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Old 12-26-2006, 08:06 AM   #1
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I have been running Goodyear Wrangler 15" knobby type tires on the old 99 Explorer and they are coming to their usefull end, proablay got 60K+ on them. I recently moved to the south where snow is not a common occurance. I was thinking about replacing these tires with something more suitable for good rain traction and a better ride than the Wranglers I currently have on the old girl. Any suggestions ? The Explorer has about 75K on it and I plan to keep it for at least another 40-60K miles.

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Old 12-26-2006, 08:13 AM   #2
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i looooved my goodrich at k'o's. 99% highway driven.

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Old 12-26-2006, 11:52 AM   #3
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Several years ago I had Goodyear 'Aqua-Tread' tires. I think they've changed the name of them, but they were EXCELLENT for rain, smooth riding for dry pavement, and pretty darn good in snow, too. Ask a Goodyear dealer, and I'm sure he can give you the new name of them.
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:14 PM   #4
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You might go to tirerack.com for tire ratings for SUVs. Pick out your preferred tire and check with Discount Tire, NTB, Costco etc. for the best price.

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Old 12-26-2006, 12:44 PM   #5
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i think tire rack is a good idea, you can't just stick a passenger tire on so what works on a car can be awful on an suv.
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Old 12-26-2006, 02:20 PM   #6
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The new version of Aquatred is "Assurance", and the SUV line is called "Fortera". I just had to junk a 10 year old set of Aquatreds that were in great shape, but would not pass state inspection due to age. The tirerack.com site has a lot of good info, but I would be cautious about the tire reviews as they are consumer-rated. BTW, I would much rather pay a few dollars more and purchase from a local tire dealer vs. buying on the web.
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We went with Michelins from Costco. No regrets.
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