Buying tyres in Hua Hin

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Re: Buying tyres in Hua Hin

Post by Blacky » Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:42 pm

Hi fabman,

To answer your question :wink: , I recently used B Quik http://www.b-quik.com/th/index on Petchkasem Road for the family van. Really happy with the service and they give a 1 year warranty on the tires. You can check the prices online and guaranteed no monkey business.....

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Re: Buying tyres in Hua Hin

Post by hin » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:02 am

Most new cars are fitted with decent tires. Not always the best, but decent.

When some people buy a new car they have all sorts of crazy ideas about fancy wheels and tires. The dealer doesn’t give much allowance, or even zero, for the tires that are taken off so can afford to sell those ‘take offs’ at a reasonable price. Especially after too many have stacked up in the back room.

Our Nissan came fitted with Dunlop tires that turned out to be the worst tire experience we have ever had. More punctures than in total past driving history, many from not sharp objects that should not puncture a steel belted tire. So after far too many patches we bought 4 Michelins and even driving the car was as noticeably different as night and day. From now on any new car for us will have Michelins from the outset. And we know what to tell any dealer who will not give proper allowance for the take offs.

We bought the Michelins from a small shop in Pranbury that has a good front end alignment pit, a good balancing machine and is the only shop we have found in all of Thailand and Malaysia that patches a tubeless tire properly. They press gum rubber into the hole then use a better than average glue that requires the patch to be pressed into the inside of the tire and they leave it under the pressure of a hydraulic jack for at least ½ hour. What other shop bothers to do that..? We have always taken our punctures to that shop and knowing that they do good work justifies going out of our way to get there. Plus is our motive for buying our tires from them. Don’t know the name of the place, about 2 or 3 K south of Pranbury, W side of highway.
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Re: Buying tyres in Hua Hin

Post by VincentD » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:58 am

Erm.. a quick word on tyre repairs.. Only repair if damage is on the tread area. If it is sidewall damage, throw it away!
Oh, and the process you describe is a 'hot patch' repair that requires the removal of the tyre. Do note that this causes more damage to the area surrounding the repair by both hardening and stiffening the patched area. The best repair is still the 'pull-through' with sticky rubber.

Re tyre brands, I too have preferences, and Dunlop and Goodyear are both high on my 'to be avoided at all costs' list. As is Firestone (weak sidewalls).
Bridgestone is the industry average and my experience with them is, they tend to harden up and lose grip after about 30,000 km. Okay for average driving, they do last quite a while.
Michelin I like, better than Bridgestone any day but they wear quite quickly and tend to lose a lot of traction towards the end of their service life, about 35-40,000 km. Had a fright or two.
My two go-to brands are Nitto and Yokohama. Both are Japanese imports and have much better performance over their life cycle. They also carry the higher-rated tyres that most other brands do not carry, price not that much more.

Note that in the past I used to drive a fairly high performance sedan hence my preference towards the higher spec tyres. Though I have traded sideways for a SUV, these two brands still give me a lot of confidence with their level of performance.
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Re: Buying tyres in Hua Hin

Post by hin » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:20 pm

"the process you describe is a 'hot patch' repair that requires the removal of the tyre. Do note that this causes more damage to the area surrounding the repair by both hardening and stiffening the patched area. The best repair is still the 'pull-through' with sticky rubber."

No, not a hot patch - a cold patch done right - and better than a pull thru as too many pull throughs enlarge the puncture in the process - check them out.

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Post by huahin4ever » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:15 pm


VincentD wrote:My two go-to brands are Nitto and Yokohama. Both are Japanese imports and have much better performance over their life cycle. They also carry the higher-rated tyres that most other brands do not carry, price not that much more.

Note that in the past I used to drive a fairly high performance sedan hence my preference towards the higher spec tyres. Though I have traded sideways for a SUV, these two brands still give me a lot of confidence with their level of performance.
Isn't Nitto the same as Toyo?
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Re: Buying tyres in Hua Hin

Post by fabman » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:06 pm

Ok I just got a new tyre ( unfortunately my punctured tyre was split and couldn't repaired)

the price was 2700 , Goodrich Tyre , which is the same company as Michelin , on a Toyota Vios.

The place was the Michelin shop just passed Index on Petchakasem.

The price was probably about what I expected to pay.

Thanks for the helpful comments

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Re: Buying tyres in Hua Hin

Post by VincentD » Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:28 am

Good that you got a replacement you're happy with. Typically, tyres are changed in pairs to even out wear and therefore handling characteristics if you're not doing all four at the same time. The odd tyre can then be kept as the spare..
HH4E,
Yes, Toyo is the parent company for both Toyo and Nitto, but I think they still want to keep some seperation between the brands. Nitto has been trying to get into the high performance market for a while, with some success.
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