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Old 08-05-2016, 03:05 PM
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i am looking at getting hankook tires for my 81 240d they would be optimus h724 with a buy 2 get 2 no charge out the door price is about $ 329 does anyone have experience with these tires OR should i stick with Michelin Defenders ?

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Old 08-05-2016, 04:00 PM
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You cannot go wrong with Michelins. About how much do you save with the cheaper tires?
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Old 08-05-2016, 04:01 PM
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You cannot go wrong with Michelins. About how much do you save with the cheaper tires?
about $ 228
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Hankook Optimus are a very good tire I have been running those on my truck no complaints.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:09 PM
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I run Uniroyal Tiger Paws on several vehicles. Michelin owns Uniroyal, so if you like Michelin then Uniroyal might be a good lower cost alternative.
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:17 PM
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So you will save maybe $50 per a year over the life of the tires? Or less?
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Old 08-05-2016, 06:26 PM
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Michelins very seldom make noise and wear like iron while giving good traction. I bought 80,000 mile michelins for the Wife's mazda5 minivan and for my 013 vw. Great so far. They also are rated well for fuel economy.
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:26 PM
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Thanks , went with the Michelins !
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Old 08-05-2016, 11:17 PM
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You wont be sorry, I just replaced my Pirelli tires with Michelin Defenders and am amazed at the difference in the steering sensitivity feel and the ride. Not to mention the difference in tire hardness that comes with the Michelins.
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:20 AM
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You wont be sorry, I just replaced my Pirelli tires with Michelin Defenders and am amazed at the difference in the steering sensitivity feel and the ride. Not to mention the difference in tire harness that comes with the Michelins.
Is a tire harness some sort of exotic erotic device?
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Old 08-06-2016, 09:56 AM
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I recently needed 205-70-14" tires for my SL. Virtually impossible to buy the "H" speed rating tires that car is supposed to have. Had to compromise and get "T" rated tires (Toyo). As I recall, same is true of W123.

No problem with Hankook or Uniroyal Tiger Paw or Kumho's or Toyo that I have on our cars.

ADDED: Kumhos are on 300D. Done about 25k miles over about 9 years. Tread still good, but may change them next Spring just because they are getting old. Sometimes they take a set if car has been sitting for a while in colder weather. Don't know how to judge "grip" that OM below talks about, but I drive these all season tires summer and winter and haven't noticed anything bad. Maybe I need to drive faster
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I find that Kumhos grip great when new, but within a few thousand miles they don't grip nearly as well anymore. I avoid them.
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Ok, I will bite. What is a tire harness?
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:48 AM
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sh + harness= harshness?

i want that a tire harness should be a real thing

also, saving my pennies for a set of michelins for the w124
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Old 08-08-2016, 05:34 AM
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i am looking at getting hankook tires for my 81 240d they would be optimus h724 with a buy 2 get 2 no charge out the door price is about $ 329 does anyone have experience with these tires OR should i stick with Michelin Defenders ?
Just put the Michelins on mine about 4k ago... love them. They are rated for 80k. The tires I had on the car where rated for 40 k, got 80 out of them...

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