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Old 06-18-2015, 11:50 AM   #1
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My new to me 2008 Itascia Cambria came with a complete set of
Lt 225/75 16 load range E Ironman tires, I've never heard of these tires
wondering if anyone knows anything about them.
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:57 PM   #2
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Hercules Tires are manufactured by Cooper Tires, as an offshoot brand for independant dealers.
Don't know exactly where their made, maybe here or maybe overseas.
Don't know about quality. Probably best to google it up and do a bit of research.
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Old 06-18-2015, 02:08 PM   #3
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My new to me 2008 Itascia Cambria came with a complete set of
Lt 225/75 16 load range E Ironman tires, I've never heard of these tires
wondering if anyone knows anything about them.
Tks Joe
They must not be very old. If you have no problems with them, why worry?
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Old 06-18-2015, 03:10 PM   #4
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Hercules Tires are manufactured by Cooper Tires, as an offshoot brand for independant dealers.
Don't know exactly where their made, maybe here or maybe overseas.
Don't know about quality. Probably best to google it up and do a bit of research.
Grumpy
We were stranded in Kingman Arizona a year ago with a bad steer tire (295/80/22.5) and had to either replace both with Hercules or wait a week or two for another brand. They are more of a truck tire and require higher pressure (105#) and so they are a little rougher riding but have held up fine.

They're headquartered in Findlay, Ohio and manufactured and distributed by Cooper Tires but after looking online I couldn't find where they're actually made. One source said China and another said Hankook (which means Korea in Korean) makes them. Anyone?
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Just look at the DOT code on the side of the tire. The first 2 digits after "DOT" indicate where the tire was produced.


For example, I just looked at the Continental tires on my wife's Mercedes in the garage. The code is: DOT 650H 3VR 1511.


According to this chart:
Tire DOT Plant Codes – Sorted by Plant Code - Tire Safety Group


The "65" indicates that the tires were produced by CONTINENTAL DO BRASIL PRODUTOS AUTOMOTIVOS LTDA. in Camacari, Brazil.


The Cooper Roadmaster tires on my motor home read: DOT 4Y9V LML 0613,
therefore, they were made at SHANDONG CHENGSHAN TIRE CO., LTD. in Shandong, China.


Simple, eh?
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Tires

Thanks. Interesting, for sure. I went out and looked and it says "Made in China" on the tire. The DOT code is 53: QINGDAO, SHANDONG, CHINA
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Frankly, I wouldn't worry at all where they were made. If you keep them properly inflated, balanced and aligned, they'll easily last the 7 years that the big names will.


I'm curious as to how many of the Michelin guys out there are riding around on "7V" or "Y5" coded tires.
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My Goodyears were made in Topeka, Kansas. I was surprised to see so many places in the U.S. where tires are made.
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I do worry about where they are made, but as it turns out, they're made by SAILUN CO., LTD.
They actually make some great trailer tires... (Sailun S637)

And they're not PowerKing / Trailer King / Blowmax, which is good:
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SHANDONG HENGFENG RUBBER & PLUSTIC CO., LTD.
GUANGRAO COUNTY
SHANDONG
CHINA

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SHANDONG YONGSHENG RUBBER CO., LTD.
DONGYING
SHANDONG
CHINA
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