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#3243313 - 01/09/14 08:54 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: dparm]
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Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 1760
Loc: NC
I have the previous generation General Altimax RT on my Mazda. I haven't had any trouble with them to speak of and they are better in the snow than I expected given the reviews I read about them. To me they are a quality "budget" Continental tire just like Kelly tires from Goodyear.

I personally like the aggressive tread patterns the General tires have and the new RT43 seems to follow suit.

For what it's worth I did not notice any MPG drop between these Generals and the LRR Michelin "Energy" tires I had on prior.
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#3247802 - 01/14/14 07:18 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
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Registered: 03/02/06
Posts: 1526
Loc: Mid-West, USA
After a couple of weeks of driving on the General AltiMAX RT43 I am still impressed. They ride very comfortably in all conditions so far. Just haven't driven them in warm weather yet. We have had clear dry weather in the 50's though and they were great in normal dry conditions. We have had hard rain and they resist hydroplaning without any noticeable traction loss. They are nice and quiet, responsive and comfortable. So far, ice, deep snow, wet snow, rain, and dry have all been very easy to manage with these tires.

I am a Michelin to General Tire convert! I would highly recommend these General AltiMAX RT43 tires! I don't recommend very many products either.

I have the 225/60/17 H rated General AltiMAX RT43. I know that the T rated tires have a cap ply as well. That is very important in a T rated tire IMHO. The difference between the H and T is the sidewall strength. The H rated has a stronger sidewall, so, I would imagine the T rated is a little more comfortable and a little less responsive. The H rated is comfortable and responsive though for me. Much more comfortable over rough roads than the Yoko's I had. Since I live in Ohio, rough roads are a part of life, I have to have a comfortable tire to manage these horrible roads we have.
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#3247873 - 01/14/14 08:51 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: yonyon]
Miller88 Offline


Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 10770
Loc: Onondaga County
I need to buy tires for the Focus soon. I was looking at these. I'm stuck between

AltiMax RT43, CS4 and Kumho KH20.


Originally Posted By: yonyon
Originally Posted By: Papa Bear
Sooner or later you'll own Generals.

And if your luck is like mine, every [censored] set of Generals you buy will make you wish you spent the same money on a decent set of mismatched used random Chinese brand tires with holes in them instead.

Give me one of the Kenya Kinetica, two Spartan Dark Whores, and one Maybe-Mile in a completely different size, thanks.


Those names are awesome!
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#3248400 - 01/14/14 06:09 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Miller88]
Cooper Offline


Registered: 03/02/06
Posts: 1526
Loc: Mid-West, USA
Originally Posted By: Miller88

I need to buy tires for the Focus soon. I was looking at these. I'm stuck between

AltiMax RT43, CS4 and Kumho KH20.


I really like the General AltiMAX RT43. I have heard really good things about the Cooper CS4 from others. I would stay away from Kumho IMHO.
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#3251061 - 01/17/14 10:46 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
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Registered: 08/05/11
Posts: 721
Loc: Southeast Michigan
Apparently the snow that fell in southeast Michigan this morning is of the type for which the RT 43 is ideally suited. People were sliding all over the place, unable to make it up 5% grades, and generally suffering through our latest snow event. Not me... I barely noticed a loss of traction, and never felt like the snow was pulling me off course.

My admiration for the RT 43 continues to grow.
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#3251391 - 01/17/14 04:23 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
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Registered: 06/12/10
Posts: 320
Loc: virginia
Miller88. I'm familiar w/the Cooper CS4's T-rated tires. Very good winter traction, which it seems the RT 43 has as well. CS4's ride alittle stiff on the 05' Focus. I'm assuming it has something to do w/the 2 sidewall plies. If I had to do it over again, I probably would not pick this T-rated tire for the Focus. If weather wasn't so much of a concern, the Kumho KH-20's are a very good tire. Ride smooth/handle well and seem to have very little rolling resistance. When I had my 10' Focus, I put on Bridgestone RE-960's. Oh my what a great tire. Completely transformed the car. Probably not your best choice if you're planning on running them year-round in NY.
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#3251614 - 01/17/14 08:42 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: leeharvey418]
Cooper Offline


Registered: 03/02/06
Posts: 1526
Loc: Mid-West, USA
Originally Posted By: leeharvey418
Apparently the snow that fell in southeast Michigan this morning is of the type for which the RT 43 is ideally suited. People were sliding all over the place, unable to make it up 5% grades, and generally suffering through our latest snow event. Not me... I barely noticed a loss of traction, and never felt like the snow was pulling me off course.

My admiration for the RT 43 continues to grow.


We got the same snow here today. Amazing tires in the snow. I just talked a friend into getting them installed. He loves them too. What a great tire the AltiMAX RT43 is!
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#3252479 - 01/18/14 08:48 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: leeharvey418]
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Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 15535
Loc: Michigan
Originally Posted By: leeharvey418
Apparently the snow that fell in southeast Michigan this morning is of the type for which the RT 43 is ideally suited. People were sliding all over the place, unable to make it up 5% grades, and generally suffering through our latest snow event. Not me... I barely noticed a loss of traction, and never felt like the snow was pulling me off course.

My admiration for the RT 43 continues to grow.



Now that is good to know....
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#3256840 - 01/22/14 09:19 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: leeharvey418]
Cooper Offline


Registered: 03/02/06
Posts: 1526
Loc: Mid-West, USA
Originally Posted By: leeharvey418
Apparently the snow that fell in southeast Michigan this morning is of the type for which the RT 43 is ideally suited. People were sliding all over the place, unable to make it up 5% grades, and generally suffering through our latest snow event. Not me... I barely noticed a loss of traction, and never felt like the snow was pulling me off course.

My admiration for the RT 43 continues to grow.


I have driven in all kinds of snow now. Considering the weather we have been getting, these tires are getting a workout in winter weather as of late. I have not had an all season tire ever that has been this good in the snow. All kinds, fresh, slush, ice.....I feel as if I have snow tires. I have to tell myself to not get too confident with them, but, they feel very confident in this weather.

My admiration for the AltiMAX RT43 also continues to grow. Great tire! Last winter I was driving on new Michelin Latitude Tours and these blow those out of the water in all aspects! I have been a Michelin fanboy for years and it is hard to say it, but, I would buy these any day over those. I know, different tire.....but similar use for me. I had those on a 2012 AWD Honda CRV, now, I have the Generals on a 2014 Subaru Forester. Somewhat similar. I love the Subaru. The CRV was fine, but I got ran over by a semi truck on the freeway, so, RIP CRV.
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#3259046 - 01/24/14 08:38 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
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Registered: 08/31/09
Posts: 115
Loc: NY
After reading this I am considering these for my Honda Ody. I was considering the Hankook 727s but these have better reviews on tirerack.

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#3259132 - 01/24/14 10:42 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 10238
Loc: NE,Ohio
well the h727 is a few years old now.. the rt43 is brand new and showing it .
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#3259300 - 01/25/14 07:07 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
rob6773 Offline


Registered: 08/31/09
Posts: 115
Loc: NY
Also the 727 can be from either Korea or China, not a fan of Chinese tires. The rt43 is from Brazil, so are the DWS Continentals I put on my Subaru. I am happy with those tires.

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#3259426 - 01/25/14 09:26 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: rob6773]
stephen9666 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 3157
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: rob6773
Also the 727 can be from either Korea or China, not a fan of Chinese tires. The rt43 is from Brazil, so are the DWS Continentals I put on my Subaru. I am happy with those tires.


I'm assuming you're taking this info from Tire Rack's website. Tire Rack was incorrect when they said mine could come from China or Korea. At least, they were incorrect when I bought mine.

I emailed Hankook and asked about it before buying mine, because I won't buy Chinese tires, and they said at that time the H727 for the US market was only made in Korea, not China. I specifically pointed out that Tire Rack said they could come from China, too, and the rep from Hankook said that wasn't correct.

So, if you're considering buying the H727, email them and ask.

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#3259507 - 01/25/14 10:38 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: rob6773]
Cooper Offline


Registered: 03/02/06
Posts: 1526
Loc: Mid-West, USA
Originally Posted By: rob6773
Also the 727 can be from either Korea or China, not a fan of Chinese tires. The rt43 is from Brazil, so are the DWS Continentals I put on my Subaru. I am happy with those tires.


My General AltiMAX RT43 tires are made in the USA!
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#3259568 - 01/25/14 11:35 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
Sayjac Offline


Registered: 10/13/08
Posts: 9780
Loc: The Old North State
First I've read of this tire. Also being T rated, looks to be a new competitor to my favorite tire in this class, the Yoko Avid Touring S, all sizes made in US. Acording to TR, looks like the RT43 is divided up between Brazil, US and Mexico.

Had good success with the set of Altimax HP's I had, and at TR the RT43 are currently less expensive than Touring S. Have to see how they do in TR's survey after more miles have been accumulated. Looks good early though.


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