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Anyone ever bought Yokohama tires?

Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by copcarguy, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. copcarguy

    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    Hey all!

    I'm in the market for some summer tires for my truck, and tirerack.com has a deal on Yokohama tires... Anyone have any experience and / or opinions with this brand?

    Thanks!
  2. ar154all

    ar154all The Police never think its as funny as I did.

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    I had them on my 04 Suburban when I bought it used. 'Geolanders' or something like that... On the burb, they were smooth, quiet and comfortable; but that truck never went off road, never carried a load.

    That being said; I have no idea how that would translate to the escort... but on the name alone, I would be disappointed if they were disappointing.
  3. copcarguy

    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    Yep that's what I'm looking at for my truck - Geolandar's. Thanks for the reply.
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    I have the AVID Touring-S on my Escort right now. I got them on a really good sale ($100 off on a set of 4 from Discount Tire Direct). I really like them. They are made in USA (VA).
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    I've owned two sets of Yokohama tires. The Avid H4S and the Avid TRZ. Both were made in the US.
    Loved the H4S's, smooth, quite, grippy and responsive. difference between dry and wet roads was imperceptible. Horrible in snow and did wear out quick though I did beat on them.

    I didn't really like the TRZ's. No matter how many times I balanced them they vibrated, they were out of round. They also squirmed on grooved pavement. Not nearly as grippy or responsive as the H4S though they aren't a performance tire.

    Bottom line is to read reviews before you decide on any tire. Every major manufacturer makes good and bad tires, you just need to avoid the bad ones.
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    Had some Avid Touring several years ago and was the absolute worse tire I've ever driven on for a few reasons.
    1) Had to worry about getting stuck all the time in the few of Winters I owned them; and got stuck a few times. (never a problem before or after them)
    2) Still meaty, still new, one of the four had a partial tread-separation accelerating past 70mph on the highway.

    #1 is primarily due to the tread pattern. #2 is basically a defective tire. Only when new, they also had a very uncomfortable "floaty" feeling when driving at 35PSI warm. This corrected itself as the tread depth wore/decreased. That is more of an observation than a complaint. They were rated 80k so had an unusually "tall" tread depth.

    I have owned several sets of Kelly Navigator Golds, Kelly Explorer Plus, one set of Kelly Explorers (at least 225k total among them) and have never had issue out of them. They keep air... boy do they keep air, checked them months apart and all the same, all virtually unchanged. (note: holding pressure is also a function of the wheel, valve) great Winter performance, very sticky. Only drawback is, not the longest lasting.


    Exceptional History:
    Had one develop a sidewall bulge immediately following a side-impact. I was reimbursed on replacement by the person's insurance company.
    Had one develop a sidewall depression due to under-inflated (by ~15PSI) peak-Summer driving. (depression hadn't changed since correcting pressure)
    Plugged a few of them over the years for punctures. All have held until disposal over tread-depth. (two sets worn to a knub) One puncture was very close to the sidewall but still got full use out of it. (using a damaged tire is never recommended but did anyway)

    After a couple of days of hearing a scraping noise, checked out a tire on my current set and found this...
    https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!1403&v=3
    Pulled off the tire to remove the bolt, expecting to have to plug it after doing so and was surprised by... :wideyed:
    https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!1401&v=3
    ... and to top it off, didn't need to plug it.
    https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!1406&v=3
    Perfectly fine tire today.

    Kelly was bought by GoodYear and has a plant in Springfield Ohio.
    https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=0C43F28D3024191B&id=C43F28D3024191B!1406&v=3

    If Winter time performance is a priority I highly recommend that or similar tread pattern.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2015
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    Yokohama is building another US plant, in Mississippi.
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    Had a set on my Contour. Loved the MPGs. Hated the noise. Won't buy that brand again. I had the Avid TRZ.
  9. ar154all

    ar154all The Police never think its as funny as I did.

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    Did you get the tires?

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