Opinions on Kumho LX Platinum tires? (car tire thread...no, not Darkside, CAR TIRES)

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Yamarocket630, May 1, 2013.

  1. Yamarocket630

    Yamarocket630 Honey Badger

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    Anyone bought a set? I'm cross shopping these with a similar set of Michelins. How well did they hold up, what are the wear and noise characteristics over time?

    My primary concerns in order are:

    1. Dry and wet traction
    2. noise
    3. ride comfort
    4. snow traction
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  2. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    Maybe you've already been there, but http://tirerack.com has the world's largest collection of car tire user ratings and reviews.

    I try not to buy very many car tires. :D
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  3. Yamarocket630

    Yamarocket630 Honey Badger

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    I've spent a lot of time on tire rack, and their reviews are mostly crap. People review tires after having them for 100--200 miles. Even when you filter by mileage its a crap shoot on if the review is even useful. It seems for most people if a tire has tread on it they are happy. Their reviews helped me to narrow down my "non Michelin" choice to the Kumho tire. I'm just looking for any other experiences you FF might have with this particular tire.
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  4. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    My daughters car came with Kumho tires. So far, so good but she only has about 6k miles on them. The wife's car came with Hankook tires and she has close to 43k on them and they are doing great, we're hoping to get 50k out of them. They are quiet, have excellent grip in wet or dry and very predictable handling. We do check the air pressure monthly and rotate them every 5k miles like clockwork. All in all, we are very impressed with them for an OEM tire. And I'm a dyed in the wool Michelin fan.

    Can't help you on the snow part. Sorry!
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  5. Wreckster

    Wreckster Been here awhile

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    happen to be in tire sales myself. What kinda car you got?

    Will say, Kumho is a hit or miss. A lot of cars are coming with the Solus. I have two myself as they are pretty cheap. They're half way decent for cheaper tires. Don't wear funny, don't seem to burn up too fast.

    Hankook tires have gotten strides better over the years. Dynapro's are 70,000 mile suv tires, even the good brands don't get any better than that. They lack a bit in traction, but not enough that I'd turn anyone away from them.

    Interesting fact - Hankook also makes the sears branded Roadhandlers. They are 100,000 mile tires with decent handling characteristics. The only thing close to that is the Michelin Defender, 90,000 miles.
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  6. elementalg20

    elementalg20 Been here awhile

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    Fwiw ive had good luck with the kr21's.
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  7. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    My truck is not here or I would tell you the exact "model" Kumho tires I have, but I have a full set of Kumho dual-sport type tires on my Ford Explorer. They are a tad more aggressive than street tires, but certainly more conservative than truck offroad knobbies, the perfect balance, quiet, have worn very well, many miles, about $130 each for my Explorer. Great summer, winter, and just a touch more gnarly than all season type tires.

    I can look when I am up at storage to see which Kumho's they are. I would get them again. Had to order them, Discount tire got em for me but did not stock them. Had em in like 4 days.
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  8. Yamarocket630

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    The car they will be going on is a 2005 Saab 9-5 Aero. I pretty much drive like an old man, but it is a relatively powerfull wrong wheel drive car, so the tires need to be capable of accelerating and turning the car at the same time. I have found that some tires really can exaggerate the FWD torque steer.

    Other that that I want:

    Quiet, smooth, good dry and wet traction. Snow traction is a plus, but any AS tire should be good enough for that. I'm no longer interested in winter/summer tires sets for the 1x per year I'll drive in snow.

    I'm also undecided between the stock 225/45/17 size, 225/50 or 235/45. I've run both 225/45 and 235/45 in the past. The 235s ride a bit nicer and look better but do give up a bit of mpg. I have the ability to calibrate the speedo to what ever size I decide, so that is not an issue.
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