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posted April 16, 2003 01:14 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I noticed all police cars are equiped with RSA tires so I figured they must be good tires so I got me a set which are actually the same size cops use for their cars. I figured a V rated tire would handle great but they don't! These tires have proved to be very disapointing and it leaves me puzzled why they are such a popular choice with police departments. I own an intrepid which is a very good handling car, the tires I had prior to the RSA's were no name Ultra GT tires which cost twice as less and performed considerably better than the RSA's in dry wet and snow. For what the RSA's cost, they are a very bad tire. I think police departments should save their money and get something cheaper and better. Or perhaps there is some corruption going on between law enforcement and goodyear execs??

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posted April 17, 2003 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CapriRacer     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
There a couple of things to consider:

1) Goodyear is the largest manufacturer of tires. Are they out of proportion with the rest of the population of tires on these vehicles?

2) Most government agencies buy tires through a contract that also includes the other vehicles in the fleet - trucks, loaders, etc. So whoever gets the contract, and many bids are supported by the tire manufacturers, has to be able to supply ALL those tires as well. Goodyear is one of the few tire manufacturers with a fairly complete line of tires.

3) Tires on police cars are speed rated, just like the one you mentioned, but these have been recompounded for better wear. Whoever bids on the contract has to take mileage into account.

4) My experience with cops says the RSA gets mixed reviews.

5) Most police vehicles arrive from the factory with whatever the vehicle manufacturer specifies, and in many cases this is a Goodyear, because Goodyear actively supports this activity with the vehicle manufactuer.

Hope this helps.

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posted April 18, 2003 12:43 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I owned RSA tires also which came standard on my STS and have also been less than great. I have read reviews for many Goodyear tires and over all the reviews are not that good. Goodyear really needs to start being so arrogant and start making tires that are worth what they cost. Just look at Kumho, I now own a set from Kumho, very affordable price and excellent handling and wear. Kumho is a small tire manufacturer from Korea, but boy do they make good tires! There was only one set of Goodyear tires that I owned which were very good but I think the reason for that was because they were made in Germany.

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