Solar 4XS Tires

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Solar 4XS Tires

Post by brokencase » Tue May 15, 2018 9:21 pm

When I bought my Scorpio back at the end of 2015 it came with a low mileage set of Michelin Primacy MXV4 tires.
They had plenty of tread left but they are 9 years old. They were dry rotting. Cracks in the sidewall.

Somehow I got lucky and I was able to get these tires from Walmart..for $37 each.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Solar-4XS-20 ... /237145278

So total cost was $167 for a set. No shipping, just drop shipped to my local Walmart.

I didn't trust the Walmart Auto center folks. Installed myself using these from Harbor Freight..
https://www.harborfreight.com/automotiv ... 62317.html
https://www.harborfreight.com/portable- ... 39741.html

Pulled all the old weights off. Cleaned the stuck rubber off the rims with a wire brush on a die grinder (wear safety glasses!).
Installed the new tires with the yellow circle mark aligned to the valve.
Threw them on the static balancer and they were all dead center on the bubble level.

Took it for a test drive up to 65 on the closest four lane road near me. No vibration.

These tires are well reviewed (check the web and Walmart reviews). I thought the Michelin MXV4s were pretty good tires.
These feel better. Just as quite. Look nicer. UTQG code is 400 AA H speed rated. Probably a softer compound and won't last as long.
But I am OK with that. I put around 5k a year on my Scorpio.

I think $167 is the lowest I've ever got away with for a new set of tires.

PS. I see that they are now out of stock at Walmart and the price is back up to $75 ea.
You can get a set of 4 off of ebay for ~$200 with free shipping.

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Re: Solar 4XS Tires

Post by Ed Lijewski » Wed May 16, 2018 6:42 am

I installed new Michelin Primacys on my Scorpio. Loved them; price not as much. But they were trouble free. Replaced them with Premiers (Michelin name change for sane top line tire) ~2 years ago for the same reason. Also had Michelin MXVs on both of my XRs; 2 years ago installed new Premiers on one XR. I love how the Premiers drive and handle, especuslly on the XR. May check out the Solars next tire change.

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Re: Solar 4XS Tires

Post by morlynon » Tue May 29, 2018 9:58 pm

Interesting. I'm not familiar with Solar tires. I may consider them for my next set of tires. I run Michelin tires on my Scorpio and couldn't be happier. The only negative I can say is the price.

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Re: Solar 4XS Tires

Post by Merkurfast » Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:32 pm

You get what you pay for. I bought a Scorpio a couple years ago that had some of these tires, but replaced them right away.

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Re: Solar 4XS Tires

Post by brokencase » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:31 pm

I normally agree with "You get what you pay for".

But in this case I think I got more than what I paid for. The ride/handling definitely feels better than the Michelin's I had previously.
It's not just me. There are a lot of good reviews on these tires.

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Re: Solar 4XS Tires

Post by Merkurfast » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:48 am

Interesting. I replaced mine because they were worn out. I replaced mine with Discount Tire's , aka Tire Rack, Michelin Defenders. I payed considerably more than what you did!

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Re: Solar 4XS Tires

Post by Merkurfast » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:54 am

Quickly searched reviews on these Solar 4xs. Seem pretty good.

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Re: Solar 4XS Tires

Post by brokencase » Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:00 pm

We've had a lot of rain recently and I find that wet grip is excellent. They are probably a softer compound to achieve the good grip. So they might not last long. But I'm OK with that...I don't put more that 6k a year on the car.

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