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Old 04-03-2013, 09:32 PM   #1
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What tires on Columbus?

I understand they are ST235/80R16, but what brand?

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Old 04-03-2013, 09:44 PM   #2
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They have been coming with Westlake tires. I have a friend in the tire business and he has at least heard of this brand and knows of tire shops that sell them. We just returned from a 6500 mile trip and they performed fine. I did invest in a TPMS and they held steady the whole time.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:12 PM   #3
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Ouch! I don't like what I'm reading about Westlake. They intentionally left out a safety feature for their LT tires, and sold them anyway (eventually leading to 500,000 being recalled). Typical Chinese crap is what I'm reading.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:48 AM   #4
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Unfortunately, no one uses good tires from the factory....

Now, even if they are Goodyear Marathons, they are the made in China versions.
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That's why I went with a TPMS for a little peace of mind.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:18 AM   #6
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My 320RS came with Akurat ST tires made in some little far away country called China.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:24 PM   #7
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ours also came with Akurat ST tires

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Old 04-04-2013, 02:01 PM   #8
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They can't even spell accurate correctly.
I thought Columbus factory design team were RV ers
Shame on them
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:14 PM   #9
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That's why I went with a TPMS for a little peace of mind.
That won't prevent thread separation, or the damage that it could cause. And tread separation does not mean pressure will go low before it happens.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:57 PM   #10
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I understand that, treaves, what I monitor as much as the pressure is the temperature. If you watch both pressure and temp, chances are you'll get a pretty good indication of impending tire failure before it occurs. Nothing is fool proof, but I'd much rather take my chances with a TPMS than without it. Another HUGE factor is the speed you run...none of these tires are rated for over 65 mph. The other factor is that many folks that have experienced a blowout will tell you that they didn't even know it occurred until many miles down the road when another driver signaled them, and by then there has been damage to their unit, tire wrapped around axle, etc. At least with a TPMS you know pretty much instantly there's a problem and can pull over and take care of it hopefully before damage occurs. Again, a TPMS isn't fool proof, but I've spent more money on dumber things
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