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Old 04-02-2012, 02:15 PM   #1
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SF Bay tire shop recommendations

I've dealt with the Les Schwab before that's somewwhat near me, but now that I have a DP and 22.5" tires I'm not feeling as confident about this particular shop, which doesn't really deal in in the 22.5" tires (nor do they have great ingress/egress for a 30' motorhome). So they really didn't present me with various options... just some low end local haul tires, then Continentals and of course Michelin's -- and their Michelin price was just 100 bucks more (which I think would be negated by the FMCA discount).

So any experiences with South Bay shops would be greatly appreciated, although I can venture farther afield for a good recommendation.


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Old 04-02-2012, 02:36 PM   #2
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Check the local Wingfoot dealer in San Jose. They are the commercial truck tire dealers for Goodyear in the area, and when I was in there back in 2004, they looked at my tires and actually refused to sell me new tires - they said I'd be wasting my money and gave me a list of good truck alignment shops locally and insisted I have a full alignment done, including rear-wheel ('thrust angle') alignment, THEN they'd sell me tires. Turns out my rear axle was installed crooked and I'd be destroying tires every 20k miles. One of the shops they recommended did the alignment, sent me back to Wingfoot to get the tires, then had me come back (at no extra charge) to fine tune the alignment after I had good tires on (The tires were so bad, they couldn't fine tune the alignment with the old tires).

Any shop that refuses to sell you something based on not wanting to waste your money gets my repeat business...

The alignment issue was so bad, that even though it was past the warranty on alignment, monaco ate the cost of the alignment when they found out how far off the rear axle was mounted...
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