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#3238023 - 01/05/14 08:48 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: JHZR2]
Cooper Offline


Registered: 03/02/06
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Loc: Mid-West, USA
Originally Posted By: JHZR2

I'm amazed at the swapping of the Subaru tires at 13k. I'm not one for needing awd to get around, but it should maximize traction even on poor tires.


Well, considering my wife drives this vehicle about 80% of the time with my 2 young sons, it shouldn't be too surprising. She told me she didn't feel safe even with the all wheel drive. The OEM Geolanders were not at all an all season tire. So, new tires it is....and I will leave snow tires for a different discussion. I have found a good set of all weather tires have worked fine for me with careful driving.

She is happy driving it now. She has driven it in the snow the last couple of days.

I also got a decent trade in deal for the OEM tires......
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#3238089 - 01/05/14 10:04 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
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Sooner or later you'll own Generals.
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#3238103 - 01/05/14 10:19 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
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Papa Bear, if you can remember that jingle...you're too...well...you're my age...because the car in the commercial is about a '74 Caprice.

By the way, the Pierce-Arrow in the first shot is awesome!


Edited by Astro14 (01/05/14 10:24 AM)
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#3238177 - 01/05/14 11:32 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
wymi516 Offline


Registered: 11/15/08
Posts: 365
Loc: Illinois
Originally Posted By: Cooper
Originally Posted By: JHZR2

I'm amazed at the swapping of the Subaru tires at 13k. I'm not one for needing awd to get around, but it should maximize traction even on poor tires.


Well, considering my wife drives this vehicle about 80% of the time with my 2 young sons, it shouldn't be too surprising. She told me she didn't feel safe even with the all wheel drive. The OEM Geolanders were not at all an all season tire. So, new tires it is....and I will leave snow tires for a different discussion. I have found a good set of all weather tires have worked fine for me with careful driving.

She is happy driving it now. She has driven it in the snow the last couple of days.

I also got a decent trade in deal for the OEM tires......


What did DT give you for the 13k mile tires in trade?
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#3238240 - 01/05/14 12:24 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: wymi516]
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Registered: 03/02/06
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Loc: Mid-West, USA
$100 trade value for the Geolanders.
$375 for the 4 new tires on price match.
$16 each for installation.
tax....
$405 total out the door.
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#3238469 - 01/05/14 03:30 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Papa Bear]
yonyon Offline


Registered: 03/06/12
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Loc: NJ, USA
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.


Edited by yonyon (01/05/14 03:40 PM)

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#3238531 - 01/05/14 04:41 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 12395
Loc: OH
Good to know that the RT43 is a good all season tire.
They are pretty inexpensive so they represent a useful alternative to other more costly brands.
Sorry that Subaru put such unsuitable tires on a car intended as a bad weather daily driver.
The OEM Geolanders on our '09 Forester were very good in the snow.
They were, of course, a different model of Geolander.
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#3238541 - 01/05/14 04:50 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
RF Overlord Offline


Registered: 11/08/03
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Loc: Cape Cod, MA
My ex needed new winter tires for her car. She now has Altimax Arctics on the rear and RT43s on the front. We just had our first real snow of the season a few days ago, so I haven't yet heard how well they are performing. I be seeing her on Tuesday and give a report.
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#3239325 - 01/06/14 11:36 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
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Registered: 03/02/06
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Loc: Mid-West, USA
Update on cold weather performance.....

The General AltiMAX RT43 handles cold weather flat spotting better than the Yoko's did. The Geolanders felt as if they were out of round in cold weather until they warmed up. The General AltiMAX RT43's do not feel out of round when they are cold like the Yoko's did. They feel as if they should, they are not as effected by the cold in this aspect. It is NEGATIVE 5 degrees F here today.
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#3239350 - 01/06/14 11:56 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Falken]
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Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 9069
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: Falken
Nice to see that there are options other than just going the Michelin route!

After this Winter I don't think I plan on going anywhere near LRR tires either.

Freak early or late snowfall requires a sound A/S tire, forget about fuel economy in Montreal with our roads and poor weather.

Giving up traction to a likely freak snowfall is not a good way to go.

Last Winter we had a late snowfall, and I was outside with the flakes falling with a jack putting my Winter tires back on after recently taking them off.

I tried to tough it out but with a half inch of snow on the ground my OEM Dunlop A/S tires struggled to go up a small hill into our parking lot, almost didn't make it up.

Heard people love the Altimax Arctics as well, maybe I'll try them out after my IG-20s wear out instead of getting Blizzaks.


I hear you there. I'm in a rush to put the snows on around Thanksgiving (or whenever the first storm is predicted) and then reluctant to take off until sometime in April (last time I slid off the road was a freak April storm that dumped 6" of slush). That's a long time to run snows, especially when most of the time it's bare pavement. This is the first winter in a long time I've tried running A/S, and while it's no picnic I haven't died yet--just adjusted my driving, and it's been kinda bad lately.

I might give thought next time to "aggressive" A/S or at least try to get anything with decent winter ratings, and cheapo winters for say just the three worst months.
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#3239366 - 01/06/14 12:08 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: yonyon]
Cooper Offline


Registered: 03/02/06
Posts: 1526
Loc: Mid-West, USA
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.


Just curious, what was your last set of General tires?
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#3239772 - 01/06/14 06:12 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
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Registered: 03/06/12
Posts: 3492
Loc: NJ, USA
My last set of Generals were Altimax HPs.

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#3240309 - 01/07/14 07:35 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
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Registered: 08/05/11
Posts: 726
Loc: Southeast Michigan
I put Altimax RT 43s on the RAV4 back in November. They replaced Nokian WR G2 SUVs, and they're head and shoulders above the Nokians in dry and wet pavement performance. They may not be quite as good in snow, but they still do an adequate job (especially when you consider that I've gotten over two feet of snow at my house in the last week and a half).

So, yeah. I'm a fan of the RT 43.
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#3242668 - 01/09/14 09:37 AM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
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Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 21577
Loc: Colorado Springs
I wanted to get RT43s for my Corolla but I got a set of Michelin X-Radials for super cheap that I couldn't pass up.

The RT-43 is designed with snow traction in mind. They also tested as the best all season toruing tire on Tirerack:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=178

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#3243117 - 01/09/14 05:01 PM Re: General AltiMAX RT43 [Re: Cooper]
Cooper Offline


Registered: 03/02/06
Posts: 1526
Loc: Mid-West, USA
Yeah, good test review. I gotta say, I am loving these tires! They have been a great tire all around so far. Much better than any other tire I have purchased. I have had Yokohama, Michelin Primacy MXM4 and Primacy MXV4.
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