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#4669596 - 02/18/18 10:56 AM General Altimax RT43 on an SUV
mclasser Offline

Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2229
Loc: The Northeast
The factory Michelin Primacy tires on my Pilot have 3-4/32" tread left. While traction is alright, they're beginning to get noisy on the highway. I'm going to replace them during one of the summertime sales and have started doing some research.

Michelin and Continental have dedicated SUV tires but man are they pricey. I then looked at good ol' General RT43s and luckily they're available in my size. The price is reasonable and I know they're good tires since I currently have them on my Accord.

Here's my question: Since the RT43 isn't a dedicated SUV/truck tire, how would they fare on a heavy vehicle like my Pilot? I maintain my tires well with regular rotations, balancing & pressure checks but don't want them to still prematurely wear out because of the weight. Then again, the OE Michelins were regular pass car tires and not dedicated SUV ones, and they did alright.

Edited by mclasser (02/18/18 10:57 AM)
2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 3K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 55K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 210K

#4669607 - 02/18/18 11:06 AM Re: General Altimax RT43 on an SUV [Re: mclasser]
NormanBuntz Offline

Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 2123
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
If the Generals have the proper rating to meet your Pilot's specs, I wouldn't hesitate to use them. I had Michelins as original tires on my Ridgeline, and they developed sidewall cracks after six years and 54,000 miles. I replaced them with Sumitomo's that ride as smooth as butter.
2017 Honda Odyssey SE, 14K
2013 Honda Accord LX, 58K
2007 Honda Ridgeline RTS, 86K
2007 Infiniti M35, 104K

#4669618 - 02/18/18 11:13 AM Re: General Altimax RT43 on an SUV [Re: mclasser]
Trav Offline

Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18892
Loc: MA,
That is not a heavy vehicle by any stretch, it weighs less than a Odyssey, no issues with the RT43 on those. An Excursion is a heavy SUV 7500lb +
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#4669673 - 02/18/18 11:46 AM Re: General Altimax RT43 on an SUV [Re: mclasser]
Danno Offline

Registered: 10/07/12
Posts: 1991
Loc: Northern Ontario, Canada
If the tires have the correct weight rating for your SUV, go for it.
You may find out that your SUV needs a 108 rating, as an example, and the tire is a 102.
2016 Sorento SX V6 AWD
2010 Mazda 3 2.0L
2009 Venza V6 AWD
2013 Sonata 2.4L RIP in write-off crash

#4669674 - 02/18/18 11:46 AM Re: General Altimax RT43 on an SUV [Re: mclasser]
CosmicLawnmower Offline

Registered: 01/17/18
Posts: 3
Loc: FL
I've driven on the Rt43s on a previous vehicle I owned. Best all season tire for the money in my opinion. They should work fine for your application as long as they are the proper OEM size and load rating.

#4669779 - 02/18/18 01:02 PM Re: General Altimax RT43 on an SUV [Re: mclasser]
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Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 481
Loc: Vienna, VA
Not really an SUV but my brother had them on his crosstrek and really loved them.
1993 Toyota MR2 Hardtop N/A - 157k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30
2006 Toyota Matrix XR AWD (Fiancee) - 126k miles - Valvoline Max Life 5w30

#4669784 - 02/18/18 01:10 PM Re: General Altimax RT43 on an SUV [Re: mclasser]
slacktide_bitog Offline

Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6169
Loc: USA
Nothing wrong with the RT43, but General does also have the Grabber HTS60 you might like smile

#4669811 - 02/18/18 01:47 PM Re: General Altimax RT43 on an SUV [Re: mclasser]
Eddie Offline

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 9566
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
rt43 work great on my Mazda CX5
CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)

#4670144 - 02/18/18 07:14 PM Re: General Altimax RT43 on an SUV [Re: mclasser]
fdcg27 Offline

Registered: 09/25/09
Posts: 15699
Loc: OH
The Pilot is a CUV, not a real SUV.
It's an ODY in drag.
The General RT43 would work as well on a Pilot as it would on anything else.
These are good and fairly cheap tires.
The OEM Michelins, which are not the same as the tires that were sold as Primacy tires aftermarket, were probably nothing special.
The question is how long do you plan on keeping this Honda?
If you'll do more than another 50K or so, then Pirelli may have something better to offer you for a few bucks more than the Generals.
I'm very happy with the Pirellis on our newer Accord after nearly 30K.
17 Forester 12K MSS 0W-20
12 Accord LX 86K PP 5W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i

#4670214 - 02/18/18 08:10 PM Re: General Altimax RT43 on an SUV [Re: mclasser]
eljefino Offline

Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32637
Loc: ME
DTD has their Washington's sale on right now, FWIW.

#4670249 - 02/18/18 08:33 PM Re: General Altimax RT43 on an SUV [Re: mclasser]
klt1986 Offline

Registered: 04/08/09
Posts: 384
Loc: Southern VA
While it is smaller than your Pilot, I have a set of 18" RT43's on my wife's CR-V. Seem to be wearing well thus far as they have about 25k on them. I expect another 25k from them. Have had them 2.5 years and they seem to handle wet roads well. We don't get very much snow here but the few times they have seen a snow covered road, they have done well.

Edited by klt1986 (02/18/18 08:38 PM)
Wife: 08 Honda CR-V 4WD, M1 5W-20
Me: 11 Toyota Tundra DC 4WD 5.7L, PP 0W-20
Me Work: 06 Ford Explorer 4WD 4.0L, Pennzoil 5W-30
Son: 14 Toyota Corolla S, M1 AFE 0W-20

#4670396 - 02/18/18 11:13 PM Re: General Altimax RT43 on an SUV [Re: mclasser]
CKN Offline

Registered: 10/14/14
Posts: 3700
Loc: Utah
I have used these and they worked very well....