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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-08-2019, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Upgrade for tires??

Has anyone upgraded their tires?... I find the stock ones that came on my car suck!!!... Firestone FT140...
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-08-2019, 10:51 PM
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What is wrong with the tires that you do not like?
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2019, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Very poor handling... Low quality... Need more of a "all season tire"... They also have very bad reviews...
I love the car but the tires are the low point...
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2019, 01:23 PM
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They had to do some cost cutting somewhere and I agree that the factory rubber isn't all that great. Luckily there are a ton of options in this sizing, but haven't begun to explore options.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2019, 01:46 PM
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Very poor handling... Low quality... Need more of a "all season tire"... They also have very bad reviews...
I love the car but the tires are the low point...
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I wouldn't say the Kicks OEM tires are low quality, the same tires are OEM for many other brands. Tires is about trade offs. I guess Nissan chose the FT140 for Kicks for a balance of quiet ride, fuel economy, longer life; while sacrificing some of the other qualities. I have own performance tires on my other cars, the noise and ride quality are poor for everyday use. I also had 'All Weather' tires; never buy them again. Worn out under 30K.
Tires reviews are subjective. I had highly rated tires that wasn't all that good on my car; or worked well for about a year and sucks as it ages.

Break in the tires a bit more, hopefully it will get better. Try also over or under inflate the tire a few PSI; it may help you in getting more out of the tire. Not safe to over do the tire pressure.
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-10-2019, 04:19 PM
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I didn't even think about the tires, so from that I think there good.
Seem quiet and good grip.
Lots of OEM run Firestones so can't be all bad.
Run winter tires for 5months of the year.
So wear doesn't come into it.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-11-2019, 10:52 PM
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Even when tires seem to be good, a simple change in manufacturing location can make a big (negative) difference.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-15-2019, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Changed the tires out to Vredestein Quatrac 5's... Made a big difference in handling, much better in rain, and helped in light snow... These are highly recommended tires!!....
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-18-2019, 09:59 PM
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glad to hear your positive feedback @Triffid and any follow up on them will be appreciated especially if you plan to play around with tire pressures
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-22-2019, 12:55 AM
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I fed my 2018 Kicks super unleaded and Michelin A/S (my other car now gets the cheap Firestones now). Smooth like butter and 39 mpg hw. If you can get dealer to upgrade, it should be about $200 - $300 extra.
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