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Old 03-08-2004, 02:55 AM   #1
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Default 2003 LL Bean Outback - Need new tires - Want wider, but not too much $$$ HELP!!

I have a 2003 LL Bean Outback with stock wheels. My stock crap tires are worn and I want to switch to either Michelin or Yokohama (I've heard they are the two best). I also want wider tires for better traction. My questions are:

1. How do you feel about Michelin and Yokohama? Do you know of a good model at a good price (less than $150 per tire preferably)?

2. How wide can you go on an Outback before the tires rub?

3. What chain has the best deals (walk-in sores, NOT online)?
Please help. The crappy Bridgestones are worn pretty thin at this point and I want to get a REAL tire this time!
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Old 03-08-2004, 06:26 AM   #2
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1) Michelins in general are excellent tires, and also among the most expensive. While I think most would agree that Michelins are good in general, I wouldn't say the same about Yokohamas. In addition, many other tire manufacturers make specific tires that are excellent and may be more to your liking than Yokohamas. Assuming you are looking for better "performance" in your new tires, I'd look at the Ultra-High Performance All-Season & High Performance All-Season tire classes. That way, you still get a bit of use in snow (since you are in SoCal, I guessed that snow performance was not too important). Tirerack.com has great reviews, tests, and ratings on different properties of the various tires, but here's what I would look into in detail in 225/60R14 size:
Michelin XGT V4 & Pilot Sport A/S
Continental ContiExtremeContact (got top rating in Consumer's Report)
Dunlop SP Sport 5000 (provides better snow performance than most, may get a bit too "soft" in very hot weather/roads)
Bridgestone Potenza RE950
Yokohama AVS dB S2 (supposed to be especially quiet)

2) Not sure
3) Deals vary widely by specific tire and by size of tire -- I would just call everybody nearby once you pick a tire. I'd check Sears when they have a sale running, discount shops (don't forget Costco), etc.

PS - If it were me, I'd probably go with the SP Sport 5000s, because I'd be driving up to the mountains a fair bit in winter.

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