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Did you guys see these new "airless" tires that are getting ready to become a "thing"? They sure are ugly looking, but I think they will soon be a common thing. Hopefully, they can make them look a little more like 'regular" tires though...

https://www.mlive.com/news/2019/06/g...this-year.html
When I as a small child, I had a bicycle with "airless" tires. It was a move up when I got a bike with pneumatic tires

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I'm a little conflicted on the airless tires, but if they keep the ride nice and they can make them look a little better, I think it would be a good thing. I mean tire blowouts are kind of rare, but it *would* be nice not to have to worry about tire pressure at all and/or getting a flat and being stranded (especially since a lot of newer cars no longer come with spare tires at all - such as my 2018 Challenger - just a tire-sealing compressor). ANd if we can elimitate high-speed tire-blowouts, which can easily casue death, I guess why wouldn't we.

Will be interesting to see how this progresses - but I have a feeling it will be a common thing eventually - assumign they can keep the price in check.
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I'm a little conflicted on the airless tires, but if they keep the ride nice and they can make them look a little better, I think it would be a good thing.
I'll admit up front, I haven't driven any airless tires (at least, not since I ditched that bike back in 1966 )

Seriously, my one thought is how well the airless tires will hold their shape. With pneumatic tires, the pressurized air combined with the balloon construction ensure that. But how well will the airless tire respond to a hard hit on the curb? Will it spring back right away? Or will it feel like you flat-spotted it? How well will it hold its round-ness? And how well will it hold its balance?

I'm like the princess in the old fairy tale, I can feel that pea under a stack of mattresses when it comes to a tire being out of round or out of balance.

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I will post pics tomorrow after I get the tires and wheels cleaned up.
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Check out the tread pattern and how aggressive that looks!
Also, if you can see the sidewall has a little pocket that protrudes out past the edge of the rim about 1/8 of an inch. This is what I was talking about the "curb" protection for the rims.
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Those look great! I actually had those on my short list prior to purchasing the Cooper Zeon RS3-G1. I have nothing but praise for the Coopers, but they only have 1k miles on them. Hopefully they wear well.
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Thanks for the info, and pics. I agree the standard tires I have are noisey. Will be looking to replace.

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I am pretty positive I am going with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3+tires. The stock Firestones look like they are getting close to needing replaced.
Sams has the Michelins for $183.99 each plus $70 off of 4 so it should be around $775 for all 4 tires after taxes and install.


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Selecting tires is always an interesting time. I used to own and manage a couple dealer service departments and I've helped people select tires thousands of times over the years. Just like most things in life, people have vastly different opinions on things. I've seen one person love a particular tire and another person hate the same tire and neither one is "wrong."
As mentioned earlier, installation costs might be a factor. Not all places that charge more are a bad deal- it depends what you're getting. A cheap shop using old equipment or untrained labor might be cheaper, but balancing with expensive modern balancers results in a better ride. A trained tech would rotate the tire on the rim if the balancer requested a lot of weight correction. I often see weights installed on the wrong part of the wheel or STACKS of weights, sometimes with weight directly opposite from other weights... which means the machine and the person operating it don't understand how it works or how to do it correctly.
Higher treadwear ratings mean the tires last longer, but at a reduction in traction. An Impala on 230 treadwear rated tires will handle SO much better than you'd think is possible for a big car. On 500 rated tires, it won't... but the tires will last a LONG time. When you decide which tires you might want, look at the treadwear rating as a sliding scale- long wear on one end and handling on the other. It may be worth getting softer tires if you like to drive hard or you may want the longest lasting and don't care about taking corners enthusiastically.
For my Impala, the original Firestones were FAR too noisy. I replaced them with Continentals which were nice but didn't last as long as one would expect based on the treadwear rating. The last tires I got were inexpensive Cooper ST Touring tires and they were quieter than the Continentals and seemed to handle every bit as well. Unfortunately the car was totaled recently.
Cheap off-brand tires are rarely worth it. The sidewalls are typically thin and the treadwear ratings seem overestimated- some of those companies aren't looking to build a long lasting reputation. I even got a set of cheap ones for my Camaro, knowing they'll mostly be smoked so I wanted cheap. They won't even install on the wheels! They won't actually seat the bead at all- and the manufacturer AND the retailer won't stand behind it and let me return them.
Reading customer reviews reveals more than just the star rating. Read the lowest reviews and look for common issues. Most negative reviews are people with problems more than problems with tires, but if you see a trend of noise or vibration it can tell you a lot.
In my experience based on a LOT of feedback from customers and my own cars, there are a few tires that you just can't go wrong with.
Cooper CS5- cheap, reasonably durable, quiet.
Michelin MXV4 Primacy- I had a set last 60K on my Lincoln and I'm not a gentle driver.
BFG Comp TA- there are several versions, watch the treadwear ratings when choosing. Always balance and perform well.
Others to consider based on having talked to lots of customers- Sumitomo- cheap performance appearance with all-season and long lasting. Not "really" a performance tire tho. My non-track set for my Camaro are Sumi's... they work, they're cheap, they last.
Hankook Ventus- inexpensive, different versions, watch the treadwear ratings as some versions are sticky/short-lived vs. others

When dealing with 'enthusiasts' who are in-tune with their car as far as noise, handling etc. I've had significant negative feedback on most of the usual off-brands like Achilles and all the other stuff nobody has heard of. Nexen has been terrible but seems to be improving.
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