Any Tire People in here?

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1/7/2018 10:41 AM

Just wanting to see if anyone on here works in the tire industry? Whether at an independent tire dealer or manufacturer?

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1/7/2018 10:48 AM

I’ve worked with the tires on my rig, that’s it. Do not use ether. Anything ELSE I can help you with?

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1/7/2018 10:56 AM

Before I purchased my last set of tires I investigated tires/sizes/type/prices for over 6 months...I knew more than the guy at Discount Tire by the time I bought them..laughing

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1/7/2018 10:57 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/7/2018 11:00 AM

scooter5002 wrote:

I’ve worked with the tires on my rig, that’s it. Do not use ether. Anything ELSE I can help you with?

lol thanks for the tip. My question was more of an attempt to see if anyone worked in the industry. I worked for Michelin in the commercial division and work for a construction tire manufacturer now. What tires are you running on your rig?

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1/7/2018 11:33 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/7/2018 11:35 AM

I ran 2 sets of Michelin’s on my Pete, but my last job dictated a whole new direction. Ran Firestone 691’s for a few years, with good results. Michelin is the best tire, but they are a little more expensive. However, if you can get fleet pricing, through a national account, they are pretty competitive.
Ran XZA3’s on my steer axle, and they were awesome. My last set lasted 120,000 miles, wore flat as a table top, right to the end. Used the balance beads in them.

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1/7/2018 11:51 AM

scooter5002 wrote:

I ran 2 sets of Michelin’s on my Pete, but my last job dictated a whole new direction. Ran Firestone 691’s for a few years, with good results. Michelin is the best tire, but they are a little more expensive. However, if you can get fleet pricing, through a national account, they are pretty competitive.
Ran XZA3’s on my steer axle, and they were awesome. My last set lasted 120,000 miles, wore flat as a table top, right to the end. Used the balance beads in them.

Nice. I sold a lot of XZA3+’s, which is now the X Line Energy Z. Had a fleet getting 220,000 miles consistently with proper mounting and regular alignments. Firestone makes a good tire, as it’s just old Bridgestone technology in most cases.

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1/7/2018 2:18 PM

Michelins .. LTX AT2s get sidewall spider cracks within a year. They don't even feel like rubber. Not s structural problem really and not deep, just sidewall mostly 1mm deep or so.
Goodyears never did that. Firestone after about 3 years.

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1/8/2018 11:16 AM

I worked for Les Schwab Tires about 20 years ago for about 5 years. Great job straight out of high school. Taught me a lot. His book is a good read on how he built his business........

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