Belle Tire Blog

  • When purchasing all season truck or SUV tires, the buyer is faced with the challenge of selecting the best tire for their vehicle that meets their needs. Selecting the right tire is all about compromise, balance, and personal preference.

    An added element of compromise is added when buying tires for an SUV: Do you buy beefy tires that will take you and your 4x4 off the beaten path, or do you buy more car-like street tires because, let’s face it, that is where you do most of your driving, right?

    The key to finding a balance between “durability vs high performance” and “off-road capability vs. on-road comfort” is all-season tires.

    Let’s look at three all-season tires for SUVs. Most SUV drivers are looking for a combination of good performance during light off-road duty, a comfortable on-road ride, and good traction in snow and rain – one tire that will essentially do it all.

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    Mastercraft’s Courser HTR, Courser HTR Plus and Courser AT2 each fit that criteria providing that balanced combination. A quick overview of each tire provides a glimpse into their differences.

    While all three will meet most SUV’s driver’s needs, the Courser HTR offers enhanced traction and performance on wet and winter road conditions, a quiet and comfortable ride and a 60,000-mile treadwear warranty.

    The Courser HTR Plus gives impressive performance in bad weather, good handling and reduced noise.

    The Courser AT2 provides solid handling and balance of wear, a 50,000-mile mile treadwear warranty, and it’s priced below major brands.

    Remember, most SUV drivers never go off-road, so most folks do not need large and heavy off-road tires. The compromise all-season tires give are a comfortable ride, good overall traction in many different environments, and long treadwear. Generally all-season SUV tires will have the look of an off-road tire, but with a much nicer on-road ride than an off-road tire can provide. 

    Come in to a Belle Tire near you to chose the best set of all-season tires for your vehicle.

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  • The Future of Tires

    Mar 12, 2012

    So what does the tire of tomorrow look like?

    Approaching tire design from an entirely new angle, Michelin has an idea called the Tweel. Instead of using a wheel and tire, Tweels use a very thin, flexible wheel supported by ...

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  • It can be difficult for the average consumer to know if their shocks or struts need to be replaced. The condition of the shocks and struts on your vehicle can make a noticeable difference to how your vehicle performs in ...

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  • The Red Wings have been having a great season, securing the National Hockey League record for consecutive home wins after racking up 23 straight at Joe Louis Arena during the 2011-2012 season. With the support of their fans and some ...

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  • Checking and refilling the fluids in your vehicle is critical for proper maintenance and optimal vehicle performance. Unfortunately, if you mix up or use the wrong fluids you can actually do more harm than good. Review our list to learn ...

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  • Is your vehicle pulling to the right or the left when the steering wheel is in straight ahead position? Have you noticed your tires are wearing unevenly? Perhaps you have had an unfortunate run in with one of the many ...

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  • Many Spartan fans know that “Sparty” is located at the intersection of Red Cedar Road, Kalamazoo Street and Chestnut Road on the campus of Michigan State University, but is that the original?   The answer would no, the original ceramic sculpture ...

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  • Buying tires isn’t fun and can be costly so it’s important to take a few easy, low cost or no cost steps to prolong the life of your tires.

    Drivers of front-wheel-drive vehicles, which includes most of us here in ...

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  • Have you been putting off investing in a new set of tires for your vehicle? February is a great time to come into Belle Tire and take advantage of big savings on Michelin tires. Between February 12, 2012 and February ...

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  • Can you think of what village in Michigan has a link to Valentines Day? If you guessed Romeo, you would be correct! The historic village of Romeo was established in 1838 and is nestled in northern Macomb county away from the hustle ...

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