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#1115756 - 03/27/08 03:37 PM What's the best "off brand" all season tire?
Buick92 Offline


Registered: 07/19/05
Posts: 623
Loc: Pullman Wa
Can anyone recommend a good cheap all season passenger car tire for a Grand Caravan? I know the major tire manufacturers also have their own cheaper off brand tire lines, any recommendations?

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#1115763 - 03/27/08 03:46 PM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: Buick92]
55Test Offline


Registered: 09/22/04
Posts: 1828
Loc: New Brunswick
Walmart usually has a good selection of their own house brand tires . Might be worth checking out.
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#1115774 - 03/27/08 04:00 PM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: 55Test]
JustinH Offline


Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 3188
Loc: Texas
Buy a set of kumho all seasons from the internet.

They are dirt cheap and will work FINE in your application.

They are a better tire than the douglas walmart brand and cost less.
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#1115825 - 03/27/08 05:26 PM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: JustinH]
bretfraz Offline


Registered: 06/21/02
Posts: 2756
Loc: CarMax
Depends on how off brand you want to get. The major tire mfrs have factories all over the world churning out tires. Not all of them are good. And sometimes you can get a good name brand tire for about the same price as the off brand.

Good quality second tier brands are Toyo, Sumitomo, Falken, Kumho, Hankook, Cooper, Kelly Springfield and probably several others I can't recall.

National tire chains sell their own in-house brand of tires, typically produced in plants owned by the majors. Are they any good? Who knows.

Consider buying your off brand tires from a retailer who will take care of you if there's a problem. Finding a Michelin dealer is easy. Can't say that for the others.
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#1116130 - 03/27/08 10:42 PM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: 55Test]
Saturn_Fan Offline


Registered: 01/06/08
Posts: 2512
Loc: America's Dairyland
My dad swears by the Douglas brand tire that WalMart carries. Dirt cheap.
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#1116326 - 03/28/08 08:28 AM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: Saturn_Fan]
kartracer55 Offline


Registered: 02/10/08
Posts: 77
Loc: NJ
Kelly is off brand good year. Not a big fan of Coopers either.


Good Year integrity is an excellent cheap tire we put on a lot of peoples cars. Sumitomo is affiliated with Goodyear, as is Dunlop, another good brand.

Uniroyal Tiger Paw is another good tire, available at a michelin dealer. Michelin Dealers will usually carry an off brand called Trivant Warrior, which are apparantly Private label michelins in the ball park for 50$ a pop. Nothing spectacular but OK for the money. I would honestly just throw on a set of integrity's though.

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#1116518 - 03/28/08 11:43 AM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: kartracer55]
VeeDubb Offline


Registered: 08/15/02
Posts: 2047
Loc: Indiana
I'm seriously considering the Toyo Versado LX for our minivan.

My Falken 912s for my Passat are great and only cost $70 a piece through discounttire direct for 235-45-17s. But I'm not expecting a lot of life out of them.
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#1116554 - 03/28/08 12:27 PM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: VeeDubb]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 23914
Loc: ME
TBC is a company you probably never heard of but they make dozens of private label tires.

Their cheap tires wear like cheap tires but give good traction and ride quality.

I would avoid any cheap tire with an 80k warranty, too hard a rubber compound.

Looks like I found a dealer near you:

LES SCHWAB TIRE CENTER #317
160 SE. BISHOP BOULEVARD
PULLMAN, WA 99163
509-334-1835/ FAX# 509-334-6056

Dayton Quadras are also good "ordinary tires".

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#1116590 - 03/28/08 01:36 PM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: eljefino]
XS650 Offline



Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 12385
Loc: Northern CA
 Originally Posted By: eljefino
TBC is a company you probably never heard of but they make dozens of private label tires.




Me neither even though I recognize some of their labels. I see they were bought by Sumitomo 3 years ago.
http://www.tbccorp.com/history.asp
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#1116595 - 03/28/08 01:48 PM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: XS650]
meep Offline


Registered: 02/20/07
Posts: 2488
Loc: Southeast
I believe the gy integrity is oem on those DMC minivans. GREAT mpg, vague in the corners and not great hydroplaning. BUT, they achieved 25 mpg hwy (65mph) which dropped to 21-22 with new Turanzas (bridgestone).

It's a safe buy for a conservatively-driven vehicle.
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#1117236 - 03/29/08 09:35 AM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: meep]
Buick92 Offline


Registered: 07/19/05
Posts: 623
Loc: Pullman Wa
Actually the goodyear integrity tires that came on our van have not really impressed me at all, the wet/light snow traction has been a disappointment to say the least, we do have dedicated snow tires for the winter, there is no way I would trust the good year integrity tires in any measurable amount of snow, I have gotten 40,000 miles out of the good year integrity tires but I wouldn't buy another set.

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#1117326 - 03/29/08 11:57 AM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: meep]
MGregoir Offline


Registered: 08/30/07
Posts: 1784
Loc: Bonnyville, AB
I have a set of TBC Multi-Mile Grand Tour SLi tires on my car right now.

I would say they are better than the Firestones they replaced in every aspect except hydroplaning resistance. First day I was on the road with them I noticed they just did not cut through water.

They are only T-rated tires, previous tires were H-rated, and these are 620 for treadwear instead of a 460, if I remember right. It's not as high rated in any category on UTQG except wear.

They are quiet, offer consistent dry grip, I have no idea what they are like in snow (have a set of WS-50 Blizzaks for November to April), and for the 40% price drop over a set of BF Goodrich Traction T/As made them alright although they don't perform quite up to that level. If I knew a little better at the time I would have got a set of Kumho Solus KH16s. Good for everything except winter performance and I have a set of winter tires mounted to their own rims for that.

Reading all of these complaints about the snow traction of any tire on Tire Rack makes me think these people have no clue how to drive in winter.

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#1118829 - 03/31/08 02:02 PM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: MGregoir]
BGK Offline


Registered: 10/07/06
Posts: 564
Loc: Northern California
I put the Kumho Solus KH16's on our Saturn LW300. They are H rated tires. Outstanding tire and half the price of an equivalent Michelin. It's interesting to note that the tread design is almost identical to some Michelin tires. By the way, Kumho is not an off brand private label tire.

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#1118933 - 03/31/08 04:59 PM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: BGK]
PW01 Offline


Registered: 09/10/06
Posts: 704
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
2nd the Kumho Solus KH16
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#1118982 - 03/31/08 06:26 PM Re: What's the best "off brand" all season tire? [Re: PW01]
wantin150 Offline


Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 1899
Loc: Columbia, SC
The Goodyear American Eagle (also available in H rated) at Wally World did well for me and my old 1993 Corolla. May want to see if it's available in your size.
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