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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got an email from Hankook telling me that the RA08 are discontinued.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Instead of creating old school wiki threads...can we have someone aggregate tires and wheel info into a selector guide?

A single point of truth would be nice...that was pages and pages long.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody actually run the Hercules Power CV or Nexen tires listed on the first page? The Hercules have a couple sizes that interest me and the prices are good, but have zero experience with that brand. I picked up some 16x7 rims and want to find some tires that are slightly larger in diameter than the 205/70R14 that are on there now. It's a Carat with a 2.2 Subie so don't want anything huge. I was thinking 195/65R16 or 205/65r16.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm running the Herc 195/14's. 65# tire. I use ~42 fr, ~48 rr and all is well.
They can seem a little hard when cold. Remind me of the Bridgstone 603's.
Road noise depends on paving surface but they are pretty quiet.
Not many miles on them and its been mostly pavement
I'd buy them again
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Follow on questions after much searching through the forum. For a Carat what is the largest tire that won't rub? There seems to be contradictory information / opinion. I've seen some say a 225/60r16, which is 26.6 in dia works, but others say they had rubbing with smaller diameter. Will a 205/65r16 tire rub on a Carat with stock springs on 16x7 ET31 rims? They are 26.5 in diameter. I was also thinking about 195/65r16, but can't seem to confirm if they would fit the 7" rim.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Hercules tires here are free UPS ground shipping, to my address at least. It did take about 2 weeks for them to come, though.

https://www.buywheelstoday.com/products/Power+CV.bwt
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, good find on those Hercules tires. Looks like all their sizes are C load and tons of sizes that fit a vanagon in 14, 15 & 16. Nice tread design and nice prices. It is an all season but I wonder how they do. Someone should try them and report back.
http://www.herculestire.com/tire-gallery/passenger-and-light-truck/light-truck/power-cv/#loaded
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a set of Ronal R9 rims for sale. I'm a total sucker for that rim on a Syncro. I've wanted a set for over ten years. Finally, set available, right price and I had cash, done. Point being they were wrapped in Hercules Terra Trac rubber. I looked up the tire saw they were inexpensive and thought oh well we will see. Cost of the rims were right and the tires almost free, new 225/70R15. I've only put a few thousand miles on them, but they seem to be fine. Colorado snow and some dirt roads are the only test they have had. Not the greatest snow tire ever, still a useful tire.
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2014 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's one for you white wall boyz. I emailed the ad and the reply was Victorun brand name.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/pts/4449789133.html
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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 1:32 pm    Post subject: VancoContact2 Reply with quote

Just noticed that Continental has a tire "developed especially for vehicles with a high balance point and transporting heavy loads." States that it has a new stiff sidewall. Didn't see it on the list on page 1.

http://www.continentaltire.com/www/tires_us_en/the...tml?page=3

Comes in a size 205/65R15 and 215/65R15 with 805 and 802 revs/mile and 102/100 load index and max inflation of 50/51 psi.
They also have 215/60R16 with 799 revs/mile which would work great on my 16 inch rims. Load index 99, max inflation 51 psi.
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perales wrote:
I just got an email from Hankook telling me that the RA08 are discontinued.


Bogus. You need to shop better.
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Perales wrote:
I just got an email from Hankook telling me that the RA08 are discontinued.


Bogus. You need to shop better.

Here is the e-mail I got from Hankook. Maybe it's a Canadian thing. Perhaps old stock is still available, but I can't figure out why they would lie to me.

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Hi Mr. Juan!
I’m sorry to tell you these tires are discontinued now and we have a size that could fit which is a 185-75R14 in the Optimo H724 but those tires are not extra load rated so it could not be the best application for a Westfalia. Their load index is 89 and speed rate S. so it mean that those tires are built to resist up to 1290lbs per tire car weight ( 5160lbs total empty dry vehicle ). That been said the optimo H724 is more suitable for basic car than a mini camping bus.
For more question let me know!
Steve Champagne
Gérant de Territoire, Québec & Provinces Atlantique
Territory Manager Québec & Maritime Regions
1-514-240-7184
HANKOOK TIRE CANADA CORPORATION
30 Resolution Drive I Brampton, ON I L6W 0A3
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www.hankooktire.ca
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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perales wrote:
Randy in Maine wrote:
Perales wrote:
I just got an email from Hankook telling me that the RA08 are discontinued.


Bogus. You need to shop better.

Here is the e-mail I got from Hankook. Maybe it's a Canadian thing. Perhaps old stock is still available, but I can't figure out why they would lie to me.

I’m sorry to tell you these tires are discontinued now...


Since there is conflicting info, I emailed Hankook's USA division regarding the status of RA08 and just received this response:

Hi Kam:

You were misinformed. That tire is still in production with plenty of stock in our warehouse.

Sincerely,

Judi H.

Technical Services Administrator
Quality and Service Team
Hankook Tire America Corp.
1450 Valley Rd , Wayne , NJ 07470


So, it must be a Canadian thing. I'll amend the "discontinued" note in the main post.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You list some Hercules Tires, any though about those one:
http://www.herculestire.com/know-your-tires/new-terra-trac-at-ii/#loaded

I have an 87 Syncro 1.9TD with 16" wheel. And I plan to do more paved road than off-road.

And even after reading the main post I got to admit I'm still lost... Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That Hercules Terra Trac AT tread looks like the Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo. The smallest size the Terra Trac has is the 215/70-16 which would fit fine on a syncro. You have to search outside this thread to find opinions and recommendations, this just lists what fits which is very helpful not getting cluttered with arguments.

I just did a quick search and found an old review, not sure if the tire changed much since 2006 but they liked it. http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/2915...w-style%29

The details on the 14" tire I mentioned above is the Hercules Power C/V. 195R14C/8 106/104Q semi aggressive looking tread. See the link above for details. They have that in smaller 15 & 16 tire too for people who want to stay near stock size.
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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't see a max PSI on these 225 70r14 Mastercraft Courser A/T2's but at 1709 lbs per tire load and a width of 8.9 they'd do well in replacing the discontinued Firestone Destination A/T's in this size - so long as you have alloy wheels. The Firestones were the bomb.

http://mastercrafttires.com/Tires/Sport-Utility/Courser-A-T2.aspx
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All these Mastercrafts actually look like they're up to the task for a Westy in this 225 70r14 size - if the PSI rating is not too low (which I can't tell from the listing on the site)
http://mastercrafttires.com/Customer-Care/Tire-Sel...iameter=14
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dixoncj wrote:
I can't see a max PSI on these 225 70r14 Mastercraft Courser A/T2's

Cooper/Mastercraft lists that tire as "standard" load range.
Tire Rack load range chart said standard is 35 p.s.i.
I would not run 1764 lbs per tire at 35p.s.i.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=55&
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PostPosted: Tue May 13, 2014 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

geodude wrote:
Anybody actually run the Hercules Power CV or Nexen tires listed on the first page? The Hercules have a couple sizes that interest me and the prices are good, but have zero experience with that brand. I picked up some 16x7 rims and want to find some tires that are slightly larger in diameter than the 205/70R14 that are on there now. It's a Carat with a 2.2 Subie so don't want anything huge. I was thinking 195/65R16 or 205/65r16.


I have 12 of the 14" Nexans on my 3 Vanagons and 2 more new spares all bought for well under a hundo each mounted and balanced. Most recently put 4 of them on a Doka that came from Canada and forgot how much better they feel than the passenger tires the Doka came with.
We had the tires that came with it on for the entire engine rebuild and the associated test drives around town and when I put the Nexans on the first corner I took I was amazed at the difference in the stiffer sidewalls. Very Happy
Also towed one of the vans behind the RV from FL to PA last August and the tires did great on that trip too.
Nothing but good things to say about those tires so far from me!
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone have recommendations for a tire that performs well in mud? I'm sick of getting my current van (a chevy conversion van) stuck in puddles! Evil or Very Mad

I have an 84 2WD Westy in insyncro's shop that I'd love to keep from getting stuck on the climber roads I plan to take it down. In the 15" tire thread it was mentioned that the BFG All-terrains perform well in dirt, but only average in mud or sand. I'm wondering about the Nokians, the All-terrain Yokohamas, or the various other options available.

I realize my van is no syncro, but it would be great to give it a fighting chance!
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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