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Old 04-29-2015, 12:56 PM   #11
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About to pull the trigger on a new 5er. It has G rated Goodyears on it , the unit has been on the dealers lot almost a year. My general question is , should I go ahead and swap them out for new ones due to the age and sit time or not. Needless to say the only mileage on them would be from factory to dealer............let me know your thoughts

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Old 04-29-2015, 01:06 PM   #12
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I was advised to do the balance with the TST's on the stem. Though they are small and light they do effect the balance.

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Old 04-29-2015, 01:48 PM   #13
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My China Bombs on my new RW 2608 are C rated which surprised me. I just purchased the TST 507 in the meantime before a go w/ Maxxis next yr. I hope to move up to the D rating. Should that be an easy switch onto OEM rims?
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:01 PM   #14
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I went from C to D on our OEM wheels. As long as you are running those C's keep a close eye on them.

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Old 04-29-2015, 03:15 PM   #15
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Upgraded to Maxxis tires

Rob, depends on what size tires you have.

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Old 04-29-2015, 04:27 PM   #16
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from what I know about the only way to not buy the Chinese or other similar tires is to switch to a light truck tire. I know alot of people have done that too. But then you still have to research it to avoid overseas products.
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Old 04-29-2015, 04:45 PM   #17
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I upgraded to Maxxis tires last month. Three of my China-bombs had about 12K miles on them. The forth had been replaced last year with a Maxxis. We have a local independent dealer that stocks Maxxis in many sizes. Metal stems and balanced for sure. Mine were Tow Max... and had begun to separate. I'm glad I went on with it. I hate being out on the side of the road.
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Old 04-29-2015, 05:30 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Yarome View Post
One other factor you might consider is tire availability when out and about. I was pretty dead set on the Maxxis as well until I tried calling around trying to find someone that carried them or could get them in within a reasonable amount of time. Ultimately, I ended up with Marathons.

Of the places I called about half or so had the marathons in stock and the ones that didn't could have them in within a day or two. With the Maxxis... I didn't find anyone locally that had them in-stock, and order times were more like 7-10 business days.

If I have a blowout on the road, I certainly don't want to be stranded that long waiting on a tire.. or having to buy a "get me by" tire + a new Maxxis. Ultimately, nationwide availability won out over the performance gain.

I agree. That is awesome advice to live by. Goodyear has a large presence here in the Northeast where I mostly travel. Not sure about other parts of the country but I suspect it.


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Old 04-29-2015, 06:48 PM   #19
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You guys are scaring me with the talk of the rims not being able to withstand the higher pressure of the new tires. I am thinking of moving up from E rated to G which I believe requires pressure of 110 lbs. How can I know for sure if my rims will withstand the higher pressure.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:56 PM   #20
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you will more than likely have to break the tire down , it is usually stamped on the inside of the wheel.....before you do that check on the back side of the wheel. It will be stamped in one place or the other

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