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Old 11-13-2019, 11:11 PM   #1
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Hi Everyone! Do you have any experience with Chinese made tires? My 08 OB is only going to last another 2 years. I juuuuust squeaked by NJ emissions inspection. I need another set of all seasons next spring. I do run dedicated snow tires so snow traction is no concern with the all seasons. I donít want to spend more than I have to for tires that I will put 30k mikes on at the most. Are they more prone to puncture?

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Old 11-14-2019, 11:41 AM   #2
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I ran the Nankang NS20 for awhile and didn't have any problems.
I've been getting used tires off craigslist for years - can find some good deals on good tires!
Good luck!
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Old 11-14-2019, 12:13 PM   #3
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Thank you very much. A lot of people trash these tires saying they are poor quality but I have noticed quite a lot of cars with them recently.


Thanks again!
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Old 11-14-2019, 04:29 PM   #4
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I ran the Nankang NS20 for awhile and didn't have any problems.
I've been getting used tires off craigslist for years - can find some good deals on good tires!
Good luck!
FYI, Nankang is from Taiwan, not China.


OP: They are a good 2nd tier tire company, and I think they will be more than just fine for your purpose.
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Old 11-24-2019, 08:31 PM   #5
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Thank you. I will be going with these come spring. Thanks again!
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Old 11-24-2019, 09:04 PM   #6
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Hi Everyone! Do you have any experience with Chinese made tires? My 08 OB is only going to last another 2 years. I juuuuust squeaked by NJ emissions inspection. I need another set of all seasons next spring. I do run dedicated snow tires so snow traction is no concern with the all seasons. I don’t want to spend more than I have to for tires that I will put 30k mikes on at the most. Are they more prone to puncture?

Thanks in advance!
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Now if they are Nankang, they aren't horrible. Just don't get Chinese tires, I've yet to see a good set on any vehicle.
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Old 12-01-2019, 03:58 PM   #7
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The problem with most el-cheapo Chinese tires is that they use harder, less pliant rubber, which in turn means less grip, longer stopping distances, etc. Also, quality control on just about anything sourced from the Peoples Republic of China is just awful, so expect a much greater chance of things like poor roundness, broken belts, bad seats, etc.
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Old 01-02-2020, 12:22 AM   #8
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Just remember that cheap tires are a hit and miss.
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Old 01-15-2020, 07:13 PM   #10
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Old 01-18-2020, 10:20 PM   #11
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Iíve had excellent experience using sumitomo htr po2 all season tires, despite them being a foreign Brand name
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Hi Everyone! Do you have any experience with Chinese made tires? My 08 OB is only going to last another 2 years. I juuuuust squeaked by NJ emissions inspection. I need another set of all seasons next spring. I do run dedicated snow tires so snow traction is no concern with the all seasons. I donít want to spend more than I have to for tires that I will put 30k mikes on at the most. Are they more prone to puncture?

Thanks in advance!
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They won't really be more prone to puncture, the balance will be worse, wet traction will probably be pretty bad, snow traction even worse. But if you only need them to last two years, better than running worn out tires.
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Old 01-25-2020, 08:23 AM   #13
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6 months ago I nearly lost my life due to using cheap Chinese tyres on rpf1 wheels.
I clipped the edge of the road at high speed and rolled the tyre off of passenger rear wheel, which sent the car like it was on rails straight into a tree.... well more through the tree.

Watch "2003 WRX Sti 400hp E85" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/qxcJopxtweI
This video was 3 days prior and if you look as I wind on boost on some corners you can see the car wasn't very settled in the rear.

If I could wind back time I would buy the most expensive tyre I could as everything else on the car was. Tyres from previous owner
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:44 AM   #14
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Thank you very much. A lot of people trash these tires saying they are poor quality but I have noticed quite a lot of cars with them recently.
Just because a lot of people have them, doesn't mean they aren't poor quality...
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Old 01-25-2020, 12:41 PM   #15
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had a set of imperial snow dragons for a year, they were 60 each. Compared to a dedicated snow tire that I had used before(dunlop graspic), the snowdragons were nowhere near as grippy in the snow and the handeling was iffy at best. In the wet they were dangerous, I did a 180 going into an onramp (slightly over the limit) on wet pavement and the car just suddenly started sliding. They were acceptable in dry. After one of the tires went completely flat for no reason at all while driving(no leaks or punctures were found), I Replaced the Chinese tires with a set of all season continental DWS which are better in the snow(still not a dedicated snow tire good), but WAY better in the rain and dry.

If your going to get Chinese branded tires...you have to end up getting the higher end priced versions, to get a decent tire anyway, and then your not really saving money and are still giving up the attributes of the better popular high rated tires available here.
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Old 01-30-2020, 12:39 PM   #16
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Thanks all! I actually came across Nexen tires (Korean made) that are a decent price and will probably be going with them once the snow tires come off in a few months. I know they are not the best but I only need to get like 30k out of them.
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Old 01-30-2020, 02:57 PM   #17
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Thanks all! I actually came across Nexen tires (Korean made) that are a decent price and will probably be going with them once the snow tires come off in a few months. I know they are not the best but I only need to get like 30k out of them.
I had nexen 3000 tires on my 06 STI when I bought it, they actually rode quite well on the highway, and the handeling was good due to stiff sidewall, easy to break traction in wet though especially compared to continental DW's I switched to. On Cool dry pavement the nexens were also easy to break loose. These were more of a dedicated summer tire...so I cant say what their all seasons are like but probably more of the same.

My go to now is either dunlop or continental...currently have continental DWS all season that I have had for a year and they are really good all around tire. The DW summer tire have unreal grip in rain and dry....probably the best tire I have run. Still have them wrapped in plastic.

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Old 01-30-2020, 03:18 PM   #18
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also dont overlook getting a set of used higher end brand named tires...craigslist facebook market place etc. Just be careful of how old the tires are by checking the date codes on all the tires in a set, and get a tread depth gauge to make sure that they are all within depth varience..2mm tops variance for subarus.

You can save HUNDREDS by going this route and get a brand name with better reputation if you are lucky.
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Old 01-30-2020, 10:21 PM   #19
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also dont overlook getting a set of used higher end brand named tires...craigslist facebook market place etc. Just be careful of how old the tires are by checking the date codes on all the tires in a set, and get a tread depth gauge to make sure that they are all within depth varience..2mm tops variance for subarus.

You can save HUNDREDS by going this route and get a brand name with better reputation if you are lucky.
Very true. I got a set of Goodyear Eagle F1 that were brand new take offs for $250 for the set. A local tire shop sells a lot of tire and wheel packages for guys that replace their stock sets on their brand new cars.
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Ok, wait.

You use snow tires in the winter, which means you have snow tires. Just run them year round? I've done this on vehicles numerous times and our 13 Crosstrek is currently running year round on some General Arctic Altimax snows. Contrary to popular myths, they don't burn themselves off in a summer or some other ridiculous claims.

Here's another good reason to do that. Tires go bad with age. Not just wear. You can end up with 12 year old snows at nearly full tread depth that are so cracked and dry rotted, you have to throw them out. Might as well get the wear out of them.
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