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Old 09-15-2021, 09:42 AM   #1
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Question about steer tires

Had a blow out so I need to get a new tire. Is there a concern having two different manufacturers on the steer tires? Current is Yokohama with roughly 15,000 miles and I could only find one Toyo M144. My thought was to put two on the front, same brand, same date stamp but I am having a hard time finding anything.

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Different manufacturers are fine. Tires need to be the same size, and similar tread pattern, but the wear from 15K miles shouldn't be significant enough to cause issues.
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Had a blow out so I need to get a new tire. Is there a concern having two different manufacturers on the steer tires? Current is Yokohama with roughly 15,000 miles and I could only find one Toyo M144. My thought was to put two on the front, same brand, same date stamp but I am having a hard time finding anything.

Any thoughts appreciated.
TOYO M144 is a good tire. IF that is what is available, I would install it. IF you notice a difference, then you can always put a matched pair from the rear on the steer and put the mismatched pair on the rear where it should not make any difference. IF you have to do that, put the one with more wear on the outside of the duals because the "taller" one will get more wear from the road crown and they will equalize over time.
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Agree wholeheartedly with HarryStone. As long as the size is same and style of the tread is similar, different manufacturers or models is not important.
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I'm old enough to remember hearing never mix radials with bias tires. Otherwise I'm with Harry and Gary.
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Don't do it...!!!

From my experience as a mechanic all my life, and in my personal opinion, I would NEVER use different manufacturer on STEER tires position, even if they are the same exact size.
Your LIFE (and others) is on the line... you do not want to experience that white knuckle 'defecation contacts the rotary oscillator' feeling (you probably just went thru that with the blowout) if something else goes wrong...!
Different manufacturers have different compound properties, and different operating conditions, and it is just not worth the risk.
If you do have to put a different tire on to get out of an urgent situation, find a used tire of equal size to put on there until you can get a matching Yokohama replacement.... then drive very carefully until you can get it done right and safely again...!
Again, your life (and other people on the road) is just not worth the risk. You should be able to find a pretty good used tire in that size for about $100 or less until you can get the new Yokohama put on... then either resell the used or keep it for another emergency spare. Be safe...
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