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#2215446 - 03/29/11 01:10 AM Looking for Soft Riding Tires
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 15594
Loc: Clovis, CA
Tire Size: 215/70-15

What do you guys recommend? smile2

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#2215451 - 03/29/11 01:24 AM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: Merkava_4]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
But stiff-riding, good handling tires are the way to go. wink2

Probably the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?...h%20OE%20Wheels
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#2215455 - 03/29/11 01:36 AM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: Merkava_4]
PHANI1 Offline


Registered: 12/27/08
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Loc: WA
Check out surveys and customer reviews at TireRack.com for Goodyear Assurance Comfortread (or Comfortread Touring). I have gone through a set on both cars and they can't be beat for all around combination of low road noise, smooth ride, and good wet road/snow traction.

Have replaced one worn out set with Michelin "X" from Costco but would stay with the Goodyears if doing it over. The "X" is a good tire but road noise is MUCH more noticeable.
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#2215460 - 03/29/11 02:26 AM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: Merkava_4]
oilboy123 Offline


Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 6938
Loc: Everett, Washington
My 98 Taurus could use tires that help in the soft ride department. Will be interesting to see what tires are mentioned by others........
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#2215468 - 03/29/11 03:13 AM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: The Critic]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 15594
Loc: Clovis, CA
Originally Posted By: The Critic
But stiff-riding, good handling tires are the way to go. wink2


On fresh newly paved smooth roads yes. grin2

The roads around here in Clovis, CA are in bad shape. ???

What I would like to do to the Clovis city mayor is ----->bop

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#2215497 - 03/29/11 05:32 AM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: Merkava_4]
Boomer Offline


Registered: 09/19/08
Posts: 1833
Loc: Pennsylvania
Try Cooper CTS Touring. They give a great ride and are very quiet!
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#2215515 - 03/29/11 07:02 AM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: Merkava_4]
Hokiefyd Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 14505
Loc: Top of Virginia
Well, if a soft ride is your only metric, it's hard to beat the Goodyear Integrity. They're not the best performing tires out there, but they ARE soft and smooth. I've experienced a number of sets in that size on ChryCo minivans. For more money, the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred is another good choice.

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#2215552 - 03/29/11 07:58 AM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: Merkava_4]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 8927
Loc: Western NY
I have had both the Integrity's(hated them!) and Comfort Treads(love them!) on my wifes Lexus and the CT's are deffinately the better choice. The CT are a better wet weather performing tire.

Not sure if you can even get the Integrity's any more cause I haven't looked as they are such a poor rated and I can confirm that.

Another excellent choice is the Hankook Optimo H727 which get rave reviews and are an even higher rated tire compared to the ComftTrds and may be better priced than the G/Y's. My daughters has them on her Mazda 3 and my buddy has them on his Camry and CR-V. The reveiws are top notch.


Edited by Char Baby (03/29/11 08:00 AM)
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#2215565 - 03/29/11 08:13 AM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: Merkava_4]
Hokiefyd Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 14505
Loc: Top of Virginia
I suggested the Integrity in this case because the Integrity actually outperformed every other tire in this test (including the ComforTred) on dry pavement:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=121

As noted, it's not a good wet-weather performer. But since the OP lives in the Central Valley of California, wet performance may not be a concern.

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#2215573 - 03/29/11 08:21 AM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: The Critic]
mrsilv04 Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 7863
Loc: Illinois
Originally Posted By: The Critic


Probably the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?...h%20OE%20Wheels


Exactly.

I have a set of the ComforTred Tourings on a '99 Buick Park Avenue. Goodyear understood the market for this tire PERFECTLY!

I have 40,000 miles on this set, and they're about half gone.

My folks are looking at replacing the '99 Park Avenue with a '10 Chrysler Town and Country. As soon as the T&C would need tires, if I can get them, it will be another set of ComforTreds.
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#2215640 - 03/29/11 09:26 AM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: Hokiefyd]
Char Baby Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 8927
Loc: Western NY
Originally Posted By: Hokiefyd
I suggested the Integrity in this case because the Integrity actually outperformed every other tire in this test (including the ComforTred) on dry pavement:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tests/testDisplay.jsp?ttid=121

As noted, it's not a good wet-weather performer. But since the OP lives in the Central Valley of California, wet performance may not be a concern.


I liked the Ingtegrity's when they were new and they lasted 60K. But, very soon after buying the car, the newness of the tires wore off quickly. Yeah, they're fine on dry roads but anything wet made the car feel insecure. I have read reviews from others who loved the Integ's and I have to say that they were smooth, quiet, good riding and by a small margin, slightly better MPG. But, none of those attributes were worth replacement when there are better tires for similar money

IMHO, the Integ's are the type of tire that gets the car off of the lot or show room floor during a test drive and not a good replacement tire. I think that most of the tire reviews will substantiate this!

I'm sure that the OP will encounter rain at some point and should the OP need to do a hard stop on wet roads, this could mean the difference between an accident or not. With the Integ's, I have never had ABS kick in so often with any other tires as I did with the Integ's and it caused longer stopping distances as most people and pro-drivers will tell ya. Just too scarry!

With the ComfTrds, this cured all of these short commings. I have to sometimes stomp on the brake peddal(icey roads) to make sure that the ABS still works...It does! That's the difference between good tires and not so good tires(Integrity's). And I'm being kind to the Integ's by not calling them rubbish...OOPS! smile



Edited by Char Baby (03/29/11 09:29 AM)
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#2215842 - 03/29/11 12:57 PM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: Merkava_4]
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Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 13498
Loc: Silicon Valley
Integrity is not soft and smooth. I'd recommend Yokohama Avid TRZ for your size.
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#2215869 - 03/29/11 01:31 PM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: PandaBear]
Hokiefyd Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 14505
Loc: Top of Virginia
Originally Posted By: PandaBear
Integrity is not soft and smooth. I'd recommend Yokohama Avid TRZ for your size.


I've had the TRZ and it rode pretty firm. The Yokohama Avid Touring-S is the ride quality king in Yokohama's line.

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#2216035 - 03/29/11 04:44 PM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: Merkava_4]
HTSS_TR Offline


Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 19528
Loc: Lake Forest, CA
For a compromise of ride comfort, low noise, long tread life, low cost and wet/dry performance I would pick either Hankook Optimo H727 or Yokohama AVID TOURING-S.
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#2216065 - 03/29/11 05:22 PM Re: Looking for Soft Riding Tires [Re: Merkava_4]
stranger706 Offline


Registered: 04/24/09
Posts: 1051
Loc: Gulf Coast
Just installed a set of GY Comfortreads last week and they are very quiet and soft riding.

For a cheaper alternative I highly recommend my previous tire, the General Altimax HP. These are also Grand Touring tires like the Comfortreads.
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