarily wiser) and gone are the days when I crossed no-speed-limit Nevada in my 1962 Austin Healy 3000 on retreads. :roll:
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