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Tire Recommendation for xc90

Help, Advice, Owners' Discussion and DIY Tutorials on Volvo XC90s. The XC90 proved to be very popular, and very good for Volvo's sales numbers, since its introduction in model year 2003 (North America).
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Re: Tire Recommendation for xc90

Post by Masscomguru » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:20 pm

If you are looking for that all-terrain tire, I ran Hankook Dynapro ATMs on my last XC. Long lasting, relatively quiet and the XC became a tank in mud and snow. The new version of ATM the AT2 is supposed to be quieter and appears to be less aggressive. I ran 90% highway and was originally concerned with dropping down to a T tire rating but I did not really notice any handling affects from that. If you are looking for a quiet tire that can hold up the Nitto NT421Q is my goto now. On my second set and they hold well in rain and can hold their own ok in light snow. Very long lasting.

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Re: Tire Recommendation for xc90

Post by shiloh51933 » Mon May 11, 2020 11:36 am

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My new 05 T6 XC90 came with 235/60/R18 Michelins which were totally shot at 20K. People can justify it however they want, but this is totally unsatisfactory to me. I do not think Michelins are at all worth the difference in price. I then tried Kumho Road Ventures from Tire Rack, which wore out just about as fast and did not impress me. They were $100 each from Tire Rack, and I feel I got what I paid for. Now I have Yokohama Parada Spec-X tires from Tire Rack ($616.16 for 4 after shipping). I had my Chevy Dealer mount them since I know they balance 200 mph Corvette tires and use a a roller that puts a load on the tire to simulate road conditions whlle they balance it. I have 15K on them and love them. I desparately need to rotate them, but they are still not showing significant wear. My wife and I think they ride like a dream. BTW I try to avoid Goodyear tires because I have had a lot of bead leaks and the sidewalls seem to crack and dry rot sooner than other tires.

Here is the qualifier for the poor mileage statement about the Michelins and Kumhos. Just after I had the Yokohamas put on, I had to have the fifth tie rod end and the third hub bearing replaced. The hub was probably damaged by the Chevy dealer because the wheels seem to fuse themselves to the hubs on this vehicle, and they probably had to beat on them to get the wheels to release from the hub. For the tie rod and hub bearing replacements, I finally took it to Merrill Axle in Des Moines instead of Willis Volvo. I asked them to ignore Volvo's pigeon toed alignment spec, and align it with all 4 wheels pointing the same direction. Willis Volvo kept aligning my front wheels very pigeon toed which I now know was clearly contributing to this vehicle chewing through tires, tie rod ends, hub bearings, rotors and brakes, etc., etc., etc. Our XC90 is finally squared away and NEVER drove this good even brand new. I love these Yokohamas in this size on this vehicle. I take every tire purchase on a case by case basis, and start by putting my vehicle in Tire Rack's website and reading whatever articles and customer reviews are available. I have not found a cheaper way to buy tires, and I have usually been very satisfied with my choices, but I do a lot of research first. Sorry the post is so long, but if I can save somebody from the very expensive learning experience I went through with this very lemony vehicle, I think it is worth it. If everything on the front of your Volvo is wearing out prematurely, I highly recommend having a non-Volvo shop align your wheels straight regardless of what the Volvo spec is.
I know you posted this a while back but how long did those Yokahama Parada Spec X tires actually last(mileage)?
Thank you or posting this information, our 2004 XC90 T6 is hard on tires and front end parts just like you stated.
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Re: Tire Recommendation for xc90

Post by xHeart » Mon May 11, 2020 1:14 pm

shiloh51933 wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 11:36 am
I know you posted this a while back but how long did those Yokahama Parada Spec X tires actually last(mileage)?
Thank you or posting this information, our 2004 XC90 T6 is hard on tires and front end parts just like you stated.
After 30 years with our Volvos, I have settled with Pirelli tires some 10 years ago for its higher tread-depth and corresponding tread wear. I've 14K miles on our XC90, and 57K miles/XC70, 32K miles/850 -- 100% warranty replacement of all 4-tires, free repair.
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Re: Tire Recommendation for xc90

Post by thomascushman » Wed May 13, 2020 3:25 am

Well I settled for a set of tires and have put about 1000 miles on them and 200 of that has been the approach to my house.

I wanted to thank wanderdüne, I appreciated all of the recommendations and I looked into all of them. I priced each one and did some solid reading on them. I wanted to thanks Masscomguru. I went with the hankooks atm last older set I could get my hands on. I bought the hankooks based on a lot of things without going into too much detail why.

But I especially wanted to thank G8Fan if he ever comes back and reads this. His advice is spot on with the the Alignment and probably the Yokos. They were just too much for my tastes to go on the XC. After the Hankooks went, the ride smoothed out considerably and I was so happu, even at higher highway speeds. But then I got the alignment done, and had them do it just like the guy said. I dont know why I trusted him, just sounded crazy enough to be true. But WOW, the ride is completely different now. Smooth ride and hugs and spits out gravel like a... ok wait let me reverse that - Smooth ride and it spits gravel yet hugs the mountain here like a kindergartner and cotton candy. Its a new car to us. and it was both the tires and the alignment. The down side is now I can hear the other 3 engine mounts starting to go...

I know, I know, I am supposed to do all of them when i did the passenger side one.... I'll get to them.

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Re: Tire Recommendation for xc90

Post by xHeart » Wed May 13, 2020 8:43 am

thomascushman wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 3:25 am
Well I settled for a set of tires and have put about 1000 miles on them and 200 of that has been the approach to my house.
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Re: Tire Recommendation for xc90

Post by MoVolvos » Wed May 13, 2020 8:06 pm

xHeart wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 1:14 pm

After 30 years with our Volvos, I have settled with Pirelli tires some 10 years ago... 100% warranty replacement of all 4-tires, free repair.
Do you buy from Discount Tire?
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Re: Tire Recommendation for xc90

Post by xHeart » Thu May 14, 2020 6:00 am

MoVolvos wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 8:06 pm
xHeart wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 1:14 pm

After 30 years with our Volvos, I have settled with Pirelli tires some 10 years ago... 100% warranty replacement of all 4-tires, free repair.
Do you buy from Discount Tire?
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I go with manufacturer's tire specifications, warranty, and offer, and then find best installer. In our area, Sam's Club carries Pirelli.
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Re: Tire Recommendation for xc90

Post by shiloh51933 » Thu May 14, 2020 6:17 am

After replacing everything on the front end of our 2004 XC90 T6 (Ball joints, inner/outer tie rods, sway bar links, Macpherson struts/entire assembly) I felt confident to purchase a new set of Pirelli Scorpions gen 2 I believe. After that we did a wheel alignment. We went through a set of Hercules all seasons in 20k and they were rated as 70k mile tires. Before that we had Bridgestone and they were excellent tires but maybe got 35k out of them. I'd like to thank everyone in this thread for sharing their experiences with tires on the XC90. I'll report back about these Pirelli Scorpions.
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Re: Tire Recommendation for xc90

Post by MoVolvos » Fri May 15, 2020 12:21 am

xHeart wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 6:00 am
MoVolvos wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 8:06 pm
xHeart wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 1:14 pm

After 30 years with our Volvos, I have settled with Pirelli tires some 10 years ago... 100% warranty replacement of all 4-tires, free repair.
Do you buy from Discount Tire?
.
I go with manufacturer's tire specifications, warranty, and offer, and then find best installer. In our area, Sam's Club carries Pirelli.
Sam's? - 100% warranty replacement of all 4-tires, free repair.

PIRELLI is pro-rata for most tires after 1 year or after 2/32 of wear from new.
https://d3nv2arudvw7ln.cloudfront.net/d ... rranty.pdf
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