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#2191718 - 03/07/11 10:50 AM Capitol Tires?
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 13263
Loc: Michigan
Ok, I tend to be up on tires, but on these-not so much.

A co worker of mine bought some Capitol Sports for his beater Breeze on tirebuyer.com. Kinda surprised me, since the guy loves Falkens. Anyways, he told me that these, along with Nexen tires (now these I know about) are really good sport handling budget tires. He says that thhet are made by either BF Goodrich or sumitomio. After doing a bit of research on them myself did not turn up a thing.

I wanted to tell him they are junk tires, but after lookng at them, they actually look pretty decent, almost like the Sumi HTR 4s I have on my Cobalt. So, are they actually decent tires, or can I laugh at him in a few months?
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#2191727 - 03/07/11 10:55 AM Re: Capitol Tires? [Re: daves87rs]
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Registered: 03/03/10
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I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for. I put some cheap Beijing Capitol Tires (BCT) on my wife's Pilot a few years ago because they were cheap. They were fine for a few months, and then 2 of them went out of round. You could spin them on the balance machine and feel the flat spots on them.

I also had some Nexen's on my old Civic Si, and one of the got a huge bubble in the side wall from just normal driving. I didn't hit anything to cause it.

I now try to stay with brand names and some type of warranty. Just my $0.02!

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#2191731 - 03/07/11 10:59 AM Re: Capitol Tires? [Re: daves87rs]
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They may harden up after a year or so, or start cupping or otherwise wearing badly. If you closely examine the tread pattern, you may also find a lot of low-depth siping, so wet traction may go away.

Here's a related link from a Honda forum about these tires.

From the discussion, "Capital tires are made in China by Beijing Capital Tire Co., Ltd"
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#2191741 - 03/07/11 11:11 AM Re: Capitol Tires? [Re: daves87rs]
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BCT? That figures...so judging by the potholes here, it looks like I will be laughing soon...


Besides, I much rather have a cheap Michelin tire (aka Uniroyal) on my car over those....
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#2191757 - 03/07/11 11:34 AM Re: Capitol Tires? [Re: daves87rs]
bmwjohn Offline


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I know Michelin owm Uniroyal, and I fondly remember Uniroyal Rally 240s from 20 years ago, but I wonder if todays Uniroyal are actually the same as Michelins and are fairly cheap. Thoughts?

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#2191781 - 03/07/11 12:03 PM Re: Capitol Tires? [Re: daves87rs]
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"or can I laugh at him in a few months?" <-- You can laugh at him now, he drives a Breeze
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#2191795 - 03/07/11 12:13 PM Re: Capitol Tires? [Re: bmwjohn]
daves87rs Offline


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Originally Posted By: bmwjohn
I know Michelin owm Uniroyal, and I fondly remember Uniroyal Rally 240s from 20 years ago, but I wonder if todays Uniroyal are actually the same as Michelins and are fairly cheap. Thoughts?



Some are pretty close..


The Tiger Paw AWPs are pretty close to BFG's Touring TAs...which trickled down from michelin tires..
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#2192171 - 03/07/11 05:57 PM Re: Capitol Tires? [Re: Barkleymut]
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Loc: Jenkintown, PA
Originally Posted By: Barkleymut
You can laugh at him now, he drives a Breeze


lol laugh
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