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Ford Freestyle, Tires, Wheels, SUV
Jan 04, 2009 (9:06 am)
Hi folks, I am the newest Freestyle owner on the board! Have a Five Hundred as well.
I have the stock tires which I knew would be OK at best and they looking like they might need to be replaced fairly soon. I am looking at buying new tires sooner rather than later.
I have seen some posts for the Firestone FR710s, and haven't found any ratings for them. Are they new? Are they OK on Ice? My Cooper CS4's were decent on my old car, but were not good on ice. I am also considering the TripleTreads and maybe the Yoko TRZ's as well.
I live in Wisconsin, and we get alot of snow/nasty weather.
#122 of 160 Re: Firestone FR710 [01taurussel]
Jan 04, 2009 (9:31 am)
o1taurussel, Very cool! Both a Freestyle and a 500. I bought my Freestyle at the same time I got an F150 2wd, so I'm driving Fords a lot, too.
I really think people up north like you (and I'm in Colorado) should put on Pirelli Scorpion Ice & Snow (click here for info on that tire). Its a high-speed (TR rated to 118 mph) snow tire, very tough, that can be used year-around, as its got thick tread and will last. I love'em on my Freestyle, wet, dry, or snow. They do have the snowflake-on-the-mountain rating, which means they get traction.
Be sure to fit the 225/65-17 size, as I think they fit better than the 215 mm width ones the Freestyle/500 came with. (For 18" wheels, stick with the stock size tires.) I wouldn't run them year around if you live where it gets very hot, but this is one tough high-speed rated tire, so you could.
#123 of 160 Re: Firestone FR710 [coldcranker]
Jan 04, 2009 (11:52 am)
It gets "hot" here in Wisconsin during the summer. I have snow tires for my 500 so if the weather is bad, we just use that car. My wife would frown upon me getting another set of snow tires
#124 of 160 Re: Firestone FR710 [01taurussel]
Jan 04, 2009 (4:47 pm)
It is better to use all-season or summer tires in hot weather. However, since Pirelli got a 118 mph max speed rating (TR) on their Scorpion Ice&Snow tires, that really shows they can handle about anything we could possibly throw at it, similar to an all-season tire. The thing that limits a tire's speed in those tests is heat buildup. The tread compound isn't as soft as on Bridgestone Blizzaks. Other snow tires only get about a 99 mph speed rating (QR), except for a few high-performance ones.
#125 of 160 looking for new tires
Jan 11, 2009 (7:10 pm)
I am purchasing a used 2007 freestyle and live in the chicago area.What tires would you recommend. The current tires look pretty beat and they seem to be the original tires with 20,000 miles on them
#126 of 160 Re: looking for new tires [poolman1234]
Jan 11, 2009 (8:32 pm)
Forget the 215/65-17 size and get 225/65-17, Goodyear Fortera TripleTreds or Pirelli Scorpion Ice&Snow. Those are the only high-speed rated tires I know of that both also earn the Snowflake-on-the-Mountain traction test rating. That combination of attributes is rare, and it means you're getting tough tires that also have great traction. ( Maybe someone else can recommend something in the 18" wheel size if that is what you have. )
#127 of 160 Re: looking for new tires [coldcranker]
Jan 12, 2009 (8:23 am)
I am looking for 225/60/r18 some one recommend the good year comfort tread.
#129 of 160 Re: looking for new tires [coldcranker]
Jan 13, 2009 (8:40 pm)
My dad has Cooper CS4 on his 05 500 Limited w/ 18 inch size.........55k on them and about "half" worn (much better than those stock tires). He claims they are good in everything but ice.
Just my 5 cents......
#130 of 160 Re: Firestone verse Mastercraft by Cooper tires are great!
Jan 23, 2009 (10:53 am)
Good tires for a Freestyle.I like everyone has experienced what pure crap the Contis that came with the Freestyle are. I went on for week reading the blogs with who bought what they felt was a good tire ro replace the old Conti which had 30k on them and where shot. I was considering Michelin, Good years as I narrowed them down. But did read cons on everyone of them. Well I called to order the Good years from this tires place which is probably 100 years old in my area and have always trusted the old lady who runs the place. She recommended that all her customers she sold these Mastercraft Touring RS tires to have raved about them. I said I never heard of them before. She said Copper Tires makes them and to go on line and check them out. Which I did and other who have them really liked them a lot. Copper is a American made tire company that is smaller but have a good reputation. They are not cheap at 150 per tire installed balanced etc. But then again so were all the other good brand tires. I wanted tires that were not noisy, held the road well, great in snow and finally lasted. These tires are rated at 80,000 miles. So since the old lady never steered me wrong the years I have been dealing with at her old rundown tire shop. I swallowed the cost of a whole new set. Well I live in northeaster Pa. Poconos and we just got dumped on with snow this winter. These tires grab and stop me perfectly. I even got up a good head of steam and locked up the breaks to stop, they grabbed and we stopped quickly. Handling ahh they make the Freestyle feel so upright and balanced around tight curves. Quiet really quiet. Its such a pleasure to feel like I am gliding along. last well who knows other then what I read but its an aggressive deep thread pattern that should hold up with proper rotation. Thats something the Contis cant say rotation or not they wore and wore fast. But they wore perfectly even on all four tires. So the Freestyle alignments good. I was averaging locally 20 to 24 Mpg Hwy 24 - 28 with the Freestyle. I dont know if the tires will effect that any but time will tell. If so I safety and comfort they provide may be worth a Mpg. Hope this helps anyone out in the What is the best tire to replace on a Freestyle.