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Hey All,

This is my first post.

I drove over a fairly big-sized boulder today morning at speed of approx. 50 MPH. The immediate result was front left tire burst since it took the entire impact. So, here i am in need of tire replacement. I spent the better part of day running from Costco to Walmart in search of right tire however something seemed off and I held off the purchase. I have few questions which no one could answer specifically, hence here I am to the elite MDXers forum in search of answers. Here are my questions. Will greatly appreciate any advice.


  1. The stock tire size is 235/65R/17 with Michelin Latitude Tour. Can I upsize to 245/65R/17? I know that a variance of + / - 3% is tolerable. Up-sizing to 245/65R/17 adds a variance of 1.7% increasing the diameter from 29.027 inches to 29.539. Is this acceptable or the AWD system may throw errors? What could be any other impact?

  1. In terms of brand, I currently have the stock Michelin Latitude Tour on. I believe these have been discontinued and like replacement is pretty expensive at nearly $ 220 per tire. I got quote from Costco for Michelin premier tires $778 and Bridgestone at $ 710. I would prefer something at or under $ 500. Are there any good choices at that price point? I can wait 3 - 4 days hence online ordering is an option on the table.

  1. I have heard differing opinions on whether one can replace only two tires versus the need to replace all 4 tires. Some mechanics feel replacing two is fine as long as same size is maintained (235/65R/17) whereas the Costco mechanics told me that they are going to report my car as non-compliant if I replace only two tires (whatever that means!). Does it make a difference if I choose to replace only two tires and place the newer tires at front?


This is my first post, hence any advice will be greatly appreciated. Answer to similar questions may been posted already, if thats the case, please excuse and point me in the right direction.
 

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Always pay a much as you can afford , and buy a branded/known make if possible. It will always out perform the cheaper brand in all aspects,ie Grip, quietness, etc etc. Cheaper tyres are almost guaranteed to have had less development, cheaper materials, and possibly a lesser build quality.
 

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That post is almost 1 year old.. I think he already got the tires.
 
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