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Old 08-21-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Texas.
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How many miles have you gotten out of your tires and still be "safe". Myself 91,487 on Michelin Cross Terrain on a 97 4 Runner.
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Old 08-21-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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I notice degradation of handling with my tires (all Michelin - 4 cars) when they are less than half worn. So, I replace them. Even so, my MB 300SEL one of the heaviest modern sedans, still gets ~50,000 miles.
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Old 08-22-2010, 02:12 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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If I can readily chirp the tires on my station wagon, it's time to replace. If all I get is tire spin on when it's wet out, it's time to replace.

Everything that makes a car go, stop, and turn, relies on those 4 rubber donuts. If I was able to avoid one crash because of the tires, I would have saved a lot more money than something that could go 80+k miles but has much less traction. Penny wise, pound foolish.

In the past 68k miles, I'm on my 4th set of tires for the wagon; ditched the Goodyear Eagle HP "performance tires" with 5k miles on them because they sucked (nothing but wheelspin when wet), then 2 sets of Kumho KH11 summer tires (great traction for 30k, then tapers off as it nears the wear bars), and currently some Continental ContiProContact (OK, though not great).

I'm on the 2nd set of tires on the pickup. 33k on Falken ZE-512s, 1k on ZE-912s. Absolutely overkill for the truck (W-speed rating, when that 4-banger can't even get it over 80mph), but great traction.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Frankly I wouldn't want to own tires capable of going 91K miles "safely" because any set of tires with a compound that hard probably handle like they're made of granite right out of the box. I'll probably be lucky to get 40K out of my Yokahama S.drives, but at least they'll grip like mad for most of those 40K miles.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Texas.
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Let me clarify my bragging rights. First off; if I wanted something that rides like a "granite rock" I would've put 20" wheels on with tires that have little sidewall. Second if the other ideaolgy for replacement was "chirping" the tires or getting tire spin when it's wet; I doubt I could ever find a tire I couldn't do that with - brand new.
I guess if I was worried about getting in an accident because I drove them too long, I could have replaced them at 45K (half worn out). Still not bad for wear. Truth is the originals got 48k - second set (Dunlops) got 63k - third set 73k (Michelins) - and now 91k ( Michelins). This is a SUV; so I don't really drive it like my Mazda MX5 Speed. Thanks for your feedback though.
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Old 08-23-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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Frankly 'i never buy the real high mileage tires because I find they become noisey and have too hard rubber for my taste.Different storkes for different folks :I guess.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I to love a soft sticky tire
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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Second if the other ideaolgy for replacement was "chirping" the tires or getting tire spin when it's wet; I doubt I could ever find a tire I couldn't do that with - brand new.
Get something that sticks, and it won't. And that's my contention - 162hp under the hood, 238k+ miles on the odometer, and over 3200 lbs. on the scale. If I can induce wheelspin with those numbers, something is WRONG with the tires.
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Old 08-23-2010, 03:57 PM
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Location: Still in Portland, Oregon, for some reason
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I knew my previous set of Continentals were ready to be replaced because I turned onto a main road heading up hill and I spun all four wheels. The road was slightly wet and my car is AWD but despite this, I'd never been able to do that before so new tires were ordered that day! I think I got about 40,000 miles out of them.
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Old 08-23-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Texas.
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Get something that sticks, and it won't. And that's my contention - 162hp under the hood, 238k+ miles on the odometer, and over 3200 lbs. on the scale. If I can induce wheelspin with those numbers, something is WRONG with the tires.
I also forgot to mention it was a 5 speed manual trans.Unless the clutch is shot(slipping) I would get any tire to spin ,especially on wet payment - just saying-184HP , 277k miles , 5250 GVWR
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