Originally Posted by theroc
I know my opinion is against the grain here and not at all popular but, no, absolutely not. Yokohama is a very good product and I personally wouldn't consider it risky using their products.
I'm still a bit shy buying tires from the China-based manufacturers but even some of those are getting very good reviews from truckers and RVers.
I wouldn't hesitate at all buying tires from Japanese or South Korean -based companies, however ...i.e. Toyo, Yokohama, Sumitomo, Hankook, Kumho, etc.
I don't know the specific tires you mentioned, but I also feel Yokohama makes a good tire. I run the Discount Tire YK580 on my MIL's car, put YK740 (The newer generation tire from Yokohama after the YK580.) on my daughter car (Actually replaced the older YK580, and that was after 48K miles. If she had rotated them a bit more consistently, she should have been able to get 55K out of them. And if it was going into he summer season, vs rainy, I would have left the YK580's on longer.). We run the HTX tires on our CRV, to provide a bit more off/dirt road capability. The replaced out older Geolanders, which did a great jog off/dirt road, but were a bit noisy on the freeway, and were about a 10 year old model tire when I bought them for our Alaska trip. Knew that going in, so not a ding on them at all. But the HTX are much better on the highway, higher mileage wearing, and only lose a little bit of off/dirt road capability.)
I have no hesitation on recommending the Yokohama passenger tires.
A comment in general, most manufactures have both entry/lower budget tires all the way up to their best tires. Not sure if this is the case on the Truck tires or not.
I also agree with pricing the Hankook AH11/AH12 for your rear tires, and even your fronts. Many of the DP's owners I've know, and whose opinion I would take, have been very pleased with the Hankook's - especially the price.
Also on the FMCA program, price the BF Goodrich ST230's too. A solid well respected and know tire, made by Michelin, and part of the FMCA program.
After all of that, I will share that I did replace 6 out of my 8 tires, with Michelin 295/80 LRH XZA2's. And moved my only one year old BF Goodrich ST230's from the steers to the tags. (I'd had to replace two our of my 8 tires due to a pot hole impact. During the Michelin tire shortage, and went with the ST230's.)
Best of luck to you,