Off brand tires are definitely cheaper but are they worth it? In most cases, name brand tires have superior tread designs and rubber compounds. Off brand tires are less tolerant to loose steering parts or out of spec alignments. I have seen more off brand tires with edges worn to zero tread depth while the center tread looks good.
In Ohio, 2/32nds of an inch is minimum legal tread depth. You can insert a penny with the top of Lincoln’s head in the tread. If Lincoln’s head is fully exposed, you need a new tire. You can also check production dates on all tires. On the sidewall are 3 or 4 boxes. The first will be “DOT.” The last box will be the production date of month followed by year in a 4 digit format. Make sure that a bargain sale tire is less than 3 years old.
Heat cycling is another consideration. Poor rubber compounds will harden quickly, offering less traction. This also happens as tires age. Tread design is important as it allows water to flow away from the tire. Modern tread designs imitate racing rain tires, with directional tires proving superior in wet conditions.
I prefer name brand tires. They last longer, provide better traction and braking and give me a secure feeling.
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