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Anyone heard of these tires???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by matt45648, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Apr 6, 2009 at 7:44 PM
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    matt45648

    matt45648 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    My local truck shop has a set of American Prospect A/T's in 285/75/16. These are blems (minor defect in white letters). I can get them for 500 mounted and balanced. I went to look them up and found nothing...

    Also.. Ill be using stock rims, so Ill be ordering spacers. Spacers are on backorder for a month +... they have 1/4" at the shop. Would the 1/4" work until I can get the 1 1/2" spacers?
     
  2. Apr 7, 2009 at 12:40 AM
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    Hey Mat...

    Before police work I worked at a tire shop for 10 years and learned that tires are something you really do not want to go the cheap route on. I saw the cheaper brands fail many times, for one reason or another, and learned it was better to go with a known and trusted brand even at a little higher expense.

    If I remember correct the brand you are asking about is known as the prospector A/T (rather than prospect A/T) and right now there are some issues with their safety. I know of a past re-call by the maker and am not sure of the status at this point. I am adding a link to the re-call information and you may want to check the serial numbers before you buy this set of tires......good luck. (link below)

    http://www.usrecallnews.com/2008/04/nhtsa-942.html
     
  3. Apr 7, 2009 at 1:58 AM
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    Old article:

    ACCC American Prospector Tire Recall
    April 26, 2008
    Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
    ACCC / AMERICAN PROSPECTOR A/T 9999
    Manufacturer : AMERICAN CAR CARE CENTERS, INC. Mfr’s Report Date : FEB 29, 2008
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 08T007000 N/A NHTSA Action Number: N/A
    Component: TIRES:SIDEWALL
    Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1018
    Summary: ACCC IS RECALLING 1,018 AMERICAN PROSPECTOR A/T LOAD RANGE E TIRES, SIZE LT265/75R16, PRODUCED BETWEEN DECEMBER 2, 2007 AND FEBRUARY 2, 2008. THESE TIRES FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 139, NEW PNEUMATIC RADIAL TIRES FOR LIGHT VEHICLES. AFTER TESTING, A BULGE CAN OCCUR IN THE LOWER SIDEWALL ON THE WHITE SIDEWALL SIDE WHICH INDICATES THE EXISTENCE OF A SEPARATION BETWEEN TWO LOWER SIDEWALL COMPONENTS.
    Consequence: THIS CONDITION COULD RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
    Remedy: ACCC IS WORKING WITH COOPER TIRE TO NOTIFY OWNERS. THE AFFECTED TIRES WILL BE REPLACED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT COOPER TIRE CUSTOMER RELATIONS TOLL-FREE AT 800-854-6288 OR ACCC AT 410-296-7513.
    Notes: ACCC’S RECALL NUMBER 150. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

    http://www.usrecallnews.com/2008/04/nhtsa-942.html
     
  4. Apr 7, 2009 at 2:48 AM
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    David Tarantino

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    Delmarva is right nice post btw that re-call was a long time ago
    i work etd discount tire ACCC American Car Care Centers
    we have not had any issuses with that tire
    not that i am a fan of its not a great tire
    its just a good tire for the $$$
    for a littel more $ you can find a much better tire :)
     
  5. Apr 7, 2009 at 3:23 AM
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    Yes that was my mistake....I glanced at the recall and saw the month as April and quickly assumed it was April of 09 rather than 2008.

    I also remember them as being an average tire however we did not sale that brand. We did have many from the parent company however none specific to American Prospector.

    Sorry for the confusion and again good luck with your tires.
     
  6. Apr 7, 2009 at 3:27 PM
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    As a general comment, tires are not an area in which I would go too cheap. Your family will be riding in your vehicle with you, right? Something to think about.
     
  7. Apr 7, 2009 at 3:32 PM
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  8. Apr 7, 2009 at 3:36 PM
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    i used to rum blems ALL THE TIME in my younger years with no kids and wife.never had any issues with any of them.BUT now i look at things a little diff. with a family ya no.spend a little more just for a piece of mind.good luck.
     
  9. Apr 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM
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    BTW, I know you're getting a larger size but I paid $504 installed at my local Firestone for my tires (P metric). There are good name brands out there that won't break the bank.
     
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