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#4527731 - 09/27/17 04:50 PM Any experience with this tire brand ???
HouseTiger Offline


Registered: 04/16/17
Posts: 189
Loc: Georgia, USA
Looking for new rubber for my 92 Explorer 4X4. Have Bridgestone Duellers on them for the last 10+ years. Tires still have some tread, but ozone rot is apparent. It's not getting the long daily driving and trips it did 20+ yrs ago - about 2/3 on road, 1/3 off road - no rocks or mud bogging, just some primitive roads (to put it politely)to my son's place and hunting camps.

Don't want to dump a ton of money into tires, and I don't know how much longer I'll have the vehicle. Was at my local Good-Year place looking at the Wrangler and saw an 'economy' line of SUV tires that look like real dirt road & snow grippers. The brand is Achilles, and the model is the Desert Hawk A/T for @ $20, per tire less than the Goodyear. I'm always leery of bargain brands that I've never heard of. My gut tells me "go for the Goodyear", but I'm also curious about this other brand . . . after all, at one time Samsung was cheap junk, now they're one of the premier phone makers - who knew ?

http://www.achillestireusa.com/tires/suv/desert-hawk-at

I had not heard of this brand, and figured they were Chinese knock offs of Chinese [censored]. Turns out they're from Indonesia, and the company seems to have had startup assistance from both Continental and Pirelli

Anyone had any experience with these ?

Thanks in advance.

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#4527741 - 09/27/17 05:07 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
UG_Passat Offline


Registered: 05/27/08
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Loc: NJ
this is BITOG, you should be ashamed of asking for tire advice other than Michelin.
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#4527758 - 09/27/17 05:30 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
JustinH Offline


Registered: 04/17/04
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Loc: Texas
Buy something from discount tire, whatever you buy there they will stand behind.

They have quite a few off brand tires that I have used and have been decent.

I've never had a set of Michelins on anything.
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#4527762 - 09/27/17 05:34 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
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Seems like all the imported tires have weird names. Wind run,goliath, etc
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#4527766 - 09/27/17 05:37 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
PimTac Offline


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For a 92 Explorer these would be a good economical choice. A 25 year old SUV doesn't need the fanciest or most expensive tires.

Every tire company has their budget line that is usually made elsewhere by someone else. Those Michelin tires with the great price at a big box store are made by a outsourced manufacturer.

If the store is giving you a good warranty with these tires then I would go for it.
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#4527772 - 09/27/17 05:43 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: JustinH]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32637
Loc: ME
Originally Posted By: JustinH
Buy something from discount tire, whatever you buy there they will stand behind.

They have quite a few off brand tires that I have used and have been decent.

I've never had a set of Michelins on anything.


If you need 235/75/15s they had Goodyear Wranglers for $40 after rebate the last few sales.

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#4527844 - 09/27/17 07:05 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
14Accent Offline


Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 391
Loc: MN
Goodyear has some excellent rebates coming up I believe starting on Oct. 2nd. We just got the new advertising in at work. There's an even better rebate deal if you put it on a GY credit card. Keep an eye out after the current promo expires.
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#4527887 - 09/27/17 07:48 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
Slick17601 Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1515
Loc: Pennsylvania
They must be pretty cheap...a 340 treadwear rating with today's technology is very poor.

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#4527950 - 09/27/17 09:12 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6166
Loc: USA
well they can't be worse than Firestone hide

What size do you need? Also, Walmart's Douglas tires are made by Goodyear, and a good amount of them are US-made. Kelly tires are also US-made Goodyears.

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#4527992 - 09/27/17 10:19 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
mrsilv04 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 8270
Loc: Illinois
I'm seeing a lot of Milestar tires around here... lots of the Grantland and Patagonia models on SUV's.

50,000 mile warranty.
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#4528037 - 09/27/17 11:50 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
BrocLuno Offline


Registered: 09/06/15
Posts: 5518
Loc: Kalifornia Kollective
I've been buying Kenda's from discount tire. Really good tires. They make some really good off-road stuff.

Their claim to fame was/is motorcycle tires for desert racing. Their car and truck stuff is top notch. I had been running Kenda's on my desert scoots for years, finally got a pair of M+S for Pop's pick up - nice. Then got four for the Saab - nice.

Bought a pair of Kenda Kinetica's for the front of the race car. Mounted on some Pro-Star wheels. The guy at the tire shop was blown away. The ONLY tires he has ever mounted that required ZERO wheel weights. Both tires. Blew me away too smile

Found out after the fact that the ones on the Saab prolly would have been close to 0 wheel weights IF I had the tech follow their instructions. Yellow Dot at the valve stem. We mounted them randomly and they still needed little weight. Run smooth. Good wet traction.

Look into their line and see if anything interests you ... smile

No more Michelin's for me after I've had too many separations and early ozone cracking. Toyo's will out live Michelin's 2:1 on low mileage seldom use tires ... I used to be a Michelin fan, but too many disappointments ...


Edited by BrocLuno (09/27/17 11:54 PM)
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#4528558 - 09/28/17 03:46 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: UG_Passat]
HouseTiger Offline


Registered: 04/16/17
Posts: 189
Loc: Georgia, USA
Originally Posted By: UG_Passat
this is BITOG, you should be ashamed of asking for tire advice other than Michelin.



Yeah, yeah . . . the wife's car gets the Michelins. I get what I can afford.

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#4528794 - 09/28/17 08:03 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
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Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 9251
Loc: Birmingham, AL
Wrangler Radials look good on an old Explorer, but just about everything is a better actual tire. No experience with the Achilles brand, but I have become a fan of Crosswinds.
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#4528857 - 09/28/17 09:07 PM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
Jarlaxle Offline


Registered: 02/02/12
Posts: 8163
Loc: New England
Originally Posted By: HouseTiger
Looking for new rubber for my 92 Explorer 4X4. Have Bridgestone Duellers on them for the last 10+ years. Tires still have some tread, but ozone rot is apparent. It's not getting the long daily driving and trips it did 20+ yrs ago - about 2/3 on road, 1/3 off road - no rocks or mud bogging, just some primitive roads (to put it politely)to my son's place and hunting camps.

Don't want to dump a ton of money into tires, and I don't know how much longer I'll have the vehicle. Was at my local Good-Year place looking at the Wrangler and saw an 'economy' line of SUV tires that look like real dirt road & snow grippers. The brand is Achilles, and the model is the Desert Hawk A/T for @ $20, per tire less than the Goodyear. I'm always leery of bargain brands that I've never heard of. My gut tells me "go for the Goodyear", but I'm also curious about this other brand . . . after all, at one time Samsung was cheap junk, now they're one of the premier phone makers - who knew ?

http://www.achillestireusa.com/tires/suv/desert-hawk-at

I had not heard of this brand, and figured they were Chinese knock offs of Chinese [censored]. Turns out they're from Indonesia, and the company seems to have had startup assistance from both Continental and Pirelli

Anyone had any experience with these ?

Thanks in advance.


While I have also seen them, I have no experience with Achilles. However, I have to suggest THESE, if you need the 235/75 I think you do. $76 each shipped...I have used them, and was pretty impressed.
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#4528996 - 09/29/17 03:48 AM Re: Any experience with this tire brand ??? [Re: HouseTiger]
Claud Offline


Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 593
Loc: Margate England
In the UK Achilles is another budget tire. Nothing special about them apart from the price.

Claud.

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