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Hello all. I need to get some new tires for the Borrego and wanted to know what you replaced yours OEMs with?
I live in Louisville KY and drive about 50 miles a day highway. My Honda Pilot had Yokahama Geolander H/T-S G052s on it and I loved them ( Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G052 ) so that is what I am thinking about getting again.

The tires have to be something that does good in the rain and snow but is much better than the OEMs that ride horrible and hard/stiff.

Suggestions...?

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Check out the tirerack.com they have tons of different options for you. You can never go wrong with the OEM tires but I have a tenancy to lean toward Michlins... Window Tinting Shops Hillsboro Oregon

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If you shop at Costco, they have 9 different tires for the Borrego. The BFGoodrich - Radial Long Trail T/A is not bad at $150 a piece. This was the OEM tires on my 2004 4Runners, which I thought was fine.
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Hello all. I need to get some new tires for the Borrego and wanted to know what you replaced yours OEMs with?
I live in Louisville KY and drive about 50 miles a day highway. My Honda Pilot had Yokahama Geolander H/T-S G052s on it and I loved them ( Yokohama Geolandar H/T-S G052 ) so that is what I am thinking about getting again.

The tires have to be something that does good in the rain and snow but is much better than the OEMs that ride horrible and hard/stiff.

Suggestions...?
It is my understanding that NTB is having a big sale that includes the geolander tire, buy 2, get 2 free. Only catch being you have to also get a front end alignment. That said, I bought the michelin latitude tour tire, though I almost got the Kumho.
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It is my understanding that NTB is having a big sale that includes the geolander tire, buy 2, get 2 free. Only catch being you have to also get a front end alignment. That said, I bought the michelin latitude tour tire, though I almost got the Kumho.
And of course, there are no NTBs in Louisville...
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In that case, get the Michelin Latitude tour (109t) which are on sale at tirerack.com for $122 each (save $100 per tire). I am assuming you have the 18 in tires.
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Edwelly,
I was in the same boat as you. Although I didn't even have 20.000 miles on the stock KumHo I didn't like them - and they surely didn't do anything at all in winter. Like walking outside in CROCS... :-)
Anyhow, after a lot of research, I ended up purchasing stock size (P245/70R17) tires at TireRack.com. I got the Michelin LTX MS2 OWL. OWL is outlined white letters, and I had them mounted with the white letters in, which works with this tire.
WELL, driving in snow: NO problem. Driving on ice: Yes, still a problem, it is Ice - but the electronic stabilization helped a LOT - driving in rain: HERE I COME, driving on dry roads: Great. Overall, a wonderful tire. Would gladly buy again.
I compared prices, and when I bought them, Tire Rack had a $70 rebate. Before rebate, I paid $723.76
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Just purchased 4 NITTO Crostek tires for the V8 Borrego, they are excellent also tow a travel trailer and they are fine with it...Added a full size spare as I do not like the donut tire..
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Wow, you don't have a full size spare? My spare on my EX is full size. I only know this for sure as I had to use it. Be aware that due to suspension play, the jack doesn't do a good job of raising the truck high enough to change the tire. Fortunately, I had a couple of books that I put under the jack to get it high enough. Go figure.
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"the OEMs that ride horrible and hard/stiff"
The OEM tires on my EX AWD were Hankook RA-07. The tire dealer I went to ordered the replacement tires for me over the phone. Turns out, they have a similar tire called an 'RH-07'...markedly different tire and they only supply it through select dealers. I had to show my tire dealer the photo of the tire on the Tirerack website to prove to him that they exist...Hankook had told him that the RA-07 didn't exist. He pulled some favors to get me the RA-07 from a different warehouse but I drove on the RH-07 for 2 days. They were a noticeably different ride. The RA-07 are quieter, I got 40k miles on the first set, drove in snow with no problems (AWD), etc. I would pay double to get the RA-07s again.
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