China has some competition in the tire market.

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  1. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

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    These were on a truck I delivered to a government agency, $3million dollar truck and they went cheap on tires.

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  3. Government times. Bid goes to the lowest bidder.
     
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    Actually all the major tire manufacturers have tire plants all over the World, including China.

    It wouldn't be cost effective to have Bridgestone (for example), make all their tires in the USA and then ship them all over the World.

    I've seen the popular Bridgestone M710 drive tire labeled Made in Thailand, and have seen them also labeled Made in the USA, with no difference in quality or tire wear.
     
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    How do you know they were cheap tires? For all we know that could be the only plant that makes to tires specified. Likely a unique tire size that are the run flat type of tire.
     
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    Not likely.

    Chinese labor is getting too expensive so a lot of multi nationals are heading to Thailand and other SEA countries.
     
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    Actually Thailand has the worlds number one natural rubber production. Shipping of raw product combined with cheap labor does make for the least expensive product yes. This is something that is very much has to be on spec. If it fails for material or design reasons, it's on the DOD as they specified all that.

    My point though was that just because it's made in $Country, doesn't mean it's junk.
     
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  8. Old Man

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    It’s just a off brand tire, low pro 22.5, and not for the DOD.
    They changed to low pros to adjust height.
     
  9. Rideandrepair

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    Doesn’t look like they’re saving much with chrome rims.What kind of vehicle was it?
     
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    There are hardly any truck tires made in the US anymore. The american companies make just enough they can continue saying they make tires here but the bulk of their tires are made elsewhere.
     
  11. Old Man

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    So after reading all this am I to believe there is no difference in Brigstones and Chinese knock off?
     
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