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Old 01-24-2013, 08:58 AM   #1
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TOYO verses Michelin steer tires

I currently have a set of Michelin tires on my 2005 Vectra that have a date stamp of 2004. Yet they only have 36000 miles on them.
Knowing that I'm going to have about the same amount of mileage on them at the end of the next eight years, I'm considering TOYO's for my next purchase.
My tire man says they are very good tires though not as good as Michelins. However knowing that I'm going to put 5-6000 miles a year on them there was no need to spend the extra $275 per tire.
Any pro's or con's out there?
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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Price Bridgestone/Firestone and Hankook also.
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I got Toyo's on my last MH. Put about 30,000 miles on them with no problems. I would buy them again.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:38 AM   #4
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We've gotten Hankook's for the last few vehicles. Love them. If they made them for the size we need for the RV we would get them for it too.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:44 AM   #5
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When we replaced the tires on our Fleetwood I chose Toyos. Was very happy with them. They rode true and quiet for the 20,000 mi. we put on them before trading coaches. They had no funny wear marks or rivering at all. At the time they were $600 cheaper.

They were a drastic improvement over the Michelin's that they replaced. However, the Michelin's had 7 years and 70,000 mi. on them when changed.

Our new Newmar has Michelin's and they're nice and quiet and true as well. When it comes time for replacement Toyo's will still be on the list.

Good tire, great price.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:18 AM   #6
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Michelin, Toyo, Bridgestone are all excellent tires. I have/will only use those three. Bridgestone and Toyo in my experience seem to have stiffer sidewalls and a bit harsher ride.
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When the time came, we replaced our original Toyos with another set of Toyos. Very happy with them.

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We took one shakedown trip on our rig when we bought it, knowing that the Goodyear tires were 9 years old (original equipment on an '01 Ford chassis). The ride was terrible - very harsh.

Since we're in Les Schwab land and have had very good service from them for the last 40 years or so, I went to our local store and bought Toyo's. A set of six, with new stainless steel valves and a front end alignment came to just under $2400.

Without me having to ask, the store manager went looking through warehouse inventory for the most recent manufacture dates and found a set that were only six weeks old.

They ride very well, compared to the GY originals. Real happy with the deal.
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It is not a bad idea to price Michelins through Costco. If you want Michelin. Costco has an annual sale. I did and had Les Schwab do the install and they were competitive with the Toyo price. 235/80 22.5's---sorry I do not have the actual cost with me or I would share it.

I would not have hesitated to put Toyos on had I not found the Michelin price at Costco. This was a year and a half ago so things may have changed, but it is worth a look.
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My Toyo experience was not as good as others above have experienced. I replaced 2 steer tires (Michelin's) with new Toyo's (255/80/22.5 if i recall).
The installer balanced them (steel wheels) and it rode like crap. Took it back, they balanced them again, replaced one for free for being out of round. Still rode like crap, lots of vibration. Took it back, another balance attempt, this time using balance beads. Small improvement, still lots of vibration. Maybe i got bad ones. I probably won't look at Toyo again.

Just installed Bridgestone's on my new rig (295/80/22.5) as steer tires - no balancing done, just throw the rubber on, and they ride smooth as silk at least up to the 80 MPH I have done.
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My Toyo experience was not as good as others above have experienced. I replaced 2 steer tires (Michelin's) with new Toyo's (255/80/22.5 if i recall).
The installer balanced them (steel wheels) and it rode like crap. Took it back, they balanced them again, replaced one for free for being out of round. Still rode like crap, lots of vibration. Took it back, another balance attempt, this time using balance beads. Small improvement, still lots of vibration. Maybe i got bad ones. I probably won't look at Toyo again.

Just installed Bridgestone's on my new rig (295/80/22.5) as steer tires - no balancing done, just throw the rubber on, and they ride smooth as silk at least up to the 80 MPH I have done.
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Hmmm things were looking good until your post....lol
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Tilting the balance back towards Toyo...

I've had Toyo tires on my coach for 25,000 miles. No problems. They run true and quiet. No funny wear patterns.

They ride better than the Michelins that were on there but that's an unfair comparison as the Michelins were old and worn out.
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I put Toyo's on my 16" Class C on the Ford E450 chassis. I felt the side walls were mushy compared to the original Michelin. The coach was just very mushy and swayed with the Toyos. I know there is a big difference from a 16" van tire and a 22.5" Class A tires.
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Perhaps if you can get the dealer to agree to buy them back at 100% if they won't balance, you'd be covered - at least from my experience. Aside from the balance issue, they did ride good.
Also be careful, what the dealer calls balanced and what you call balanced could end up being 2 different things.
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