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Ford Freestyle, Tires, Wheels, SUV
Sep 13, 2008 (6:00 pm)
Note the smaller Assurance TripleTreds are within 2 lbs (about 8%) of the bigger Fortera TripleTreds. That doesn't seem like enough to worry about.
If mass is an issue, the real choice seems to be the ContiProContacts in the smaller 215 size, which are a light 23 lbs each. Lighter tires do improve the ride though the reduction in unsprung mass.
Note that some of the truck tires in the larger 225 size are actually lighter than some of the passenger tires in the smaller 215 size!
I doubt if there would be much difference in rolling resistance getting the Forteras over the Assurance tripletreds.
#112 of 160 Toyo Versato or Dunlop Sport
Sep 26, 2008 (5:32 am)
Anyone have some experience with the Toyo Versado or Dunlop Sport for the Freestyle AWD? I am in New England so we get the full mix of weather. My Pirelli P6 are fully worn out at 36k miles. Not sure if another tire would be a step up or just the same. My priorities are safe in wet weather, wear well, good mileage. Then low noise followed by snow. We are on the coast so snow is not that major. Not looking for brand names but these tires were recommended by Town Fair Tire Store.
#113 of 160 Re: Toyo Versato or Dunlop Sport [style13]
Sep 26, 2008 (4:41 pm)
For those conditions, I'd get the BF Goodrich Traction T/A, as they got a "AA" traction rating (temperature was "A"). Two A's for traction aren't that common, and it means they are very grippy. Reference tire rack's web page -- click here
#114 of 160 Range of tire+wheel weights possible
Sep 30, 2008 (4:39 pm)
Getting back to the issue of weights of a tire+wheel, I was wondering what the best and worse case would be. How much variation is possible?
(for 215/65-17 original size)
Lightest: OZ Ultraleggera wheel with ContiProContacts would be 40 lbs total.
Heaviest: Sport Edition TK1 wheel with Goodyear Assurance Tripletred would be 60 lbs!
Stock: I think is about 53 lbs
The variation is substantial. The lighter the wheel/tire, the smoother the ride, through less unsprung mass. There is a 20 lb per tire/wheel spread in possibilites. Makes you think.
I know this is the kind of thing that racers pay attention to, but there are ride quality consequences for we Freestyle owners. Thinking of the physics of this, it would mean a more massive tire/wheel would not stick to a bumpy/wavy road as well, meaning you could lose traction sooner. Also, braking/acceleration would be worse in the highest mass case.
#115 of 160 Goodyear Assurance Tripple Tread tires
Dec 04, 2008 (9:47 am)
Anyone had better luck with these tires? I bought 4, 205 60R16 Goodyear assurance tripple treads for my Hyundai XG 350 2 years ago.They were great the first winter even ok the second winter but now after only 32K miles they are worn to 3/32 and hydroplane and slip like crazy. And they are "LOUD" lots of road noise. They were rotated every 5-6ooo miles and no allignment problems Goodyear won't do anything till they are at 2/32 but I cannot keep em on the car another winter.Thanks Goodyear for your 80K mile warranty!
#116 of 160 Re: Range of tire+wheel weights possible [coldcranker]
Dec 04, 2008 (4:46 pm)
Just got some new Freestyle tires: 225/65-17 sized Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow.
Highly recommended. TR speed rated, so they are tough enough to withstand 118 mph sustained speeds. I'm going to leave them on year around, even though they are snow/ice rated. Recommended for any northern state & Canada. The 225 width fits better than the 215 stock tires.
There has been a class action lawsuit on tires similar to the 215/65-17 Continental ContiTouring tires original equipment on Freestyles. The same tire with the anti-puncture (ContiSeal) version was the subject of the lawsuit for fast tread wear. Those were fast wearing tires for most people!
#117 of 160 Firestone FR710 215/65/17 or 225/60/17
Dec 11, 2008 (10:25 pm)
Anyone have PERSONAL experience with THIS PARTICULAR tire? (Please don't tell me about your brother-in-laws experience with the old 721's or the problems with the Explorers with underinflated tires.) I have had this recommended as a good tire by a few different dealers for my wifes 07 fwd Freestyle. Best price is about $100-105each depending on size. I am leaning toward the 225/60/17. The original Continentals are close to the wear bars with about 25K on them and have been OK until we got some snow. The ABS helps with stopping but any gas from a dead stop and there is an amazing lack of traction. My wife only drives about 8-10K per year so I cannot justify $140-$160 for tires that are supposed to last 80K. I just want some better tires than the Continentals(quieter and better snow traction) and don't mind getting a new set every 3 to 4 years.
#118 of 160 Re: Firestone FR710 215/65/17 or 225/60/17 [freestylephil]
Dec 12, 2008 (3:20 pm)
I am gettting the 215/65/17 Firestone FR710's tonight. It is supposed to snow on Sunday, so I will report back on what I think about the tires. All four with lifetime(60k) balance/rotaion/flat repair is just under $500.
#119 of 160 Re: Firestone FR710 215/65/17 or 225/60/17 [freestylephil]
Dec 12, 2008 (5:19 pm)
Don't get the 225/60-17 size. Its too small. Diameter is less than stock. Get the 225/65-17 instead. Or, of course, the stock 215/65-17 isn't bad either.
#120 of 160 Firestone FR710 215/65/17-So Far Thumbs Up!
Dec 14, 2008 (10:15 am)
We got about 5" of snow, temp is about 3degF. Traction is very good starting,stopping and turning. I will report later after we get some of the real icy stuff. After a couple of minutes of driving I really wasn't even thinking about the snow. Even with only fwd, the Freestyle and Firestones felt very controlled and I am sure even my wife will drive with confidence in the snow.